I was talking to someone about how I had been able to catch up with housework and personal tasks, she said, “Oh, life admin.” “I replied, I like that term!” It was the perfect definition of what I had been doing.
According to the Cambridge online dictionary, the word administrator means ‘a person responsible for carrying out the administration of a business or organisation.’ Or, in other words, we are responsible for the administration of our lives. How’s your admin?
Busy being busy
Recently, I got so busy being busy, that I allowed my letters to pile up. I told myself the lie that I would sort them out. I moved them from place to place until one day last week, I got annoyed at the clutter. I opened every single one and organised them into piles, recycling, confidential waste, take action. (One of those actions ended up saving me money.) Then I moved onto cleaning the rest of the house.
Practical life admin
Before I could sit down and write this post in peace, I rang a service supplier, mowed the lawn, did the housework, including a mini declutter – because leaving those tasks undone would have messed with my equilibrium – can’t have that.
I believe that when we prioritise life admin everything else works so much better. My priorities include:
- Prayer and devotion time
- Health and wellbeing activities (exercise, health checks/appointments, massages, hair, nails etc.)
- Time to think
- Spending quality time with friends and family
- Housework/household upkeep (including finances)
Your priorities may look different and, include caring responsibilities or other interests. My point is this; life admin is the tasks or activities that enable our lives to run well that contribute to our health and well being.
Help is at hand!
I know that is is sometimes easier said than done to organise yourself, so to help you, I have created a fillable life admin checklist you can download it and save it to your phone or tablet, or you can print it off. The checklist is not a taskmaster. It’s designed to help you prioritise and schedule your priorities. Be honest about what you need to do and, then take action – small steps are better than taking none at all. Let me know how you get on.
In the meantime, here’s to lives run well.
© Dawn H Jones is an HR Consultant, Coach, and Blogger. Please note that this post does not constitute specific HR or employment law advice if you require help please contact an appropriately qualified professional or drop me an email – firstname.lastname@example.org