I heard about the Day Zero Project on an episode of the Freelanceswitch podcast. The idea is that you choose 101 goals to accomplish over the next 1,001 days, or 2.75 years. It’s not quite as morbid as a bucket list, but because it has a longer time frame than a New Year’s Resolution, it allows those goals to achieve some vision. Normally I keep away from motivational stuff like this. Having come of age during the “inner-child” obsessed 1990’s, I feel like I’ve been through enough goal-setting seminars to last a lifetime. As I searched through the various lists on the site, somehow it didn’t seem like the people writing them were just burning calories to feel good about themselves. The goals were all lofty, yet somehow practical. It made me start to think of my goals. Next thing I knew, I had taken up three pages of a legal pad with all my future accomplishments.
It’s going to be quite the 1,001 days. At the end of it all, I’ll have learned 3 languages, 1 fluently, learned to play 3 musical instruments, and learned how to cook turducken, steamed pork buns, and moose. Europe, Las Vegas, Haida Gwaii, New York and Portland better watch out, because Sara and I are going to take them by storm! It’s safe to say that not all of these goals will be completed, but that’s not the point. If we all plan on living life to the fullest, there is no harm in setting a few benchmarks. At the very least I should be able to perfect that Captain Planet cocktail.
My Day Zero Project list