Life Administration can be a term applied to all those parts of life that have to be done; but aren’t exactly that exciting or challenging. Do you often feel your life is generally packed full of these tedious tasks that at the end of the day you think ‘Wow did I have any ME time?’ These admin tasks are the things that we know need to be done to ensure life runs smoothly. So, how can we find joy in the tedious stuff, and ensure during the day we feel we are living our lives not just sorting through paperwork and filing?
When running a business, the administration department is not often the most desired place to be. Be it the filing, accounts, sifting through paperwork, paying bills, ensuring creditors have paid on time, mail, or stationary; all these tasks however undesirable…are in fact critical to the business to ensure the day to day running is smooth and efficient. Life Administration are the same, it is tasks like; paying your bills, doing your grocery shop, washing your clothes, washing your hair, fake tanning, for some going to their job, and even exercising. So how do we find the joy in the admin? Here are a few simple solutions to break free from Admin Manager and step into CEO of a Happy Balanced You.
ALLOCATE ME TIME
Ensure you always allocate enough ‘me’ time every day. The time may vary for every individual; some might need only 10 minutes, others may need a few hours. Doing something you absolutely love at some point in your day, whether it be singing in the shower or working on an art piece. Just make sure it is a high priority every day and do it!
Try and avoid doing all the washing, cleaning, groceries on the weekend. The weekends are meant to be enjoyed spending time with family and friends doing things you enjoy. So if you can do your groceries on a Monday night on the way home from work. Clean your bathroom gradually throughout the week after every shower. Stay back 10 minutes on a weeknight at work and pay all your bills online at work. This way by the time the weekend comes, you might only need to allocate a small fraction of your Saturday doing a few admin things, instead of an entire day spent at the post office or washing your hair.
FIND THE JOY
In every small task we must do, try look at the big picture, as well as see the positives. For example if you are getting fed up cleaning your kitchen; think well this way I will be able to prepare more delicious meals in a clean kitchen. And think; there are some people who don’t even have kitchens to clean.
Combine a boring task with a pleasurable task. For example if you are washing your car, blast your favourite new CD at the same time.
Delegating is what all managers do best. So why not delegate some of your tasks to those who are specialised in that area. Alternatively, if you have children, delegate the chores to them in return for a small treat or pocket money.
These are just a few suggestions to turn you into a high flying CEO of the Happy Balanced YOU! Obviously everyone leads different lives and lifestyles and it can be hard at times to find the ‘time’. Time is always given to priority, so make YOU the number 1 priority and watch how things just unfold naturally and in a positive way.
How do you find joy in the Life Admin?