MY IMPOSSIBLE LIST

On the concept

All of us have dreams and life goals we want to achieve. Yet it is surprisingly rare that the things we do every day match our dreams.  One way to overcome this problem is to write down our visions even if most of them seem almost impossible at first.

What is the “Impossible List” exactly about?

The Impossible List is a list of challenges. It forces you to make a plan and take action today, what differentiates it from other “some day” lists. It is a dynamic list, that keeps growing and is constantly updated. As you progress, you cross out the old items and add new ones. It helps you find joy in the process, rather than just worying about the end goals. You can read more about the Impossible List in my blog post.

Credits

I got the idea of the Impossible List from Thomas Frank, the founder of College Info Geek, a blog I have been following for a very long time. After learning about the Impossible List, I decided to create my own one and make it public to inspire others.

My Impossible List

Below you can find my impossible list. I hope you find it inspiring. I challenge you to create your own list. Are you ready to accept this challenge?

Current Focuses

  • Launch a successful software startup
  • Call people instead of messaging them in Whatsapp every single time for a month when I want to ask them something – Skill: Human interaction
    (Besides, it helps me de-addict myself from Whatsapp and save time)
    • Limit Whatsapp usage to 4 hours a week for 6 months [Progress Page]
  • Get a visiting undergraduate research intern position at an institution abroad
  • Increase all skills to Level 5 in Duolingo French course

Last 5 Goals Achieved Previously

  • Read 25 pages a day for 55 days in a row- Skill: Intelligence [April 14, 2018]
  • Hit the gym at least three days per week for 6 weeks – Skill: Fitness [March 30, 2018]
  • Finish the French course in Duolingo [February 14, 2018]
  • Read 25 pages a day for one month in a row – Skill: Intelligence [February 8, 2018]
  • Run a 10K [December 17, 2017]

Habits

  • Take a cold shower every day for a month – Skill: Willpower
  • Wake up At 5 A.M. every day for a month – Skill: Discipline
  • Meditate for at least 5 minutes 15 days in a row – Skill: Concentration
  • Call people instead of messaging them in Whatsapp every single time when I want to ask them something – Skill: Human interaction
    (Besides, it helps me de-addict myself from Whatsapp and save time)
    • Limit Whatsapp usage to 4 hours a week for 6 months [Progress Page]

Reading Goals

Health/Fitness

  • Run a 10K [December 17, 2017]
  • Run a Half Marathon
  • Go without alcohol for a year [February 2017]
  • Get a six-pack and shoot a photo to celebrate.
  • Do 100 pushups in a row
  • Hit the gym at least three days per week for 6 weeks [March 30, 2018]

Entrepreneurship

  • Launch a successful software startup

Creativty

  • Write 10 six-word stories (in English)

Minimalism

  • Go without internet for a week
  • Go without Whatsapp for six months [August 2016]

Academic

  • Graduate from college with a minimum GPA of 3.80 [Current GPA: 3.79]
  • Becoma an undergraduate research assistant at my home university [September 2016 – BUSPIN]
    • Get a visiting undergraduate research intern position at an institution abroad
  • Become a co-author of a scientific paper
    • Become the first author of a scientific paper
  • Find a PhD scholarship to study abroad

Skill Development

  • Become fluent in French [Current level: B2]
    • Finish the French course in Duolingo [February 14, 2018]
      • Increase all skills to Level 5
  • Become fluent in Japanese
  • Become fluent in Arabic
  • Become fluent in Russian
  • Become ambidextrous (I am originally right-handed)
    • Brush my teeth with my left hand every day for 3 months.

Travel

  • Visit all 81 provinces of Turkey [15/81]
    • Erzincan
    • Trabzon
    • Nevşehir
    • Ankara
    • Karabük
    • Bartın
    • Bolu
    • Eskişehir
    • Denizli
    • Aydın
    • İzmir
    • Balıkesir
    • Çanakkale
    • İstanbul
    • Kocaeli
  • Visit 20 countries other than Turkey  [10/20]
    • USA
    • Japan
    • England
    • Singapore
    • Netherlands
    • Switzerland
    • Slovenia
    • France
    • Portugal
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Croatia
    • Bulgaria
    • Germany
  • Visit 5 countries other than Turkey for more than a week each [1/5]
    • Switzerland
    • Germany
  • Visit all continents [2/7]
    • Africa
    • Antartica
    • Asia
    • Australia
    • Europa
    • North America
    • South America
  • Go swimming in every ocean [1/5]
    • Arctic
    • Atlantic
    • Indian
    • Pacific
    • Southern
  • Obtain dual citizenship with another country

Where I have been so far: