The Ideas Board

With a little help from my friends I have compiled a remarkably long list of suggested new things to do this year. Please do comment with any further suggestions, I’ll keep adding to the list. I would also really welcome any volunteers to join in these attempts and any leads or tips to help me fulfil them!

Some of these ideas are self-evidently less serious than others; fortunately as there are far more than 52 I am not bound to attempt all of them!

  • pilates class
  • tap dancing
  • historical dancing
  • climbing
  • skydiving
  • join a political rally/make a political statement or protest
  • make my own jewellery
  • make a hat
  • try sculpture
  • call in to the radio
  • high-ropes adventure course
  • sleep out in the open
  • host a black-tie dinner party
  • dye my hair
  • orchestrate a revolution
  • scuba diving
  • volunteer at a soup kitchen
  • do the three peaks challenge (or visit the three peaks)
  • learn massage
  • speed dating
  • elope
  • divorce
  • go to an open audition (I can’t act)
  • busking (I can’t sing)
  • ride an elephant
  • meditation
  • learn the ukulele
  • visit a new continent
  • travel to the Arctic circle
  • crew on a tall ship
  • gatecrash an exclusive party
  • ride a penny farthing
  • skateboarding
  • make ice cream
  • attend a session of the House of Commons
  • hold a snake
  • recite a poem in public
  • start to learn a new language
  • travel from Land’s End to John O’Groats
  • get a tattoo
  • try new recipes
  • buy an original artwork
  • origami
  • ride a segway
  • martial arts
  • calligraphy
  • hug a stranger
  • organise a music festival (really?)
  • ride in a hot-air balloon
  • make an app
  • ride in a helicopter
  • get hypnotised
  • model for an art class (maybe not)
  • meet the queen
  • meet someone in power
  • get into the national papers
  • breakdancing (even more maybe not)
  • answer yes to everything for one week
  • attend a masqued ball
  • learn how to change car tires
  • learn first aid
  • visit North Korea
  • get deported from a country (probably North Korea)
  • grow my own vegetables
  • go hunting/kill a pheasant (unpleasant suggestion)
  • change my name by deedpoll
  • take part in a historical reenactment
  • metal detecting (sub aim: find gold hoard)
  • spend a day speaking in a cockney accent
  • spend a day pretending I’ve forgotten how to speak English
  • make a Youtube video
  • enter a TV quiz show
  • start my own religion
  • walk on hot coals
  • mud walking
  • mud wrestling
  • stand for election
  • enter a stand-up comedy open-mic night
  • decorate/paint a room
  • wear a coconut bra for a day
  • reconnect with a lost friend
  • make Christmas pudding months before Christmas
  • write and stage a pantomime
  • hike Hadrian’s wall
  • play a game of poker
  • milk a cow
  • shear a sheep
  • start my own business
  • follow all the health/fitness/eating/romantic/etc advice of a magazine
  • make my own soap and skin products
  • go to a professional sports game
  • wwoofing
  • live on £1 a day for a week
  • take a man vs food challenge
  • burlesque dancing
  • walk over the O2 Centre
  • take a vow of silence for a day
  • impersonate Elvis for a day
  • attend a book signing
  • write a short story
  • go to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • glass making
  • archery
  • communicate using only Beatles lyrics or Shakespeare quotations for an entire day
  • spend a day eating foods that begin with a ‘B’
  • have a gluten free week
  • have a caffeine free week
  • participate in a slam poetry event
  • pretend to be a super hero for a day
  • throw a television out of a hotel window
  • write a children’s book
  • learn the names of all of the bones in the human body
  • go to Stonehenge for summer solstice
  • graffiti
  • fire-eating
  • face painting
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3 Responses to The Ideas Board

  1. EBotziou says:

    I will happily join you in your endeavours however I draw the line at skydiving and divorce as both could possibly end in death.

  2. Jen says:

    Right, my suggestions:
    Communicate using only Beatles lyrics for an entire day (or the same but with Shakespeare quotations)
    Spend a day eating foods that begin with a ‘B’ (bagels, blancmange, broccoli, badgers?)
    Gluten free week
    Caffeine free week (ooh a little harsh…)
    Proof read an entire PhD thesis (ok, slightly selfish motivation here…)
    Participate in a slam poetry event
    Pretend to be a super hero for a day N.B. including costume
    Throw a telly out of a hotel window
    Get arrested (potentially linked to the above suggestion)
    Write a children’s book (preferably about a mouse that lives in a bottle bank)
    Learn the names of all of the bones in the human body…

    I’m sure I’ve got some more good ones lurking around somewhere in my little brain.

  3. Crystal to Clay says:

    Oh right, should have looked at this first. You’ve got like a bucket list for a year- that’s awesome motivation. Imagine what you could do if you did this every year.

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