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  • Published: 7 January 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241972502
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $22.99

The Art of Life Admin

How To Do Less, Do It Better, and Live More




A unique and insightful analysis of the scourge of modern life: admin - its forms, problems and what we can do to reduce it

This book will give you many hours of your life back.

Scheduling doctor's appointments. Planning a party. Buying a present. Filling out paperwork. These are the kind of secretarial and managerial tasks 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 realised that 'life admin' was consuming her. Desperate to survive and to help others along the way, she gathered favourite tips and tricks, admin confessions, and the secrets of admin-happy households.

Drawing on her research and writing in a wholly original manner, she shows how admin affects our lives; how we might reduce, redistribute and even prevent it; what 'admin personalities' we might have; and how to deal with it in relationships. The Art of Life Admin teaches us all how to do less of it, and to do it better.

  • Published: 7 January 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241972502
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $22.99

Praise for The Art of Life Admin

Refreshing . . . solid advice

Oliver Burkeman, Guardian

Emens' tips for working through admin knots have given me lots of ideas. I'm also making another list - fun things to do with all the time I've saved

Financial Times

Emens has instant practical suggestions

The Times

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