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

Why I Game – Origin Stories / Calvin Dugray (Part 1)

This year is the 40th anniversary of Dungeons and Dragons. So, in celebration of that, and in light of the fact that D&D is releasing a new edition this summer, I’m going to start posting some stories I have of playing Dungeons and Dragons and other roll-playing games.


I actually didn’t start playing Dungeons and Dragons until I was in college. The truth is, D&D was never something I’d given much thought to. I’d heard of it when I was younger, of course, but only in a very general sense, the way I’d heard of fixed mortgages or vegemite or Pearl Jam. I knew there was thing thing out there people played, and knew next to nothing about it.

Continue reading Why I Game – Origin Stories / Calvin Dugray (Part 1)