The Day Zero Project

What have you always wanted to do?  Sky Dive? Volunteer abroad? Take a pottery course? Learn French?

And what are you waiting for? More time.  More money. To summon the courage.  Tomorrow.

The Day Zero Project helps you achieve those dreams, big or small, by motivating you to commit to them, share your intentions and just do it.  No more infinite tomorrows for you to put your life on hold for.  Live your life now.

In 2011 I began my first Day Zero List and this set me on the path to where I am today.  This has included many adventures and is also what has lead me to this current ethical escapade. Here’s how…

“There are so many tasks in life that are perpetually on an intangible, uncodified to do list at the back of your mind that you will get around to someday there is always tomorrow.   But there aren’t really infinite tomorrows and if it is worth doing why put it off? With the Day Zero Project there are only 1000 tomorrows and there is lots to do!”

– by Benjamin E. Mays (taken from the Day Zero Project Website)

The Day Zero Project now has many different types of lists; 30 things to do by 30, 52 to things to do in 52 weeks all with the aim to spur you on to do…whatever it is you want to do!

I use the original list; 101 things to do in 1001 days.

For me this is perfect.  It’s a long enough list to put a variety of things on there; from visiting castles to going abroad, trying a new restaurant to going vegan for a month.  It’s also a long enough time to be able to achieve big things without being so long you feel like you can put it off forever.

I began my first list in July 2011 after the recommendation from a friend and had finished 58/101 by the end in April 2014.  This list took me windsurfing, skinny dipping in Northern Ireland and started me on a path to vastly improved health and fitness.

I started a blog to track my progress.  It’s a bit of a mess as it’s evolved a lot over the years and, unlike this one, it’s only ever really been intended for me, but you’re welcome to take a peak.

After so much enjoyment, satisfaction and success with the first I started another list in April 2014.  In fact I imagine I will have a task on every list which is to Prepare a new 101 things to do in 1001 days list.  This second list is due to end on Monday 16 January 2017.

On this list there are such tasks as:

  • Go vegan for a month (completed in October 2014 but I’m still going!)
  • Donate 5% of my income to charity for at least a year (started in July 2014, signed up officially for Giving What We Can’s Try Giving January 2015)
  • Subscribe to Ethical Consumer and make 5 informed changes to be a more ethical consumer (so far 4 out of 5 swaps made)
  • Build a blanket fort and sleep in it...oh sorry that’s not relevant to this is it.

There are reasons each of these tasks were added, reasons I will go into in other posts, but here is where it began.  Here I committed to something.   I stopped saying tomorrow and said no, this starts today.

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