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101 things in 1001 days

My 101 Things in 1001 days list:

  • Start day – 01/06/2009
  • End day – 27/02/2012 – so clearly failed on most of these but I’ll try again with a new list

Personal Improvement

  1. Read War and Peace
  2. Read Don Quixote – doing
  3. Improve german / german conversation class
  4. Read Shakespeare’s sonnets
  5. Complete 3 courses in random but interesting things (2/3)
  6. Go to pilates again – actually yoga 

  7. Swim regularly
  8. Give up chocolates/sweets/crisps each lent (1/2)
  9. Lose weight – getting there slowly
  10. At Home

  11. Create a ‘grow-your-own’ garden
  12. Grow something from a seed or cutting
  13. Dig out the front garden
  14. Make Omi’s jam
  15. Clear out the piano area
  16. Creative

  17. Build something from scratch
  18. Finish 2 crochet projects (0/2)
  19. Complete embroidery project
  20. Complete cross stitch project
  21. Take a picture everyday for a month (0/31)
  22. Take at least 5 pictures good enough to enter a competition (0/5)
  23. Write a piece of music
  24. Design a graphic for my blog
  25. Write a poem a week for 3 months (6/12)
  26. Get a poem/short story published – online or otherwise
  27. Giving Back

  28. Give blood
  29. Support at least 2 charities regularly (2/2)
  30. Implement 3 new environmentally saving ideas (0/3)
  31. Volunteer on at least 5 occasions (1/5)
  32. Coding / Technical

  33. Prepare to take the ZCE – ongoing
  34. Complete the ZCE
  35. Create a wordpress theme
  36. Attend at least 2 conferences (2/2)
  37. Blog everyday for a week
  38. Redesign choir website
  39. Diving

  40. Complete rescue diver
  41. Complete EFR
  42. Complete divemaster
  43. Complete 2 specialities (2/2)
  44. Get Master Scuba Diver Card
  45. Buy new wing bcd
  46. Places to go

  47. Visit Alton Towers
  48. Go to Paulton’s Park
  49. Visit Marwell zoo
  50. Visit The Living Rainforest
  51. Visit Old Basing House again
  52. Visit The Natural History Museum
  53. Take 2 city breaks (1/2)
  54. Visit Wales
  55. Go to Cornwall (esp. St.Ives)
  56. Visit 2 places out of my list of where I want to go (see below) (2/2)
  57. Things To Do

  58. Go to the theatre
  59. Go to the ballet
  60. Go to the opera
  61. Go to a comedy show
  62. Go to a carnival / street fair
  63. Go to an outdoors summer concert
  64. Go to a wine tasting session
  65. Go on a road trip
  66. Go camping
  67. Go to the cinema at least every 2 months (5/16)
  68. Go on the London Eye
  69. Visit a vineyard
  70. Watch the 50 top films (taken from IMDB, below)
  71. Have a day’s pampering at a spa
  72. Watch all Lord of the Rings films in a weekend
  73. Go to 4 live gigs (0/4)
  74. Practice trumpet regularly for a month x 3 (0/3)
  75. Buy one completely frivolous thing
  76. Buy an original piece of art
  77. Write to Omi
  78. Get another tattoo
  79. Join an orchestra
  80. Buy some stocks / shares
  81. Make some sweets / toffees etc to take to friends
  82. Cook dinner for my mum
  83. Things I don’t normally do

  84. Climb a mountain (can be a small one)
  85. Swim in the sea (UK)
  86. Go horse riding
  87. Have a flying lesson
  88. Go go-kart racing
  89. Take a trip in a glider
  90. Ride on the back of a motorcycle
  91. Climb a tree
  92. Go canoeing
  93. Go to a non-mandatory lecture or seminar I wouldn’t normally attend
  94. Go powerboating
  95. Go sailing
  96. General Organisation

  97. Pay off credit card
  98. Pay off loan
  99. Organise photos into albums
  100. Move out
  101. Sell stuff on ebay
  102. Go to the dentist
  103. Clean up my car
  104. Create a ‘if something dire ever happens’ plan
  105. Clear out the eves cupboards
  106. Sort out jewellery box
  107. Print pictures to put into frames
  108. Take sandwiches to work everyday for 2 weeks
  109. Task List

  110. Put away £10 for every task I complete
  111. Donate £10 for each task not completed

Day ZeroCreating your own 1001 Day Project

The Mission:

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 my part).

Why 1001 Days?

Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as New Year’s resolutions. 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 or outdoor activities.

50 Films:

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

2. The Godfather (1972)

3. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

4. Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo. (1966)

5. Pulp Fiction (1994)

6. The Dark Knight (2008)

7. Schindler’s List (1993)

8. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

9. 12 Angry Men (1957)

10. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

11. Casablanca (1942)

12. Star Wars (1977)

13. Shichinin no samurai (1954)

14. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

15. Goodfellas (1990)

16. Rear Window (1954)

17. Cidade de Deus (2002)

18. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

19. C’era una volta il West (1968)

20. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

21. Fight Club (1999)

22. The Usual Suspects (1995)

23. Psycho (1960)

24. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

25. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

26. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

27. The Matrix (1999)

28. Memento (2000)

29. North by Northwest (1959)

30. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

31. Citizen Kane (1941)

32. Se7en (1995)

33. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

34. Léon (1994)

35. Apocalypse Now (1979)

36. American Beauty (1999)

37. Taxi Driver (1976)

38. American History X (1998)

39. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

40. Vertigo (1958)

41. WALL·E (2008)

42. Forrest Gump (1994)

43. Paths of Glory (1957)

44. Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (2001)

45. M (1931)

46. Double Indemnity (1944)

47. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

48. Alien (1979)

49. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

50. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

list of places I want to go:



Cinque Terre

Southern Red Sea

New York

Grand Canyon



St. Petersburg

New Zealand






8 thoughts on “101 things in 1001 days

  1. Jan says:

    As a fellow procrastinator, I’d say start saving!! :P Hehe. Kiddin.

    In order to help you along the path to completion, I say we go to Alton Towers, go on a city break, climb a mountain and go go-karting when I come back at the end of the year! :) Sound good?? Maybe even have a flying lesson if it doesn’t cost too much! :)

    I love making lists, but rarely ever complete them!! Haha. Oh well…. :) This is a good list! :)

  2. loonytoons says:

    Hi Jan, yeah, it does look like a lot to do, and not all of it nice and cheap but hopefully it’ll actually inspire me to get out and do stuff! As you say I am a bit of a procrastinator :-)

    And if you’re around and want to help me cross off a few things then so much the better!

  3. A Fool says:

    Well I can help you with number 82, and I fully support number 13… swap you some for some Elderflower champagne?

  4. loonytoons says:

    Well ‘A Fool’, you’re on! Now I just need to learn how to make Omi’s jam or this is all rather redundant….

  5. Jan says:

    Cinque Terre!!!! :) Best place in the world!!!! I’ll come with you!!!! Let’s go now!!!!! :) Hehehhehe.

  6. Jan says:

    What on earth is Omi’s Jam anyway??

  7. Jan says:

    Pssst!! I can’t believe some of the films you haven’t seen!! :P You haven’t seen Fight Club?? What planet have you been on???? :P Brad Pitt and Edward Norton!!! HELLLOOOOO????? :)

  8. loonytoons says:

    Jan, you loony! We’ll go somewhere when you’re back over.
    Omi’s jam is the jam my german granny (hence Omi) used to make, and it was the best jam in the world!
    And I know my film viewing history is bad, I’ve been making an effort recently which is why there are so many crossed off now (wouldn’t have been a year ago) but still a long way to go!

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