I stumbled on this website when I was going through a bit of a bad time emotionally and was looking for some advice online for ways to cope better. It's a bit of a strange concept but I love it and find it really useful as a motivational tool for keeping my life on track for what I want to achieve. The premise is really pretty simple and it's a form of social networking but totally different to Facebook or MySpace or anything like that. You open an account for free and don't have to put any personal information on that makes you even slightly identifiable if you don't want to. You then list up to 43 things you want to achieve. These can be absolutely anything and mine range from more serious long (saving a house deposit) and short (get my shoes fixed) term goals to things like reading every book by a particular author, dying my hair blonde or eating less chocolate. You can write notes on why you are undertaking the goal and provide updates which other members can read. When you complete a goal you can write a section on how you completed it and what resources, if any, you used. You are also asked how completing the goal made you feel, whether you think it was worth doing or not and if you are happy to help anyone who is having trouble completing the goal.
The way in which this works as social networking is you are able to read and comment on other members lists and goals. Goals are also tagged so you can see how many people are trying to complete a particular goal and read any notes they enter. I find this a great feature as some people do some really amazing things which gives me ideas for my lists. It can also be helpful to see how other people completed certain goals. Other people can be really supportive on the site especially if you are going through something tough although I'm ashamed to say I received excellent support and advice when I was concerned my hair was going orange :o) there are people of all ages and walks of life on there and some of them are really inspiring.
This site is definitely not everybody's cup of tea and I could see how certain types of people would see it as pretty pointless and self indulgent. Personally I love it. I'm a list person anyway and this allows me to keep track of what I have achieved (even if it is something quite silly) and keep me motivated to achieve things I need/want to do. I prefer it to sites like Facebook as it seems less like a shallow popularity contest and actually more about changing and growing as a person. One thing to be aware of is that the entries and goals are searchable on Google. I haven't, as yet, found a way to avoid this (I'm sure someone will correct me if there is a way to stop this) but as long as you don't put any personal information up it shouldn't be too much of a problem.
www.43things.com is a website where you list the 43 things you would like to achieve. On the pain page is the name of the website and along the top with the name is three tabs. One is a number with things written next to it, which is related to how many things you have listed (I will refer to this as 40 things as that is what mine is). The second is called Zeitgeist and the third tab is my account. Underneath this is a large orange box with what do you want to do in your life? written. Also in the orange box is a white area where you can write what you want to do and search to see if other people have that goal if not just add it as a new one. Underneath the orange box are the goals that people have listed that day.
Once you click on 40 things you will be taken to your list. It also has two tabs next to your list which are for your 2010 resolutions and what things you have done. On the right side of the page is where you can have some customisation. At the top is your year in review, then I have the following photos from flicker, about me, cheers, morale-o-meter, personal challenge, your tags, the 43 universe and facebook connect button. At the bottom of the page are your three most recent entries.
Click on Zeitgeist and you come to a page where it has on the left side the 5 most recent entries for how I did it, recent entries and recent comment. On the right side are recently cheered goals and today's tags. These are all summaries, if you want more of each section there is a tab at the top of how I did it.
Next we go on to your account, when click you will be given four choices, they are subscriptions, messages, edit account and log out. These are what they are and don't need any describing.
I first read about this website in a magazine and have used it since 2007. I'm a list girl so this is great for me, at first I found it hard to find things but after having a good think it became easier. I find the website really simple to use and think anybody will be able to use it. I like that you can cheer people on with their goals and see what other people are doing the same as you and how far they are getting. I must admit to only completing a few goals but mine a mostly long term ones. The ones I don't seem to complete are the ones where I want to achieve certain number of things in a year like watching 50 movies in 2009; I was short by about 5. There are some spammers on here though, but it easy to report them and then there account is removed. It is easy to adjust your list in order of what is most important to you, just click on the goal on the left hand side and drag it to where you want it to be.
