The Invisible To-Do List

February 15, 2021

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We all have an invisible to-do list.

The stuff that never makes it onto any list or paper planner but that takes up our time.

Making dinner. Showering. Doing bath time and bedtime with the kids. Walking the dog. Washing bedsheets. Cleaning up the kitchen before bed.

Exacerbating this issue is the fact that during the mental gymnastics of figuring out when we’ll do everything, we often underestimate or completely overlook how much time those things take.

This leads to feeling behind and beating ourselves up for not getting stuff done – when it objectively couldn’t all get done in the first place.

To counteract this outcome, I’m a big fan of making those things visual to help (1) free your mind from the juggling act, and (2) help you realistically plan for how long those things take, so you can feel accomplished at the end of the day – not defeated.

That said, time-blocking those things in a paper calendar not only results in a cluttered mess (see reason #1 for going digital), but writing those things out for every single day is way too time-consuming.

I mean, I love having those things in my calendar, and even I wouldn’t do it in a paper planner.

So, reason #5 to go digital:

Because it’s easy and quick to create repeating events, your new digital calendar will help you have more control over your invisible to-do list & lighten your mental load.

In a digital calendar, you can get those invisible to-do’s out of your head and into a calendar on a repeating basis in minutes.

Even better, as your days shape out, you can easily rearrange those plans by just dragging and dropping blocks.

Without exaggeration, this is game-changing.

It gets all those little things out of your head, helps you remember to do them, and helps you realistically plan for them.

Instead of going to bed defeated by an unrealistic, invisible to-do list, you go to bed proud of today and clear about tomorrow.


People struggle with this one a bit because calendaring those little things feels weird. If you have that hesitation, it’s okay – I’d love to talk to you about it. Send me an email!

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