** Life Admin by Elizabeth Emens

The title of Life Admin: How I Learned to Do Less, Do Better, and Live More makes it sound like a self-help book but it’s not, not really. It’s more of an expose of how much time we spend doing administrative work we need to do every day, work that’s neither fun nor recognized (nor paid!) but is nevertheless required to live. The author, with a full-time job and two small children, has a particularly hard time with the volume of life admin.

She astutely points out how life admin easily shifts to the person who does a task once, or better, or faster–and stays there forever. I’m not sure I would FaceTime with a friend to get through onerous tasks, but it might work for you! And, to the creators of life admin (schools, medical insurance companies, and the like): lighten up, will you!

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