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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Zanna CampanulaYes

of course it was worth it. 8 years ago


Zanna CampanulaIt was so great

Sigh. 8 years ago


Zanna CampanulaNearly there

Didn’t actually achieve any of my work goals. Whoops.

But did just about everything else (I hope) including not working until 5am in the morning, like I usually do before a holiday.
Work can wait. I will come back rejuvenated and full of the joys of Dorset and get through it at double the speed.

One of the extra things I did today was set up a fundraising page for our amnesty Ten Mile Walk, so that should help with the raise 1000 euros goal.

In Dorset I’ll scream my lungs out, be a good aunt, and perhaps do a little deciding what the hell i want to do with the rest of my life.

It will be great. 8 years ago


Zanna CampanulaAm supposed to be

having an organising day - sorting, tidying, planning, packing (early!) - so that i have a clear head for a last day of hard work tomorrow.
but guess what, i’m procrastinating wildly.
ok, have 2 clear hours until the england game starts. will use them properly to clear up my study and write invoices (still probably the only person in the world who procrastinates about writing invoices) while listening to the World Service. good idea.
and then i’ll pack and tidy upstairs while watching football. multitasking me. 8 years ago


Zanna CampanulaArgjh

I’m so mad with myself. The last few days have been a complete disaster in work terms. Had various social and voluntary commitments and allowed myself to use the “well, it’s hardly worth starting now” excuse.
Five more days before we leave and I have so many ends to tie and things to sort, never mind the work I had hoped to complete.
Am actually feeling physically sick with myself.
Must buckle down and work hard today. That’s all there is to it. 8 years ago


Zanna CampanulaCouple of weeks ago

I wrote:
But have to get so much done beforehand. Work on The Book, talk to publishers (i.e., let them know it’s going to be late), submit seminar plan, survive amnesty AGM, set up my sponsored walk page and I don’t know what else.

Pleased to say that I’ve talked to the publishers, submitted the outline, and survived the AGM. Not bad, not bad.

This time next week we’ll be leaving.

To do:
  • Mail S.
  • Mail Ange
  • Finish 2 chapters (illusory optimism??)
  • Set up sponsored walk page

Have only very limited time to work today, so better get on with it. 8 years ago


Zanna CampanulaMy new avatar

has always been one of my favourite pictures—me and little sis at Dorset in the 70s. Last time I was seen in a bikini, haha.
What I never really noticed is the fortress I’d built for myself. There we have, typically, little sis looking on, probably not being allowed to participate by bossy older sis, and Zanna fencing herself in with stones, sand, sunglasses. It seems quite portentous.
What Alb sees is Zanna playing with mud and making a mess, as usual. 8 years ago


Zanna CampanulaFirst point being

  • No alcohol for a week
    I’m getting to the dangerous stage of feeling I have to have a beer to switch off after work and before going to bed. So will stop that now, starting yesterday.
    Have found that “for a week” goals work much better than open-ended ones—a week is easily doable and really helps to break bad habits. Yeah. 8 years ago

Zanna CampanulaOn June 17th

me & Alb are flying to England for a week in a lovely holiday house with my parents, their dog, my sister, her man and my excellent nephew. Who I’ve only seen once. So I’ll be able to practise Being a Good Aunt.
Really looking forward to it.
But have to get so much done beforehand. Work on The Book, talk to publishers (i.e., let them know it’s going to be late), submit seminar plan, survive amnesty AGM, set up my sponsored walk page and I don’t know what else.
What I don’t want to happen is for me to arrive burnt out and irritable. Want to have a lovely, healthy holiday with lots of cliff and beach walks. So it’s a question of finding getting as much done as possible in the next 3.5 weeks without overdoing it. Think I need to make a plan. 8 years ago


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