We all have those tasks, phone calls, and appointments that we avoid. Sometimes we just don’t have the time, other times we’re simply procrastinating. In this post, I’ll explain why you need a Life Admin Day and give you examples so you can stop procrastinating and get things done!
When I left my job in July I went back to working from home and found myself becoming a bit of a workaholic. I was starting to avoid certain tasks, procrastinate, and put off errands and appointments; I needed to find some balance. I knew it was time to try implementing a Life Admin Day.
What is a Life Admin Day?
I like to describe a life admin day as a day to get caught up. Years ago I heard the term, “anti-procrastination day” and this is similar. It is a day to get your personal and admin tasks done. These tasks include making phone calls, going to appointments, paying bills, and other administrative things. These are usually tasks that you’ve been avoiding and a life admin day is a great way to get caught up!
Do you need a Weekly or Monthly Life Admin Day?
I personally like to do mini Life Admin days each week. Others might like to do a big monthly Life Admin day and save up tasks to do only once a month. The important thing is to set aside enough time to tackle tasks and errands that you’ve been putting off. It’s a little like time blocking.
Weekly Life Admin Day
If you are new to this you might want to start by having a weekly day. You may not be able to set aside a whole day if you work full time, so you can start with a morning or afternoon and block off a few hours to get through your list.
Since I work from home I am able to set aside every Wednesday for my Life Admin day. I leave Wednesdays blocked off on my calendar and try to schedule any personal appointments on Wednesdays. Often I will only block off half of the day to work on my Life Admin Day tasks.
Monthly Life Admin Day
Some people would rather take one entire day a month to do a Life Admin Day this works well if you are working full time and want to use a weekend end day. Just make sure you pick a day that stores and offices you need to call or visit are open.
What Should You do During Your Life Admin Day?
Often we are faced with tasks that we keep putting off. Maybe we’re avoiding it, it might feel overwhelming, or we might feel like we don’t have enough time to complete the task. These kinds of tasks are perfect for a Life Admin day. Below is a list of tasks you might want to schedule on your Life Admin Days
- Do a Brain Dump – I think this is one of the best ways to start your Life Admin Day so you make sure you’re not missing anything important. Get my Brain Dump Trigger List to help you really get everything out of your head.
- Phone calls
- Making appointments
- Shopping for Clothing
- Deep clean rooms in your house
- Wash bedding/towels
- Review your finances
- Taking your car to the mechanic
- Picking up prescriptions or orders
- Making returns to a store
- Writing Birthday or Thank you cards
- Filling out paperwork
- Getting a manicure/pedicure
- Buying gifts
- Planning upcoming events or travel
- Organize files on your computer
- Delete photos on your phone/computer
- Back up your computer
What do my Life Admin days look like?
Lately, now that I have a more open schedule working from home, I’ve been using Wednesdays to do my Life Admin Days. I try to take Wednesdays off from my usual work and doing my life admin tasks don’t usually take up my whole day.
- Making and/or going to appointments
- Answer lingering emails (you know the ones, the emails you avoid)
- Paying Bills
- Sending thank you and birthday cards
- Organizing an area in the house
- Deep cleaning
- Run errands (buying clothing, birthday gifts, etc.)
- Think about upcoming tasks or events
How to Organize Your Life Admin Day List
I like to keep a list of Life Admin Day tasks in my planner on a single page. You can also use an online program like Evernote or Notion to keep these tasks organized. Another simple solution is to keep this list in a simple notebook.
I hope you give this a try and let me know how it goes for you. Remember that you can fit this into your week or month even if you’re busy, just set aside a little time each week or a whole day each month and get things done. I’m sure you’ll feel so much better knowing that these annoying tasks are finally done!