I go on the website about once a week to update my goals and write entries about what I have done. Once you do this you get a choice if you want reminders sent to you so you remember to do another entry in a week or so. I have been known to forget and to get the reminder really helps. So for example purposes I am going to list the top things I want to do, so you can get a general idea.
1. Pay off all my debts
2. Take better care of myself
3. Save more
4. Read 12 books in 2010
5. Buy a house.
I do have other things listed like take a picture every day; trace my family tree or something fun like do a makeup class at the Jemma Kidd make up school.
Overall this is a great website and spurs you on to achieve all the goals you want to do. It is easy to navigate and everybody is friendly. Go and have a go and list your 43 things.
I'm one of life's list-makers, and I'm also currently looking for a job, incredibly bored, and in a bit of a rut as to what to do with the rest of my life. And when you're only 24, that's a lot of life left to fill up.
Then I remembered a site called 43 Things, which I used to frequent then kind of forgot about. At this stage, it's exactly what I need to keep me on track.
43 Things is part social networking site, part goal-creator. You sign up, which takes only a minute and also gives you access to sister sites Lists of Bests and All Consuming, and then you're ready to start adding goals to your life's to-do list.
You can do this by searching, in which case you can see which other people are also working on this goal, and who has achieved it, simply typing it in and going solo, or browsing by tag or user's profiles.
At first I found it hard to come up with goals. Which, I suppose, is why I am in the sitution in life I am now. However, pretty soon I was thinking of things I really wanted to do, and had absolutely no idea. Or had simply forgotten. My life's ambition to play with a baby monkey? Onto the list it goes. Ride a bobsled? One day I will!
Once you've created some goals, you can re-order them, and of course add more at any time, and start to think about how to achieve them. Of course, some are going to take a little more planning and time, such as visiting every continent of the world, but once you've written it down and seen how other people have acheived it, a lot of things seem a lot easier to do. Plus, it's great motivation to check off some of the easier ones right away.
For instance one of my goals was to start volunteering, after all I have a lot of free time right now. So I did some Googling, fired off some emails, and made a visit to fill out an application form. Pretty soon I'll be able to mark it as achieved, how satisfying will that be! (To to mention the warm and fuzzy glow of helping others).
Speaking of warm and fuzzies, you can opt to "cheer" someone else's activity, such as adding a goal to their list or marking something as done. Somehow a virtual high five of sorts is a really great motivator!
If you're thinking of setting up your own list, head over to 43things.com and don't forget to subscribe to me, my username is also bamamo on there. Need some inspiration for your list? Here's a selection of what I'm currently working on:
1. Buy a new camera.
2. Visit a new country every year.
4. Go sailing again.
5. Play with a monkey.
6. Take a photography class.
And, which I'm completely failing at, spend less time online...HA!
Hopefully 43 Things (and it bugs me why it's such a random number!) will help me get a little bit of a kick up the backside, and maybe it can for you too!
With it being a new year and all this is the time most people set about makings lists of goals and attributions they wish to achieve in 2010!
I am one of those people!
I absolutly love writing lsits so this social networking site is great for that. Sign up is easy enough with the minimal information needed then you are ready to start your own list!
I'm using it as my list of things to do before the end of this year and I'm presently up to 14 so I have plenty more options to add.
One you type in your goal in the bar at the top of the page and press enter it appears on your list. Then if anyone else has it on their list it says how many people have it.
Once on your list you can give yourself time frames where 43 things will email you giving you warnings when you only have a month left etc. You can also press 'I have done this' or 'I've given up', your goal then moves to another list acessible by a tab at the top.
You can also write and read enteries to help you along your goal.
Overall I really like this website as it gives me a clear list of what I want to do this year!
You may well have seen 43things and thought what exactly is the point in writing a list of 43things you want to do?
Well it is actually a proven fact that when you write a to do list it helps you to achieve things. A lot of us probably have a to do list for the week at work. And how good do you feel at the end of the week when you can look at it finally finished or at least dramatically reduced? Why not use that same principal for your everyday life goals?
43things.com is basically speaking a to do list for life. But with lots of interesting features.
