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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signora oye vey 4 years ago

signora oye veyNearly every morning

This is a part of my life now. Can check it off the list with satisfaction. 14 months ago

signora oye vey!

I’m going strong with this still and feeling good about it.
Started on a new book a week or so ago. What a lovely habit. 22 months ago

Mia Blythe 23 months ago

signora oye veyI'm back!

I’ve done morning pages 8 out of the last 9 mornings, and I feel so much better centered for it! 23 months ago

signora oye vey:( !

I got sick and fell out of my morning pages routine. It’s been about a week now since I’ve done my morning writing. Ugh.

And I feel like crap these days. I’m bitchy, and sad. A bit more disorganized than usual. I’m curt with Pancake, and I can explain that as my reaction to a piggish thing he did the other day, but c’mon Signora … he did it the other day and it’s me who’s still holding on to it; generally morning pages accepts all that gunk from my soul and I find myself willing and able to move on.

At this point I’ve got 36 hours until we leave town for xmas vacationing, so among other excuses, I tell myself that I can’t resume morning pages just now because my time is already too stretched. But if it weren’t this, it would be something else.

This habit is much easier to maintain than it is to start. 2 years ago

user40301 2 years ago

signora oye veyalmost 100% ... and shooting for 150%

I’ve been doing my morning pages almost every day. It’s really rare at this point that I skip them.

Some mornings the writing flows out more easily than others; I think that’s pretty normal. I generally like what I produce in the morning – not that it’s stuff worth publishing or anything close, but it organizes my mind and helps me plan my day.

Problem is I often find that my afternoons lack the inspiration, concentration, and efficiency that my mornings have. I get home from work, mentally exhausted, and waste a lot of time. By the time the evening rolls around I feel like a slug. Maybe I should be doing afternoon pages too, at least in those moments that I can’t think of a better way to use my time than to surf the internet. 2 years ago

Haylee Holden 2 years ago

signora oye veyBroken routine

Traveling around with V these days has put a crimp in my morning pages momentum. Tomorrow, however, work starts, so I’ll take advantage of routine & schedule energy to resume writing every morning. 2 years ago


I haven’t been doing it for the past couple of days. Why? I guess getting up late doesn’t help. 2 years ago

LarixClarifying intention

I am already doing this, but not regularly. It shouldn’t be any problem, as I love writing them. The only thing is trying to do it every single morning. If for some reason it will not happen then I will write why and try to prevent it from happening the next time.
:) 2 years ago

Larix 2 years ago

signora oye vey5 more days

I’ve got five days left with my current notebook, then I’ll have to get a new notebook. Money is tight these days, an “non-necessary” spending is on a near stand-still, but I’ll give myself this gift and justify it by proudly flipping through the current notebook, noting the tiny writing filling each page and the consistency of entries. It’s almost amazing to look over that volume of writing and know that I put it all there. 2 years ago

64crows 2 years ago

signora oye veyrunning my pens dry

I’ve been writing so much that my pens are all running dry. Please, E, send me more of my favorite pens – the ones I can’t buy here …. ! 2 years ago

signora oye veyleave me alone!

Pancake interrupts me while I’m writing my morning pages about 80% of the time. He’ll just ask me some stupid question (by ‘stupid’ I mean something completely non-urgent) or come over and try to distract me.

I’ve told him several times that this is my equivalent of meditation and he should leave me in peace while I’m writing. He isn’t so good at remembering this. But this afternoon he started talking about being more disciplined with his meditation, and setting an alarm to get up and meditate first thing in the morning.

If I write while he’s meditating, then I’ll get the quiet I need. And if the talking / distracting / interrupting persists then I’ll add some bite to my barking so he can understand me better. 2 years ago

signora oye veywagons

I’ve been on and off this wagon lately, but on more than off and never off for long.

Wait … I always get confused when it comes to the wagon metaphor. Does ‘on’ mean ‘doing it right’ and ‘off’ mean ‘going back to old patterns’? I think so.

Anyway, I’ve been good about this goal more often than I’ve been bad – that’s what I’m trying to say.

And with this goal in particular, it feels so good to be good. 2 years ago

signora oye veyAccountability remembered

I was given a fancy day planner as a goodbye gift when we left Pisa.  It was a kind gesture and a lovely gift, but I knew I wouldn’t use it as it was intended.  I received it just before getting on my flight as well, so I had to choose to ditch it or bring it among my very few (ryanair) traveling possessions.  So I brought it, and decided to use it for morning pages.  
I should admit that I’m not doing 3 pages per day.  I’m doing one. But I write really small.
And to be totally honest, I’m not doing it every-every day.  But most mornings I reach for the datebook-notebook first thing.  I like the way it allows my brain to organize itself.
For the first several weeks on this island, I was writing rather faithfully, and then just recently my rhythm started to became sporadic.  But then, just in the nick of time, I’ve remembered my love for this 43t community, and among the things I keep track of on this site is my morning pages.  So my wobble is corrected. 2 years ago

signora oye veyIt's spring, isn't it?

I’ve been thinking about getting back into this site for a while now, but it just hasn’t happened … until now, i think. I realized this moring that switching from a pc to an ipad at the same time as reducing the amount of connection to the internet I have at my disposal my has changed my relationship with the world online. I’m gonna try to be friendly with this new way of interneting. Three minutes ago I searched for and immediately found a 43t app. My fingers are crossed for a easy format that lets me manage my goals and write entries even while offline.
With that little burst of rejuvenated 43t spirit, I took a look at my goals and found myself shaking my head at many of them. Many are no longer on my radar. I look forward to putting my recent ideas and interests into goal-title-friendly vocabulary. This goal, though while I don’t keep it perfectly 100% of the time, remains rather consistant and important.
I look forward to reconecting with the 43community as well. I love you guys and I really value the interaction I find here. 2 years ago

amisu 3 years ago

Terrie Thomas 2 years ago

Gloria Green 2 years ago

RonDay 11: June 30

895 words in 18 minutes (11 day streak)!!! 3 years ago

RonDay 9: 6/28/11

837 words in 21 minutes; 9 days in a row 3 years ago

RonDays 5-7 6/25-27/2011

912, 930 and 840-ish in like 22 minutes, 15 and 14 3 years ago

RonDay 4: 6/24/11

830 words in 20 minutes:
Nothing really earth shaking or profound, still mostly about me! 3 years ago

RonDay 3: 6/22/11

913 words, 28 minutes, got going pretty good at the end, self-imp0rtant and success, looking forward, thinking of myself. the word porn did not show up in my word cloud even though i used it twice. 3 years ago

RonDay 2: 6/21/11

I did 812 or something like that… Jon saw it on my Twitter and did 1220 something… 3 years ago

Lorraine JamesSimilar Goal

Found another more specific goal, so I thought I’d exchange them. 3 years ago

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