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Build a Comprehensive Checklist Online with Canva

Use Canva's online design tools to create eye-catching and complete checklists that keep you well-organized.

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Stay on top of chores, groceries and your travel needs with a checklist

Ever find yourself on a trip and just realized you’ve left your sunscreen at home? What about those times when you’ve sat at your desk, got sucked into answering emails, and forgot a report that was due that afternoon? Want to avoid these situations? Use a checklist! It’s amazing how writing things down can help you get better organized and be more efficient–ensuring that you leave no task undone, no chore unfinished and no sunscreen at home.

Canva’s online maker helps you build a readable and reliable checklist. Whether it’s a short one with a few items or a long one that’s completely categorized and alphabetized, you will be able to create one within minutes. Open a design and choose from any of the beautiful, professionally made templates to start from, then get to editing. With a few drags, drops, and clicks, you’ll have a well-arranged and meticulous checklist in no time.

How to make a checklist

  1. Open Canva

    Log into your Canva account or sign up using Facebook or Google if you’re a new user. You can download the app from the App Store or Play Store. Then, search for the “Checklist” design type and open a new page to start designing.

  2. Choose a template

    If you need a little inspiration to get started, Canva’s library has hundreds of checklist templates to choose from. Use the search tool to filter by theme, color scheme, style or layout.

  3. Add graphics and text

    Canva has millions of icons, photos, illustrations, images, etc. to help you with your design. Add them using using the drag-and-drop tool. Then, choose a matching text box background, font style, and color scheme.

  4. Personalize some more

    Mix and match elements from multiple templates, upload your own images or artwork, use the animation feature and keep experimenting until you’ve settled on the right layout and design.

  5. Save or print

    Download and save your checklist as a print-ready PDF, JPG or PNG. Share it on social media with friends and family or keep a copy just for yourself. Or, make high-quality prints with Canva Print.

Open a New Checklist Design

Customize a checklist to suit your design tastes and organizational style

Some people like extensive checklists while some would rather have short ones. Some are satisfied with using words while others might be more visual and would prefer adding images or graphics to theirs. Whatever style you have or however your mind works, the beauty of creating a design in Canva is you can customize it to suit exactly what you want or need. Personalize the list with your ideas, use colors to distinguish or highlight certain sections. Completely remake a template or just edit the parts you want–it’s all completely up to you.

Turn your designs into your personal checklist template

Here’s the thing about checklists–they change all the time. One day’s tasks will differ from the next day’s. One holiday’s packing list will differ from the next. But that doesn’t mean that you’ll need to design from scratch over and over again. Once you’ve perfect one design to suit your style exactly, you can use it as a template for future checklists.

To make a copy of your design, log in to your Canva account, open the original design then click File on the menu bar and select Make a copy.

Check your checklist anytime, anywhere

Refer to your checklist whenever you need to or wherever you might be. Canva designs are all saved on the cloud so they can be opened, changed or downloaded from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection. It does not require you to install anything so you can access your design on your desktop computer, laptop, iPhone, iPad or Android device.

Print your checklist or share it with others

Want a physical copy of your checklist? You can easily download and print your finalized design. Just click download and choose the PDF – Print option. Want to share it with others? Sharing is super easy too. Just click on the Share button, choose whether to email your design or simply message a direct link. Or maybe you’d like to share your wonderful ideas and design to your followers? The Share button also allows you to post a design directly to your Facebook or Twitter account.


A good checklist organizes your tasks by priority, leaves room for notes and details, lets you track your progress and mark completed tasks to boost motivation and lets you rearrange or move tasks that need to be rescheduled. A good digital checklist makes it even easier to edit tasks.

You can arrange your checklist according to whatever structure works best for you, but generally tasks should be ordered chronologically and by priority, similar tasks should be grouped together, important information highlighted in some way and images only used if they serve a purpose.

Checklists often include titles an objectives for tasks, simple but detailed descriptions of what’s to be completed, consistent formatting, sub-points if needed, space to mark each item as finished or unfinished, clear typography, minimal use of images and illustrations and plenty of space to add more details as needed.

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