The Case for a Monthly Life Admin Day

Reclaim your weekends

Megan Reid and Nick Greene


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Weekends: a time to tune out the expectations of your boss, family, society, humankind, yourself — whomever — and recharge. At least, in theory.

The likelier scenario is that there are a million and one tiny tasks you’ve put off in the days since last weekend. Like handwashing that cardigan you wear too often. Or paying that bill you haven’t opened since the weekend before last. This shit weighs you down. You can’t properly enjoy your brunches, 10K training runs, or belated Cheer binge when the vibe is killed by the thousand cuts of chores, catching up on mail, and figuring out what to do about the slightly nightmarish situation blooming under your bathroom sink.

There’s no trick that will make your bills stop coming, and no easy hack to erase routine obligations like dentist appointments from your life. But, if you’re not someone who’s blessed with a coterie of servants and personal assistants, this simple strategy is the next best thing: a monthly personal admin day. Or, if you’d prefer: a Get Your Shit Together day.

Choose one day a month when you promise yourself you’ll finally open that scary IRS mail or donate those bags of old clothes. To help enforce the habit, try to maintain schedule consistency from month to month (one easy-to-remember option is to have…