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Ideas from Readers: New Ways to Use Admin Study Halls

Gentle accountability can help get things done without getting overwhelmed.

Admin Study Hall changed my life. Literally. Several times a week I meet a friend or colleague—virtually, by videoconference—to set intentions and follow through on them. That gentle accountability frequently enables my most productive window of the day.

Study Hall started as a space to get life admin done. These days it’s more often a space to block admin, to push it aside, to get other important-but-not-urgent things done first. (Usually, for me, that means writing.)

Last month, though, I went back to basics. Admin Study Hall was the place to face a particularly grim form of admin I’d been avoiding: working on a will.