Do You Follow Your Own Advice?


In the world of the assistant, we organize, schedule, document, remind, direct the people we support. Do you ever find that your work desk is more organized than your home?  Or, you try to encourage your supervisor to enjoy a city they are visiting while on travel, only to hear them say,  I won’t see anything but the conference hotel.

Today feels like a week ago. I mean in the sense that landing at Heathrow feels a lifetime ago even if it was early this morning.  I did NOT follow the advice I give to others, nor did I prepare myself as I would my supervisor. I’m not proud of this. Don’t misunderstand what I’m confessing on this blog tonight.

So, the best part about being an older  more experienced administrative professional is that I can catch my errors more quickly and recover almost immediately.

  1. Let’s start with making sure my phone will work overseas.  (Ouch, that is embarrassing to admit.) I’ve rectified that issue.
  2. Listen to what my body is telling me. (It was telling me I was tired and just needed to get a nap.) I was fighting sleep because I really don’t want to miss anything.  I caved. Grateful that the hotel had my room ready early, and as soon as I got my suitcase unpacked, I slept.
  3. Eat well and drink more water. Ha! Travel for me usually means carte blanche for pastry indulgence.  I did go get a kick-butt cappucino..But alas, I drank lots of water, had a nice leisurely veggie-based dinner. Got more water and a few healthy snacks at the Sainsbury.

I got a good walk in today/tonight as shown in the photo above. I did check in with work. I did promise myself an early evening. Going to enjoy the city tomorrow, maybe even shop a bit. In other words, I’m going to take my own advice!

Appreciating the new connections on LinkedIn and Twitter coming from Executive Secretary Live conference delegates.  Look forward to meeting you.


Author: KMK Foley

Storyteller. Wicked sense of humor. Tenacious learner, Coffee Lover, especially Dunkin' Donuts.