EVERYTHING I CROSSED OFF MY 101 IN 1001 LIST LAST YEAR

If you’re new to my blog (welcome!), you may not know that I keep a running list of 101 goals I’m hoping to accomplish in the next 1,001 days. I’m currently working through my fourth list (my first one dates all the way back to my senior year of college in 2011!) and it’s a framework that works really well for me. 1001 days comes out to 2.75 years and I find that’s a practical timeline that satisfies a gap for me between writing a daily to do list and a lifetime bucket list. You can check out all the goals on my current list here and below I’m sharing the goals I was able to cross off in 2021!

EVERYTHING I CROSSED OFF MY 101 IN 1001 LIST LAST YEAR

needlepoint projects

10. Finish at least five needlepoint projects (May 2021; first post here and second post here).

12. Leave a 100% tip for great service (Black Eyed Susan’s in July 2021).

Stubbs & Wootton slippers - EVERYTHING I CROSSED OFF MY 101 IN 1001 LIST LAST YEAR

17. Design a product for a brand I love (Stubbs & Wootton in June 2021; post here).

21. Post an IGTV or Reel (December 2021; video here).

family-friendly second car

28. Decide on a family-friendly second car (February 2021; post here).

34. Do swim lessons with Teddy (started August 2021).

35. Do Tumblebees with Teddy (started August 2021).

second baby - EVERYTHING I CROSSED OFF MY 101 IN 1001 LIST LAST YEAR

36. Have a second baby (April 2021; Peter’s birth story here).

37. Write updates on my first, second, and third trimesters (April 2021; first trimester recap, second trimester recap, third trimester recap).

38. Needlepoint a Christmas ornament for second baby (May 2021; post here).

birth announcements for second baby

39. Send out birth announcements for second baby (June 2021; post here).

Teddy’s new bedroom

41. Decorate and photograph Teddy’s new bedroom (June 2021; post here).

42. Find a preschool we love (September 2021).

office post - EVERYTHING I CROSSED OFF MY 101 IN 1001 LIST LAST YEAR

53. Photograph office for the blog (October 2021; post here).

65. Paint front bedroom upstairs (March 2021).

66. Install recessed lighting in guest bedrooms (April 2021).

upstairs hall bathroom

68. Renovate our upstairs hall bathroom (May 2021; post here).

backyard project - EVERYTHING I CROSSED OFF MY 101 IN 1001 LIST LAST YEAR

72. Consult a landscape designer to come up with a plan for our backyard (project completed August 2021; post here).

73. Decide whether to renovate or fill in our pool (renovation completed August 2021; post here).

74. Remove damaged trees in our yard (February 2021).

75. Move the stone wall in our yard (March 2021).

76. Replace our fence (completed August 2021; post here).

77. Successfully grow new grass (completed August 2021; post here).

Pick berries with Teddy

85. Get a Darien beach pass (May 2021).

90. Pick berries with Teddy (June 2021; post here).

91. Bike to the beach with Teddy (July 2021).

Visit Nantucket for Christmas Stroll

96. Visit Nantucket for Christmas Stroll (December 2021; post here).

98. Take a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard (July 2021; post here).

Do any of you keep a 101 in 1001 list? Or have any questions about writing one? Happy to chat more about my process!

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  1. Thanks for inspiring me to start my own list! My 2021 items:
    Sign both girls up for swim lessons
    Watch 2 new to me tv shows
    Plan baby Sylvia’s 1st bd party
    Buy new (made in USA) towels
    Buy new (made in USA) everyday dishes
    Get a new carry on suitcase
    Plan a family trip
    Start Duolingo app again
    Bake 5 new cake recipes
    Make an album of Sylvia’s monthly photos
    Go to beaver island
    Clean basement carpet
    Start tradition of ice cream on last day of school
    Carve pumpkins
    Plant bulbs in fall
    Research new A/C
    Plan Claire’s 4th bd party
    Take a solo overnight staycation

    Phew! I feel productive after listing them all out!

  2. I started my list in November 2019 and the timeline will finish this August. I do six-monthly check-ins on my blog, and it’s been kind of funny as not one of the check-ins has not had a Covid theme running through it – a lot of my goals have been absolutely decimated by the coronavirus! There are also a lot I just don’t care about anymore and it’s actually really refreshing and freeing to acknowledge that my priorities have changed and what I want out of life has changed. I’m looking forward to writing a new list later this year and seeing how that will end up reflected in a new list.

    1. Ahh I’m heading to check out your six-month updates now! I completely relate to the desire to change your goals halfway through — 2.75 years winds up being just long enough of a timeframe that life can look completely different at the end of a list than it did at the outset! I actually wrote a post about this years ago that might resonate with you: https://www.mackenziehoran.com/2015/04/28/editing-your-goals-to-match-your-life/. I would love to see your new list once it’s live later this year! 🙂

  3. I loved this idea when I first saw it, starting to follow you years ago. I was looking for help focusing and this seemed like a tool that could help. I couldnt handle the duration of your list, so I did scale it down, 18 things in 180 days…about 6 month goals instead. I haven’t done it since having my first child, and recently noticed how much I am struggling with purpose and personal goals. Thank you for sharing this update and inspiring me to reset my mind to this. Maybe, I could actually handle a one year outlook instead of 6 months (37 in 365) I know I sure have a lot I would like to do with my son, as your list also has.