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Tools, techniques and tips to tackle your life admin with efficiency. Dinah Rowe-Roberts and Mia Northrop introduce ways to save you time and money, create peace of mind and restore harmony in your household.

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Tools, techniques and tips to tackle your life admin with efficiency. Dinah Rowe-Roberts and Mia Northrop introduce ways to save you time and money, create peace of mind and restore harmony in your household.

    030: Sorting out life insurance

    030: Sorting out life insurance

     



    Find out how much life insurance cover you need and what to do if you need to get some more.


    This episode talks about how to find out how much cover you already have, how to estimate how much cover you need and how to get the best deal on insurance if you need to make some changes.


    Mia and Dinah discuss:


    four key types of insurance: Life Insurance, Total & Permanent Disability, Trauma Cover, and Income Protection Insurance the importance of knowing how much insurance you have both inside and outside of your superannuation the importance of updating your “Binding Nomination” regularly if you hold your Insurance inside your Superannuation policy recent changes to legislation which could automatically cancel your insurance within superannuation how to estimate how much insurance you need including where to find online calculators when you might need to contact a FInancial Advisor for more advice.

    LIFE ADMIN HIGH OF THE WEEK

    Dinah talks about the benefits of using Paypal for online shopping to speed up the checkout process.

    LIFE ADMIN LOW OF THE WEEK

    Mia talks about how she has received letters relating to her superannuation that she doesn’t understand and the challenges in understanding the complex language Dinah talks about how she a shared calendar faux pas. 

    RESOURCES

    Life Insurance Calculator - Money Smart, Noble Oak


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    • 24 min
    029: Comparing mobile phone plans

    029: Comparing mobile phone plans

     



    This episode will help you understand your mobile phone bill and switch plans in under an hour!


    This episode talks about the paradox of choice when it comes to choosing from the more than 300 mobile phone plans available.


    Mia and Dinah talk about the things you need to consider including:


    Network reliability Network coverage  Value for money Contracts or Pay as You Go Phone included or Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Data limits.

    Dinah talks about the steps she went through to change plans including:


    Looking at usage information for the past few months to assess what plan she needed Assessing what networks she was willing to consider.  How she used comparison a site to quickly choose the best plan Assessing if getting a new phone as part of a plan was good value for money.

    LIFE ADMIN HIGHS OF THE WEEK

    Mia talks about using the secure vault in her Password Manager to fill in Immigration and Customs forms while she was on the plane. 

    LIFE ADMIN LOW OF THE WEEK

    Dinah talks about she needed to reinstall her Password Manager on her computer and that it made her realise how much she how relies on it.

    POWER TOOL

    Trip it - Travel itinerary app


    RESOURCES

    Open Signal - website providing information about network reliability


    Whistle Out - website comparing mobile phone plans


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    • 16 min
    023: Organising your social life

    023: Organising your social life

    Prioritise and plan your social life.


    This episode talks about some of the things you need to think about when you are organising your social life including:


    the value of social connection consciously organsing your social life prioritising how to spend your time to nurture your important friendships people priority vs event priority tools to help make organising your social life less of an admin burden.

    Mia talks about the evidence on the value of social connection and research around the number of real friendships.


    Dinah talks about the framework she uses to organise her social life with reference lists and her shared calendar at the core.


    Mia talks about how to get ideas for what to do and where to go and her strategy to having regular and traditional events to keep her social life on track.


    LIFE ADMIN HIGH OF THE WEEK

    Mia talks about using Airtasker to outsource some of her admin.

    LIFE ADMIN LOW OF THE WEEK

    Dinah talks about how she organised a group gift and that she is chasing payment from others.

    POWER TOOL

    Hurry Slowly Podcast - Episode on Errand Paralysis


    RESOURCES

    Doodle poll - to pick the best choice for a group of people 


    Whats App - to setup groups to making organising group events easier


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    • 27 min
    028: Comparing credit cards

    028: Comparing credit cards

    Decide if you need a credit card and if so, choose the best one for your purchasing and payment habits.

    • 25 min
    027: Taking on admin for family members

    027: Taking on admin for family members

    This episode will help you understand why you may need to help others with their life admin and some of the legal and practical considerations you need to consider if you take on that role.


    We consider some of the things you need to think about when you need to help someone else with their life admin, including:


    what the signs are or the events that may happen that trigger your need to assist someone with their life admin the types of life admin you may need to help with how to avoid family conflict and maintain family harmony.

    Mia interviews Stephanie Rendell, a lawyer who works in elder care planning and talks about:


    what life admin you can do informally and when you need to put formal documents like Powers of Attorney in place things to consider when appointing a third-party financial administrator considerations for reimbursement and remuneration in Power of Attorney activities record keeping obligations if you take on someone’s Power of Attorney services that Elder Care Lawyers can provide including Substitute decision-makers, Caring agreements, Advanced Care Directives, Wills and Elder Care abuse.

    Mia and Dinah talk about some of the practical things you can do to make it easier to manage and share the work of taking on someone else’s life admin including:


    Establishing a shared digital calendar for medical and other appointments Establishing a shared email address for bills and statements, to create transparency among family members Establishing shared password management systems Establishing shared To Do Lists to allocate and track tasks Setting up roster systems and Scheduling monthly teleconferences to discuss the situation and share the activities.

    LIFE ADMIN HIGH OF THE WEEK

    Dinah talks about securing her favourite shopping list and meal planners to restore order to her fridge. Mia talks about how easy it was to nominate the days she wanted to take as purchased annual leave by using her shared calendar and the relief of having all the childcare over the school holidays for the year sorted.

    LIFE ADMIN LOW OF THE WEEK

    Dinah talks about how she has still failed to manage to establish a system for the digital photos from a recent long trip.

    POWER TOOL

    Podcast - The One You Feed


    RESOURCES

    Stephanie Rendell, Associate - Head Of Wills And Estates, RNG Lawyers


    Episode 1 - Shared Calendars


    Episode 2 - Going paperless


    Episode 3 - Managing passwords and form filling data


    Episode 4 - Mastering To Do Lists


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    • 43 min
    026: Optimising kid admin

    026: Optimising kid admin

    Deal with the admin generated by and organised for children, which starts as soon as you get pregnant and never seems to end.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Kate1st ,

Helpful systems for handling life admin

I LOVE this podcast. I’m already quite organised but I have still gotten a lot from this podcast. I think the core pillars they provide in the first 5 episodes are essential. I often get asked by soon to be mothers what they should do to get prepared and other than the obvious of buy baby stuff, I now I have a genuinely useful answer, listen to episodes 1-5 and implement. Keep up the great work ladies, much appreciated.

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Xmas prep done!

I am going overseas on a work trip in two weeks and I won’t be back until the week before Christmas. I was putting off thinking about Christmas preparations as I had no idea how I was going to do it all as well as plan for my trip. I was putting it all on hold until I listened to this episode of Life Admin Life Hack. Thanks to you both my Christmas plans are now all organised and I feel fantastic. Thank you for helping me make my life more organised and stress-free.

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