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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make my morning routine more efficient

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Jeff YoungstromThe key is to _have_ a routine

Making a checklist turned my random wandering into an actual routine. I can see what I have forgotten. I can add new things as they come up or shuffle the order if it’s not working quite right. I can take something off the list that I don’t want to do any more. 9 years ago


Jeff YoungstromChecklists work!

I created a checklist a while back listing every tiny little thing I need to do between getting up and leaving the house. There are 40+ things on that list! Of course some of them are trivial and obvious (“put on glasses”), but just having them written down in a prescribed order has helped a lot with making my morning peregrinations less random.

I think there’s still room for improvement so I’m not declaring this done yet. 9 years ago


Jeff YoungstromThe problem

I’m not a morning person. My brain is running at about 32% efficiency when I first get up. I find myself walking around the house doing my morning ablutions in basically random order every day. It’s the same stuff every day, but it hasn’t settled into an optimal routine on its own in all these years. Conscious effort seems to be required to address this problem. 9 years ago


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