Most Popular Types of Goals On 43Things.com

Posted on November 19, 2012 by

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43Things.com claims to be the world’s largest goal-setting community with over 3 million members setting goals, sharing their progress and cheering each other on.

I recently discovered the site and have found myself returning several times to check out their list of Most Popular Goals.  Unfortunately the goals are not grouped or organized very well.  For example, “Learn to Play the Guitar” is the 17th most popular goal with 13,783 people choosing it while  “Learn to Play Guitar” is the 75th most popular goal with 4,971 people choosing it.

I started playing around with the data in Excel to see what the underlying trends were.  Here are the goals grouped into categories and ranked by their popularity.

Most Popular Types of Goals On 43Things.com

1 Travel the world. Take a Road Trip.  See the Northern Lights. 108233
2 Get a Job.  Get out of Debt. Save Money. Buy a House. 74303
3 Learn a Second Language.  Spanish, French, Japanese. 65764
4 Lose Weight. 60506
5 Fall in Love.  Get Married.  Have a Baby. 54576
6 Be Happy.  Be Confident.  Love Myself. 53864
7 Stop Procrastinating.  Get Organized.  Finish what I Start. 53720
8 Get in Shape.  Run a Marathon.  Practice Yoga. 51808
9 Kiss in the Rain.  Go Skydiving.  Swim with the Dolphins. 50781
10 Drink Water.  Eat Healthy. Worry Less.  Sleep More. 45066
11 Write a Book. 41939
12 Make New Friends.  Be a Better Friend. 39357
13 Figure out what I want to do with my life. 28461
14 Read More.  Go to College.  Never stop Learning 35445
15 Design and Get a Tattoo. 35130
16 Learn to Play Guitar or Piano.  Write a Song. 32154
17 Make a Difference.  Volunteer. 16592
18 Take more Pictures. 15361
19 Learn to Drive. 16431
20 Learn to Sew. 12138
21 Learn to Cook. 9952
22 Quit Smoking. 9238
23 Learn to Surf. 8104
24 Stop Biting my Nails 7309
25 Learn to Dance. 7131
26 Create my own Website. 5791

I have already achieved: 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 14, 18, 19, 21, 22, and 26.

I am actively working on: 1, 6, 9, 12, 16, 17, and 24.

I plan to one day do: 3, 11, 13, 15, 20, 23, 25.

How about you?  Does this list match up with the goals that you are working on?


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