Life Admin: How I Learned to Do Less, Do Better, and Live More

Life Admin: How I Learned to Do Less, Do Better, and Live More

by Elizabeth F. Emens


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Reading this book should be at the top of your To Do list. Life Admin will give you many hours of your life back.
Every day an unseen form of labor creeps into our lives—stealing precious moments of free time, placing a strain on our schedules and our relationships, and earning neither appreciation nor compensation in return. This labor is life admin: the kind of secretarial and managerial work necessary to run a life and a household.
Elizabeth Emens was a working mother with two young children, swamped like so many of us, when she realized that this invisible labor was consuming her. Desperate to survive and to help others along the way, she conducted interviews and focus groups to gather favorite tips and tricks, admin confessions, and the secrets of admin-happy households.   
Life Admin
tackles the problem of admin in all its forms, from everyday tasks like scheduling doctors appointments and paying bills, to life-cycle events like planning a wedding, a birth, a funeral. Emens explores how this labor is created, how it affects our lives, and how we might avoid, reduce, and redistribute admin whenever possible—as individuals and as a society.
Life Admin is the book that will teach us all how to do less of it, and to do it better.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544557239
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 652,986
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

ELIZABETH F. EMENS is an Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. She earned her BA and JD from Yale, and her PhD from King’s College, Cambridge, where she was a Marshall Scholar. After becoming a master of Divorce Admin., she moved to New York City, where she now lives with her two children.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part I Admin Problems

1 What Is Admin? 3

2 The Costs of Admin, or Where's Your Head? 17

3 Admin Personalities, or Who Are You? 29

4 Who Does Admin?, or Is Admin for Girls? 44

5 Admin Is Sticky, or If Everybody's Doing It, How Come Some People Are Doing More of It? 55

Part II Admin Surprises

6 Admin That Can Wreck You 67

7 Admin That Can Fix You 82

8 Admin Judgments 96

9 Admin Pleasures 104

10 Admin to Win Friends and Influence People 114

Part III Admin Futures

11 Relationship Tips 129

12 Individual Strategies 155

13 Collective Possibilities 174

Epilogue 199

Note to the Reader 205

Acknowledgments 206

Appendix A Ideas to Try 210

Appendix B Admin Personalities Quiz 216

Notes 224

Index 251

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