As someone who loves to be organised almost as much as Monica Geller when I heard about life admin days, my lil’ heart was so happy. I found out about life admin days from my favourite personal development YouTuber, MuchelleB. She has about five videos on life admin days and you should def check those out! Then I tried it out one Sunday and I loved it.
To clarify, a life admin day is a day where you can get all the lil’ admin-y things done in one day. Doing this can take lots of stress out of your month. A life admin looks different for everyone and it may be different for you every time you do one. For me personally, a life admin day is spent doing tasks such as; cleaning, organising, decluttering and planning.
If you’re a student, you may choose to have an admin day where you budget your money or sort out assignments. If you’re a parent, you might use your life admin day to prep the week ahead for your family or do some bulk cooking. (I’m going to be shortening life admin day to LADs just for the sake of you not seeing those three words a million times within this post).
*This post also comes with an exciting workbook that I made for you so that you can plan out your life admin day with ease, this workbook is free and can be downloaded at this link.
Doing a self-audit will keep you on track
I tend to put my LADs at the end of the month, just so then I can have a look back on the month. If I started a new fitness routine, how’s it going? Do I feel better? Could I increase the number of hours I work out a week? Or maybe, I’m doing too much and I feel slightly overwhelmed by it?
It’s about looking at what you’re doing and seeing if it’s working or not. You can do this for almost anything. Say you’re a parent and you tried out a new rewards chart this month with your kids, did it work well? Or did it not make much difference? A life admin day is so great because you can really mould it to your own life and make it work for you.
Also, self-reflection is a huge part of your personal development journey. It’s personal and most of us are on this journey along, guiding ourselves so being able to reflect on your month and pick out things is a really good thing to practice. It’s not about being critical, it’s about the ability to tweak things so that they work for you or omitting them from your routines if they make no impact or have a negative impact on life.
Get the niggly bits out of the way
I’ve spoken in my post about 6 things that are absolutely not worth your time about how we often let the smallest tasks build up and snowball into big, overwhelming tasks. So, use your LAD to get these niggly tasks out of the way for the next month. By niggly tasks I’m referring to things like; cleaning out the fridge or taking those clothes to the charity shop.
Those little jobs that would take less than an hour to do but we just leave them until they build up. I recently cleaned out my food cupboard and I’d been putting it off for so long because I just couldn’t be arsed. But when I finally did it, it literally took me 10 minutes. So, something that could’ve took me ten minutes to do actually took two months by the time I’d done it.
Plan for your month ahead
Another benefit for doing my life admin day at the end of the month means that I can start planning the next month ahead of time! I’m super forgetful so if I’m not 100% organised then my whole life falls apart. When I plan my month ahead I think about birthdays, events, assignments, appointments, finances etc. I try to make sure that I’m as organised as I can be.
I’m someone who operates on a last-minute basis so if it’s not ready weeks before, it doesn’t get done. Because of this, I like to plan gifts early and buy them early. My Mom’s birthday was in October so I got her gifts at the start of the month so it was done.
Again you can make this fit your life however you need it to. You might not know all the things happening in the next month, but you’ll have an idea. This means you can start getting these planned into your month.
Do tasks in bulk
Doing things in bulk is something pretty new for me but it’s something that has really simplified my life. No matter our circumstances where we’re parents, students, employees etc we get busy quickly. I’m not a huge fan of the concept of ‘busyness’ but that’s a whole other blog post.
When we get busy, things become hard to get on top of us. This is where bulk planning comes in. I tend to do lots of my blog planning in bulk, most of my posts are written a month or two before they go live so that I can stay ahead of my schedule. I’ll also sit and plan my food for a month and then do my food shop in bulk rather than buying everything weekly.
It’s easily malleable to your lifestyle. Sometimes when I come in from university, I’m knackered and I don’t want to cook but there might be a meal that I made in bulk and have frozen. So I can just heat that up rather than cook from scratch. It’s another one of those things that no matter how different our lives are, we could all do this.
Schedule in any appointments that need to be made
There’s always some kind of appointment to be made whether it’s the doctors, dentist, a car service and so on. As a student, I have to book one meeting per semester with my personal tutor so that’s a thing I like to schedule in as soon as I can so I get a decent slot. This is even more vital now since I’ll be starting my dissertation soon.
In this kind of weather, you might also want to book yourself and any of your kids or dependents in for their flu jab. You might want to book your car in to have it’s winter tyres fitted. There’s almost always something like this that needs to be booked. If you spend one day of your month getting this out of the way then you can have your month all organised.
This is one of the best tips that I got from MuchelleB’s video. This time can also be used to plan any family outings or meals etc! Get it all out of the way and booked in.
♡ Do you have a life admin day? If so, what do you spend it doing?
“For every minute spent organising is an hour earned” – Benjamin Franklin.
Until next time,