The site is really easy to use with an attractive but basic layout. Registration takes around five minutes, they ask you basic questions such as name, username, email, password, date of birth. Then you are ready to get listing...
The homepage of the site tells you that there are currently over 1 million goals being achieved through 43things.com, that is a lot of users on the site from all over the world. You can look at the range of goals on home page, from simple things such as making a list of all the things that make you happy to the big things like walk part of the Great Wall of China.
As well as listing your goals, you can also add entries about your goals and how you are doing, in a blog style fashion. I think this helps you in getting on with your goals as when you log into the site you can see your list and even if it only seems like a small thing to your big goals you can add it to your entries - if your goal is to save money to buy a house (One of my own there) and you added even a small amount maybe 25 pounds to your savings account - add it to the amount and you will see the total increasing. It's amazingly satisfying!
As well as your own goals, you can also view others goal either by goal or if you know it by username. I personally like the fact that you can cheer other people's goals, as well as them being able to cheer yours if they think it's cheer worthy.
And last but not least, when you complete a goal you are asked to answer a few questions. You are asked if it was worth it, how you did it, how long it took you to complete and how it made you feel. You do see some surprising answers to these questions. But there are also some great pieces of advice on how to achieve your goals from people who have been there and done it.
I would reccomend this site to anyone who has goals they want to achieve but sometimes needs a kick to get started and maybe another one when they start to flag a little bit. A fantastic way to keep an eye on your achievements. And the interactive side of the site is a great way to get a little more motivation if it's needed, especially if see yet another person completing that goal you have been striving for. Most of us have a bit of competitiveness inside us somewhere :)
43things.com is a website designed on goals, desires and acheivement. How often do we think to ourselves and say "I must do this or that" or set mental goals on certain things in everyday life? Well this site and its members helps you put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard!) and more importantly helps you bring yourself closer to acheiving these goals.
By surprisingly doing very little as a website the idea is pretty ingenius as it enables you to list upto 43 'things' to do or goals to acheive. Once registered you can add each one to your list, it could simply be "get a job" or it could be more specific such as "lose 13lbs before June 29th...". Whatever your goal is you can later edit it, delete it or add an entry; adding an entry can be simply giving a day by day or random update on how you're going about acheiving this goal, whether you're struggling or how closer you're getting to it.
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The aspect I really liked is the interactive side of the website, once you enter this goal on your personalised list it shows automatically how many other people have attempted the same goal. You can then select the goal in question and it will show the other user who has also set it as a goal. I haven't tried it myself but the idea is that you can then both liase with eachother regarding the goal, egg eachother on, suggest tips or tricks etc. Also, once entered your goal may be generated at the bottom of the home page on an automatically generated and randomly changing summary of particular goals, this is designed to give people ideas of what they want to aim for. Although you think you may easily have 43 things in your head sometimes you may find yourself struggling to get inspiration. Despite its name (I don't know why it's 43 exactly) you dont have to write a list of 43 things, for example, i only have 35.
Once you've accomplished your goal / dream / desire you can 'tick' this off the list and select the "I've done this" option, after that you can enter details such as how long it took you and also write a brief or detailed summary of how you acheived this goal.This is designed to help others who have a similar goal and who might need tips. For me accomplishing the goal and being able to tick it off the list also adds to the sense of acheivement apart from the obvious benefits no matter what it may be.
This site is great at helping summarise your goals, be it short term or long term, and it can be as broad as you like, for instance, I have goals ranging from "visit petra" to "get a job by June 2009". The added bonus is the interactivity you may get from it; you can add friends and cheer them on by using a small social device called "cheering", it works similar to a 'poke' on Facebook, you simply get a newsfeed on your page noting who has cheered which of your goals. They may simply be trying to be friendly or they genuinely be cheering you for having such a good or unique idea. They also have a messaging service if you wish to communicate with other members.
