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The Art of Life Admin: How To Do Less, Do It Better, and Live More

Elizabeth Emens



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08 January 2019
Business & Economics; Business strategy; Business innovation; Self-help & personal development
Every day, an unseen form of labour creeps into our lives, stealing precious moments of free time, placing a strain on our schedules, our relationships and our sanity, and recouping neither appreciation nor compensation in return.

This labour is admin - the kind of secretarial and managerial work necessary to run a life and a household- from scheduling doctor's appointments to planning a wedding, researching schools, filling out paperwork and paying bills. In The Art of Life Admin, Elizabeth Emens reveals the insidious nature of these tasks that pile up in the margins of our lives, dismissed as trivial or insignificant, unrecognized and unrewarded. In a compelling, and wholly original manner, Emens tackles the problem of admin in all its guises, explores how this form of labour is created, how it affects our lives and how we might avoid, reduce and redistribute admin whenever possible.

Drawing on her own personal struggle with admin and the stories of others, Emens offers a valuable new perspective into how we - through individual and societal choices, changes in law and policy, creation of market alternatives and increased awareness in the workplace - can take back control of our time, once and for all.

Reading this book should be at the top of your To Do list.
By:   Elizabeth Emens
Imprint:   Viking
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 204mm,  Width: 138mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   338g
ISBN:   9780241972496
ISBN 10:   0241972493
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   08 January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Elizabeth F. Emens is Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. She was educated at Yale and Cambridge, where she earned her PhD. She lives in New York City.

Reviews for The Art of Life Admin: How To Do Less, Do It Better, and Live More

This clever book is for both the lovers and the haters of admin! Most importantly for me, reading about the practical solutions on how to simplify your admin, is the biggest pull of all -- Vicky Silverthorn Shift up, Marie Kondo . . . Elizabeth Emens is on to something with her analysis of the time-gobbling role that admin now plays in our days . . . When she describes it to others they tell her she is seeing into their marriages and minds . . . She has instant practical suggestions . . . Emens' book is a call to distinguish what we must do from what can be minimised . . . In our uncertain world at least we can deal with the small stuff -- Jenni Russell * The Times * Life admin is apparently invisible even to the authors of most time management books, which is what makes Emens's book so refreshing . . . solid advice -- Oliver Burkeman * Guardian magazine * This book is a must-read for anyone who feels overwhelmed by admin at home -- Cal Newport, author of Digital Minimalism Reading The Art of Life Admin is like sitting down with a friend who knows exactly how it feels to be drowning in your To Do list, and throws you a very welcome lifeline to help you to make your way out -- Brigid Schulte, author of the New York Times bestseller Overwhelmed Ms Emens' tips for working through admin knots have given me lots of ideas, especially for clearing the murky admin that has been on my list for too long . . . I'm also making another list - fun things to do with all the time I've saved -- Claer Barrett * Financial Times * This practical proven book shows you how to immediately take control of your life, clarify your goals and concentrate on the most valuable use of your time every minute -- Brian Tracy, author of Eat that Frog

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