New Year's resolution + bucket list = Choose your own adventure with 101 in 1001 lists #Life#goals#New Year's December 31 2014 | Guest post by stealmystapler By: Rob Lee – CC BY 2.0 So what is a 101 in 1001 list? Simply put, a list of 101 things that you'd like to do in 1001 days. It fits somewhere between a New Year's resolution (1001 days is about 2.75 years) and a bucket list. There's something about that timeframe that feels just perfect. It allows and encourages you to think more broadly about what you'd like to accomplish. One year may not be enough time and, depending on your stage in life, five years can be just as difficult to imagine as a lifetime. I've spent the last eight years of my life in lists. Or really, 3003 days focusing on 303 things. It feels both easy and impossible to think of 101 things you want to do in life, and a colorful list hanging on the wall is a perfect reminder of the next adventure to jump into. Through these lists, I've sought out new experiences, tried to create healthy habits, visited new places, and dreamt about what future "me" could be like. Each of my lists bears a strong imprint of who and where I was when I created them… My first list, created during my third year of college, is full of yearning for travel, experiences, and culture. Go skinny dipping; kiss someone in the rain; shout my awesomeness from the rooftop; go skiing on real snow; read The Iliad; wear a dandelion crown all day; buy art from an artist; play in a waterfall; see two operas; write a message on a bathroom stall. My second list, created soon after graduating college, blended adventure with self-improvement. Make a skirt; go backpacking for a weekend; participate in Earth Hour each year; buy a bouquet of flowers for myself; volunteer with a local Girl Scout council; take vitamins every day for three months; spend 24 hours outside of a building; buy a nice suit; play hooky. Related Post What happened when I made a resolution to not buy anything new for a year My resolution this year was The Compact, defined by Wikipedia as "a social and environmental movement whose members promise not to buy anything new for... Read more My third list, created right after completing my Master's degree and six months before my wedding, is rather domestic and aspirational. Do yoga every day for four months; buy a real Christmas tree; try canning; have sex every day for two weeks; visit five wineries; record 5-10 things I am grateful for each week; make 10 Kiva loans; save $10,000 for a house down payment; watch a sunrise and sunset in the same day. I'll admit it — I've never finished every single thing on my lists. I've even had some things carry over from list to list. It is amazing how different life can be only 2.75 years after you first imagined it. My life has been full of new directions since the start of my third list in January 2012. Though I didn't do about a third of the things on my last list, I did so much that I hadn't anticipated. I sat on a stone wall in the woods for weeks; discovered the joy of saunas and woodstoves; reglazed windows from 1865; led a group of young girls on their first hike up a mountain; moved north and learned to cross country ski; and so many other things large and small. And now, I find myself considering what schemes, adventures, goals, and experiences I'll fill my next list with. It's time to start mulling, jotting, and imagining what the next 1001 days could hold. Anyone want to join in? What's on your bucket list or 101 in 1001? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo stealmystapler Stealmystapler is a historian who loves to spend time in old buildings and rediscover their stories. She also enjoys cooking and exploring beautiful natural places with her husband and dog. On the best of days, she combines all three passions; on the worst, she has simply forgotten to notice that they are all still there. PREVIOUS What Disney taught me about healthy polyamory NEXT Time management as an art project Show/Hide comments [ 15 ] I love this! I think I might have to sit down and start on a list… Reply This is a great idea! I've wanted to do this ever since I saw Ryan Gosling's character do it on "Breaker High": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q_ThaCjZPU One thing on my list is training to do the splits. I feel like I've had this on my list for half of my life and 2015 seems like a good year to finally do it! Reply BREAKER HIGH!!!!!! I remember getting made fun of for liking Ryan Gosling on Young Hercules and Breaker High. Then the Notebook happened. Reply I still need about 15 more things! Definitely looking forward to bathing with rose petals, living without a car for a week, going to a nude beach and hiking up a mountain in winter (among many other adventures) 🙂 Reply This is awesome! I think this would be a great activity for my partner and I – especially since we dream big, nebulous dreams and then never seem to accomplish them. This is really cool, thank you for sharing! Reply I did ones for undergrad, during law school, and one for the first 3 years of after law school. The most recent one ended in June and I didn't re-make one, now I'm thinknig that it would be a good idea to do again. Reply I like it. Your list can have anything on it. It does not matter if it is big or small, if it is important to you then it is important! I just have three goals. 1. Learn to walk again. 2. Follow my rehabilitation plan religiously. 3. Look after myself, it's time to be selfish, you can only keep giving without receiving for so long. Reply This sounds like a great idea! I think I will join you. Reply I really like this idea! Thank you for including some of your past goals, makes this a really neat way to gauge where you are at in life along the way. Reply I (mostly) completed a 101 Things challenge back in 2009, but these days I prefer to stick to shorter-term goals. I'm doing a 35 Things in 2015 list because I turn 35 years old this year. http://www.zandria.us/archives/main/2009/11/08/101-things-in-1001-days-the-end/ Reply "There's something about that timeframe that feels just perfect"…true…when you start your 1001 days. I recently completed a list and by the time I was done, I was so sick of it. I did challenge myself to do a lot of things I might not have otherwise because of my 101 in 1001 list, but I also felt like I had this to do list following me around for 3 years. I wrote the final tally of my list and my feelings on it on my blog: http://www.relishments.com/blog/2014/10/101-in-1001-the-final-tally/ On a positive note, I found reading other people's lists to be really inspiring for creating my own. So borrow away! Reply I really want to do this, but I'm at 22 things and I'm having trouble thinking of more! Reply While I think it is helpful to look at other lists for inspiration, I do find it can really help to put down the list and let it sit for a few days. I inevitably hear something new or fresh ideas bubble up to the surface in my brain. Best to let those ideas settle if you're going to be living with them for almost three years! Reply I was just thinking that I needed to do another one. The last one I made was with my (now ex) husband about 5 years ago. It's time for some ME goals! Reply So I've totally started my own after being inspired by this post! http://dayzeroproject.com/user/DooblaVee/list/99042 I've also started a blog to document my progress. I'll be doing my first goal tonight! http://www.dooblavee.wordpress.com Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.