Administrivia (Noun) [Blend of “administrative” and “trivia” 1930s US] – (1) the tiresome but essential details that must be taken care of and tasks that must be performed in running an organization; “he sets policy and leaves all the administrivia to his assistant”; (2) Administrative details that must be dealt with in order to do more interesting work.
So here I am, the first day back in the office after a restful vacation, the first day back from SonScape where I determined to hand off some of the things that drain me in order to focus on more profitable tasks that fit my gifts and energize me, and guess what awaited me . . . ?
- Determining whether or not to buy a new printer for the finance office.
- Playing IT guy trying to troubleshoot a balky internet.
- Spending time on the phone with a less than helpful CenturyLink customer service agent trying to troubleshoot a balky modem and internet.
- Calling for someone else to troubleshoot a balky internet.
- Conducting a performance review.
- Printing, copying, and collating material for an elder’s retreat later this week.
- Writing, printing, and mailing the agenda to said elder’s retreat.
- Emailing the maps to said retreat I forgot to include with the mailing.
- Running to the post office to mail a book.
- Starting my sermon preparation.
Why is my most important task #10 on my list? Administrivia, my old friend. Oh, how I’ve missed you. ;-}