I never saw myself as a person who would get so caught up in work and routine that I would forget what it was to live, to be silly, to laugh for no reason at all. Just as every time I emphatically scream ‘NEVER’, it happened. I got so caught up that I hadn’t had a vacation in 2 years and I would choose work over everything else that brought a twinkle to my eye. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my job. The fact was that I had forgotten how to live.
I had started noting down all my dreams and fantasies (even ones from when I was 3 years old) into my journal of dreams and when I came across the Day Zero Project, I knew I had to sign up. This is my ‘I’m not going to trash this in the next time bin’. This is just to remind myself to slow down and live. Maybe I can inspire you to start one of your own.
If you haven’t heard of the project before – GO. NOW. SIGN UP. Really, you won’t regret it. Here’s how it works:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.
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.
Identify 100 things that make me happy Ask 20 friends to suggest one book, and read them all Fold a 1001 origami cranes for someone I love Leave an inspirational note in someone’s book for them to find Read 100 books (100/100) Donate/Raise money for a cause See 10 classic movies I’ve never seen (10/10) See a movie in 3D Sleep under the stars Ride on a tire swing Help someone give birth Send a secret to PostSecret Write a memory a day to be read on the NYE of 2012 Learn how to play poker Write a song Dance in the rain Climb a mountain Host a dinner party Explore a cave Create a photographic journal for one week Influence a person to make a day zero list Be in two states at once Tie a note to a balloon and let it go Update my resume Jump into a body of water fully clothed Make an iTunes playlist of 101 of my favorite songs Lose weight Ride an elephant Laugh until it hurts Go on a safari in Africa Live Abroad Learn how to take a compliment. Play spin the bottle Get an article published in a newspaper or magazine Start a fire with a magnifying glass Quit my job to follow my dreams Watch a solar eclipse Go to a concert (I’ve never been to one before) Complete my Taize Scrap Book Volunteer in Africa for at least 3 months Learn and cook a 3 course Indian meal Get fit – Join a gym Run an art class for children Live by myself for a year Ride a geared bike (without fear of being road kill!) Sit at a railway station early in the morning and solve a crossword puzzle bought at station. Do this alone or with a loved one Go backpacking without a plan Learn a foreign language – French is not counted! Own a rescued animal Sell one of my handmade cards Fly a kite again Watch an IPL/T20 match live (Preferably with RCB Playing) Get lost in a corn/daffodil field Write a blogpost every month for a year Get away for a week without telling anyone Stay out all night dancing and go to work the next day without having gone home Sign up on Postcrossing and send postcards Custom paint a bike Watch a lightening storm at sea Change my name for a day and do things I wouldn’t normally do Get kissed in the rain Have a ‘make a wish’ day every year and see it through! 🙂 Allow someone to buy me a drink Dress up for once Give out free hugs one day Start cycling again Get someone I love to follow my holiday traditions 😉 Have my palm read OR my astrological chart drawn out Write a letter to myself on my birthday to open in 10 years Go on a ‘Bus Day’ in the local BMTC buses. Go on a picnic Go to a lighthouse Get a massage Eat Sushi Celebrate Christmas in Summer Spend a whole day at the beach Create a piece of art plant a tree Take a Yoga class Watch the sunrise and sunset in the same day Go camping Finish my African Adventure Scrapbook Custom paint a helmet Adopt another unusual animal/creature 😀 Paint my face for a sporting event Own a charm keychain Ride a camel Buy a laptop Get a smart phone Make a coke and mentos eruption
- Buy a Carroms Board – (Moved to Second List)
Complete a Pinterest Project Conduct a Summer Camp Have a Doctor Who marathon Meet the Poets of the Fall Dye my hair Do a 30×30 Challenge (30 minutes of physical activity for 30 days) Make a Kiva loan Plan my sister’s bachelorette party Create a scavenger hunt Develop a workout routine that doesn’t require equipment
Creating realistic deadlines to my long standing bucket list goals, writing them down and consciously making an effort to mark them ‘done’ is possibly the best decision I’ve made in a long time.
I even got to mark some things off my “Someday” list – some exciting things like
Scale a Volcano Be a teacher at a kindergarten Go snorkelling Visit Singapore and Malaysia Volunteer in Africa Live on Mount Kilimanjaro Visit the Taj Mahal Witness the Serengeti Migration in Tanzania
The success of this list has inspired me to start working on another. While it’s still a work in progress, I hope I’m able to plough through it with the same rigour! Wish me luck?