Explaining the 101 list, 3: Everyday life

This is the third of the posts in which I explain and motivate the items on my 101-in-1001 list. The list itself can be viewed here, where you can also find a list of all posts related to the list. If you want to follow my progress in more detail, you should check my profile page at the Day Zero Project.

Cook 25 new vegetarian dishes

Even though I’m not a hardcore vegetarian, I’m going to cut down meat consumption to almost nothing (not including milk, eggs and fish). I’ve been a vegetarian for a couple of years before I left Sweden for Taiwan, so I know how to cook enough to survive and thrive, but I want to have this item on my list to expand my horizons a bit. New dishes here means finding a recipe and following it reasonably closely at least once.

Perceived difficulty: 1/10
Estimated time needed: 15 hours
Progress so far: 0%

Analyse what I eat three times, one week each time

This is something I’ve done before. It’s not only useful because I gain insights into what I eat, but I also learn a lot that lasts beyond the week I’m counting. I look things up, I measure things, I pay attention. Doing this three times, one week each time, spread out over the 1001 days will hopefully prove even more useful.

Perceived difficulty: 2/10
Estimated time needed: 5 hours
Progress so far: 0%

Use dental floss every day for a month

This is about creating a habit. Some dentist say flossing is as important as brushing my teeth, but still I hardly ever do the former. I have strong teeth, but it doesn’t hurt taking good care of them.

Perceived difficulty: 2/10
Estimated time needed: 1 hours
Progress so far: 0%

Learn to sleep comfortably on my back

I actually succeeded with this goal on my former list, but I’ve forgotten how to do it. The thing is that I can’t sleep on my back, or at least it takes me an hour to fall asleep that way compared with the one minute I usually need. Sleeping on my back is useful because sometimes sleep conditions make it the best choice, but it’s also better for my back than sleeping on my stomach.

Perceived difficulty: 5/10
Estimated time needed: ?
Progress so far: 0%

Make sure I have enough plants to be satisfied

I love having plants of all kinds where I live, but during the last two years in Taiwan, I’ve felt that it’s pointless to buy anything since I’ve been moving around so much. Now that I’m back in Sweden again, I’m going to make sure that I have what I neeed to be happy. It doesn’t cost much compared to how much I like it. I’m moving to a new apartment this Saturday, so the quest for potted plants should start soon afterwards!

Perceived difficulty: 1/10
Estimated time needed: 1 hours
Progress so far: 0%

Buy something from Hans-Werner Sahm

Hans-Werner Sahm (click for a picture search on Google) is one of my favourite artists and has been for quite a while. I haven’t decided what to buy (it might be anything from lots of postcards to full-size prints), but I am going to buy something.

Perceived difficulty: 1/10
Estimated time needed: 1 hours
Progress so far: 0%

Distill memories from Taiwan into something that can be put on a wall

I have so many memories from my two years in Taiwan that it will never be possible to express them all in some form. However, I do want to create something which can remind me of all the good things I experienced there and I want to be able to put it on the wall. It will probably be a collection of photos arranged in some cool way, probably similar to what I’ve done before, but with a more careful selection of photos.

Perceived difficulty: 1/10
Estimated time needed: 4 hours
Progress so far: 0%

Study three books about sleeping

We spend quite a big part of our lives sleeping and even though I think I’ve taken more care to research the subject than most people who aren’t doctors or psychologists, I still think I know far too little. I’m going to change that. I’m mostly interested in normal sleep here, but dreaming might also be on the menu. However, I’m planning to read scientific material, not dream reading or anything like that!

Perceived difficulty: 2/10
Estimated time needed: 30 hours
Progress so far: 0%

Monitor everything I buy for one month

I’m by nature rather thrifty, but I don think there is a point in breaking down various everyday habits to see how they work and what they really contain. I don’t really know what I hope to find here, but I suspect that perhaps I have some misguided conceptions about my consumption patterns. A month should be enough, although longer might be preferable.

Perceived difficulty: 1/10
Estimated time needed: 2 hours
Progress so far: 0%

Don’t accept second best solutions in my apartment because I’m lazy

This is serious! I’m tired of being content with second rate solutions when it comes to living. If I have the option of spending five minutes extra to tuck that cable away neatly or fix some quirk in the lighting, I’m by Zarquon going to do it. This starts when I move this Saturday and last until the end of time.

