Have you heard of the challenge 101 things to do in 1001 days? I hadn’t until recently. Once I learned what it was I immediately starting writing my list. Literally. I LOVE making lists. I even make lists for lists I want to make. I especially enjoy writing ones that relate to goals, things to do, challenges I want to complete…I’m really good at thinking about them, and writing them down, but my track record for actually completing them is horrendous. I have a hard time keeping myself on track and staying focused.
But, this time has been different. The 101 in 1001 challenge came at the perfect time. I had just gotten home from Hawaii (where I had my life changing skydive) and this was exactly what I needed to keep moving my life in the direction I want it to go.
What is the 101 in 1001 days challenge?
If you’ve never heard of this challenge, it was created by the lovely people at Day Zero Project. The concept is simple and the title says it all. Complete 101 goals in 1001 days. This can include things that you would like to accomplish, see, experience, etc. in roughly the next 2.75 years. There is only one rule. The items that you choose have to follow a few guidelines. They need to be specific, measurable, and challenging.
1001 days gives you just enough time to dream big and not limit yourself on what kind of goals you can set. I have plenty of big and small goals to fill up my list, which you can check out here!
Why should you do it?
We’ve all heard the saying, “a goal without a plan is just a wish.” This challenge takes all the stress out of coming up with a plan. I’m serious. Think of all the things you “wish” you would/could do. Once you write them down and set a deadline, BAM, you’ve got yourself a goal. Easy, right?
Plus, keeping track of your goals and crossing them off is motivating! I’m just as excited about my list today, as when I started it a couple of months ago. I’ve already crossed off 10 things, and some of them were things I never thought I would do. I’ve bought my dream car (a ’92 Jeep Cherokee), completed a 30 day art challenge, baked someone cookies, and met someone that inspires me.
I get so much satisfaction from crossing off another item and planning what ones I want to tackle next. The more I cross off, the more I want to keep going. It’s borderline addicting.
Don’t just take my word for it. Numerous studies have shown that people who write down their goals are much more likely to accomplish them then those that do not. Add a deadline to that, and you’re golden. I read an article that states when you write down your goals, it triggers a different part of the brain creating ownership of that goal. Simply, writing them down is like magic. They are no longer floating thoughts, but concrete ideas, and they are yours. You can read the full article at The Science of People for more information.
I’ve made more progress in the last couple of months than I have in the last 10 years. I’m not kidding. If I can do it, I know you can too.
Challenges are more fun with friends! Want to join me and create your own list of 101 things to do in 1001 days or join me in one of my 30 day challenges? I will be writing several follow up posts on how I created my list and tips on creating and accomplishing your own, so keep your eyes open for those.
Do you plan on starting your own 101 in 1001 challenge? Already working on one? I’d love to read your list and hear about your experiences! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #wildforawhile!
Don’t forget to grab your 101 things in 1001 days tracker here.