101 Things in 1001 Days

I've decided that it's time to set some goals for my life. I've heard time and time again that just the act of writing down specific goals makes it much more like that those goals get accomplished. It's also pretty popular online right now. (See DayZero for more details.)

So, here is my list of 101 things that I want to accomplish in the next 1001 days. That makes my deadline August 30, 2010. I've included personal as well as business goals. I'll post details and updates here on the Coates Place for personal goals and on the Divine Reflections Photography blog for business goals. (I'll also be posting the business portion of this list on the Divine Reflections site.)


Completed goals will be displayed in lavender

The List


001. Write and publish this list of goals [Dec 3, 2007]

002. Come up with a weekly schedule that will allow me to manage my time well enough to accomplish these goals [Dec 6, 2007]

003. Finish setting up the time management system detailed in Getting Things Done [I've finished reading the book, and I've implemented the system at work.]


004. Spend 15 minutes a day 5 times a week focused on God [189/706 – Read details]

005. Read 16 books that will help me get closer to God [1/16 – List of books read]

006. Write a book review for this site for each of the above books read [0/16]

007. Write in a journal every day for 1 month


008. Write 1 note, card, or letter a week and give it to my wife [52/138] – Read details]

009. Go on a date with my wife at least 1 time a week, even if that date is as simple as a walk around the block and a half hour conversation [64/141 – Read details]

010. Write a (hopefully) good poem for my wife [Jan 15, 2008 – Crystal liked it, so I guess that makes it good.]

011. Write my daughter at least 1 time a week while she is in residential treatment [37/49 – Read details]

012. Have bonding time with at least 1 of my children 1 time every week [50/139 – Read details]

013. Take a 2-night or longer backpacking trip with each of my 3 daughters Ariana (Emily is still too young, and Rachelle isn't around to take.)

014. Take the kids to Turtle Bay in Redding [Feb 7, 2009]

015. Take the kids to Lake Shasta Caverns

016. Take my teenage daughters Ariana on a trip to Mexico so she can see the city where they she was born

017. Take the girls to the Bidwell Mansion for a tour [January 14, 2009]

018. Play tennis with my daughter [Apr 6, 2008]

019. Play baseball (catch) with my daughter

020. Take a romantic vacation with my wife and only my wife [May 22-25 – Crystal and I spent a few days relaxing in South Lake Tahoe]

021. Finish designing the book of photos and stories from our 2007 summer road trip and order a copy [May 20, 2008]

Health and Fitness

022. Reach my goal weight of 180 pounds

023. Eliminate junk food from my diet, and keep it eliminated

024. Exercise 5 times a week for at least 30 minutes per day [495/709 – Read details]

025. Buy a weight bench and free weight set [Jan 10, 2008]

026. Cancel my parking pass at work (this will mean I'm in shape enough to ride my bike every day) [Mar 12, 2008]

027. Run a mile in 7 minutes, just like I could in college

028. Do a 100 mile bicycle ride


029. Finish unpacking from our move and organizing our home

030. Print and hang the pictures for our Foster Care photo wall, which will display a photo of each foster child that has lived in our home family photo wall.

