Back when I was still writing my thesis, I found myself daydreaming a lot about things I wanted to do after I graduate or skills I wanted to learn when I’m no longer busy with academics. But the thing with me is that I would always “swear that I’d do something at my leisure time”, but jump at the next opportunity to be busy and leave myself with no free time to do what I want. I’m also not very good at keeping New Year’s resolutions especially regarding habits I want to change, and I feel like a lot of my goals are not really achievable in just a year. But still, I wanted to keep track of my goals and achievements, so a few months ago I decided to try the 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge.
The concept is pretty straightforward: you make a list of 101 things you want to achieve or do, and do your best to tick off all the items on your list in 1001 days. For accountability, I’m also sharing my list on a page I created specifically for the challenge!
My list is sorted into 10 categories:
I’ve always thought of myself as not being creative because I didn’t have an eye for art and couldn’t draw to save my life – but I’m trying to challenge this thinking! Visual arts and design may not be my thing, but there are other ways to be creative, and I’m going to focus on those.
I want to improve my online presence and be more consistent with posting on my blog and social media accounts. It’s sad that I’ve lost my motivation and passion for blogging to the point that it’s making me unhappy, but things are slowly getting better and I am growing to love it again. The challenges in this category would serve as motivators for me to get better at what I’m doing and encourage me to share my story to anyone who would listen (or read)!
3. Travel and Experiences
I loooove to travel and experience new things. I’m mostly game when it comes to trying out new things but there are still some endeavors that I tend to shy away from. I want to be more confident with myself, explore new places, and just feel comfortable doing all of those new, scary things!
I always say “I want to learn this”, “I want to learn that”, but I never get around to actually starting to learn them. Or even when I start, I get demotivated by my lack of progress or just forget about them because I don’t prioritize them. This happens mostly with my language learning. Most of the goals in this category are more measurable so I know what I’m working towards, while some items are more generic, which means that I consider it “learned” if I can already work on a project or research question with my current level of knowledge.
5. Home and Life in general
I admit that I didn’t know how to categorize the items in this section at first, but most of them involved making big changes at home or getting my life organized, so I just sorted them as such XD
It’s not always easy to define your next career move, especially for a fresh graduate like me who is looking to change careers after graduate school. But this means that the world is my oyster and that anything is possible at this point, so my focus for the goals in this category are more inclined towards what I need to do or what qualifications I would need to land a job that is in line with my interests.
I don’t consider myself a big spender, but since I just came out of university, that means I don’t have much money either! I don’t have huge goals financial-wise yet, so these small goals are just mostly about getting accounts and cards set up and making sure I have a good saving plan in place.
I’ve neglected my health during my graduate school days and I want to change that by forming good habits! After all, it’s hard to be positive, confident, and productive when you’re neglecting your health!
To be honest, I think these are the most difficult goals to achieve, but we’ll get there!
I never really allowed myself to enjoy many forms of entertainment since I came back to university. I miss the days when I would read books and movies just for fun, and not because it’s required in school! So, I thought of all the genres or kinds of stuff I’m interested to watch or read, and put them all here.
10. For Fun
The things in this category are low-priority goals that aren’t that useful or essential, but I think it would be fun to be able to do or achieve them anyway!
If you checked the page for the list, you may notice that some of the items on my list have already been crossed off – it’s because I started this challenge in May, so my challenge ends on February 20, 2021.
I think 1001 days is a reasonable time frame for achieving a lot of medium-term goals, and the length of time also allows you to be more flexible about how you’re going to achieve those goals. I admit, some of the items in my list are pretty daunting; even I am not sure whether I will be able to accomplish them. But I think this challenge is the perfect opportunity to try something new and dream bigger, so let’s get it on!
One of the major goals I want to achieve in this challenge is to overcome my video and camera shyness, and this is one of the first things that I worked towards. What did I do? Well…
I actually recorded myself talking on video. OMG.
For those who don’t know, I don’t like seeing myself on camera. I’m also very conscious about the way I speak because people make fun of my accent. I’ve been trying to neutralize it to make it sound more “acceptable” in these parts. But recently, I’ve tried just letting my words flow and it’s making a huge difference on my confidence. Besides, native English speakers don’t mind my accent at all so I don’t think there’s any reason to be ashamed of the way I speak!
Easier said than done though, so wish me luck guys!