I've reached the end of the first year of my 2.5-year 95 by 65 project, and I'm thrilled.  It has given structure and focus to my work, helped me set priorities, and provided joy in activities that I have in the past seen as distractions.

In 2015, I completed 25 of my 95 goals.  Others I'm well on the way to finishing, and still others I haven't even started.  Some of those I completed were one-time events:  check it off, done!  The completion of most, however, hasn't gained me any time, since it has been the catalyst for creating new habits.  That's a good thing:  it's part of the point behind the 95 by 65 project.  But hasn't left a vacuum to fill with work on the remaining goals.

If there's any downside to this project, it's that I have enough other goals to create a new 95 list.  Some of them need to be done anyway, even if they're not on the list.  The others I'm thinking of accumulating on an overflow list.  I don't want to distract myself from working on this one, but after all, Goal #31 is "Create another goal-oriented project for when this one is over."

Completed  In Progress

    To Live
  1. Create 95 by 65 list—Completed 1/24/15
  2. Create the Leon Project—Completed 1/12/15
  3. Create/tweak/finalize/codify 60 family recipes
  4. Develop and sustain a system for making bread regularly [I know what to do, and have all the equipment, but need to make it a habit.]
  5. Develop and sustain a system for making yoghurt regularly [Again, I know what to do, and have all the equipment, but need to make it a habit.]
  6. Experiment with making kefir
  7. Finish Janet's birthday 2009 recipe book
  8. Go through all recipe books, digitizing what looks good, getting rid of all but essentials/favorites
  9. Complete a biking challenge (details to come)
  10. Complete a swimming challenge (details to come)
  11. Walk/run the equivalent of home to Hillsboro, NH—Completed 12/16/15 [But I haven't stopped; I'm now working on the much longer trip to Emmenbrücke, Switzerland.]
  12. Design 5 Life Playground stations [I'm nearly done with this, it just needs some tweaking.]
  13. Develop a stretching plan and execute at least 3x/week for a month
  14. Execute 50 pushups nonstop on the higher bar at the park [This was sidelined by an injury, but I'm slowly coming back.]
  15. Find a GPS distance tracker that works for me—Completed 11/11/15
  16. Practice deliberate relaxation twice a day for a month—Completed 5/16/15.  [Frustration:  This is definitely a habit worth keeping.  But I lost it in June, during my month in Switzerland, and haven't managed to reclaim it.  My hope is to revive the habit in 2016.]
  17. Reach my desired weight goal [Ever. So. Slowly.  Not giving up.]
  18. Run nonstop 3 times around the park trail then participate in a 5K race (any speed) [Barring injury, I should be ready for the 5K soon.  I could probably do it now, but have some other interim goals I want to meet first.]
  19. Declutter and organize phone
  20. Declutter blog template files
  21. Declutter computer
  22. Declutter garage
  23. Declutter marked items in Janet's room
  24. Declutter my office
  25. Declutter our filing cabinets (with Porter)
  26. Declutter sewing supplies
  27. Develop a quick system for travel prep and packing
  28. Recycle collected ink cartridges [I know this looks easy, but I'm trying to do it in a way that I use the credit I get for recycling them.  I miss the easy 1 cartridge = 1 ream of paper days!]
  29. Research and purchase food processor—Completed 1/30/15.
  30. Set up identification system for files to grab in an emergency
  31. Create another goal-oriented project for when this one is over
  32. Create an herb garden
  33. Get a working back porch sink

