December 11, 2020
Since we’re coming up on a new year, let’s talk New Year’s Resolutions. WAIT! Don’t exit out yet. I used to try the whole New Years Resolution thing, but who actually finishes them? I’m sure there are success stories of accomplishing your resolution, but I haven’t heard them yet. Why don’t we hear many “I did it!” stories? A few reasons.
I had quit doing New Years Resolutions because they just didn’t get done and/or they got forgotten about by March (at the latest). But then I happened on an idea, and this year will mark my 11th year doing it and it’s revolutionized my New Years Resolution making. One of my friends put together a list for herself of 101 things she wanted to do in 1001 days. I thought that was an awesome idea, but I knew that 1001 days (which is over 2.5 years) was a little large of a scope for me. So I decided that I was going to make me a list of 101 things I wanted to do that year. It took me a month to come up with 101 things that first time, but I finally got my list made. This year will be my 11th list and I’m excited to get working on it.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, because this is what I thought at first: “101 things?! Are you kidding? No way I could do that.” Don’t exit yet either.
This “101 Things in [insert year here]” list ends up being like my bucket list for the year. I put anything on there, big or small. You can find goals as big as “launch my new website” down to “eat at a new restaurant”. I find doing this list also helps me to work towards some of the larger goals I have.
So what does this “101 Things” list do for me that a New Year’s Resolution doesn’t?
It can be hard to come up with 101 things…the first time I did this it took me 2 months to get to 101 items. But it made me sit down and think about what I wanted. It made me make goals. It made me evaluate what I wanted out of life that year. Coming up with 101 things sounds intimidating…but give it a try. If you can only get to 50…start with that and then add to your list as you go throughout the year. Sometimes I break down items into two or more in order to reach the 101 mark. For example, I had “turn the hammock area into a picnic area”, but I needed more items on the list so I also put, “start gathering rocks for the picnic area”. So I ended up working on two different items on the list by doing one thing. I don’t count it as cheating, I see it as breaking up your goals into bite sized chunks. Remember, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step.” I know that phrase is almost cliche now…but it’s taken on new meaning in my life lately so today it seems less cliche than normal. You have to start somewhere.
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