I’m preparing to start the Day Zero project soon, and it’s had me really thinking about my goals. For those of you who have never heard of this before, it’s challenge to complete 101 preset goals in 1001 days—that’s about three months shy of three years, and amounts to a goal being completed every ten days. Some people listed on the site clearly haven’t taken these numbers into account and fill their lists with a compilation of goals that might be difficult to complete in thirty years, but I digress. (Also, coming up with 101 realistic goals is way harder than you’d think.)
What’s particularly interesting to me is how many people have artsy type goals. (You can browse the lists here.) A lot of people want to write books—though I suppose that probably doesn’t surprise most writers, since once we announce we are writers, friends and family (and strangers) start popping out of the woodwork with the books they are writing, or want to write. Personally, I think this is awesome—the more people that see value in the written word the better—but I’m sure many “real” writers would disagree with me.
After writing, lots of people are setting reading goals. These, however, often make me sad. One girl whose list I just looked at set a goal to read ten books. Ten. In 33 months. Still, hypothetically speaking, maybe she only reads two books a year now, in which case this is actually a good thing. Personally, my yearly reading goal (and I’m a total nerd and track my reading in a specially designed Excel spreadsheet) is 52 books and somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 pages.
I admit, I’m still working on my own list (I started brainstorming in August and have to cross some things off of it already), but here’s a selection (all arts-related):
- publish a short story in a print journal
- read 50 new novels or short story collections
- visit 3 museums
- build a snowman
- design my own computer desktop background
- read 5 books of poetry
- go to a book signing
- learn a new song on guitar
- buy 25 books from independent booksellers (Schuler Books being my favorite)
What are your arts-related goals?