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Mission 101

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

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (i.e. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (i.e. 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.

My Start Date: 31/1/2010
My End Date: 28/10/2012


The List:


  1. Get a permanent, fulltime job in a field I enjoy.
  2. Write a budget. Stick to it for three months. (0/3) Check budget to actual weekly. (0/12)
  3. Keep a gratitude journal for 365 days.
    1. Started 01/01/2010
  4. Get married.
    1. Set the date: 24th April 2010
    2. Set location: parents’ church
    3. Sent out all invites
  5. Visit Melbourne.
  6. Make a will. Get MrMan to make one too.
  7. Sort through everything in the garage. Be ruthless!
  8. Sell MrMan’s motorbike.
    1. Got the paperwork together
  9. Pay Mum and Dad back.
  10. Visit Bee when she is a doctor.
  11. Tame the garden. Maintain it!
  12. Get my own copy of my citizenship certificate.
    1. Put on hold until after we are married.
  13. Sort out all our linen. Toss/donate what isn’t needed.
  14. Set $1000 aside for emergencies.
  15. Get my own health insurance.
  16. Start planning a family.
  17. Consider and master Marelisa Fábrega’s 75 Skills Every Woman Should Master
  18. Create a database to maintain all of the pictures I have saved on my laptop (not including my own photos).
  19. Do the Harbour Bridge climb (and face my fears!)
  20. Hardcore clean the car inside and out once a calendar month.
  21. Rediscover my Christianity (not sure how to do this yet)
  22. Complete 31 Days to Fix Your Finances.
  23. Get a passport.
    1. Got the forms, just waiting on a couple of certificates before we book the interviews.
  24. Go to Questacon (just because I can).
  25. Buy a new bookshelf (preferably as needed) to stop double stacking our books.
  26. Create a personal first aid kit.
  27. Create an emergency kit (in case of emergencies…)
  28. Take part in Earth Hour.
  29. Stash $10 cash for each completed item on this list (to be spent frivolously on completion.) ($0/$1010)
  30. Get home and contents insurance.
  31. Sort out my superannuation – compile it into one account (or whatever…)
  32. Sort my stuff in Mum and Dad’s shed. Be ruthless!
  33. Visit Granny and Gaffer in Tasmania.
  34. Visit MumC in Armidale.
  35. Wake up (and get up) at 8am for a calendar month.
  36. Pick up my Honours thesis and medical records from ANU.
    1. Requested my medical records – totally forgot about my thesis!
  37. Endeavour to understand the American schooling system!
  38. Suck it up and find out my blood type.
  39. Get an armchair for the dressing room.
  40. Complete the Spyro game MrMan got me for Xmas 2008.
  41. Set up a cleaning schedule (and stick to it) for keeping the house.
  42. Go to Bateman’s Bay.
  43. Visit Queensland.


  1. Instigate Peter Walsh’s clever hanger trick. Review after three months.
    1. Implemented in January 2010. To be reviewed in April 2010.
  2. No purchases for one calendar month (obviously excluding groceries and bus tickets).
  3. Buy a new mattress for the double bed.
  4. Buy a new car (and give Dad back his one!)
  5. Purchase an external CD drive for my laptop.
  6. Get a pair of prescription sunnies.
  7. Get a facial.
  8. Get a massage.
  9. Get my broken jewellery fixed.
    1. Dropped off my gold chain to be mended 10/2/10
    2. Picked up myy chain 17/2/10
  10. Purchase a housewifey apron from Etsy.


  1. Add a new cat to the family.
    1. Told MrMan he is getting one as his wedding gift.
  2. Stop the car on Majura Road and take photos of the horses that I like.
  3. Visit Western Plains Zoo.

Fine Arts

  1. Watch the Medici documentaries I have taped on Foxtel since 02/2009.
    1. Part One
    2. Part Two
    3. Part Three
    4. Part Four
  2. Visit 20 new art galleries.
  3. Read all of the published novels written by Jane Austen (reread those already read).
    1. Sense and Sensibility
    2. Pride and Prejudice
    3. Mansfield Park
    4. Emma
    5. Northanger Abbey
    6. Persuasion
  4. Invest in a digital SLR camera.
  5. Read Home at Grasmere by Dorothy Wordsworth.
  6. Mail a secret to PostSecret.
  7. Make a scrapbook of our 21st birthday.
  8. Make a scrapbook of our wedding celebrations.
  9. Publish a blog post each weekday for three months.
  10. Update photos on external hard drive once a month.
  11. Finish reading all the books from my degree
  12. Read Anne Frank’s Diary. Actually finish it for once.
  13. Read Jane Eyre. Actually finish it for once.
  14. Sign up with the NGA again.
  15. Make a hollow book.
  16. Learn the alphabet in sign language (and hopefully a few basic words).
  17. Purchase the perfect little black dress.
  18. Buy a piece of original art that I love at least once a year.
  19. Get my degree papers framed (and MrMan’s trade papers too).
  20. Make a note of all of my unwatched DVDs. Watch them all.
    1. Roman Holiday (30/1/2010)
    2. Sabrina
    3. Bloodline
    4. Paris When it Sizzles
    5. Gone with the Wind
    6. Degrassi High collection
    7. Romeo + Juliet
    8. Bride and Prejudice (7/2/10 with Jem)
    9. The Jetsons collection
    10. Black Books collection
    11. Forsyte Saga collection
    12. Tales from Earthsea
  21. Join a book club (physical or online – either one is good!)
    1. Started one with C. – yay!
  22. Attend a concert/play/show in Canberra before it leaves.
  23. Purchase, frame and hang a copy of the Singin’ in the Rain and Breakfast at Tiffany’s film posters.
  24. Purchase and complete a jigsaw puzzle to frame and display in our home.
  25. Invest in a sewing machine.
  26. Invest in a Polaroid camera.
  27. Complete a cross stitch sampler to hang in our home.
  28. Get a professional blog layout.
  29. Complete my Audrey Hepburn DVD collection.
    1. My Fair Lady
    2. Funny Face
    3. War and Peace
  30. Complete NaNoWriMo.
  31. Get a new pair of glasses.
  32. Get a professional portrait drawn of the MrMan and I.
  33. Get a professional photo taken of Patch.
  34. Get my photo taken with Santa (because I can).


  1. No chocolate for one calendar month (I’m lookin’ at you, March).
  2. Buy a dining table that is big enough for a family.
  3. Invest in a new filing system for recipes. Use it!
  4. Only one meal out a week (cutting out take away lunches and dinners to save money).
  5. Host a dinner party which I’ve cooked from scratch.
  6. Track how much water I drink for one calendar month. Aim for two litres a day. Aim to continue the habit
  7. Go wine tasting in the Hunter Valley.
  8. Visit all local cafes. Document.
    1. In progress 🙂
  9. Take Mum and Dad out for dinner. Pay with own money.
  10. Celebrate Pancake Day at the Pancake Parlour.
  11. Take MrMan to Koko Black (as a surprise – shhhh!)
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