I don't always work in my office. One reason I stay away is that I let administrative tasks pile up in there.
As a writer, I consider myself a small business owner. All businesses have someone doing the secretarial work, and in my business that person is me.
I prefer plotting. Writing. Revising. Texting my friends. Gabbing on the phone. Scrolling through Facebook. Pinning on Pinterest. You get the idea.
But I loathe spending money needlessly. I like easy access to important papers. That means spending precious time on the least favorite parts of my job.
We don't have a wireless printer, so I hoard the online documents I need to keep and print them all at once. Often, I don't have a designated file for the receipts and sports' schedules I print, and that means hauling out a stack of manila folders and labeling them. Thirty minutes gone.
Since I'm frugal, I hate wasting paper. After I print and red-line a manuscript, I fold each sheet in half to use as scrap paper. I prefer to do this at night in front of the television. As a constant note-jotter, I'm saved the expense of buying mini legal pads.
Sometimes my mind wanders when I'm in the middle of these tasks. Next thing you know, I'm sidetracked stacking my to-be-read pile, creating a binder for writing articles I want to save, and perusing old CDs to listen to.
Oh well. I think this is a sign I shouldn't avoid my office, even if I get sucked into the vortex of puttering!
Do you avoid administrative work? Or do you stay on top of it?
Have a fabulous Monday!