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The 101 Goals Explanation

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Okay, so this post is for those who aren’t sure what, why or how 101 goals in 1001 days is/appeals/works.

What is 101 goals in 1001 days?

Well, to be honest, it’s exactly what it sounds like. If you’re taking part you write a list of 101 goals that you think it’s possible to complete in 1001 days (2.75 years, 33 months, 143 weeks). You set a start date and a deadline. Then you start working on completing the goals. You ‘win’ if you complete everything by the time Day 1001 rolls around. The idea is a very popular internet meme, if you’re searching for other lists look for keywords like 101 goals in 1001 days, Day Zero, Mission 101 – they’re all different names for the same thing!

Why do people sign up to this crazy challenge?

People do 101 goals in 1001 days for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes it’s a way of guiding their life through a period of change. Sometimes they crave new experiences and adventures. Sometimes it’s about fixing bad habits and challenging yourself to be your best self. At the heart of every list though there is normally a desire to ‘make things happen’ and set some changes in motion.

How does 101 goals in 1001 days work?

A good 101 goals list is a mix of one-off goals, ongoing challenges/habits, experiments and big things that need to be worked towards. For example: flying a kite, getting up at 07:00 every day, watching no TV for 30 days and winning NaNoWriMo (NaNoWriMo means writing a fifty thousand word novel in the month of November, to win you obviously need to work on it on 01-29NOV but you only win on 30NOV when you finish!). The best lists tend to be specific and well-defined goals which don’t rely on you winning the lottery in the next 1001 days or never sleeping. :)

Keeping the list online somewhere *and* on paper keeps you honest and active. My online list makes me accountable and means people expect me to report back regularly – it motivates me and means I get regular feedback. Feedback definitely helps with a long term challenge like this one. Having the list on paper forces me to keep thinking about it and working on ways to make goals happen. I doodle on it, make notes and prioritise stuff when I’m sat on buses or waiting somewhere and every couple of weeks I grab a coffee and spend a bit of time making sure everything is still on track.

Got a question I didn’t answer here? Ask it in the comments!

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Author: Alex in Leeds

Book reviewer, blogger, photographer and adventuress who completed 101 goals in 1001 days. I can be found on Twitter as @AlexInLeeds.

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