031. With the exception of student loans and our car, become debt free

032. Build a $5000 emergency fund

033. Make a will

034. Grow a variety of herbs for use in our kitchen, and keep them alive for 1 entire summer [September 22, 2009]

035. Design and purchase our wedding album

Education, Culture, and Reading

036. Take a Wilderness First Aid course

037. Take a drawing course [May 18, 2010 – I took the basic drawing course offered at CSU, Chico]

038. Read 12 classic novels books. [3/12 – List of books read]

039. Attend a Second Saturday Art Walk

040. Go to a symphony concert

041. Go to a live musical [Feb 5, 2010]

Personal/Just for Fun

042. Have a professional massage

043. Go skinny dipping

Coates Place Website

044. Finish the old travel articles for this site

045. Automate the photo stream on the home page of this site [Dec 9, 2009]

Travel and Outdoors

046. Hike or mountain bike all of the trails in Upper Bidwell Park

047. Hike a trail in Castle Crags State Park

048. Hike to Bumpass Hell in Lassen National Park

049. Climb Lassen Peak

050. Tour the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield [Feb 18, 2008]

051. Visit King's Canyon/Sequoia National Park

052. Visit Death Valley National Park

053. Go to Santa Cruz

054. Visit North Carolina in the spring

055. Take a backpacking trip with Dad

056. Visit a state or Canadian province I haven't yet been to [Feb 28 - Mar 2, 2008Visited the Fishes in Colorado]

057. Get a passport

058. Visit a country that is not in North America

059. Learn to ski well enough to do a full run at Shasta without falling and with a clean stop at the end

060. Buy a canoe

061. Go snowshoeing

Business — Divine Reflections Photography

062. Replace our logo with one that is professionally designed

063. Catch up on copyright registrations

064. Register a trademark for our business name

065. Purchase business insurance policy [February 16, 2009]

066. Finish our business plan

067. Build our portrait business to the point that we are consistently shooting 1 portrait session per week

068. Read 16 books that will help me make our business better [3/16 – List of books read]

069. Write a book review for the business site of each of the above business books (I've decided to keep all book reviews together on this site.)

070. Add comments hosted on our server to the blog [Dec 20, 2007]

071. Update the galleries on our website with our new, better work [June 21, 2008 – We launched a completely new baby and child portrait brand including a website with a brand new gallery.]

072. Buy a high-end Nikon digital camera so that our low-light lifestyle portraits really sing [April 14, 2008]

073. Completely archive and catalog all film and digital business and all digital personal images

074. Take a trip to Chattanooga to see Amber and Nathan and observe how they run their business

075. Print and hang enough of our portrait images to make our living room and dining room client meeting room into an adequate client meeting area

076. Design and purchase a sample Baby's First Year album to show clients [April 14, 2008]

077. Take 3 week-long (5-day) trips that are specifically nature photography related

078. Print a portfolio of my nature images

079. Have my first solo gallery show

080. Create 50 book-quality images for my Bidwell Park project

081. Create 25 book-quality images of foster children for my foster child portrait project

082. Create 25 book-quality images for my Street Performer project

083. Take portraits of Nanny and Grandaddy [January 1, 2010]

084. Photograph Mossbrae Falls

085. Complete a 26 things project

086. Purchase and learn to use a large format camera [Dec 8, 2008 – Purchased a 4x5 camera]

087. License a rights-managed photo [Jan 14, 2010]

088. Attend the WPPI trade show

089. Attend at least 2 photography workshops, or take 2 photography classes, or do 1 of each

090. Attend an OSP event with Crystal [Feb 16-17, 2008 – Attended OSP West in Napa]

091. Give 6 framed nature prints to people who would enjoy them but wouldn't be able to afford to buy them [0/6]

092. Do at least 6 pro bono photo sessions for needy families [0/6]

Business — Coatesoft

093. Get Postfix and IMAP working on my new web server [April 9, 2008]

094. Finish moving all my websites to my new server [Dec 17, 2007]

095. Get a professionally designed logo for Coatesoft

096. Design and publish the Coatesoft Website

097. Finish my blog software (makes uploading/formatting photos in articles very easy)

098. Finish the beta version of Photo Business Plus

099. Find good beta testers for Photo Business Plus

100. Release version 1.0 of Photo Business Plus

The Big Dream™

101. Quit my job at CSU, Chico in order to work full time in our photography and software businesses.


Whew! This is going to be challenging and fun! I should add one final note: as a Christian, God can and probably will change some or all of these goals as He sees fit. So, pretend that there is a "God willing" after every one of these items.

Posted by Greg on December 3, 2007 at 8:00AM.

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  1. I think that that is a great list.,

    Posted by Aurora | December 8, 2007 at 6:05AM

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