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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Home Admin: 5 Essential Tips

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Home admin is never going to be fun, or exciting, or something that you throw yourself into willingly with a huge smile on your face. However, it’s also worth remembering that home admin is never going to go away either. You’re also going to need to keep on top of bills, insurance, and diary management -- so how can you make it as pain-free as possible?

#1 - Don't Let It Pile It Up

If you don’t deal with admin as and when it becomes necessary, then you’re just storing up problems for yourself. People who are in debt have a tendency to ignore reminder letters and demands for money, because they just can’t quite face up to dealing with the problem. Whether you’re in debt or not, practicing this “if I don’t pay attention it doesn’t matter” philosophy will quickly land you in hot water. Set yourself a rule: if you receive a letter or email that you need to take action on, it will be dealt with within three days -- no matter how unpleasant it is.

 #2 - Set Reminders (And Then Ensure You Act On Them)

If there’s a task you need to do -- such as booking a doctor’s appointment or returning a parcel -- then set yourself a reminder. When that reminder pops up, ensure that you do it immediately. By sticking to these two simple principles, you can be sure you’re always on top of every task that requires your attention. The easiest way of setting reminders is to use your email account to do it. If you’re not sure how that might work, then see office.com or support.google.com depending on who you use as your email provider.

#3 - Set A Renewals Month

You probably know that you should be careful when it comes to renewing insurance. It’s one of the cardinal sins of personal finance; don’t just accept an insurance renewal, always compare, check with insurance.me and try to get the best deal possible. That’s the idea anyway; but it’s an incredibly easy one to forget. If possible, try and adjust your policies so you are always renewing in the same month. This means you can focus on the renewals and potentially even combine insurance products so you can be sure you’re getting the best deal.

#4 - Keep A Paper Diary 

Most of us keep our diary online these days, or at the very least on the calendar app of our smartphone. However, it’s often easier to keep a paper diary in addition to this. The mere act of writing things down tends to make us remember them more, and it’s easier to see the future at a glance with a paper diary. This doesn’t have to fully replace your electronic calendar, but it definitely will enhance it. With these tips in mind, you should be able to breeze through your home admin -- and ensure you have got more time to spend on the things that you actively want to do!

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