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The Life of An Assistant (Schedule)

I know a lot of assistants have a hard time managing their work schedules and getting everything done. With that in mind, I wanted to share with you the schedule I use and have had success with, and hope it can offer some help to others!


Assistant Schedule:

6:45 AM – Start answering emails

7:15 AM – Wake up

8:00 AM – Leave for work extra-early

8:05 AM – Curse at traffic for 55 minutes

9:05 AM – Get to work late

9:15 AM – Battle your own growing terror and self-doubt

9:45 AM – Coffee break

10:00 AM – Deal with client crisis singlehandedly

11:15 AM – Walk your boss through one of his panic attacks

11:45 AM – Realize you sent the wrong email to the wrong person and have completely ruined somebody’s day and/or career

11:50 AM – Take lashing from boss (hopefully verbal, possibly literal)

12:15 PM – Finally start train the new intern who started this morning but you haven’t had a chance to say 2 words to since they arrived

12:30 PM – Contemplate the bleak meaninglessness of existence as we desperately try to stave off our inevitable transition into carrion with human trivialities like wealth and happiness

1:00 PM – Lunch?

2:00 PM – Deal with tech crisis despite having no experience with tech stuff (maybe the email goes down, or your voicemail service got switched to German or something – keep it interesting! Variety is the spice of life!)

2:30 PM – Actual lunch

2:35 PM – Move all the furniture in the office when one of your bosses suddenly announces he’s always hated having that desk there

2:55 PM – Weep (optional)

3:00 PM – Get in trouble for something you had nothing to do with, spend 15 minutes of confusion trying to figure out what happened

3:30 PM – Sit in on a useless meeting you have no business sitting in on – you may want to take notes in case anyone cares, even though you already know nobody will

4:15 PM – Go outside. Don’t tell anybody you’re doing it, don’t make a big thing out of it. Just step outside and stand in the sun for a few minutes, just to remember what it feels like.

5:00 PM – Send intern on an errand (mail run?), manage the entire company’s phones solo

6:00 PM – Confirm the details for all meetings and appointments for the following day

7:00 PM – Catch up on the dozens of emails you still have to deal with

8:00 PM – Send out new and extremely time-sensitive appointments

8:30 PM – Try to fix that glitch on your boss’ computer, realize you know nothing about fixing glitches on computers, Google the problem for an hour

9:45 PM – Leave office

10:15 PM – Dinner

10:30 PM – Answer emails

1:00 AM – Go to bed

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