The Mission: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days. The Criteria: 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 my part). Why 1001 Days?: Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as New Year's resolutions. 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 organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Monday, January 5, 2009

#94: No french fires for two whole months!

I did it! I finished my personal challenge of not eating french fries for two straight months.

French fries aren't my favorite food, but they are up there. I found it to be a pretty hard thing to avoid all-together. I think I could definitely limit my fry-intake, but cutting them out is a definite no-no. I got the idea cuz Nicole (Nathan's sister) doesn't eat fries anymore (at all) because of a challenge she did back in high school. I think she's crazy because boy are fries delicious.

Not only did I manage to avoid the awesome seasoned potato wedges... but I avoided them at the most difficult of places. We took a family sibling trip to Disneyland (can now be dubbed "annual Disneyland trip"), and on the way down we stopped at Red Robin! WTF! THE hardest place to avoid the damned fries because of the delicious seasoning. But I came through and ordered a quesadilla so I didn't even need to avoid a fry substitute. On the drive home we stopped at In 'n' Out Burger. Holy mother! Another tasty fry choice destination. I managed to eat my cheese burger sans fries and escaped the trip without breaking my challenge. I knew if I made it through that trip that I could make it to January 2.

So on January 3, Nathan and I hit up the Red Robin near our house where I dined on the most yummy seasoned potato wedges ever.

Next fry binge: The Hat chili fries! (Guess I'll have to wait 'til we go back down to Pasadena)

Friday, January 2, 2009

#18: My writing in 2008.

So this year I published 35 articles. My goal was to publish 5-10 articles a month, which looks like I was able to meet! Sadly, none of them were paid articles, but that's still pretty awesome. Looks like I'll have to work more in 2009 to get the paid article part of my list taken care of.

I am going to try and update this more this weekend so what I have really accomplished since the start of my list. I hope it will encourage my sister to update her list as well, after all, this was all her idea!

More updates to come...