We hear a lot about the mental load that, particularly women, carry in families. Those invisible tasks that someone has to do, but because they just get done, aren’t often seen and shared. For years this problem has been spoken about and heated discussions have ensued. The 2016 Census found the typical Australian woman spends between five and 14 hours a week doing unpaid domestic chores. For the typical Australian man it’s less than five hours a week.
The issue of invisible work affects all of us.
It affects the energy we have left over after our never ending to-do lists are complete.
It affects our sense of agency and connectedness.
It affects those with children and those without.
It appears in workplace settings.
It even appears in friendships and social groups.
It’s time to stop talking about it and time to try to find some solutions.
One way to make the workload imbalance a bit more tangible is to capture all of the tasks that are simply done invisibly, and shed light on who is doing what for the collective good. This free Invisible Life Admin Planner allows all of the tasks to be made visible and shared as needed. It can stimulate a frank open discussion to identify what loads are being carried and how these can be better shared.