I first read about the 1001 Days Project on Sherry's blog. The idea is simple -- come up with a list of 101 things you want to accomplish in 1001 days (roughly 2.75 years). I intended to start my list on my 25th birthday, but things were busy and hectic in June, and my list was stuck around 50. Time passed, and I forgot about it altogether... and last night, at a New Year's party, discussions of resolutions reminded me about the list. So while in lab today, I finished it up, and I'm officially starting today.
I'm bending the rules a bit -- not all of my tasks have a result that is clearly measurable for success. I'm not looking to do things short term (i.e., drink 8 glasses of water everyday for 2 months), but rather to do things frequently enough that by the time the 1001 days rolls around, they have become part of my daily routine and are normal for me. But hey, this is my list for myself, so I'm going to do it how I please.
I'll update on this page as tasks are completed -- follow along with my success [link on blog navigation bar].
Between January 1, 2009 and September 29, 2011, I will...
Learn to love science again.
Write up experiment protocols and results for each experiment within 48 hours of completion.
Attend seminars on a regular basis (even if it means working 15 hour days to fit seminars around experiments).
Do an out-of-the-box, crazy experiment -- logical experiments aren't working, so maybe something crazy will!
Present a poster at a conference.
Submit a paper as a first author and have paper accepted.
Clean chemical bench every Friday.
Successfully defend thesis -- become Disgruntled Julie, Ph.D.
Regardless of when I defend, return to D.C. for graduation ceremonies.
Figure out what I want to do post-graduate school.
Find a job in desired field in Philadelphia area.
Host a girls' night once a year.
Host a Game-a-thon.
Host a Dessert-a-thon.
Host an old-fashioned sleepover.
Mail a card or letter to a friend once a month.
Learn how to make the most of a long-distance marriage.
Remake larger wedding album.
Move to Philadelphia to live with Husband.
Buy a house or condo.
Buy/lease/inherit (from Husband) a car if we are not living in a public transportation friendly neighborhood.
Find a synagogue we like and become members.
Actually drag Husband to services at said synagogue.
Establish long-term primary care physician in Philadelphia.
Make new friends in Philadelphia, but...
Keep in touch with old friends and visit as often as possible.
Purchase remaining items from our wedding registry.
Apply for passport with hyphenated last name.
Sign up for life insurance with Husband.
Draft a living will.
Take spare change to bank.
Transfer money to ING savings account on the first of each month.
Continue to track all finances in Microsoft Money, and make a better effort to stick to my budget.
Increase savings account by $10,000.
Pay off interest each month on Husband's medical school loans.
Have at least 15 "no spend" days per month -- spend absolutely no money at all.
Bake the perfect challah.
Bake the perfect cherry pie.
Host major holiday dinner at our new abode in Philadelphia.
Host a formal dinner party (for no specific reason).