43things.com is a unique site which is pretty simple. Registering is simple and quick enough and I have yet to receive any junk mail as a result of it (which is often a negative factor of signing up to anything online). Some aspects of this site has great potential to be very informative, putting you in direct contact with feedback and tips from someone who has acheived something you wish to acheive without worrying if it is inpartial or not.
I definately recommend you at least look at this site, You'll love it if you're like me and HAVE to write a list of absolutely anything!
examples you may want to consider:
"get a pet"
"lose / gain weight"
"do a qualification"
"reach a certain stage in a relationship (i.e. move in together)"
"visit a place"
"save for some sort of treat (tv)"
Can you really slim your lifelong dreams down to a list of 43? Maybe you just need to pull yourself together and stop putting off the easy stuff? Maybe you want to release the far-fetched and wild side of your imagination and 43 things might be the website for you.
Well I'm there because I felt a bit misguided when I found it. I had just returned from summer camp and travelling in America. I had NO money, had taken up incredibly dull temping work in an office, had finished uni that year and to be honest - I panicked a bit. That horrible sensation of not knowing what comes next when you've been locked into the safety of continual education and have been unleashed with a degree and no opportunity to use it. So in this mindset, I stumbled across 43 things. Why did I join? Well I found some satisfaction setting myself goals and even more satisfaction when I actually achieved them!
The Website Itself
It's free to join up! It's a colourful, user-friendly site with basic functions and in a simple, obvious format. You sign up with the usual basic info, and then begin to simply type in the empty "What do you want to do with you life?" box and away you go! If your goal is phrased the same as someone elses, the goal will show how many others have also got that goal on their list, and you can read the success stories for those who have done it. You can also click other peoples goals and add them to your own list. You can blog each goal; for example I've set the goal of writing a poem for every month of the year so I do a monthly 'blog' with my poem in it. Once you're logged in to your account, you can access your list at the top of the user panel. Mine currently says "Your 34 things" dependant on how big your list is. If you complete a goal or give up on it, you can feedback on it - describe your experience, how long did it take you, what resources did you use, how did you feel and most importantly was it worth it! Another nice feature is you're allocated 5 'cheers' a day which you can distribute to other members to encourage them on or show them you like their goals.
I think with a website like this, you have to think carefully about your goals. I've got a mixture of short term, long term and more far fetched aspirations. I have anything from 'Stop Biting My Nails', 'Give Blood' 'to Kiss In The Rain', 'Become an Actress' and 'reach that £50 mark on DooYoo.com'! You have to be the kind of person who will buy into the idea of self-improvement. Writing it down doesn't mean you'll do it; some who join will be enthusiastic for a week and neglect it from then onwards. I'm using it as something to reflect on every now and again. It's always nice to return to it, tick something off and be able to write a speel about how great that feels. I recently got onto a PGCE course for September so this change of direction in my life helps me to achieve a number of goals which tie in to having achieved that single aim, and to be able to reflect on how far I've come and those small things I've achieved feels great. A nice, free feel-good fix!
This is a website which can help you think about what you want to do with your life and work on how to make it better.
Essentially, lots of members create goals they want to achieve. you can create your own goals or find goals other people have and click i want to do this. It keeps a list of everything you want to do, and how many you have done when you complete them.
What i love about 43 things is that other people tell you how they have achieved different things, and can help you achieve them. Also it can be useful to look at when feeling low to see where you want to be and that if other people have managed it then you can.
Technically as a website its layout i find a bit strange, but i love it and it is a fabulous concept. very inspirational and well worth doing.
It's such a huge question, isn't it? But then - it's your life, so of course you must want to do something with it! Are you still struggling to figure out what? Or do you have ideas, but no clue how to follow through? Either way, you are very definitely not alone - and I've found a website that could genuinely help change your life! :)
Now, I confess: this is at least my sixth version of this review. I can easily knock out 3000+ words on the more technical aspects of the site, and more again evangelistically singing the praises of what 43T (as it's commonly abbreviated) has done for me. So despite how long this review has ended up, please believe me that this is the short version! ;)
*****A vague glossary of terms and some other stuff*****
The people who created and run the site.
