101 Things: April 2011

This is an update of my 101 Things in 1001 Days project. Three items accomplished this month, with six more underway, some of which could be done as soon as May. Pretty awesome!

Items accomplished in April: 3
Total items accomplished: 20/101
Percentage complete: 19.8%

Items Completed in April:

31. Find a personal organization system that works for me.

I decided to get my shit back together with the Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology. In the old system, I used to truck around a “Hipster PDA” (stack of index cards). Given that I am frequently on the web and always schlepping my iPad around with me, I opted to use Toodledo — the free web service, and the $2.99 iOS app that talks to it. And so far, so good.

44. Build a facility/infrastructure to make custom frames.

Holy crap, I’m basically there. I’d say that at this point, I can basically do about 75% of what I need to do to build frames in the basement. Once I get a blanchard-ground plate and a bottom bracket post, that number will jump to 100%. And that should happen in the next month or so.

69. Build or buy a cat tree.

Ordered one from Amazon on Friday the 29th. It’s on the way.

Items Underway in April:

18. Finish re-writing Bubble.

I’ve been hitting this one in big bursts. It’s been fun.

22. Triple my blog readership.

Well, I’m on-track to do this. I’ll be looking at these numbers in more depth sometime in June.

51. Get my six-pack abs back.

This is underway at the gym. Hoping I can scratch this off by mid-summer.

54. Stop drinking soda.

Man, once I had to lay off the shit for 24 hours while preparing for my colonoscopy, I realized that tapering off this should be a fairly feasible goal. Working on this.

61. Have at least three months’ of salary (Kate’s and mine) in savings.

We’ve been saving a ton of money every month — both into a savings account and into our IRAs. Though I don’t think this is going to be on the accomplished list at the end of this whole process.

62. Be debt-free except for student loans and Kate’s car loan.

This may not happen before the ending of this 1001-day block of time. However, we did take awesome steps toward this in April, when we consolidated our credit card debt and Kate’s car all onto one loan, and re-financed the loan we took out for our honeymoon. We’re saving more than $600 a month by doing so. Pretty awesome!

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