It’s easy to say you’re writing a book. Is this the year you finally do it?

43 Things includes a place to list your resolutions and check out others’ entries, like this list of All-time Most Popular Goals. Here’s the top five:

43 Things Most Popular Goals top 5 1. Lose weight 2. Stop procrastinating 3. Write a book 4. Fall in love 5. Be happy

I wish I could promise that writing your book would lead to all other results, or vice versa. There could be a correlation between “2–stop procrastinating” or “5–be happy” with “3–write a book,” but I doubt it. Plenty of angry people publish books, and every writer I know claims to be lazy. (I think that’s because we writers usually feel we are never off duty, waking or sleeping. So everything else we do feels like slacking.)

Let’s return to the book-writing fervor on 43 Things; it’s sometimes even higher than third. For example, “Write a book” was #2 for today’s entries, and #1 for Phoenix. Naturally, I wondered where it would place on the list of Popular Completed Goals.

It doesn’t make the top 100.

“Learn to type with 10 fingers” shows up at #29, “Writing a poem” at #43, “Read a Classic,” #57, and “Write a poem,” #79. It’s a start.

43 Things Popular Completed Goals 1 to 5043 Things Popular Complete Goals 51-100

Text © Gwyn Nichols 2010

Lists are screen shots from 43 Things as found on 6 January 2011