Fun With Data & Goal-Setting


  1. Would have liked to see the actual con­tent — highcharts fails on my browser (Android with faked Safari UA string)

  2. Thanks for the com­ment, Domin­ykas. I updated the post to include images of the charts as well, hope that lets you see the con­tent bet­ter. Thanks for reading.

  3. Thanks for this — really inter­est­ing to see the ana­lysis, as well as hear how you did it. And of course, hear your wis­dom on goal­set­ting, Martha. :)

  4. Ha, thanks Jodi :) Glad you enjoyed it, it was really fun to look at the data and find the inter­est­ing obser­va­tions. Will be help­ful for the other pro­ject as well, but con­sid­er­ing play­ing with their API to see if I can con­nect fre­quency of updates to suc­cess rates or some­thing use­ful like that.

  5. Fant­astic post!

    I can’t believe 30,000 people want to write a book and another 10,000 want to write a novel. Think of all the untapped poten­tial! The empty lib­rary shelves!

    1. Thanks for your com­ment, Emily. I know, we should all send them email to encour­age them to get going! And to the Frank Sinatra guy (or gal) too!

  6. There is a pop­u­lar novel writ­ing goal on 43 Things that is often achieved. The word­ing changes annu­ally and amongst goal set­ters but it is in effect one goal and that is win NaNoWriMo.

    This stands for National Novel Writ­ing Month and that is Novem­ber each year. To win one must com­plete a 50000 word novel within the month.

    If all the NaNoWriMo goals were com­bined into one for chart­ing pur­poses it is likely that goal would be amongst the achieved rather than not achieved goals.

  7. It is inter­est­ing to see that write a book is te least achieved goal. Do people set up sub­goals to assist them with these tasks? For instance, you write there are goals we com­plete but do view as goals, such as gradu­at­ing from school or col­lege. These goals are long com­mit­ment and com­plex to achieve. The reas­ons why we achieve them are struc­tural. Firstly, soci­ety cre­ates a struc­ture where people are required to com­plete these goals: there are external expect­a­tions and sup­ports. Secondly, school and col­lege stu­dents are bon­ded into cohort groups, and the closer these cohorts, and more driven and tal­en­ted a cohort, the more likely the cohort is to suc­ceed. Finally, these achieve­ments are broken down into small, achiev­able sub­goals, such as com­plete grade 5, and from that, com­plete algebra 1, and even more refined than that, com­plete algebra quiz on Tues­day. Do you think that the real prob­lem with large goals is that people do not cre­ate the struc­tures neces­sary to com­plete them? Ta :D

  8. Are you able to get mem­ber data? I’d love to see stats on how many goals people have on their lists, how many they have accom­plished, how many they have given up on, and who has the most of these categories!

    By the way, I’ve been a 43things mem­ber for about 6 years.

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