How to manage your life admin like a pro

Read on to find out how to organise a cleaning routine as well as top time management strategies.

Updated 27 June 2019

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Key steps

  • Write a list of all your chores.
  • Organise chores into a rota, and delegate to other household members if possible.
  • Set an alarm to ensure you make the most of the day.
  • Set yourself a timer for jobs and take plenty of breaks.
  • Set aside one day of rest a week.

Do you ever feel like there are not enough hours in the day? From maintaining a cleaning routine to finding time for yourself, family, and friends, life admin is a tricky puzzle to master. A clean and tidy living environment can make a positive difference to both your home and your mind. From helping you organise your cleaning routine to providing time management strategies, this article will help you break free of the mayhem by organising your space and your life.

From setting up a cleaning routine to implementing time management techniques, the most important thing is to plan ahead. Keep tick lists and daily action plans to stay organised and enjoy the satisfaction of ticking things off your lists!

How to set up a cleaning routine

The first way to get your life organised is to keep on top of the areas you work and live by setting yourself up with a cleaning routine.

  • Start by writing a list of all the things that needs doing and how often, for example:
    • Cleaning the kitchen, including all washing, up every day
    • Dusting the surfaces in your home and work space every two to three days
    • Vacuuming once or twice a week
    • Changing the beds and washing the bed linen once a week
    • Washing the windows once or twice a year
  • Once you have a list of everything that needs to be done, organise it into a cleaning rota.
  • Delegate tasks to other members of the household if you don’t live alone. Not only is this a great way to teach responsibility to younger family members but it will also take the pressure off your shoulders.
  • Try to avoid doing everything on the same day. Choose a day for a job and do it at the same time every week. For example:
    • Change the beds and wash the bed linen on a Saturday.
    • Dust and vacuum on a Monday and Thursday.
  • Choose a day of the week which will be your day of rest. The last thing you want is to become burnt out by over-doing it!

Our top five time management tips

With our top five time management techniques you can be sure to make the most of every day, and still have time for yourself, friends and family, too!

1. Set an alarm in the morning. As nice as a lie-in might be, if you’re feeling like you never have enough hours in the day, set an alarm and make sure you get up and get started.

2. Plan the day into sections. For example:

  • The first hour is set aside for a shower, breakfast and time to allow your body to wake up and get going
  • Do a period of work, or chores if you’re at home, and then take a break
  • Make sure you always set aside time for breakfast, lunch and dinner

3. Make sure you go to bed at a decent time. If you have organised your time well during the day, there should be no need for you to be up late catching up on things. Sleep is vital to your body’s recovery process and will help you be more productive as you will feel refreshed during the day.

4. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Whether you encourage your children to help out around the house or ask your partner to pitch in, ensure that you ask for help when you need it.

5. Clear your head if you need to. Sometimes things can get a bit much, and stress is the enemy of productivity. Ensure that you are taking plenty of breaks, staying hydrated, eating plenty of healthy food and getting outdoors for some fresh air.

By setting up the right time management system with our tips, tricks and techniques, you can be sure to have your home and life organised in no time.

Originally published 27 June 2019