Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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Morgan Rackham 11 months ago


I never get up on time. I am too lazy. I’ve made a morning routine. I am trying to make it a habit. I’ll start this tomorrow. Let’s see. Hopefully I’ll do it. 6 months ago

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Vivithelittlelegend 8 months ago

starsoverglasgowStill a work in progress...

Woke up feeling bright and fresh this morning, only to make the executive decision to get up and go to the loo and rush back to bed for an extra fifteen minutes. Result? Fell asleep and had to dash out the house with my hair scraped up. Not too clever. 8 months ago

starsoverglasgowA little change of plans

There was originally a twin goal paired with this one (‘Create a morning routine’) but I’ve decided to retire that one for now. I may decide to reinstate it at a later date, but for now I am going to focus on getting up in enough time to have a shower and possibly breakfast (if I’m hungry) before I leave the house. I’m not much of a morning person, so maybe I was being overly ambitious planning to do things before leaving the house in the morning. I struggle just getting up to do the necessary things! So, that’s what I’m going to focus on for now. 8 months ago

SudipDeb87 8 months ago


This is consistently a disaster for me. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been feeling a little shaky on the mental health front for the past week, or if it’s just because I’m bone idle, but I REALLY struggle with getting up at a sensible time.

I’m OK when there is something I have to get up for – like going shopping, or going out with people at a predetermined time – but when I have to get up and I have nothing but an empty day, I really struggle.

And yet, in spite of – and probably because of – this, I am not going to give up on this goal. Is there anything I can think of that would make this goal easier to achieve?

  • go to bed earlier
  • try to aim for multiples of 90 minutes sleep time, so I don’t wake up in the middle of a sleep cycle
  • have the alarm across the room go off first
  • have a plan for something to do when you get up

The B&B season starts again tomorrow, so that means really early starts from now until October. My overall goal here is to get up at 5.30am, so that I have time to do my other goal (have a morning routine). That would mean being in bed, sleeping, for 10 o’clock – so, I’d have seven and a half hours sleep. It would mean I’d have forty minutes in the morning to segue into the day.

I will keep working at this goal. It’s definitely harder at the weekend. I don’t even necessarily enjoy lying in my bed late – I feel slovenly, like I’ve wasted the day. Ashamed. I feel like I have absolutely no discipline, and that doesn’t make me feel positive about reaching my other goals. I will try harder. 8 months ago

Marisa Baer 9 months ago

starsoverglasgowCome on!

You would have thought that I would have gotten a handle on this by now, but unfortunately it is still eluding me (that word was ‘eluding’ me, too – couldn’t think what it was for the life of me!).

So, what’s the big issue? Well, it turns out I am perfectly capable of getting up at the last possible second when there is somewhere I need to be (you know, work, appointments, going shopping) but when it comes to getting up and there is nothing that I have to do, per se, then things get a lot trickier.

I suppose the key must be to schedule in interesting activities that I can do so I have a reason for getting up. I’m going to try and get up for nine o’clock tomorrow morning, and my designated activity is going to be working on game plans for the rest of the goals on this list. 9 months ago

MichelleSzika 9 months ago

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coast_girl_2012 9 months ago


This weekend was a wipeout for this goal: both days I got up around 2pm, which is shocking. I’m aware that there is a time that I make the decision to go back to bed at – the alarm on the bookcase on the other side of the room causes me to actually have to get up… And then, I go back to bed!

I don’t know if part of it is not having enough stuff to do that makes getting up worth it, or if I’m genuinely in need of the sleep. Maybe if I schedule in unavoidable time commitments I would be better able to get up. Oh well, it’s a work in progress :) 10 months ago

bazinga8624 10 months ago

Buno54dils 10 months ago


This has been a well thought out idea for most people especially when there is Time Management issue. Yes…! Here, most people ask this seeming question – how do i appropriate the time to accomplish the numerous items on the schedule?
It is really interesting when one ask this all important question! The essence of this, is that it has been reiterated that the identification of a problem makes it half-way solved. From the foregoing,it is obvious that when there are many things competing for the limited time, the available options left would certainly include plans on how to Get-up-on-time so as to meet up with the scheduled assignment. This, though, will depend on the significance of the items on the agenda. In any case, time management has been an issue; hence prudent time appropriation to match the schedule should not be overemphasized. 10 months ago


I got up at 6:20. Hoping to get to 6:10 and keep doing it for at least a month. 10 months ago


I want to get up on time so I am not late places. Also, I would have a better day and less stress. Finally I would not have to speed. 10 months ago

snapple2 10 months ago

11zaq 10 months ago


Today, something weird and wonderful happened. I woke up before my alarm! OK, so my alarm was set to 11am, so it wasn’t exactly an EARLY rise, but it’s a start. I can’t remember the last time I woke up before my alarm. I was beginning to think that I would sleep on forever if I didn’t have an alarm clock to blare at me. I’m on a lot of medication, and some of it makes me so sleepy that I reckon it would be easy just to keep slumbering on. Never mind reckoning, that’s EXACTLY what generally happens! Unfortunately, the same medication also helps me keep my general shit together, so it’s a necessary evil.

Tonight, I wanted to start making concrete game plans for all the goals in my list. This one is simultaneously one of the simplest (i.e. most straightforward) and most difficult goals I have.

Let’s get S.M.A.R.T. about this:

Specific: I want to get up when my alarm clock goes off the first time. (That might be 6.00am in the week, and 9.00am at latest at the weekend). I want to get up on time EVERY DAY.

Measurable: I will be able to tell if I have succeeded based on what time I get up at, and whether or not I snooze the alarm. I am going to keep a record of the times I get up in my diary, so I can see if I am achieving my goal.

Attainable: This is attainable. I am able to get up at a specific time when the need is great enough (i.e. I’ll be in trouble if I don’t get moving!).

Relevant: This will open up vast swathes of time that I can use to segue more peacefully into the day, and allow me time to work on goals. It will also help support good mental health by fostering solid routines.

Time-bound: I want to have achieved this goal by 22nd March 2014.

Ok, so let’s get started! 10 months ago

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