101 in 1001

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 your part).

I found this project one day while randomly surfing the internet, and it immediately took hold in my head, since my life was getting boring and I needed some changes. So, I took a day to come up with a list, which I continue to refine, and then I released it on Wednesday May 17 2006, the same day I turned 1001 weeks old. Yes, I just had to find some significance for the date of release.

So, that’s the back story. You now know much of what I know about the project. Now all you have to do is create a list of your own. That will help me achieve goal #51, but even more, it will help you in your life like it has helped me.


  1. Completely update mattfast1.com to new PHP code – Completed
  2. Climb Mt. Morrison
  3. Go overseas (i.e., not North or South America)
  4. Clean up my room – Completed 1 April 2008
  5. Get a better-paying job I enjoy – Completed 28 October 2006
  6. Finish my AAS degree
  7. Marry the girl of my dreams
  8. Do technical work on a show
  9. Get out of debt
  10. Collect all 50 U.S. State Quarters
  11. Buy a couple 19” LCD monitors – Better than completed
  12. Buy a laptop – Completed 22 February 2008
  13. Fix my car’s A/C – Got new car March 2009
  14. Fix my car’s exhaust – Got new car March 2009
  15. Buy a digital still camera – Completed 02 March 2007
  16. Move out of my parent’s house – Completed 17 April 2009
  17. Pay for the person behind me in a resturant/drive-thru/coffee shop
  18. Watch every episode of Futurama
  19. Watch every episode of Family Guy
  20. Implement a backup system for my computer systems – completed 10 March 2007
  21. {private – before you look at me like that, I reserve the right not to share every detail!} – Completed 25 June 2006
  22. Buy a NextGen game console (PS3/XBox 360/Wii) – Completed April 2007
  23. Write 3 letters of thanks for a good product/good customer service
  24. Write 3 letters of complaint for a bad product/bad customer service
  25. Save $10 every day (or $140 every payday)
  26. Get a broadband internet connection – Completed September 2006
  27. Go 48 hours without using a computer – Completed August 2007
  28. Take a midnight stroll around the neighborhood – Completed 24 June 2006
  29. Organize my CDs and DVDs – In Progress (Begun 16 May 2006)
  30. Release a message in a bottle with the address to my web site
  31. Become involved in an Open Source project
  32. Purify at least one of my computers by purging all Microsoft software (incl. Windows) – Completed October 2006
  33. Go Skinny Dipping at least twice
  34. …and not get caught doing it.
  35. Swim in a naturally-occuring (i.e. not recreational) body of water.
  36. Publish this list on the internet – Completed 18 May 2006
  37. Build a snowman
  38. Build a sandcastle
  39. Get a post office box
  40. Buy something at a garage sale
  41. Sell something on Ebay
  42. See the ocean
  43. Plant a tree
  44. Buy a new cell phone – Completed 2 August 2007
  45. Throw a paper airplane from the roof of a tall building
  46. Meet someone in person that I first met online
  47. Walk someplace more than 1mi away instead of taking my car – Completed
  48. Go without Chipotle for one month (30 days) – ( began 27 May 2006 – post 1 2 ) Completed 27 June 2006
  49. Go skydiving
  50. Go visit one of my friends at an out-of-state college
  51. Convince someone to create their own 101 in 1001 list
  52. Make a new friend
  53. Donate blood at least 5 times
  54. Read the entire bible
  55. Organize my email
  56. Organize my hard drives – Completed October 2006
  57. Go an entire month (30 days) without using any expletives
  58. Renew my CPR certification
  59. Participate in a civil protest
  60. Visit at least 10 U.S. States (not just drive through to someplace else)
  61. Buy parts for a new computer, and build it myself
  62. Teach Sara enough HTML that she can build and maintain her own web site.
  63. Plan a budget, and stick to the damn thing.
  64. Go to an interactive showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show
  65. Buy a lottery ticket
  66. Clean my car out – Completed 17 May 2006
  67. Create an online journal devoted to these 101 things – (Completed 18 May 2006)
  68. Stop biting my fingernails – Completed 10 March 2007
  69. Go to church 20 Sundays in a row – Completed 15 Oct 2006
  70. Buy everyone’s Christmas gifts prior to Thanksgiving
  71. Fast for one day
  72. Fast for three days
  73. Get something I’ve written or photographed published in a printed source
  74. Write a blog entry every day for a month (30 days)
  75. Take at least 2 pictures every day for a month (30 days)
  76. Complete a 26things project
  77. Register a 2nd domain name for a money-making enterprise
  78. Play DDR every day for 3 months (90 days)
  79. Enter NaNoWriMo
  80. Be informed enough to make a smart decision in the 2008 Presidential election
  81. Start my own corporation
  82. Reboot my website
  83. Go Geocaching – Completed 17 February 2014
  84. Shave my head on the 1000th day (Monday February 9, 2009)
  85. Get my A+ certification
  86. Get my Security+ certification
  87. Get my Net+ certification
  88. Rastorbate something
  89. Get a group of people to go to LaserQuest (Birthdays don’t count)
  90. Use one of my old computers to create a better sound system in my car
  91. Release 10 books into the wild with BookCrossing
  92. Get at least 5 shirts off ThinkGeek and wear them regularly (post 1)
  93. Learn CSS well enough to redesign my site
  94. Learn PHP
  95. Lose TV for an entire week
  96. Get out of the city at least once a week for an entire year (52 weeks)
  97. Drive from work to Red Rocks and back in under 30 minutes (approx. 40 miles)
  98. Attend a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater – Completed 27 June 2007
  99. Turn off my cellular phone for one week
  100. Have one week where I have no road rage incidents
  101. Create another list on the 1001th day (Tuesday, February 10, 2009)