The basic unit of 43T: a goal is something you want to do. The first thing you are asked to do is add/create a goal. In fact, you can explore this from the front page before signing up, as you are invited to "Start making your life list". Try typing in one of those now long-forgotten New Year's resolutions, say 'Lose weight' - instantly you'll see that 29,029 people already have this goal! Feel free to join them - or, try 'Write more Dooyoo reviews' and create a new goal that others can join you in! :) You can have up to 43 active goals at any one time, listed on your own profile page. Or, click through to the page for that goal, and see entries from everyone across the site.
Once you have a goal you can record your progress using entries. Write pretty much anything you like, use style formatting, and even add pictures!
Entries are always public - once you've written one, other members can comment on them (or on other comments!), often offering support or encouragement. The community aspect is one of 43T's great strengths.
Another method of support. Every member has a daily cheer quota, which can be used on any entry or comment.
If you find yourself wanting to follow the goals and entries of another member, subscribe to them. You'll have a page tracking all the entries of your chosen members - but don't worry, they won't know who you are! You can also see how many people are subscribed to you.
*"I have done this"
The great satisfaction is working on a goal to completion - so, tick it off, and watch your list of things done grow :)
*****Briefest of overviews*****
What is it? 43 Things (aka 43T) is a website that I can only think to describe as a segmented group blog type of thing. Select or create your goals, and then blog as little or as much about your progress as you want. Read what and how others are doing. Ask for help. Offer support and advice. Focus and motivate yourself into achieving whatever you set your mind to!
Signing up is easy: simply create a user name and password for yourself, and give the Robots an email address (it never goes anywhere else, I can confirm). Oh yes, and it's completely free!
Still have questions? Start with the tutorial on the front page, and feel free to ask away!
I remember quite vividly the vague feelings of dissatisfaction with my life in general that saw me googling for something goal-related. This was in October 2005, and I'd recently read an article about some research that proved people who wrote down their ambitions were much more likely to achieve them. It makes sense: first you need to figure out what you're working towards, then start working towards it! Or to paraphrase another saying, if you don't know where you're going, how will you know when you get there?
I started with a few obvious goals - the most common on the site are things like lose weight, stop procrastinating, write a book. Right. So. That really doesn't improve my life any! The next step was a decision to just list out everything I thought I might want to do. On to my list went things like learn to play the guitar, meet new people, write and post a review (lol!). I soon filled up those 43 spaces. And still... now what?
So here's a point: joining 43T isn't going to magically change your life. It's a tool, and like any tool, you'll get out of it what you put in - and like many tools, you have to give yourself some time to learn how to use it effectively. There are plenty of people on the site (almost 1.5 million across the world to date!) who will be more than willing to help you with any questions you have, or just offer general advice on getting started. However, unlike many online 'programmes', 43T is *not* a 'system'. There are no steps to follow, no set of proscribed rules, no exercises laid out to lead you down a path of enlightenment. It might sound less than useful, but really one of the big appeals for me is that 43T is, in essence, very little more than a blank template for you to use as you find most helpful. It's an organised space to help you start to think, plan, and then get moving.
For me, this site has absolutely worked - well, is still working! If I say that in the two and a half years since joining I am a more happy, positive and optimistic person you might still be a little sceptical. If I tell you that within six months of joining I had a new job, am currently half way through a Masters degree, and have a 2-year plan for my life - is that a little more impressive?! (of course, I'm still neither as slim nor fit as I want to be, but site or no, you still can't have everything at the same time, okay!?)
The first benefit, personally, is about setting out what you want to focus your energies on. That huge list of 43 things is unwieldy - you almost certainly can't pull yourself in that many directions at once! 43T has a 'give up' list - it doesn't have to be permanent, though. I have 50 'one-day' things on there: things to acknowledge that I want to do, but just, after my exams! This prioritisation is a huge plus to me - and comes from seeing things written down. Some of my goals are small and/or silly - it's good to have some things you can tick off quickly, alongside the bigger life goals. Those, of course, are the big thing about this site. I know personally that driving forward a huge project is very daunting. Putting them here, writing little bits at a time, and having support along the way is exactly what I've needed/need to keep my motivation levels going.
