There’s quite a few goals that won’t be finished easily or quickly. These are long-term goals and tasks that will last for the duration of this project and hopefully for a long time afterwards!
I’ll be writing individual posts on those sometime down the road but for now I just want to give a quick overview of these long-term goals to get us started with the 101 things in 1001 days project!
Save €10 for every task I complete (number 10 on the list)
I plan on setting aside €10,- for every single task I complete off this list. With the purpose of fulfilling number 18: At the end of the project, spend the money on something fun with friends and family.
I’m sure I’ll be receiving plenty of support from them during this project (or so I hope) and I thought it would be nice to do a little something extra for them after the project is over. I don’t know what yet but I’ll figure it out.
Stop buying things on impulse (number 14 on the list)
I wouldn’t say I have a shopping addiction but I sure as hell aren’t careful with my money and I tend to buy a lot of things on impulse. It’s not that I regret the stuff I buy, it’s just that I usually really don’t need and could’ve done a lot of other different things with the money that I do need or would give me a nicer experience than just adding bag #38678564 to my collection.
That’s why I’m forcing myself to put a lid on my impulse buying. If I see something I want I have to wait at least a week. If I still want it after a week, reconsider again, and wait another week. And so on, so on.
Start tracking my finances (number 16 on the list)
Partially related to the item above (and the one below) I want to start keeping better track of my finances. Being able to pay online with credit cards or with a debit card at a shop makes it really easy to forget how much you’re actually spending. Carrying around cash won’t really change much about that but putting everything on paper and manually writing down what I spend might help to curb the spending.
Even better yet, I want to finally start budgeting my money so that I can save a decent amount whilst still being able to buy some nice things etc.
Save €5000 in an emergency fund (number 17 on the list)
Having a healthy savings account is one of those things that “grown-ups” always advise you to have and that, I’m starting to realise, is actually really useful. So I’ve decide to set this goal: to save at least a €5000 in an emergency fund. In case a washing machine or car breaks down. I need a new laptop or lose my job.
As I obviously won’t be able to just drop €10.000 in my savingsaccount I plan on setting aside a little every month for this. I do have to say that I already have a small emergency fund so I won’t be starting from zero.
Start flossing (number 19 on the list)
Every time I visit the dentist for my regular check-up (twice a year, as advised by Dutch healthcare professionals) they poke around with pointy things and complain about my gums bleeding, compliment me on the fact that I don’t have any cavities and I’m out the door after some extra cleaning and the standard speech about flossing and using tooth picks to optimize my dental health.
Usually I get really into it and after a week or two I start slacking again and end up sticking with just brushing twice a day. This time however, I really want to stick with it so next time they start poking me at the dentist, my gums don’t bleed anymore.
Develop a better skin care routine (number 20 on the list)
I also want to start taking much better care of my skin. I don’t wear a lot of make-up (just eyeliner and mascara usually) but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t clean my skin, give it a scrub every now and then or treat it with some good moisturizer. Got the fight those wrinkles! So I got myself a nice, brand new, treatment set ready to start using everyday!
Learn Japanese (number 29 on the list)
I’ve recently started studying Japanese but I’ve slacked a little the past few weeks. So I want to pick it up a notch again and make it a part of my routine to study Japanese with at the end the passing of JLPT5 and JLPT4. These are Japanese language proficiency tests that are recognized worldwide as an indicator of how well you speak Japanese. Level 5 is the lowest and 1 is the highest. But even Japanese people hardly ever pass level 1.
These are my long-term goals for the 101 things to do in 1001 days project. And all of these will be in progress starting today! I will keep you posted on the progress every now and then so fingers crossed and wish me luck!