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60 Mindful Minutes

Mar 16, 2021

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There is an invisible labor in life that we rarely notice or address. Whether it’s forms at a doctor’s office, scheduling travel, asking for a refund, coordinating school activities, or planning weddings, funerals or births, we all face an onslaught of paperwork and life admin that just comes with everyday living. Through her book, The Art of Life Admin, Elizabeth Emens aims to help us do less, do better and live more.


Guest Bio

Elizabeth Emens is an Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where she is the Director of the Mindfulness Program and Co-Chair of the Davis Polk Leadership Initiative. In recent years, she has been writing about the office work of life—“life admin”—and examining the burdens and inequities that surround this invisible labor that afflicts us all.  Her first book, The Art of Life Admin: How To Do Less, Do It Better, and Live More helps us see this labor, understand it, and figure out what to do with it—individually and collectively.  Her teacher training in mindfulness has been through the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness, the Mindful Schools program, and, most recently, the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program. She earned her J.D. from Yale University; her Ph.D. from King's College, Cambridge, where she was a Marshall Scholar; and her B.A. from Yale University. In addition to her academic writing, Emens writes a blog for Psychology Today (  Learn more at


Host Bio

Kristen Manieri is certified both as a habits coach and mindfulness teacher. She specializes in: stress reduction, energy management, mindset, resilience, focus, habit formation, rest rituals, and prioritizing personal well-being. As the host of the weekly 60 Mindful Minutes podcast, an Apple top 100 social science podcast, Kristen has interviewed over 120 authors and thought leaders about what it means to live a more conscious, connected, intentional AND joyful life. Learn more at


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