Perceived difficulty: 3/10
Estimated time needed: 1001 days
Progress so far: 0%

Get an ID card

At the moment, I’m using my passport whenever I need to prove who I am and that’s not good. The passport lasts for many years and can be declared invalid if it’s worn-out, it’s big and it’s more expensive. I do of course need a passport as well, but getting an ID card to use in all cases except travelling would make some things a lot easier.

Perceived difficulty: 1/10
Estimated time needed: 1 hour
Progress so far: 0%

Update and upgrade my medical equipment

A couple of years ago, I made sure that I had medical equipment to cover first-aid situations, but also necessary things to survive for a while in more long-drawn scenarios. Since I haven’t even been in the country for a couple of years, I definitely need to go through and check what I have. Consulting a few doctors and useful websites will probably do the trick.

Perceived difficulty: 2/10
Estimated time needed: 5 hours
Progress so far: 0%

Don’t eat meat I’ve bought myself more than once a week

Could I just have stated “don’t eat meat” or something like that? Well, perhaps I should have, but I hate imposing my lifestyle on other people, regardless of whether I think it’s superior or not. I don’t want to be the guy people feel embarrassed to invite because they know they can’t cook something nice that has not dead animals in it. I’m also going to buy meat myself now and then, usually in restaurants if the vegetarian alternatives are too few, but it will probably be a lot less than once a week. I do this mostly for environmental reasons; eating lots of meat simply isn’t going to save the planet.

Perceived difficulty: 3/10
Estimated time needed: 1001 days
Progress so far: 0%

Explore, research and evaluate the electronic book reader market

I’m convinced that electronic books have to supplant printed books, it’s just a matter of time. Perhaps the time has already come, but the problem is that I’ve been too lazy to learn enough to know that. I plan to change that by exploring, researching and evaluating the available options. My goal is of course to find an e-reading solution I like, but that would be too lofty a goal.

Perceived difficulty: 2/10
Estimated time needed: 4 hours
Progress so far: 0%

Follow my no-new-books manifesto

This can be summarised as “don’t buy new books if it can’t be helped or if I really have to”. I’ve explained it in more detail here.

Perceived difficulty: 4/10
Estimated time needed: 1001 days
Progress so far: 0%

Have an economic buffer after 1001 days of at least 100 000 SEK (can be borrowed)

This might look like a weird goal. Everybody can borrow money if they really want to. Why not formulate a goal that says I should have no debts and have a certain amount of money on my bank account? Because that would be stupid. If I continue like I do now, I will be broke around the same time I graduate, provided that I don’t work a lot. This means no debts and no money and that’s a bad situation which gives me very little room to manoeuvre. My goal is to have around 100 000 SEK (above 10 000 euro) when I graduate, but if need be, I’ll borrow the money using the generous student loans. Of course, I do not intend to spend the money until after I graduate. Another option would be to work a lot, but that comes with other disadvantages. Time will tell.

Perceived difficulty: 3/10
Estimated time needed: ?
Progress so far: 0%

Re-examine the need for reading glasses

Silly wording, perhaps, because anyone that has seen me reading knows that I need glasses. The problem is that they don’t help very much, because the problems with my eyes are rather complicated. However, I think that reading glasses might help just a tiny bit, perhaps 5% or so and I should explore that further. 5% might mean that I can read Chinese more easily, for instance.

Perceived difficulty: 1/10
Estimated time needed: 2 hours
Progress so far: 0%

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  1. Johan’s avatar

    Analyse what I eat three times, one week each – jag har ett program som kanske kan hjälpa till. Många matvaror är registrerade med innehåll. Om man är noggrann kan man säkert få en bra uppfattning om vad man äter. Det schyssta är att allt relateras till en nivå av rekommenderat dagligt intag. Kan ju vara intressant med fine-tuning av vegrätter.

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    1. Olle Linge’s avatar

      Det låter intressant! Jag funderar faktiskt på att ändra den här punkten till något som fortfarande handlar om att analysera mat under en given tid, för det är nästan omöjligt att göra det som det nu är formulerat. Jag har försökt tre gånger redan men varje gång dyker något upp, typ någon fyller år och man äter mat hemma hos dem. Visst kan man gissa, men då förstör man ju hela idén. Någon idé på ny punkt? Målet är ju att få koll på vad man äter i vanliga fall, så att analysirea enstaka dagar fungerar nog rätt bra.

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