Dear Miss Know It All

Dear MKIA,

Maybe working as a executive assistant isn’t for me. I’m just kind of over it. Yes, it’s nice to have the perks of flying first class when needed with my employer, or getting her left-overs from Hollywood swag bags, going to the Oscars, and never having to pay for my cell phone service, but is that enough? I work a 50 hour work week when not traveling with her (then it’s 24/7) and I’m always available on the weekends if something comes up. She actually doesn’t abuse that privilege very often, but it does make me nervous to plan any weekend getaways.
I think I’m just burnt out.

When Is It My Time

Dear When,

I don’t know how long you’ve been in this line of business, but my guess is that it has been at least 5 years or more. Burn-out is common when you work those type of hours and have to be on call. Unless you’re independently wealthy, my thought is you probably need this job. So here are some options to consider:

1. Can you take a week off ASAP? You need a break, and a week far, far away from work would do you wonders.

2. Can you talk your employer into hiring a part time #2 assistant to work weekends or when you need another helping hand? I have found this to really work in relieving the #1 of pressure and once the employer starts to trust this person, you can give them more and more responsibility and make THEM be the on-call person, so you can have a breather.

3. Quit. Just kidding.

I suspect you are right…you’re just burnt out, and it happens to the best of us. If you can’t get away immediately, you must at least treat yourself to a massage and go to your favorite restaurant and order something decadent from the menu. You deserve time for you but the key is you have to actually make the time for you, and it can be done. Commit to taking care of yourself this next week, and see how you feel about your job after that. You are worth it. This is your time.


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