Tuesday, 5 July 2011

My Day Zero list - 101 in 1001

Thanks for the idea, Kirsti!

Here are the Day Zero rules:

The Challenge:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on your part).

Why 1001 Days? 
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple challenges such as New Year's resolutions or a 'Bucket List'. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.

And here is my list (follow my progress at the link)!

1. Set foot on land that is not an island
2. Sew a pair of trousers
3. Bake a sponge cake
4. Take a photography course
5. Enter a photo contest
6. Create an earthquake kit
7. Take a photo to commemorate the completion of each of these goals
8. Learn to use my DSLR camera properly
9. Buy somebody flowers
10. Go horseback riding
11. Sew an apron for myself
12. Eat a bagel in New York City
13. Own a piece of vintage jewellery
14. Make a photography gift
15. Take photographs at a wedding
16. Learn how to greet people in Vietnamese
17. Don't watch television for 7 consecutive days
18. Do yoga at the beach
19. Name a living being
20. Climb a volcano
21. Take a boat trip
22. Do some car maintenance
23. Drink coffee in Boston
24. See a 3D movie
25. Ride a horse
26. Become a New Zealand citizen
27. Get a New Zealand passport
28. Read 10 books in 10 days
29. Buy one new piece of furniture
30. Make icecream
31. Get another accredited qualification
32. Set up an Etsy store
33. Make a birthday cake for someone
34. Wear pyjamas for an entire day
35. Play outside in some snow
36. Photograph a sunrise
37. Camp in a tent
38. Take a course in Te Reo
39. Ride in a limousine
40. Ride on a rollercoaster
41. Have a photo taken with a fictional character
42. Swim in the sea at night
43. Document a day in my life
44. Visit the South Island of New Zealand
45. Send a postcard
46. Fly a model aeroplane
47. Build a sandcastle
48. Go up Auckland's Sky Tower
49. Gamble in a casino
50. Bathe in a mudpool
51. Visit a Smithsonian
52. See a space rocket
53. Drink a cocktail in New York
54. Buy a piece of art
55. Donate unneeded clothing to charity
56. Watch a professional netball match
57. Buy a house
58. Get a promotion at work
59. Try contact lenses
60. Print at least one photo larger than A4-sized
61. Go to an observatory
62. Watch an entire season of a TV series in one weekend
63. Make someone breakfast in bed
64. Get a foot massage
65. Give someone a makeover
66. Teach somebody how to cook a recipe
67. Shop in Manhattan
68. Meet my mum's Rotary host family
69. See a play
70. Sell my excess camera accessories
71. Do the 'Coast to Coast' walk
72. Make a Vietnamese dish
73. Lose 5kg
74. Lose 10kg
75. Lose 15kg
76. See some fireworks
77. Ride a waterslide
78. Reupholster an antique sofa
79. Leave an inspirational note inside a book for someone to find
80. Visit Wellington
81. Wear a pair of shoes until they literally fall apart
82. Finish a crossword puzzle
83. Live without electricity for a day
84. Throw a party for someone
85. Decorate a cake
86. Watch a movie trilogy in a day
87. Give a speech
88. Buy a stranger a coffee
89. Give someone a massage
90. Eat an American hot dog in America
91. Take photographs of 10 things that make me happy, and blog about them
92. Dance with an old friend
93. Stay silent for one day
94. Go to bed at 9:30pm every day for a week
95. Stay up until the sunrise
96. Have a candle lit dinner
97. Update my resume
98. Write a will
99. Make someone laugh
100. Read a play
101. Drink French champagne


  1. Hurrah!!! Looking forward to crossing of numbers 90, 67, 53, 51, 23, 12 and 1 with you :) Although I think I'll pass on the hot dog...

    Can I come to the South Island too?!

  2. Sure you can come to the South Island. Though I'd be satisfied if work would pay for me to visit head office - that would do!

    hahaha I love that you'll pass on the hot dog, but will look forward to macaroni cheese pizza (ew!)

  3. Oh, Kat. Surely by now you know I'm a bit special when it comes to food?! ;)

  4. Man, I'm so jealous of all your American ones... a bagel in New York... that sounds so incredibly awesome!

    Also, it looks like you're going riding twice - which I think is great because I love riding :)

    I'm writing my list and I'm stuck at #64... it's actually quite hard to come up with 101 things that you'd like to do that you can realistically pack into 1001 days, all whilst holding down a full time job and not winning tattslotto! Or perhaps I dream a little too big ;)

  5. Hmm, I guess when I wrote the list over two nights I forgot what I clicked on the first night. I don't need to go horseriding twice!

    Well, 1001 days is a pretty long time. It's close to 3 years... and there is no rule that the list has to be extravagant! I'd say at least 75% of mine cost nothing or very little.


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