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

This challenge will run from March 12, 2020 to December 8, 2022.

001 – Visit 10 Ontario Provincial Parks

002 – Visit 50 Local Conservation Areas/Parks

003 – Visit a National Park

004 – Travel to Canada’s East Coast

005 – Visit Tobermory, Ontario

006 – Visit 10 locations from Atlas Obscura

007 – Visit a UNESCO world heritage site

008 – Hike local section of the Great Trail

009 – Go on a canoe day-trip

010 – Reach 250 geocache milestone

011 – Renew our passports and get kids’ passports

012 – Take kids to the R.O.M. On hold (Covid)

013 – Take kids to the Toronto Zoo Completed August 2020
Went surprisingly well despite covid restrictions.

014 – Take kids to Canada’s Wonderland On hold (Covid)

015 – Fill out a photo family tree

016 – 1000 books before kindergarten with J

017 – Join parent council at the kids’ school

018 – Organize and backup family photos and videos

019 – Organize professional family photos Completed October 2020

020 – Make a family yearbook for each year from 2015 to 2021

021 – Start a chore/allowance chart Completed May 2020
Started a weekly chart after Olivia’s 5th birthday.

022 – Make matching family stockings for Christmas

023 – Convert old photos from slides to digital for mom and dad

024 – Make and put up a bat box

025 – Cut down cedar tree on back patio Completed May 2020
Stump remains but the rest of the tree is gone.

026 – Hazardous waste cleanup of the farm (including oil, scrap metal)

027 – Make a chicken coop

028 – Make raised garden beds

029 – Make an outdoor run for the dog

030 – Clean and fix up old greenhouse structure

031 – Start a fairy garden

032 – Make homemade sweet pickles, salsa, and jam

033 – Bake bread from scratch

034 – Cook through an entire cookbook (every recipe!)

035 – Complete NaNoWriMo once

036 – Finish first draft of a story

037 – Submit something to be published

038 – Background art improvement challenge

039 – Gift art to a friend

040 – Design and print a set of bookmarks

041 – Design and print a set of stickers

042 – Try an acrylic paint pour

043 – Create something to hang and decorate our walls

044 – Create a handmade gift for each member of our family

045 – Complete an amigurumi crochet project

046 – Complete a Popsugar reading challenge within the target year

047 – Complete a Book Riot reading challenge within the target year

048 – Read 50 books I owned prior to challenge start date (2/50)
Call Down the Hawk (bought Nov 24 2019); The Selection (2019 book sale)

049 – Review 50 books

050 – Read 10 books from the Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels list

051 – Finish a book of crossword puzzles

052 – Watch Studio Ghibli feature films (0/23)
Progress tracked here.

053 – Watch Disney/Pixar animated feature films with the kids (8/80)
Progress tracked here.

054 – Put together a 1000-piece puzzle

055 – Video game backlog: destash what I don’t plan to play, create a list of what’s left

056 – Clear 5 games from my updated backlog

057 – Watch a classic anime series

058 – Try 10 episodes of 10 new-to-me podcasts

059 – Post 101 blog entries

060 – Start a new blog series and make 10 posts

061 – Design logo and header for the blog

062 – Set up a bookstagram Completed October 2020
@melonpapers

063 – Set up a linked pinterest account

064 – Revamp goodreads account

065 – Destash post for books

066 – Destash post for video games

Photo by Katie Harp on Unsplash

067 – Pay off credit card balance

068 – Pay off credit line balance

069 – Pay off student loan

070 – Open bank accounts for the kids

071 – Add both kids to life insurance policy

072 – Meet with lawyer to discuss wills

073 – Complete a no-spend month (31 consecutive days)

074 – Sell baby carriers and wraps

075 – Sell unwanted figures/comics/etc

076 – No soda for one month (31 consecutive days)

077 – 10k steps for one month (31 consecutive days)

078 – Make homemade maki rolls

079 – Gym at least 3 times per week for 3 consecutive months On hold (Covid)
Started in February… gyms closed in March. Back at it when it’s safe to do so.

080 – Sauna while cold-weather camping

081 – Make a “40 before 40” list

082 – Try a new sport

083 – Reach pre-pregnancy weight

084 – Organize stickers into an album

085 – Visit a Cat Cafe Completed August 2020
Toe Beans Cat Cafe in Port Hope.

086 – Clean and donate wedding dress

087 – Upgrade to a phone with a better camera Completed April 2020
Upgraded to Iphone 11 when my cell plan expired.

088 – Donate blood Completed September 2020

089 – Submit an exhibit to the local fair On hold (Covid)

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092-096 – Add 5 new goals at the beginning of 2021

097-101 – Add 5 new goals at the beginning of 2022