Monday, December 13, 2010
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Way back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth and Wayne and I started dating, he introduced me to a phenomenon called the Day Zero Project and I've been obsessed ever since. I'm actively trying to recruit my friends and family to the project because I honestly believe that it's one of the most valuable tools for personal enrichment I've found on the internet.
... and because it's more fun to do with other people. :)
Essentially, The Day Zero Project encourages you to make a list of 101 things you want to do in the next 1001 days. Using their website you can browse other people's lists for inspiration, add to your list, and update the things that you've done. Not only does the website easily track your progress and end date, you can add notes to each item on your list so that you can keep track of dates and times and details. It's a terrific website and I suggest you check it out, but that's not really the point. More than that, I want to encourage everyone that reads this post to immediately start their list.
This is not a bucket list, which is created with good intentions and then quickly forgotten about because all of the items are so huge and insurmountable. This is a list of reminders.
Some of the things on my list are reminders to do things when I have the spare time that make me genuinely happy.
- #6 Kiss in the rain.
- #21 Go sidewalk chalking.
- #77 Go horseback riding.
Some of the things on my list are things I've always wanted to do but haven't gotten around to yet. Having them on my list reminds me to keep my eye out for groupons and deals, or reminds me to make grandiose plans with my friends (and if it's on their list too, all the more perfect.)
- #3 Go skydiving.
- #32 Go to a multiday music festival.
- #79 Go to a bathhouse.
And some of them are personal enrichment items that I need to make sure I do, because I might never begin the project or keep track of it if I don't.
- #20 Get a Masters degree
- #24 Become a Big Sister
- #87 Read the "30 Books Everyone Should Read Before They're 30."
Updating this list weekly and now, creating blog posts for each of my list items helps remind me of all of the things I want to do. More than once my list has gotten us up off the couch and out on the town making valuable memories. More than once my list has sparked intellectual debate.
So what are you waiting for?
Check out my full list HERE and make your own!