Day Zero Project


The Creation of My Day Zero Project

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.

Some common goal setting tips:

1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.

2. Stay Focused. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.

3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.

4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.

5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.

*After reflecting on my life and what I want to accomplished …*… a list was born…

*This was created while still an undergraduate student–so please–bear with some of the wild ideas!*



1. Finish the writing of my thesis paper by July 11 2009
2. Finish the analysis of my thesis paper by July 15 2009
3. Finish the structure & my complete thesis by the end of July 2009
4. Finish my BA in Anthropology at USF.
5. Apply to 6 graduate schools for fall 2010 (3 public health and 3 nursing) (2 out of the state of Florida)
6. Improve my writing
7. Start my masters in public health or nursing degree in fall 2010.
8. Get A and B’s first two semesters in graduate school
9. Speak Japanese fluently by the end of my 101 Day Project
10. Learn sign language
11. Learn how to use Microsoft Office thoroughly


12. Communicate with my best friend in Japan in Japanese monthly for 9 consecutive months
13. Read at least 100 books by the end of my 101 Day Project
14. Free myself to love without fear of being crippled emotionally and disappointment
15. Take my companion and frolic in the rain and just enjoy life and love
16. Accept failure with pride when I give it my all
17. Release all my emotions and cry once a month for 3 months
18. Have a day to myself once a month without technology, friends or family for 6 consecutive months
19. Poor my heart out daily in a hand written journal until the book is finished



20. Have a girl’s night out once a month for 6 consecutive months
21. Get back into modeling
22. Have a photo shoot at least once every other month for 6 consecutive months
23. Go to a Broadway
24. Go snowboarding/skiing
25. Go on a road trip
26. Go to a baseball game
27. Go on a cruise


28. Spend a full day with my large immediate family members individually. (15-20 people)
29. Plan a “family women” vacation weekend
30. Make 2 more female friends that become real friends
31. Fly to Iowa to support one of Greg’s grad school performances
32. Get ‘dolled up’ to put a smile on my companion’s face
33. Be my best friend’s loyal servant in her wedding in 2010/11
34. Speak to my lil sis through Big Bros Big Sis once a week for 6 months
35. Write my lil cousins in New York every month for 3 months
36. Speak with my best friends once a month for 3 months
37. Call my brother in VA once a month for 3 months
38. Call my brother in FL once a week for a month


39. Cook a “foreign” dish once a month for 6 months
40. Get to work at least 15 minutes or more for 1 month
41. Write a letter to myself 5 years in the future
42. Start a blog that updates my list and my modeling ‘career’
43. Model for a life-drawing course/class
44. Don’t complain about my job for 2 weeks
45. Pay off my braces
46. Get a pedicure every other month for a year
47. Back a vehicle up into a parking space using only mirrors until I am comfortable doing it


48. Purge all clothes that does not fit from my closet
49. Build my business casual wardrobe (5 outfits 5 different shopping trips)
50. Build my ‘modest’ casual wardrobe (5 outfits 5 different shopping trips)
51. Build my ‘glamour’ wardrobe (5 outfits from 5 different shopping trips)
52. Iron my clothes for everything for a month
53. Improve my speech (slowing it down) & stop cursing


54. Organize my personal records
55. Clean out items I no longer use or want
56. Fix my external hard drive & back up all my files onto an additional hard drive
57. Keep my car clean of clutter (not living out of my car) for 3 consecutive months
58. Maintain a clutter free room for 3 months



59. Brush teeth thrice a day for 3 consecutive months (braces)
60. Floss everyday for 3 months consecutive (braces)
61. Thoroughly clean my braces for a month
62. Moisturize my Hair & scalp at least once a month for 6 consecutive months
63. Get visible abs again and maintain them for at least 6 months


64. Cook a new vegetarian dish once a month for 3 consecutive months
65. Eat out no more than once a month for 3 consecutive months
66. No snack foods for a month
67. No snacking on foods at work for 2 weeks
68. No cheese sticks OR french fries for a month


69. Workout for an hour ~ 30 minutes of cardio and 3 core body/toning exercises at 4 times a week for 6 months consecutive
70. Stretch 5 times a week for a month
71. Get in shape and maintain the health for 3 months
72. Go to Pilates classes for a month
73. Go to yoga classes for a month


74. Began my spiritual journey with GOD and follow the path he has lain out for me until I am walking along next to him – shooting for the end of my 101 Day Project
75. Read at least 2 pages of the bible daily for 3 months consecutively
76. Spend 30 minutes a day for a week researching my spiritual stand on my temple
77. Pray at least twice daily for a month
78. Pray first thing in the morning for a month
79. Pray every night before going to bed for a month
80. Read the principle beliefs of five different faith systems other than Christianity
81. Speak with five different denominational Christians about their institution’s faith system and practices



82. Volunteer at THAP at least 5 hours a week for a month
83. Volunteer with University of South Florida 2 times
84. Donate a box of food every 2 months for 6 months
85. Feed the homeless at least once a month for 6 months
86. Do a drive for a Quigley or CASA house


87. Recycle for at least a month
88. Stop drinking from plastic bottles for a month
89. Use minimum water required to brush teeth for a month
90. Take 5 minute showers for a month
91. Introduce a water saving mechanism for my toilet tank


92. Go back to Japan for at a month
93. Travel to at least 3 continents
94. Travel to at least 3 countries
95. Visit the West coast of the United States for at least a week
96. Move from Florida (if I do not attend grad school in Florida)


97. Start a “Microsoft money” or some other software that tracks my net worth
98. Track my spending
99. Put an additional $5 into my savings for each completed item on this list
100. Do not spend any money for a week
101. Save at least $50 a month in my savings account and DON’T TOUCH IT for 6 consecutive months.


I encourage you to create your 1001 day project
begin your Journey to Loving Life !!!

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