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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sankirk 21 months ago

1RLPut paperwork in it's place!

The phrase “it’s easy when you know how” became so clear after sorting out the shifting tide that is my desk space. It’s not easy working with small awkward spaces either, lol!

I’ll break it down simple for anyone else working on this goal:
  1. Sort everything into function
  2. Paperwork paper-clipped together based on dates
  3. Shoe boxes for papers
  4. Baskets for supplies
  5. Cereal boxes for paperwork in progress
  6. Hanging baskets for frequently used materials
  7. Drawers and shelves for projects in progress, grouped into storage Tupperware
  8. Wooden crates for completed work
  9. A message board to tac important messages

Makes sense, right. Wait till you see it in practice. I had to make everything, including accepting donations because I’m on a low budget, but that’s life. Thrifty doesn’t have to mean less. And on the plus side, it turns out people I know desperately needed to get rid of furniture for babies-on-the-way. Win win situation here. At last. 13 months ago

1RL 13 months ago


no matter how neat it gets.. it’s messy again. I gotta figure out how to keep it neat. My bedroom, bathroom are always neat and usually organized… not my desk. keep on keeping on trying… 13 months ago

1RLIn the clear

While my desk is most often my workspace, it could stand to be heaps more orderly.

For starters, I bought paper organizers, bundled my receipts and budget papers, sorted my mail, made a few cereal box file-folders (tutorial linked below. If you have leftover wrapping paper, you are all set!), peg boards, and dowelling for rings.

sankirkThis is my major September goal.

I’m going to do it! 15 months ago


If I can clean the garage… I can do this… watch out desk, you are next, Baby.

it’s looking better… I want it completely organized so that I can keep it that way… the real challenge. and I’m going to do it. 19 months ago


another impossible task…. i clean it up… it grows a mess overnight. but i like having it here, as a goal… believe! believe! a clean desk for a week maybe. 20 months ago

Kathy Haynie 2 years ago

cranedance 3 years ago

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