8 May

A Todo List for Life

One sure way to get out and live an interesting life is to make a list and follow it. Anytime it’s been too long since something interesting has happened select an item on your todo list and make it happen. Systematically live an adventurous life. My list is probably pretty standard, but these are things that seem fun or important to me.

As more things come to mind I will add to the list. I will also refer back to this list and check things off as they are accomplished.


  • Climb Mt. Borah (the tallest peak in Idaho, my home state).
  • Go skydiving.
  • Go bungee jumping.
  • Run a marathon (Honolulu Marathon – December 2010).
  • Fly a plane.
  • Do a backflip.
  • Speak to 500+ people.
  • Speak at a conference.
  • Design an iOS game.
  • Cycle up to Bogus Basin.
  • Ride a bicycle across the country.
  • Win an Apple design award.
  • Go parasailing (Nice, France in 2010 & Cabo, Mexico in 2011).
  • Do a 30 second hand stand
  • Drive a Ferrari.
  • Make $10,000 in one day. (On 9/4/12 from sales of The App Design Handbook)
  • Release an iOS app (I now have three!).
  • Ride in a hot air balloon.
  • Start a business.
  • Write a book. (The App Design Handbook, Published 9/4/12)
  • Do 100 pushups in 3 minutes
  • Do 100 sit-ups in 3 minutes
  • Build my blog to 10,000 email subscribers.
  • Get paid to speak at a conference.


  • France.  (2010)
  • Italy. (2012)
  • Switzerland. (2012)
  • Africa (South Africa & Lesotho – 2009).
  • Thailand.
  • Argentina.
  • Chile.
  • Live abroad for 2+ months.
  • Visit 10 countries in 1 year.
  • Go sailing in Greece.


  • Learn to draw.
  • Learn to program (in process).
  • Learn French.
  • EMT Certification.
  • Learn to ride a motorcycle.
  • Learn to pick locks.
  • Learn to sail.


Now some things aren’t as easy as doing them once and checking them off a list. They take time and effort. Usually an ongoing process for your entire life. Even though these are harder to  measure they are far more important than everything listed above.

  • Don’t work too much.
  • Slow down.
  • Make time for family.
  • Raise honest, kind children.
  • Say what you think.
  • Be happy.
  • Love.
  • Be loved.

What’s on your list?


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