Life Checklist Template

Earlier this week, David Cain of Raptitude.com posted a great comprehensive guide to creating a life checklist. As soon as I saw it, my template brain started firing synapses. With David’s permission, I’ve created a Life Checklist Template to compliment his post. This is for those of you that prefer simplicity – if you want full-on-snazzy-life-list-social-sharing-web-2.0-glory, you’ll probably like 43things.com better. Or use both!

Here is a short summary of David’s life checklist tips:

  • Make all the items clear, check-off-able things: There should be a specific moment when you can say “YES! I did it!” without question. Beware of “one chance only” goals, like “run the 2010 Boston marathon.”
  • Make sure each item has real, personal significance, and isn’t just “This would be kinda neat.” Ask “What specifically do I want to do?” Remember, this list *is* your life.
  • Be audacious, but not unrealistic. Dream big, but consider the amount of time and money each goal will require. Add small items too.
  • Avoid goals that depend on luck or other people’s co-operation. Don’t necessarily omit items just because you’ve already done them.

Two other great sites to visit for inspiration:

In an effort to join in the fun, I started a life list too. I don’t feel I’ve reached my creative “dream big” peak yet, but it’s a start!

Click here (or below) to preview and use the template:

As always, if you like the template, please share and give it a rating!

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David Cain September 11, 2009 at 4:55 pm

This is very cool of you Jenny. Thanks for the shout-out and thanks for doing up such an attractive spreadsheet. I hope a lot of people are making their lists right now. Google Docs is awesome.

And a great list! Pearl Jam put on the best show I’ve ever seen when they came to my hometown. I’d love to see them in a foreign city.

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David Cain September 11, 2009 at 8:55 am

This is very cool of you Jenny. Thanks for the shout-out and thanks for doing up such an attractive spreadsheet. I hope a lot of people are making their lists right now. Google Docs is awesome.

And a great list! Pearl Jam put on the best show I’ve ever seen when they came to my hometown. I’d love to see them in a foreign city.

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Jenny September 11, 2009 at 5:00 pm

David – Thank YOU for creating such a comprehensive guide in the first place! I’ve really enjoyed reading others’ life lists this week (and reflecting on my own).

As for Pearl Jam, I’m obsessed. I’ve seen them five times (which I’m sure pales in comparison to other fans) – but definitely seeing them play in a foreign city would be awesome. Here’s to 2010 when they tour for the new album!

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Jenny September 11, 2009 at 9:00 am

David – Thank YOU for creating such a comprehensive guide in the first place! I’ve really enjoyed reading others’ life lists this week (and reflecting on my own).

As for Pearl Jam, I’m obsessed. I’ve seen them five times (which I’m sure pales in comparison to other fans) – but definitely seeing them play in a foreign city would be awesome. Here’s to 2010 when they tour for the new album!

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business September 11, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Great list and tips to make your own! I don’t look to the future enough. It’s a constant reminder I need to have to gain long-term happiness.

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business September 11, 2009 at 11:13 am

Great list and tips to make your own! I don’t look to the future enough. It’s a constant reminder I need to have to gain long-term happiness.

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Positively Present September 12, 2009 at 12:49 am

This is awesome! I gave it 5 stars for sure!! :)

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Positively Present September 11, 2009 at 4:49 pm

This is awesome! I gave it 5 stars for sure!! :)

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Rajeev September 12, 2009 at 12:59 am

Hi Jenny,

Loved the simplicity and power of your template.

If it’s ok with you, would love to put it on my web-site under “Free Resources”, obviously acknowledging u as the source.

thx
Rajeev.

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Rajeev September 11, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Hi Jenny,

Loved the simplicity and power of your template.

If it’s ok with you, would love to put it on my web-site under “Free Resources”, obviously acknowledging u as the source.

thx
Rajeev.

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Chinarut September 12, 2009 at 4:22 pm

ha – i see your list has caught the attention of us all!

i have on my agenda to complete the personal development template and couldn’t help but want to provide you this reference!

http://www.robertsturmanstudio.com/image/tid/216

Robert is a photographer i met at a benefit he was exhibiting at over at yogaglo last wkd and whoa – you have to see these prints in real life – esp those that were hanging from the ceiling – absolutely beautiful!

sounds like india is very much in yr future 😉

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Chinarut September 12, 2009 at 8:22 am

ha – i see your list has caught the attention of us all!

i have on my agenda to complete the personal development template and couldn’t help but want to provide you this reference!

http://www.robertsturmanstudio.com/image/tid/216

Robert is a photographer i met at a benefit he was exhibiting at over at yogaglo last wkd and whoa – you have to see these prints in real life – esp those that were hanging from the ceiling – absolutely beautiful!

sounds like india is very much in yr future 😉

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Mark W. September 13, 2009 at 11:38 am

Hi Jenny. I came over here to this post from Rebecca’s (Modite) post on September goals. I like your template here on life goals and it makes me think about composing and incorporating monthly goals, yearly goals, and life goals on the same spreadsheet. Also I like how you separated your blogroll into different categories. Good luck to you on your goals!

