A couple of weeks ago, I was considering some tasks I could have a personal assistant help me with. It was “one of those days” where everything overlapped everything; there was no time for a flat tire or sick kid.
I had a freelance design project and a breakfast meeting for 40 to facilitate and a number of tasks for an employer doing some festival planning. It was my kids’ last week of school and the calendar was all cattywampus.
During weeks like that, some things just cannot go, like self care. I committed to an online yoga challenge, #yogaeverydamnday. I upped my farmers market purchase of greens and veggies. I cut back on unneeded social plans and committed myself to keeping my work on task, paying bills on time, and managing my family’s schedule. Then, last Thursday, I got the call. My mom had had some routine surgery a couple of days earlier and was now in ICU with complications and my aunt said I needed to get down to Texas right away. I drove to the Charlotte airport and hopped a plane to Houston and stayed by her side for the next several days. All of those things that were precariously perched on my to-do list? Nothing would have gotten done had I not had someone to hand things off to, help me prioritize, be there to be sure everything got done. With a few phone calls, I had people telling me not to worry, that the stuff that needed to get done would get done. I went from wishing I had an assistant to unwrap 50 individually-wrapped Jolly Ranchers and place them in a dish on my desk to really needing help keeping my work and family moving forward. Of course God reminded me that there were things that were simply NOT important.
We may think that a personal assistant is a luxury – something that only people with big businesses need or can afford. That they’re for rich ladies who lunch. That an assistant just costs too much time and effort. But I’ll tell you what – an assistant can be there for whatever we need, whenever we need it.
Now, it’s good to have a working relationship with an assistant prior to an emergency… someone who understands our business and our needs. With a little planning and communication, an assistant can take all sorts of things off our plate when we need the help, freeing us up for that big project or family needs or whatnot.
What can an assistant do? An assistant can make appointments, format notes into meeting agendas, make flights and reservations, check voice make, write that blog post, format an invitation list into envelope labels, write thank you notes…. the possibilities are endless.
What are your upcoming special occasions or projects? Don’t wait for an emergency to hire an assistant to help you with your career or personal business. Your success is just a request for help away. Let Netchicks Marketing in on your plans, and we’ll come up with ways to help you at any level and at any budget. Mom’s doing better, but still not out of the woods. I’ll be heading back to Texas again soon, and plan to have plenty of help lined up this time in advance so I’m not scrambling.