The community aspect is a HUGE plus here. Once you have a goal and start writing entries - whether noting something you did well, detailing what step you'll take next, or working through a problem - the comments from other members are invaluable. Ultimately, motivation on working towards a goal has to come from yourself, but a few kind words along the way never hurt! Just as with sites like Dooyoo, the more you participate in the community the more you'll get out of it, and I have a lovely circle of 'friends' who are always there to offer encouragement, answer my questions, and let me moan about my troubles when I need to (much better than inflicting it on my real life friends at times, too!). Initially I found some of the comments a bit 'American-cheesy', but the majority of users are very genuine. Remember, they're all on the site trying to achieve their own goals, too! And chances are, whatever you're trying to do, someone out there will have done it and be able to offer advice - goodness knows how my C++ module would have gone had I not been able to get some tips online so quickly!
The minor warning: also as with any other community, there are idiots out there. I've personally avoided any trouble at all, but there is always room for conflict - just, use some common sense. There is a neighbourhood watch scheme to cut down on abuse - trying to use the site to advertise isn't on, for instance, or dodgy referral links. Some things aren't allowed at all: there is no age limit for use, so anything too graphic or illegal is out. However, the atmosphere isn't nanny state at all, so some swearing is fine! ;)
One thing it is worth being aware of is that this is still the internet, and any content you've put out there is just that - out there, for anyone to read. I've known several users delete their entire accounts after being 'discovered' by someone from their real lives. Now, this has never been an issue for me: I don't feel there's anything I've written that would embarrass or implicate me in any way at all (well, okay - that time I called my boss a moron... ;)). Just, again have some common sense about it all, and a sense of perspective.
After two and a half years, I'm as fired up about 43T as ever - and more importantly, fired up about my life! It seems so obvious that to achieve something you have to work towards it, and yet figuring that out did take me a lot of life to date! With this site, I have a place to organise my thoughts, about what I'm doing now, and what I need to push back to do in the future. I can set my priorities, I can track my own patterns, I can push myself a bit more when I see myself no longer making progress, and I can do it all with a like-minded community behind me offering more inspiration and motivation.
I realise this is a huge review, and I could still tell you a zillion other things (I haven't even mentioned the fun aspects - it's not all hard grind!)... but I have a goal about not being paralysed by perfectionism ;)
I hope at least some of my enthusiasm comes across here from amongst the waffle, and that if you're in a similar position - of wanting to achieve more with your life - you'll be able to find a similar level of usefulness in this site. It really doesn't matter what you want to do, be it running a marathon or sorting your photo collection: writing it down focuses your mind, working through steps to achieve it gets you there, and no one could ever complain about a bit of support along the way! :)
(If you need a bit more convincing, have a look at the entries on this goal: http://www.43things.com/things/view/1204091)
This is truely a fascinating site. You never need to wonder how to do something or if you are alone in wanting to do something again.
On entering the site the layout is very straight forward there is a search box on the top of the page that asks you in a matter of fact way "what do you want to do with your life" enter whatever you feel you want to test the waters with and then hit search. At this point you will be told on the right hand side how many people, if any, matched what you want to do and on the left how many have done it and what they rated the experience.
You can click on any of these people both on the left and the right. The people on the left are useful links as they give information on how to go about doing the task etc, which I imagine is very useful.
If you wish to add your 43 things then you need to become a member and log in (It is free) This makes you part of this sites community and enables you to contast other members direct. You are also then able to update the community on your progress should you achive your goals.
Like I say it is a fascinating site probably only made popular due to the internet. You may look at some of the things people wants to do and think now thats just stupid but I do have to say there are lots and lots of people out there with truelyt heartfelt and meaningful things they wish to achive in thier life times I only hope this site does not give access to people who would take advantage of that.
Any way serious bit over, I would recommend it as you never know what doors it might open