The Man in Blue


To-do Lists

Is it an inescapable human behaviour to turn everything into a to-do list?

It seems like we can contort anything – digital or physical – into a parking lot for things to do. Here’s a random assortment of things that are just different variations of my to-do list:

… and finally the 12 items on the official to-do list in my notebook. But by this stage, tracking what’s “official” and what’s unofficial is purely an academic exercise.

It puts me in mind of Zawinski’s Law of Software Envelopment:

“Every program attempts to expand until it can read email.”

Jamie Zawinski

I would propose a modern update of that:

“Every product attempts to expand until it can track your to-dos.”

Cameron Adams Cameron Adams is a co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Canva, where he leads the design & product teams and focuses on future product directions & innovative experiences. Read a bit more about him ›