With just 122 days left, it’s safe to say my Day Zero Project (first attempt) is going to flop.
For those who don’t know, the Day Zero project is where you come up with 101 goals to complete in 1001 days. When I first started on Oct. 10, 2010, I thought I’d easily be able to do the 101 I planned. I kept them secret (making them public with blog posts as I completed them) realizing if I didn’t finish, I would just keep them secret — in case I wanted to try it again.
The reality of the last two years has stifled this list. Some of my goals cost money. Some require a lot more time than I’m willing to give right now as I still search for employment.
I just went through the list and realized I had completed a few more, jumping me to 35 percent of my list done.
There are way too many others that have no chance of being completed. I have many that are “in progress” because I’ve done parts, but others I haven’t started or won’t be able to start.
So, in 122 days, my Day Zero Project will end without victory.
I’m not scared of it, though. I’ve failed in challenges before (see the 366 Challenge in 2012). But I also find good things out of this one — such as the things I did complete. It’s been a while since I did any blog posts on the challenges I have finished, so I should catch up with those soon. I do want to keep track of the ones I actually did.
And what’s great about those?
I did stuff I likely wouldn’t have done without this challenge. I made sure to eat at 10 new restaurants. Speaking of food, how about this? No fast food for a month. That was awesome. I also went out of my way to find new blogs and such as I commented on 50 random blogs.
Some of my goals were simple, such as writing my name in the sand.
Others were a tad harder, such as going snowshoeing.
In the end, it was a decent effort. I may try and finish a few others on the list before the end comes near. But with the reality of many of these costing money, I understand it’s not going to happen. And I’m OK with that.
One thing I’ll look forward to is the e-mail.
If you don’t know, there’s a website called FutureMe. What you can do there is write an e-mail to yourself (or someone else) and have it sent to you (or them) on a date in the future. So, I sent one to myself to be delivered on the final day of this challenge. I think I remember some of the things I wrote, but not all. So I’ll be excited to see what I said to myself.
I just hope I’m in a better place when it arrives!
This was a fun little project. I’m going to give it a another go when my life shapes up a little more and this one officially ends. Some of the “failures” from this project will make the next list, as well as some of the things I am in the progress of doing. There are some things I’ll definitely take off, just because of “reality” and understanding now that some things you can’t make as goals because too many variables can block it. Therefore, have it in your own mind but not a “set” goal.
I know there were several other bloggers who started these about the same time I did. I’ll have to find them all again and see how they are doing.
Anybody else doing one of these or finished them?
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