18 Feb 2013

a 101 in 1001 update!

When I wrote my list of 101 things in 1,001 days, I re-wrote it (keeping the same goals) a few months later but I broke it down in various lists. The lists I broke it down into were Ongoing Goals, Instant Goals, Goals Before the End of 2012, Goals Before the End of 2013 and finally, Goals Before the End of 2014 (as my deadline for this list is the 29th of December 2014).

Well, so far, the list has been a success. A few instant goals have been checked off and all of my 2012 goals were met! Look:

Now, I'm going to explain how I broke my list down into mini-lists. I feel that by breaking it down into smaller lists makes the 101 goals seem less daunting (101 is quite a big number!) and by having mini goals before the 'deadline date', it makes them easier to achieve.

Now, examples of each sub-list:

1) Ongoing Goals

Save £10 a week.
Read a book a month.
Keep my blog running.
Be happier.

2) Instant Goals

See a film in 3D.
Go on a picnic.
Change hairstyle.
Make someone a birthday cake.

3) Goals Before the End of 2013

Not buy clothes for a year.
Donate blood.
Try ten new recipes.
Move to London.

4) Goals Before the End of 2014

Whittle down my wardrobe.
Go to Italy.
Eat lobster (it is in this list as it will give me two years to source a lobster ;) ).
Raise £2,000 by selling stuff (currently on £800! However, this is going towards home decorating, sob sob).

You might find some goals could be part of more than one list (e.g. Donate blood) and for this, it is best to assign the goal to just one list to avoid the confusion. Choose the list it applies to more. Breaking down a larger list into a smaller one is just like breaking down a big task into smaller manageable steps, and I feel that doing it this way, it is more likely to be a success.


  1. Ohhhh I love this!

    Last February I wrote my 100things to do before I'm 30. Which gives me 10 years(soon to be 9years) to complete them.

    I love how you have broken them down into various categories I think I might need to do this as well. At lot of mine a travel related so will be easy to break down.

    Some great realistic and achieveble goals there.

    1. Wow, 100 things to do before you're 30? I only have a list of 30 before I turn 30 lol! I think breaking them down makes them seem more achievable and also lets you see how much time left you have for certain goals. I'm going through 2013's at a snail's pace right now, but that's fine as there was only about 20 goals on there x

    2. It is a big goal, but yet again some of them aren't realistic, or just really simple. My unrealistic goals are like "become a travel agent" and my simple goals are "be on a radio station" or learn how to cook Asian food.

      I don't often look at my list but it is surprising the amount of simple things I have achieved without even remembering that they are on my list.

    3. Wow, be on a radio station? As a DJ or as a caller? :-) The best things about striving for goals that are unrealistic means that you're setting yourself a challenge, but I guess you don't get the satisfaction of checking them off once accomplished! x

  2. I really want to do this but don't think I can think of 100 things to do before I die let alone 3 years! Great post :)

    1. You can get some ideas here: http://dayzeroproject.com/ :) That's where I originally came across the idea to write a 101 in 1001 days list x

  3. This is a lovely idea!! I have a list of 25 things to do before I'm 25, but as some of them are ongoing too it seems like I'm not ticking anything off sometimes, but really I am! xx

    1. Ah I am sure you're making slow progress :) And the goals you get to tick off after years or months of perseverance are always the most satisfying x

  4. Ooh I absolutely LOVE this idea. I might have a go myself :)

    Good luck with your goals!

    Lyndsay ♡
    Fizzy Peaches

    1. Hehe, there's a site dedicated to it (It's where it originated and where I first saw it): http://dayzeroproject.com/. You can look on there for ideas, or even make an account and keep track of it online. Being a stationery fiend though, I had to have mine on paper ;) x

  5. you can make me a bday cake =) thanksss

    1. Your birthday isn't for another nine months so it'll be a long wait for you ;) x