Angela Dawn

Now is the Start

Refer to:  Day Zero Project

I was looking for reviews for Sur La Table cooking classes (I wanted to see how hands on they are and how crowded they become) and I came across a blog where a gentleman was taking a class as part of something called “The Day Zero Project.” Intrigued, I looked up the subject matter and found a community of people who were following in the footsteps of Michael Green. In 2003, Michael set up a goal for himself of completing 101 items in 1001 days. He developed it into a social network of sorts and The Day Zero Project began. Joining that community, I decided to create my own 101 in 1001 challenge. Why not?

So, what follows is a list of guidelines as set out on the website:

The Challenge:

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 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 organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.

While trying to compile my list it was a bit difficult. I wanted the goals to be attainable (what can one accomplish in under 3 years), but also slightly pushing it. For example, item one: Escape to another continent. While this is certainly something I’d like to do in my lifetime (I’d actually like to visit all 6 of the remaining ones), it’s not as easy or affordable as some tasks I could take. But, I decided to add it, because it will push my travel. Some items will certainly be easier (take an art class) than others (complete a half marathon). But no matter, I’m up for the task. It’s about time to get out there and make something of the time that I’ve been given. Live it to the fullest.

So, here is my list itself (which I’ll update with progress as it becomes available). I hope you’ll tune in and follow me on my journey. This will be, in part, what the blog is about for the next three years.

Start Date: Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
Date: Wednesday, January 27th, 2016