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Mark W. September 13, 2009 at 3:38 am

Hi Jenny. I came over here to this post from Rebecca’s (Modite) post on September goals. I like your template here on life goals and it makes me think about composing and incorporating monthly goals, yearly goals, and life goals on the same spreadsheet. Also I like how you separated your blogroll into different categories. Good luck to you on your goals!

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Joie September 14, 2009 at 2:11 am

Really enjoyed reading this and I agree!! Maybe I should actually write down the “life goals” I have in my head, that way they can’t change!! :)

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Joie September 13, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Really enjoyed reading this and I agree!! Maybe I should actually write down the “life goals” I have in my head, that way they can’t change!! :)

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J.D. Meier September 14, 2009 at 8:05 am

It sounds like a bucket list in action. Way to go.

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J.D. Meier September 14, 2009 at 12:05 am

It sounds like a bucket list in action. Way to go.

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Monicarolevans September 14, 2009 at 1:59 pm

You are such a giver. Every time I come over to your site, I get something really great and useful. :-) Thank you.

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Monicarolevans September 14, 2009 at 5:59 am

You are such a giver. Every time I come over to your site, I get something really great and useful. :-) Thank you.

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Matt Cheuvront September 14, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Awesome – yet another plan to put into action – I’m getting a ton of great information from you lately – once again the model of efficiency and productivity. Thanks for this!

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Matt Cheuvront September 14, 2009 at 6:06 am

Awesome – yet another plan to put into action – I’m getting a ton of great information from you lately – once again the model of efficiency and productivity. Thanks for this!

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Grace Boyle September 14, 2009 at 3:30 pm

SO impressed with the templates you’ve been providing lately, Jenny. You’re really stepping into your role for career development at Google and I’m excited to see and hear more. I’ve used the budget template and am going to use this one too. Not to mention, I’m such a big fan of Google docs (and Google of course too).

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Grace Boyle September 14, 2009 at 7:30 am

SO impressed with the templates you’ve been providing lately, Jenny. You’re really stepping into your role for career development at Google and I’m excited to see and hear more. I’ve used the budget template and am going to use this one too. Not to mention, I’m such a big fan of Google docs (and Google of course too).

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Jenny September 15, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Thanks so much for all the great feedback everyone! You’ll have to send me links (or post in the comments) to your life checklists when you make them.

I had a lot of fun doing mine; it’s cool because I find myself thinking of new things to add every day, or scheming about how to check something fun off. It’s an exciting way to look at the world! 😀

Have a great day!

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Jenny September 15, 2009 at 7:59 am

Thanks so much for all the great feedback everyone! You’ll have to send me links (or post in the comments) to your life checklists when you make them.

I had a lot of fun doing mine; it’s cool because I find myself thinking of new things to add every day, or scheming about how to check something fun off. It’s an exciting way to look at the world! 😀

Have a great day!

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Angela February 5, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Jenny, You're such an inspiration! I have been trying a bunch of different ways to organize my life goals in a simple, uncluttered way, and your resources and template delivered in a big way. It's great for those hectic, unproductive moments when you need something material to get you back on track. Thanks!

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jennyblake February 8, 2010 at 1:09 am

Wow – thank you so much Angela! I'm so happy to hear that the templates are
working out for you :D. Best of luck getting (and staying) organized! And
with everything on your life checklist, of course 😀

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Jenny Evgenia Grinblo January 3, 2013 at 9:13 am

I love this! Finally transferred my regular ol’ checklist into this awesome spreadsheet then shopped around for ideas and now I have a super exciting list to look forward to. It was really useful to do this to find out that I mostly make work-related goals and wasn’t focusing on balancing my life very well. Thanks for this! Just one question – the Personal Manifesto link is down, do you have another URL or a different resource for that one?

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jennyblake January 3, 2013 at 11:23 am

So happy you’re finding it helpful! Unfortunately I don’t have a new link for the personal manifesto — but you might find this post helpful instead: http://artofmanliness.com/2012/02/13/how-and-why-to-write-your-own-personal-manifesto/ .

Happy New Year!

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