💭Don’t keep repeating items in your to-to list use checklists instead.

My notes

Repeating tasks on a to-do list are demoralising – they just reappear as soon as you’ve done them.

Phil Wild and Beck Tench agree about the frustrating ‘whack-a-mole’ nature of to-do lists.

This has been my experience too. Now I keep repeating tasks in the daily (also works for weekly, monthly etc) checklist in Habitica and I use Tody for housework and personal care jobs that need repeating on a regular interval.

The checklist can actually be completed each day, which is much more satisfying than seeing the task reappear immediately.  And my to-do list isn’t cluttered with items that aren’t due yet.


Wild, Phil. ‘Maybe It’s Time to Re-Think the To-Do List – 4 Ways to Shake It Up’. The Wilder I (blog), 2019. https://wild.substack.com/p/maybe-its-time-to-re-think-the-to.

Tench, Beck. 2019. ‘Kinder To Do Lists’. I Am Beck Tench (blog). 2019. https://www.becktench.com/blog/2019/5/13/kinder-to-do-lists.