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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meshmesh10 15 months ago

DayDreamer37Come out of the circle of time...

“Come out of the circle of time, and into the circle of love.”
- Rumi 18 months ago

DayDreamer37TM Rule #60 Time is the Best Author

“Time is the best author. It always writes the perfect ending.”

Charlie Chaplin, Limelight · 1952 · 18 months ago

DayDreamer37TM rule #59 Always be ready to take advantage of opportunities....

“I will study and get ready, and maybe the chances will come.”

- Abraham Lincoln 19 months ago

DayDreamer37TM Rule #58-Affirmation: "there is time enough for everything..."

Affirmation: “Everything is before me, there is time enough for everything, and everything will come in time and in due course…My path is strewn with cherry blossoms…Everything contributes to my present and future successes.” 19 months ago

DayDreamer37TM rule #57: Time is not what you’re managing, you’re managing yourself and what you do as the time passes

This morning, I got right up and exercised while reading a book about simplicity for an article. Then I made breakfast and sat down to eat while updating my time tracking tool. Two hours had passed since I got up and I’d used all of that time wisely. And I had the epiphany I’ve had 100 times before: why not try to use all time wisely since it’s going to pass anyway? It’s not like if I waste time, time will speed up or stop. It still keeps going and going. Also if I’ve done something during that time other than read celebrity gossip, nap, watch DS9, etc, then I should record what I do.

Experts say you really can’t “manage” time. Time has no master. Time is not what you’re managing, you’re managing yourself and what you do as the time passes. The minutes tick away at the same pace no matter what.

We all get the same 24 hours a day. I find comfort in this. After all, there is so much effort involved with daily life, so much self-discipline, will power, persistence, faith etc that it is a comfort that for one aspect of life, like the passage of time, I don’t have to do a thing. I just have to make sure that I get stuff done, a little bit of multiple projects every single day as the time rolls on. 2 years ago

DayDreamer37TM Rule #56 Use Your Commute Wisely

Sometimes I look forward to my commute because I’m reading a great book that I won’t take time out to relax with at home.

I also use my commute to write a new to-do list or reconcile my calendar.

Sometimes I’ll write during my commute.

And other times I’ll just stare into space and go into a sort of meditation as I get to where I’m going.

Here’s what Roy Alexander in Real World Time Management has to say about commutes:

“Plan commuting activities in advance on your daily to-do list. Choose a long-term need (new subject, a foreign language, educational tape). Listen to tapes every day as you travel…Rehearse speeches and presentations, wrie business letters, friendly notes, memos.” 2 years ago

DayDreamer37TM Rule #55 Have seperate email addys and cc yourself

Since I’m a freelance, contract type I pretty much control my schedule and work at home quite often. So as I mentioned in the last rule, I’ve been given company email addys. However sometimes the addy might be on outlook and accessible only when I’m in the office. In that case I always use either a Google or Yahoo account and I ask people to cc the other address, also if I think I’ll need access to an email at home, I’ll forwarded it to the web accounts. 2 years ago

DayDreamer37TM Rule #54 Have your email forwarded

I once worked for a magazine where I was given a company email addy. But I found it more efficient to have the email from there forwarded to me at an email address I used more frequently. 2 years ago

DayDreamer37TM Rule #53 Spend time every day visualizing an Ideal future...

Here’s a quote from Elizabeth Towne, that word “easy” caught my attention…

”...After a few days of faithful practice at gazing upon your Ideal you will find your whole life changing. You will find yourself with more heart for your work, and things will seem easier to do. Depressions will grow less frequent and less profound, and in time they will entirely cease, and you will find new ideas coming to you about how to do your work. Then your interest in it will increase and you will begin to know the joy of the successful artist...

“When you arrive at this stage you will wake some morning to find yourself making more money. And you will find yourself with a little real faith, or conviction, that in due time your Ideal will become real. After that all is easy-your Ideal will live you, instead of having to be carefully nurtured at stated intervals.-”-Elizabeth Towne 2 years ago

DayDreamer37TM Rule #52 Don't surrender your happiness...

fight for it. That’s why you’re managing your time so carefully, so you can put it to good use. Don’t volunteer to spend time in misery anymore. You’ve done your time, here’s to freedom. 2 years ago

DayDreamer37TM Rule #51 Manage those 7 time guzzlers.

I wrote all about them here under “Keep track of my time.” 2 years ago

DayDreamer37TM Rule #50 Make a decision and stick to it.

