Across the globe, millions of people have experienced COVID-19 lockdown restrictions for over a year. As we start to embark on a fresh chapter, our schedules will quickly become busier and diaries will soon fill up with social obligations.
Life admin can seem tedious at the best of times, but as we’ve become used to a slower pace of life, these essential tasks may quickly be forgotten as the pace picks back up again.
Here are tips on how to keep on top of life admin and get organised as we move out of the third lockdown.
Keep on top of your inbox
Allowing personal emails to mount can truly feel overwhelming, so schedule a few minutes at the start or end of each day to delete spam and address the important messages.
Don’t forget to check your junk box too. There may occasionally be mail from a reputable source that ends up in there.
Print, file, shred
Although the world has largely gone digital, there’s always a need for important documents to be kept in paper form. However, you’ll likely have a lot of unnecessary documentation printed that could easily be shredded and disposed of.
Set aside some time to do an inventory and keep essential papers and shred anything else containing sensitive information.
Once you’ve kept on top of your digital inbox and organised your existing paper files, print vital documents and safely store them.
Tip: You’ll find there are many occasions you may need to print files, so keep a supply of ink cartridges stored near your printer so you’re never caught off guard.
Schedule a regular admin day
There’s so much to keep on top of in the life of an adult – throw in being responsible for a family too and it can become overwhelming. That’s why we’d advise popping a regular admin day in your calendar once a month.
This day can include organising all of these things and more:
- Dentist, doctors or opticians appointments
- Paying bills
- Budget planning
- Checking bank account and savings
- Checking subscriptions and prescriptions
- Updating your calendar
Organise your household calendar
Keeping on top of where each member of a busy family is at any given time can cause numerous headaches. By consolidating everyone’s schedules into one place, you can avoid misunderstandings and missed appointments.
Starting the day, week or month knowing where everyone is or needs to be and when can be transformative for an organised – and more relaxed – way of life.
It can also help with sharing out household responsibilities and can contribute towards creating a schedule of who needs to do which tasks each week or month.
Tip: There are loads of family calendar apps to choose from. This can help you keep things super simple and organised.
Hopefully, these tips have been helpful for making you feel more comfortable to move into a new phase of busy life post-coronavirus restrictions. With a little planning, life admin doesn’t need to feel overwhelming, no matter the circumstances.
Dennis Relojo-Howell is the managing director of Psychreg.