Spring has finally begun and thanks to government-recommended social distancing, you now have a significant amount of free time.
With this new-found (limited) freedom, marathon-ing shows on your favourite streaming service, reading those books that are gathering dust on the shelf, and even re-organising your living room are options to keep yourself entertained. However, if you want to make the most of your time, here are some easy tips that will help spruce up more than just your living room.
Keep Things Simple It’s easy to get caught up in the details of organisation and suddenly find yourself waist-deep in the clothes that once occupied the dark recesses of your wardrobe. When things get complicated, you’re more likely to procrastinate, limiting your progress. However, when you find a way to manage a task today, you make tomorrow easier. To keep your load manageable, dedicate specific days to specific tasks and complete the chores you can reasonably handle on your own.
Delegate the Admin A wise man once said “if you don’t want to do something, then don’t.” There are plenty of straightforward tech tools that help you organise your life and spend less time trying to make sense of your paperwork. If you don't want to waste time filling out multiple forms or listening to infuriating hold music just to do something as simple as changing your address, then leave it to the professionals.
Look After Your Mental Health All the little tasks you have to do to keep life running smoothly can add up and throw up roadblocks if you let them slide. According to AAT, the average person completes 109 life admin tasks a year and 58% of people have admitted that the amount that they have to do is a source of stress. There’s even a term for when you get overwhelmed by it all - ‘errand paralysis’. Maintaining good mental health is important and so get your admin chores done as a step towards spring cleaning your mind.
Clutter can take many forms and Marie Kondo has taught us better than that. Studies have shown that the more clutter you have in your life (and your inbox), the lower your satisfaction and productivity. Take steps to declutter by unsubscribing from retailers you haven’t bought from since you thought studded belts were a good idea or by opting out of receiving junk mail.
It’s hard to get things into perfect order but these tips can help start to take charge of your admin.
Ready to get started with cleaning up your admin? Here is a nifty tool to get started.