“Indecisive people are never high producers,” writes Don Aslett. “The biggest battle of go- getting ends the minute you decide to stop brooding, stalling and analyzing and just DO the job at hand.” 2 years ago

DayDreamer37TM Rule #49 Drop the Guit

Don Aslett says that if you’re feeling guilty about something you failed to do, either permanently cross it off your list or take care of it right now.

“You’ll get a lot more done and have a lot more fun if you’re unencumbered,” Aslett writes. 2 years ago

DayDreamer37TM Rule #48 Get rid of grudges

“A clear conscience is a big key to production,” writes Don Aslett. “Bearing grudges and nursing hard feelings is a real time and spirit waster, too.” 2 years ago

DayDreamer37TM Rule #47 Start something every day

—even if it’s only a small section of a larger project 2 years ago

DayDreamer37TM Rule #46 Finish something every day...

even it it’s a small section of a larger project. 2 years ago

DayDreamer37TM Rule #45 Put all Project Materials into one folder

Put all project materials (checklists, notes, relevant documentation etc) into the same folder—physical and on the computer

Better to have one big folder than a hundred little folders to look through when you need something 2 years ago

DayDreamer37Tm Rule #44 Clean my desk...

At work at least once a week; at home at least once every two weeks. 2 years ago

DayDreamer37TM Rule #43 Have hourly goals

Choose ONE thing (maybe even just a peice of a project) and get it done while the phone is ringing, six emails arrive and two people are at my desk asking for something. Get it done in between interruptions. Have fun! 2 years ago

DayDreamer37TM Rule #42 Recover Quickly from set backs, anxiety etc

I tent to mull over the day when I’m on my way home on the train. Instead I’ll keep an article in my bag to distract me ASAP

It’s even okay to distract myself from one major problem with a lesser problem. 2 years ago

DayDreamer37TM Rule #41 Don't be a time consuming pain in the @ss....

I keep myself busy and out of trouble so that others don’t have to spend their time arguing with me, cheering me up, helping me etc. I stand on my own two feet, but do go to others when it is necessary.

This saves me time and those around me as well. 2 years ago

DayDreamer37TM Rule #40 Always have a good book or writing in your bag...

Always have some work with you that you enjoy, it’s like having your knitting or your tennis racket in your bag!

I can’t find the exact quote, but this is from Don Aslett’s book Done! 2 years ago

DayDreamer37TM Rule #39 Fold clothes as soon as they come out of the drier

This saves so much time in the morning when the clothes are already seperated and folded. There’s no searching and no drama! 2 years ago

DayDreamer37TM rule #38 Take good care of your health

Being healthy saves time. When you feel good your more productive, can get more done and you’re not spending all of your time in doctor’s offices. 2 years ago

DayDreamer37TM Rule #37 Have a creative outlet

This creative outlet insures that you’re using your freetime in a productive manner as opposed to watching hours and hours of mindless TV. 2 years ago

DayDreamer37TM rule #36: Memorize as much as possible

Currently I’m working with Quizlet to memorize some terms. I should have done this with every job I had.

But I don’t think most jobs had words I didn’t understand. It was the social aspect of them that I had trouble navigating. I should be better now that I’ve had 5 mos at C21. 2 years ago

DayDreamer37TM Rule #35 Learn How to use the "no time" Meditation

For those BORING times when time drags and you cannot read or do somethng else. Forget about time and it seems to move faster. 2 years ago

DayDreamer37TM Rule #34 Create a form letter for standard communication

In my career as an assistant I’ve often been in charge of collecting informtion from others on a weekly or monthly basis. In my last role as an assistant, I created a form letter (email) requesting the information. I’d just edit it for each recipient or i’d send it to multi recipients without addressing it to anyone in particular. I’d put the email addresses in the “bcc” field so no one can see anyone elses address.

One word of caution, make sure you read the form letter carefully before you send it out. Once I wrote “happy new year” at the end of a form letter that I was sending out in January and then sent it out again in February with the same “happy new year” message at the bottom. Ooops! 2 years ago

DayDreamer37TM Rule #33 Plan to use your free time wisely

“Many people put all their effort into planning their workday a nd then neglect to think about what they wil do with their time off…Who wants to rush home to yet another night or weekend of staring at the television?”- Julie Morgenstein

This concept was also talked about in Live Alone and Like it. Plan what you’re going to do on your downtime and then work with a sense of urgency to get to that wonderful activity.

I’d plan to pick up books from the library, writing projects and spending time with the family. Now I have another activity that I’m exploring on my downtime—and yes, I put it on my calendar 2 years ago

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