  34. To Love
  35. Attend 15 live performances (e.g. music, drama, lectures) [Just one more to go!]
  36. Convert our Christmas card system to postal + e-mail—Completed 12/5/15
  37. Refrain from negative speech for 1 day. Do this 30 times. (Since sometimes negative things must be said, this will include recasting negative things in a neutral or positive tone.)  [This is so much harder than you'd think.  I've managed six days so far.  It has at least increased my awareness, helped me clarify what I really mean by "negative," and inspired me to hold my tongue on occasion.]
  38. Share at least 20 meals with others (home or restaurant, but not counting multi-day visits or shared meals already in place)—Completed 8/13/15 [But of course this continues.]
  39. Try at least 5 new restaurants—Completed 4/10/15  [Clearly I set this goal 'way too low; I'm up to 18 now.]
  40. Visit Universal/IoA four times—Completed 5/15/15  [Dr. Doom's Fear Fall, fish & chips and butterbeer!  We did not renew our passes, but were then inspired to get annual passes to Disney World for this year.]
  41. Watch NCIS LA from the beginning—Completed 10/23/15
  42. Watch Unbroken—Completed 4/24/15.  [Worth watching, though it doesn't do justice to the book.]
  43. Join in the choir trip to Austria [This had been planned for 2015, but fell through. Will it happen at all?]
  44. Visit a country I've never been to
  45. Visit a state I've never been to—Completed 4/9/15.  [Missouri—St. Louis.  Great visit with family.  New museums, new restaurants, and a genealogy breakthrough.]
  46. Visit with all immediate family members at least once per year [Complete for 2015.]
  47. Visit Arizona
  48. Visit either Costa Rica or the Gambia
  49. Visit King Arthur Flour—Completed 2/12/15
  50. Keep up a 10 posts/month blogging schedule for 20 months (not necessarily consecutive) [Modified from "two posts/week" to make record keeping easier.  Twelve months complete so far (60%).]
  51. Send at least 4 care packages to each of our freshman nephews [25% done]
  52. Write an encouraging note each month to someone other than family  [12/12 so far.  This turns out to be one of the more challenging goals, not because it's hard to write the notes, but because I have to remember before the end of each month.  I didn't give myself any leeway with this one.]
  53. Write at least 10 letters to political officeholders  [Only one so far.]
  54. Write at least 5 notes of encouragement to each nephew
  55. Write at least 75 physical letters to children/grandchildren
  56. Join Google+—Completed 12/10/15
  57. Join Twitter—Completed 2/9/15
    To Learn
  1. Finish chronological Bible reading plan—Completed 7/29/15
  2. Start and complete other daily Bible reading plans—Completed 11/25/15 [I'm currently on my fifth plan (of varying lengths) since beginning this project.]
  3. Achieve 40,000 DuoLingo points (average 1,000/month, split between French and German)—I'm 'way ahead of schedule on this one—Completed 11/3/15  [This was successful in establishing the habit; I'm now over 45,000 points.]
  4. Listen to all of Pimsleur German I—Completed 5/30/15  [The next step is German II, but I haven't started yet.]
  5. Complete George MacDonald reading plan (50 books, 14 completed in 2014)  [60% done]
  6. Read 130 books (new or old, print or audio, any level)  [55% done]
  7. Read 26 existing but as yet unread books from my bookshevles  [35% done]
  8. Read The History of the Renaissance World
  9. Read the Koran—Completed 4/14/15
  10. Complete 100 Great Courses lectures—Completed 12/30/15
  11. Experience all 37 of Shakespeare's plays (attend, watch, and/or read)  [30% done]
  12. Learn sufficient Javascript and/or jquery to know if it will work for creating my GTC website
  13. Make 30 museum visits  [40% done]
  14. Set and attain BrainHQ goal
  15. Set and attain Khan Academy goal
  16. Set and attain Memrise goal
  17. Set and attain Sporcle goal

  18. To Leave a Legacy
  19. Copy LPs to CDs
  20. Copy tapes to CDs  [Porter is working on this]
  21. Convert WRL memorial PPT to video
  22. Complete conversion of bits PPTs to videos
  23. Create 20 new GTC shows
  24. Create a form of GTC independent of YouTube and useable offline
  25. Create scent bits
  26. Make new family bits (was just "for Heather," but now Janet needs some, too)
  27. Print bit back labels for Heather
  28. Genealogy:  clean up, expand, and document the lines I currently have in my family tree
  29. Enter unentered genealogy data
  30. Publish revised editions of Honor Enough volumes 1-4
  31. Rocket boost genealogy work by end of January 2015 (40 hours of work in segments of 1 or more hours, over 2 weeks)—Completed 2/1/15 [I made great progress, but I need to make a habit of steady progress.]
  32. Update Phoebe's Quilt and print in "final" form
  33. Create one photo album with Picaboo
  34. Digitize photos
  35. Digitize slides
  36. Organize photos 2007-2011 (subgroups 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
  37. Organize photos 2012-2016 (subgroups 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)  [I've done most of 2015 and a good part of 2014 so far.]
  38. Research and purchase scanner suitable for prints and slides
  39. Rocket boost photo work (40 hours of work in segments of 1 or more hours, over 2 weeks)—Completed 8/29/15  [As with the genealogy, I made great progress, but I need to make a habit of steady progress.]
  40. Make (at least) 2 baby blankets—Completed 5/14/15.  [Two new grandbabies!  Hooray!]

Onward to 2016!

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I posted my update.


Posted by dstb on Sunday, January 03, 2016 at 9:37 am

I was just wondering about how this was going and if you still found all 95 compelling. I find my to do list is old a day after I write it - I can't imagine making a list for 2 1/2 years! You have permission to replace some if you want. ;) Keep up the good work!

Posted by Janet on Monday, January 04, 2016 at 8:25 am

At the moment, there's not one I would take off. I might have to change the choir trip to Austria goal, but until I'm more certain it's not going to happen in the time frame, I'll leave it there.

Posted by SursumCorda on Tuesday, January 05, 2016 at 7:19 am
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