I can just about manage the absolute must-dos: laundry, car tax and insurance, paying essential bills (though thank God for direct debits), and being punctual to appointments of all kinds. I can do work too – thankfully, my particular type of ineffectiveness doesnâ€™t translate to the office.
However, there is a whole host of other things that I feel I should be doing but that I somehow always struggle to get around to no matter how many Sundays I lie around watching Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and telling myself â€˜never again.â€™
I am not sure whether this matters – whether I should just accept that this is how I am and let it go? Stop struggling to make myself into that super-organised person Iâ€™ve never been but secretly hope Iâ€™ll turn into one day. I sometimes think a Filofax is the answer, but then I browse them in John Lewis and see the price tag and rapidly decide not.
These are the top to-dos that are forever on my list but only infrequently get accomplished:
Putting air in my carâ€™s tyres
I am still not sure how often I should be doing this. My sister once told me itâ€™s every week, which sounded a bit much to me, but maybe sheâ€™s right. Thereâ€™s no reason for me not to do it – it takes all of 5 minutes and thereâ€™s free air at a Sainsburyâ€™s that I pass on the way to and from netball three times a week. See also: getting my car washed.
Taking clothes to the dry cleaners
I try and work around this one by not buying clothes that are dry-clean only. Yet there are still a few items in my wardrobe that I canâ€™t just stick in the machine with everything else and so end up being very infrequently worn indeed. See also: ironing clothes.
Booking train tickets in advance
I know that this is what you need to do to avoid spending a fortune on travel, and that you can get to London and back for Â£20 if you book in advance and choose the right trains. I still rarely get around to it, though, so I end up paying for the comically titled â€˜Saver Returnâ€™ most times I pop to the capital to see my friends and family.
Getting the best deal on my phone contract
Again, I know you need to shop around and haggle and buy the handset then the SIM, but (again) I never do. I inevitably wait until around six months after Iâ€™m due for an upgrade, then just call my current supplier or wander into Carphone Warehouse and go with what seems OK. As a result, I am probably paying way more than I need to for my phone all the time.
Having my hair cut
I am the absolute worst at getting my hair cut. I reckon in an average year I probably manage two trips to the hairdressers; one of the reasons I couldnâ€™t stick with a bob was the regular trimming required. The last time I did make it to the salon for a cut (I think it was in January), I asked my hairdresser slightly incredulously if anyone actually came back every six weeks as recommended. â€˜Yeah, loads of people. They tend to just book their next appointment when theyâ€™re here,â€™ was the answer. Oh.
Replying to non-urgent emails
Just donâ€™t even expect me to reply to you within two months unless you have some earth-shattering news. I love the people who send me emails and I absolutely love receiving emails from my friends filled with updates and feelings and great anecdotes, but I just canâ€™t seem to reply in a timely fashion and I donâ€™t even know why. This is definitely the one I feel the worst about and want to be better at.
So, what do you think? Does it matter if Iâ€™m no good at life administration? What little jobs do you never get round to ticking off your to-do list? Let me know by leaving a comment below.