This episode covers another foundation for establishing a robust Life Admin system: scheduling.
Mia and Dinah discuss how most people have no set time when they do their Life Admin tasks, which often means doing only the ‘urgent’ and not the ‘important’. The important tasks weigh on your mind, yet you never complete them. Mia and her partner refer to these tasks as ‘blockers’: tasks you spend more time thinking about than they would actually take to do it.
They discuss how many of us have routines for our personal life but usually only schedule tasks and commitments at work. However, scheduling can be very useful for Life Admin. At its essence, scheduling embraces the idea that if it’s on the calendar it gets done.
They discuss three aspects of scheduling:
Scheduling is a natural extension of using the shared calendar and To Do lists tackled in previous episodes.
The benefits of scheduling include:
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, Greg McKeown – book about evaluating what is essential in your life to regain control of your choices and focus on things that really matter.
The Fly Lady – free daily, weekly and monthly routines and coaching for house cleaning and organisation.