There are about 10 topics I’d like to write about given the events of the past few days .. 9 of them serious, and one totally frivolous but life changing. For women anyway. I swear. About shaving. A fun fact my own mother never knew, but that I feel .. now that I have had the knowledge handed down to me, I should pass on .. especially as my own daughter starts to consider whether or not she has enough hair on her legs to start.
But I haven’t had time yet to really sit down and write about any of them. The pace has been non-stop for days. I think that’s what happens before you leave on vacation in general. But it’s also because, it’s just been ridiculously busy. Spring seems to be that way every year no matter what, doesn’t it? I don’t know why. Can’t put my finger on it. But it is. And I know I’m not alone in feeling this way ….
Because of how busy it has been, the overarching thought in my head the past 3 days has been:
(sorry for inside glimpse of my coffee mug .. just painting the picture here)
I would really love a personal assistant.
I work in a business where you have to be incredibly self-sufficient to get done what you need to everyday. Not always. I am surrounded by great people who are hard workers and get a lot done that, I won’t lie, in turn, helps me look good each day.
Don’t most of us, really, in some capacity have that as our scenario? We’re part of a team that comes together to produce whatever the product is for our business. Each day. That’s just what teams do, to be successful.
But like any profession, mine happens to be news… there’s a lot of individual responsibility.
I’ve always managed it. Not as well as some others. And far better than some others. But I’ve managed.
When I look back, I have worked – hard – relying on my own performance since I was probably 12. I delivered papers. I mowed lawns. I babysat. I worked in a feed mill. In a cornfield de-tassling. Shearing Christmas trees. Waitressed (much of my adult life) for years where I – at times – was the only server on the floor. I know how to get a job done. I can and will do what it takes to get a job done. And I take pride in doing it well.
So when I left news for a few years, went into another profession and was given an assistant to work with ..
I had NO idea what to ask of this person.
I went overnight from having only a reporters notebook, a desk phone, a computer, a small quarter cubicle wall big enough to maybe post a few snapshots in a tiny shared workspace, a deadline daily and people that shouted across the room to each other when they needed something to get done – and now .. to two beautiful, spacious offices, a long range multi-million dollar fundraising project, all of the electronic devices I might need to make that happen, access to some of the most influential people in the field I was trying to raise money for .. and, an assistant to make it all happen.
“What can I do to help you,” my awesome assistant (and he really was) would sincerely say. Daily.
I had no idea what to tell him.
Until …. that is, the day the lightbulb went on and I realized how much better two working together could be .. how much more I/we could get done .. how he could potentially help with the monumental tasks at hand .. behind the scenes .. taking care of the always important little details that I hate dealing with .. so that in turn, I could do what I think I do best and that is focus on the big picture… and that it was okay to ask for help.
But by then, he was gone.
He was working for others who did know how valuable he and the work he was capable of doing and loved to do .. was. And still is.
And, while I am talking about all of this now in terms of the world of work..
At this particular moment in time .. again, I would give anything for a personal assistant.
Do people really do this? Is there a niche career here? Personal assistants?
Yes there is. In fact .. I may give http://www.justaskchelsea.com/index.html a call tomorrow now that I’ve finally taken the time to google something I’ve been pondering for years. Because I’m pretty sure me paying her for one hour .. even two to do something like .. run to the DMV for me would have been far less than the ticket I found on my windshield yesterday for expired plates. Just one example of where I would sincerely appreciate some help. A partner of sorts.
Many of you have them in the form of a spouse.
Know that I understand how pathetic it is I feel I could use an assistant. To help me manage my time/life outside of work. But I’ve gotten to the point I don’t really care what anyone else thinks in certain areas of my life. It is what it is at this particular moment. I am doing what I can to work toward more time with family and friends and less time with everything else. But much like spring cleaning .. sometimes you have to make a bigger mess in the process .. to get to that cleaner house. That’s kind of where I feel I am at in life.
Someone to help .. (the Cowboy and I .. I know, would do this for each other, if we actually lived closer to each other .. or in the same place) would not only make the chaos more manageable. But also, more fun.
‘Want more fun and less stress? Do less,’ you say.
If it were only that easy.
There is a huge market here. Why are so few doing this? Do running other people’s errands stress out those doing it for work, too? Is there not enough money in the world someone could pay you to run errands because you have enough of your own?
Budding entrepreneurs – just a thought: If you are looking to start your own business, have a clean driving record, can be trusted, are good with confidentiality, love kids, and are happy to work with people who might really appreciate your work..
Consider. And please apply, within.
A personal assistant is a great idea! When I was a working single mom I streamlined by ordering household and pharmacy stuff from Alice.com, had Metcalfs do my grocery shopping (I picked them up but I also think they deliver once you go online and give them your list), had someone clean my house once a month, set up billpay to auto pay my bills, and renewed my plates online. 😉 Sometimes the cost was a bit more – but not excessive -and totally worth it to always have necessities, somewhat clean house, and no nagging feeling that there was something I was forgetting.
I heart you. Will you come set all that up for me? 😉 And.. I can’t do renewal online because there is some paper glitch they need me to go do *in person. argh. xxoo. The house cleaning is never-ending as you know bc of the animals. (waving white flag…)
When I was in college, I was a single mom’s personal assistant. I babysat, cooked, did dishes, ran to get her car inspected, whatever she needed me to do! It was great, I got paid, and because she wasn’t much older than I was, we enjoyed each other’s company a great deal. Recently I have really been thinking of hiring someone to come in and help me where I fall short. Between work, school, kids, sports, and the housework, I’ve gotten my share of tickets for expired stickers and I seem to never conquer the laundry pile. I keep looking for a way to budget in some serious HELP!
Once I get int he groove I do 1 load of laundry int e morning one when I ge thome form work and one when I head for bed. But unless I put it away my family doesn’t understand to put it away themselves. Bills I try to do as many auto pays as I can but some I can’t set up that way. Vet… seems to be my worst and sometimes most expensive. I wait untilt he last minute before I have to pay extra for licenses! You do a great job and truly I like you for who you are and everyone is less organized than they would like to be when they are a single parent. :o)
Perhaps if you weren’t writing mindless blogs you would
have more free time to do what the rest of us do??
Bingo. 🙂 I’m glad you’ve decided it’s mindless so that you won’t have to bother wasting your own time stopping by again anytime soon. But I appreciate your thoughts! If I were writing for anyone else at the moment .. and someday I might be in regard to any blog, that is.. besides myself and my daughter .. I promise I’ll do my best to put what you might feel is more thought into it.