The Art of Life Admin by Elizabeth Emens

2 out of 5 stars

Admin, you either love it, hate it, or really hate it. Some of it is important, other elements less so, but ignoring it doesn’t make it go away however much you delay it. These things do have to be done though, you need to book appointments, fill out forms, pay bills, buy gifts and arrange things to make our lives a tiny bit easier

Elizabeth Emens was one of those who was becoming swamped with her life admin, running a busy home with two small children and all the things that that entails, was becoming a bit too much for her. So she started to see if there was an easier way, find the best shortcuts and tips from friends who were the model of efficiency in their own household. She collated them all together and has included them in this book.

There are some interesting things in here, but no more than I have got from other productivity and self-help books. There is quite a lot of her life story in here but seen from the context of the admin she was having to do. She does make some interesting points and comes up with lots of ideas of ways to improve your own admin workload. Hosting an admin party for close friends was one of the dafter suggestions in here though. Sadly, not sure I got that much from this book, I think I will just stick to my current practice of making a list and working my way through it.

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  1. Liz Dexter

    I think we basically felt the same on this one. It is very annoying when you already do most of the stuff they suggest! I think I reviewed this for Shiny so had to be quite positive which I was able to be, but not for me. I did thank my husband for doing more life admin than I realised he did!

    • Paul

      It could have been as simple as:
      1. Write a list
      2. Work through the list
      3. Cross the completed items off

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