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Now that we’ve admitted we have “errand paralysis,” how do we cure it?

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16.02.2019

To solve a problem, it’s often said, one must first admit one has the problem. And admitting to a problem requires giving the problem a name.

That’s why the phrase “errand paralysis,” coined by Anne Helen Petersen in her viral piece about “millennial burnout” published in December, was such a gift.

The burnout she described was debated extensively. But the symptom she described—a mental block that makes tedious tasks feel impossible to do—seems to be a universal affliction. At least it is in the Quartz newsroom, where our office chat, Slack, was flooded in the wake of this piece. Many of us copped to the fact that we too put off seemingly manageable tasks (rolling over retirement plans, canceling subscriptions, mailing anything) until they coalesce into one giant, stressful ball of life admin that paralyzes us.

With our condition properly labeled, many of us vowed to cure it. We made dentist’s appointments, dropped off bags of clothing to donation centers, marched to the post office to finally submit those reimbursement claims (where we found friends on similar errands). A group of parents at Quartz made pacts with each other to write power-of-attorney and will documents.

Of course, it was all so easy in the immediate aftermath, but now, six weeks into 2019, with late winter downtime threatening giving way to the busy-ness of early spring, have we changed our ways? Here are some takeaways from our attempts to banish our errand paralysis.

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