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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Emily Matchamhow to stop?

How on earth do you stop thinking. Its got so bad that i litally can’t control what i think, i end up over-thinking everything!! I just wanna be able to control wheni think and what i think :( any ideas? 2 years ago


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Alastair PetersThinking about thinking, thinking about everything, OCD, etc.

A lot of what I see people saying here relates to what I had gone through. I don’t think there is some perfect, sure fire
Way to pin down the problem, but some of the OCD help I have received applies I think.

The struggle is made more complicated when we start to become bothered that we are bothered. Or we start thinking about how much we think, and we get introspective, and try to study ourselves to figure out the problem. I think the problem is actually in how we ruminate. We do it with important things, but even with random stuff. I think we can get fixated on things, and because we can’t understand or fully grasp something wih perfect explanation or certainty, we keep puzzling away, and then. Each detail becomes a hang up. A control freak fest.

I think what ends up happening is that were so zeroed in on one thing, that we then fail to experience life around us. And without more life exPerience and interaction with others, we become more isolatEd and feel more and more alienated. Sometimes I feel like no one is caring about really important, specific topics, but in my tunnel vision, I loose ability to care about all the other important things in life.

I think it’s actually because of how sensitive I am. And then I get bothered and hung up, and it just circles out of control. I end up becoming less loving, more of a hypochondriac, and just only care about me. I know this was a bit of a rant, but I just wanted to put it out there. 3 years ago


Alastair Peters 3 years ago


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