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The Invisible Labor of Life Admin

Our time and energy are consumed by this work—but we can make it better.

Imagine, when you’re halfway through reading this post, the device you’re reading it on crashes. This is all too easy for me to imagine. Halfway through writing this post, my screen froze.

I winced as I pictured all the aggravation and wasted time ahead of me: Researching hacks for the problem. Trying those strategies and failing. Seeking professional helpers, with all the associated emailing and scheduling and schlepping my laptop around. And possibly, in the end, having to purchase a new device and dealing with the attendant start-up costs. All the while, lamenting the unrealized hopes for my contribution to life on this day—or this week.

This is life admin. One sliver of it, anyway.