REVEALED: The three different personality traits when it comes to doing life admin – and the secrets to a perfectly organised week
- Caroline Brunne is a professional life admin assistant who runs her own business
- The 38-year-old revealed the three different personalities traits of life admin
- From being a procrastinator to organised, everyone falls into at least one bracket
- She also revealed how to have a perfectly organised week
One of Australia’s only ‘life admin assistants’ has revealed the three different personalities traits when it comes to doing mundane yet crucial organisation tasks.
Caroline Brunne, of Organise.Curate.Design in Melbourne, has partnered with Westinghouse to share how to better organise your schedule and lifestyle.
Caroline told Daily Mail Australia it’s essential to utilise tools available, such as calendars, diaries and reminders, to plan ahead and understand how to use your time to your advantage if you want to stay on top of things in 2021.
Caroline Brunne (pictured) told Daily Mail Australia it’s essential to utilise tools available, such as calendars and reminders, to plan ahead and understand how to use your time to your advantage
Caroline explained how the ‘I’ll do it later’ personality type often ‘lives in the moment’ and avoids life admin completely.
These people have a tendency to constantly run late to planned events, appointments and occasions or lack motivation.
‘This person may leave it up to their future selves to complete chores and tasks, resulting in a never-ending cycle and delaying things getting done,’ she said.
For instance, this individual would likely wait until their car fuel gauge is at the lowest point before filling up their vehicle at the petrol station.
This type of personality trait also often lacks structure or time management in their everyday life, which can lead to stress due to a lack of organisation.
The organised mum-of-two from Melbourne helps business owners and everyday people keep track of tasks on their to-do lists. She decided to launch Organise.Curate.Design in 2017
HOW TO HAVE A PERFECTLY ORGANISED WEEK
* Plan out your week in a calendar or use duel digital calendars with your partner
* Make your hard decisions when you’re at your best – such as meal plan for the week on Saturday
* Create one master to-do list and complete the tasks as you go, rather than allocating a whole day
* Ensure everyone in the household has a task and avoid gender stereotypes
* Meal plan each week based on your schedule
* Communicate with your partner
* Make sure everyone in the household pulls their weight and helps out
* Ensure you’re using all the functions on your household appliances to get jobs done
The wishful thinker
While the wishful thinker means well and attempts to complete tasks on their to-do list, they will often fall short.
Caroline said these people often ‘bite off more than they can chew’ by overpromising themselves tasks they are unable to complete in time.
Despite the action and good intensions, this person fails to consider all factors in different situations – such as how long it would take to find a carpark in peak-hour traffic before an appointment.
Much like the procrastinator, the wishful thinker will also run late or miss tasks on their to-do lists.
‘As a result, this person may feel frustrated, angry or might give up on their good intensions if their tasks don’t go to plan,’ Caroline said.
Caroline said organised people or ‘forward thinkers’ think in ‘order of priority’ depending on what needs to be done, which is the key to being organised
The forward thinker
Caroline said organised people or ‘forward thinkers’ think in ‘order of priority’ depending on what needs to be done, which is the key to being organised.
‘These people are great with their time management and make use of concise to-do lists based around their schedules,’ she said.
They are mindful of the tasks they may not have enough time to complete and work around their lifestyle and circumstances.
TIPS FOR SPLITTING TASKS AMONG YOUR HOUSEHOLD
Follow the ‘clean as you go’ rule
I’m a big believer in cleaning as you go – I tend to wash up or stack my dishwasher as I’m cooking, when I’m done with certain kitchen items
Avoid gender stereotypes
Gender stereotypes are outdated so it’s time to leave them in the past, where they belong
Play to personal skills and have everyone chip in, ensuring all household members take on tasks, no matter their gender or age
Keep tasks fair
My golden rule to make sure everything is split fairly is to get on the same page with members of your household
Be mindful of schedules and keep the lines of communication open
Avoid decision fatigue
Meal planning on a Saturday morning when there’s more time helps to reduce that dreaded decision fatigue throughout the week
Matching your meals to the time you have available to you is always a good idea
Settle frustrations early
Avoiding building tensions by meal planning, communicating with your partner or those in your household and managing your time well
Set the tone that household life admin is a group effort and that it’s always better to work together as a team
Recognise your micro-stressors to stop burnout
Micro-stressors drain our personal capacity, deplete our emotional reserves, and challenge our identity or values.
What works well for managing them is being able to identify them, then talk openly with the people you live with about what is happening in your life, what you need support with and what you believe needs to get done is always helpful