Day Zero, Plan Things To Do In The Next 1001 Days

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 7, 2011
Updated • Dec 11, 2012

If you had one day to live, what would you do? You probably know that question and I personally find it very hard to come up with an answer to that. Day Zero takes the question a step further by asking you what you would like to do in the next 1001 days. It is on first glance a things to do list on the Internet. On second glance though it offers interesting features and additions to that list.

New users need to create an account before they can start adding things that they want to do in the next three years. The form where you add your "things" suggests things that other users of the service have added to their list. That's nice as it can be inspirational. In the end, it comes down to what you really want to achieve and do in those three years.

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A Top 101 things to do page offers additional suggestions on what you could do in the next 1001 days. Popular suggestions include donating blood, kissing in the rain, getting married or to not eat fast food for a month.

Tasks range from easily doable like donating blood or going on a cruise to hard to predict things like falling in love or, graduating from college or watching a meteor shower.

The top 10 things that users of the service want done in 1001 days?

1. Donate blood
2. Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years
3. Sleep under the stars
4. Get a tattoo
5. Leave an inspirational note inside a book for someone to find
6. Kiss in the rain
7. Don't complain about anything for a week
8. Answer the "50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind"
9. Fall in love
10. Watch the sunrise and sunset in the same day

The service distinguishes between a things to do list and a someday list with the latter being more of a queued to do list while the former containing the tasks that you really want to achieve in that time frame.

Day Zero offers more suggestions and inspirations than what has already been mentioned. The Feature List offers lists that contain handpicked ideas, interesting locations or places, and even a list of what you probably do not want to do (but should). The latter list contains interesting challenges like not using the Internet for a week, not eating out for a month or not to complain for a whole week.

If that was not enough, there is also the idea finder. The idea finder displays two goals giving you a choice what you'd rather want to do. Each suggestion, even both, can be added to the things to do list, someday list or the done list.

Once you are done adding tasks to the things and someday list you can move around tasks between both lists or mark tasks as started and done.


You can also set tasks to be private in case you do not want your user name and full name to appear on the task page on the site.

The service lacks an option to print out your lists on paper. While it is possible to use the browser's print option, it is not the best suited for this kind of task list.

You can start your own things to do list over at the Day Zero website. Which tasks would you put on your list?


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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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