Sunday, January 4, 2009

Day Zero

I learned about the Day Zero project from a girlfriend recently, and felt compelled to participate. Besides the fact that I'm a sucker for lists, it seems like a great way for me to set some goals that I can actually achieve, and then watch myself achieve them. Wish me luck!

Start Date: January 17, 2009 (My birthday!)
End Date: October 14, 2011

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.

Some common goal setting tips:
1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.

2. Stay Focused. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.

3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.

4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.

5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.


  1. This is a great idea and I'm going to do it, too!

  2. Yay! I'm so glad you like it. I had a really fun time making my list. I can't wait to see yours!

  3. This is so cool! I am so behind at my own lists of "to do" I'll need to set a short term goal of "make list."