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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AJBordeauThe Enlightened Hermit? Just a lil....

Upon realizing I’m stuck in a serious rut, I struggle with a way to crawl out. When life has become an endless season of raining parades, that hole we dig to hide from our unhappiness, ultimately becomes our comfort. And friends my life is currently in the great depression.  

I’ve found myself on an ongoing merry-go round of “all the things i wanna do, yet im scared shtless of failure”. So I’m sitting here, waiting on my breakthrough/breakdown..

Am i alone? I’m sure i have neighbors in the Land of denial..

    It always starts the same. Tomorrow will be the start of my new life! I will do all those things I dream off! Sound familiar? And when tomorrow comes, we find some catastrophic (or stupid) reason why its just not possible. And the next day becomes the perfect tomorrow. Until its today once again. 

    As I write this, I realize how full of sht I am when I say that. Life won’t ever be convenient for me to conquer those plans. I’m the master planner. When it comes to doing those plans, not so much. I refuse to leave this life dreaming of all I could have done while I’m here. I’m sure that would piss off the man upstairs a tad bit.

    To be honest, a magic moment of enlightenment didn’t inspire this post. Frustration of self did. Those endless lists of “to dos” that have yet to be “to dones” is what did. But hey inspiration can happen in the strangest ways. That simple checkmark is enough to keep this up. I guess I’m enlightened after all… 22 months ago


AJBordeauAn Ideal Day for unfortunate events...

    Doesn’t it always seem to be, that when u have the best intentions, all the most random, unfortunate and silly series of events build a wall to block your progress. Well I’m staring at that damn wall at this moment. 
   
    I planned my day last night, laid down with such a sense of accomplishment, only to wake up an hour later. I finally settled back in around 4am (yea I know, confident shattered) and tried to think positively. As soon as my clock buzzed and my feet touched the hardwood, I’ve been tripping over bullsh*t. From school to my personal, no one wants to give a gal a break today. But here’s the funny part, it’s only 10am! This day has yet to even begin. 

Hoping to turn these pounds of lemons into lemonade (before I start chucking them at innocent bystanders), I decided to turn to my ideals for the day. After only completing one thing on my list, I honestly feel 10 times better. Being an hardcore realist, it’s so hard to trust optimistic fluff. Hey it goes against all my emo charm! But if it will bring me some good luck, I’ll play fair.
   

   Here’s the list. 
1.Meditate/Pray in the AM-DONE
2.Update 43 things blog-DONE
3.Exercise to JM Body revolution
4.Read (this doesn’t include school work!-DONE (finished a book)
5.Update blogger page
6.Record first YouTube vlog
7.Get school info in order-DONE
8.Pray/meditate in the PM

   Will update throughout the day. I know the list is long, but im aiming for progress, not perfection. 
   
   And if you are reading this and your day is sour too, borrow some of my lemons and get to squeezing. There is plenty of day left to make it sweeter…. 23 months ago


AJBordeauThe "ideal" day challenge!

After several failed attempts to end my chronic procrastination, I’ve been brainstorming methods to trick myself into getting things done. With that said, I came up with the ideal day challenge.

I will make a daily list of what I would do each day, if life went my way. We all know that life usually goes the complete opposite, but hey a gal can dream.By looking at these things, I can challenge myself to do some, if not all. If I only complete one thing on the list, I’ve made this day that much closer to ideal. Aha! Moment people!

I’m starting tomorrow (famous last words), and will list and mark which ones I complete each day. Hope this helps. Wish me luck! 23 months ago


AJBordeauStuck in the middle with...ME

Upon realizing I’m stuck in a serious rut, I struggle with a way to crawl out it. When life has become an endless season of raining parades, that whole we dig to hide from our unhappiness, ultimately becomes our comfort. And friends my life is currently in the great depression.

    Ive made myself believe “yea I’m not doing anything, but I’m so good at it’. I’ve found that comfort in my daily routine of “I’m gonna start tomorrows”. We all do it. We are neighbors in the Land of denial..

    It always starts the same. Tomorrow will be the start of my new life. I will do all those things I dream off. Sound familiar? And when tomorrow comes, we find some catastrophic (or stupid) reason why its just not possible. And the next day becomes the perfect tomorrow. Until its today once again.

    As I write this, I realize how full of sh*t I am when I say that. Life won’t ever be convenient for me to conquer those plans. I’m the master planner. When it comes to doing those plans, not so much. I refuse to leave this life dreaming of all I could have done while I’m here. I’m sure that would piss off the man upstairs a tad bit.

    To be honest, a magic moment of enlightenment didn’t inspire this post. Frustration of self did. Those endless lists of “to dos” that have yet to be “to dones” is what did. But hey inspiration can happen in the strangest ways. That simple checkmark is enough to keep this up. I guess I’m enlightened after all… 23 months ago


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