Weekender Issue #101

The Assist Newsletter
September 23, 2023

Brainteaser of the day: How is seven different from the rest of the numbers between one and 10?

Click here to see the answer.


Treat Yo’Self


👤 To Shadow Work
It’s a type of therapy that digs deep. Learn more about it here >

🎧 To Inspiring Ear Candy
As of 2023, women only hold 10.4% of leadership positions at Fortune 500 businesses. Get inspired by Abby Wambach’s take on the new rules of leadership >

🤖 To AI Planned Travel
Planning a robust travel itinerary can be daunting. Check out these prompts you can use to leverage ChatGPT for all things travel >

🛍 To A New Wardrobe for Work
We love following @lifewithjazz for her work outfit inspo. Here’s her LTK page where her outfits are linked >

💅 To Fall Neutral Nails
Spruce up your nail game this fall. Get inspired by these neutral looks >


Remedy a tough situation with this proven problem solving method



Fishbone diagrams are the best way to list out all of the potential causes and effects of a specific event.

While it’s commonly used at work for process improvement and troubleshooting, you can adapt the concept of a fishbone diagram to everyday life situations, too!

A few ways you can use it for work purposes:

  • Analyze customer complaints to uncover underlying issues
  • Investigate causes of project delays
  • Seek out factors that contribute to low employee productivity
  • Find out what’s causing employee conflicts
  • Identify reasons for sales declines
A few ways you can use it for personal reasons:
  • Determine the causes of poor time management
  • Get to the root of financial difficulties
  • Learn what’s behind your career stagnation (skill gaps, lack of networking, etc.)
  • Understand contributing factors to relationship issues

👉 Try The Fishbone Diagramming Template

🔥 Pro-Tip: Use your business email to access hundreds of templates and invite collaborators for free!


WFH is Sending Some Women to the 1950s


After a year of dating, Valerie* and her boyfriend Frankie* moved in together. Sure, they’d bicker occasionally but they were in love, and who wouldn’t put up with the occasional tiff over the dishes in exchange for a few extra hundred square feet of living space that pooling their rental budgets would afford them?

And then three things happened: Frankie went back into the office full-time, Valerie started a fully-remote job—and they got a dog. “That was when our relationship started to crumble,” says Valerie.

At first, the tension centered around the demands of caring for their new puppy, Daisy*, who needed at least two hour-long walks during the day. “I found it so hard to fit that in between meetings,” says Valerie, adding that puppy-parenting while working (watching her drag a rug across the room while trying to be present in a meeting, for example) was stressful, especially when if left her with no time to take a breath during the day.

“I was so envious that my partner could go into the office, focus on work, get everything done, and then come home,” she remembers. “I felt like I was never able to be fully present, either with work or with Daisy. I was half-assing both.”

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The gift Oprah exclaims “is like having your own personal mixologist.”



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Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for a friend, colleague or family member, or for serving yourself at home, look no further. Just open, pour and enjoy.

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From Talib Kweli


“You gotta get back to your essence, use your gifts and share your presence. Don’t count your dollars ’til you count your blessings.”

Joanna’s Recs


Joanna Ericta

Show to binge 📺 : 
Burden of Proof

Album to bump 🎵:
Scarlet by Doja Cat

Movie 🎥:  
No Hard Feelings

Book 📚:
Smart Brevity by Jim VandeHei

Wishlist Rec 📝:
Maybelline NY Lash Mascara
(currently my fave under $10 washable mascara)

Cameron’s Recs


Cameron Huber

Show to binge 📺 :

Song to bump 🎵:
Last Time I Saw You by Nicki Minaj

Podcast 🎙️:
I Need To Ask You Something

Book 📚:
None Of This Is True by Lisa Jewell

Wishlist 📝:
Cute Resistance Bands


In Case You Missed It…


Bonusly is the secret sauce to keep your team engaged, motivated, and recognized for their hard work.

monday.com is the project management software that powers the world’s top brands — find out what all the buzz is about.

See how your team is feeling on Monday morning with this free motions wheel template.

Get these free fun icebreaker templates you can try out this week.


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🏠 Sprucing up your home, but not looking to spend lots of dough? Check out these budget-friendly DIY home decor ideas.

🪧 If you’re still not sure why countless actors and writers are on strike right now, here’s a quick explainer to bring you up to speed.

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Holland Pet of the week

This little hound, Holland, is the best dog ever!

She is nice enough to let me pay for the mortgage, household bills, food, and toys galore. She loves other dogs and humans, and is a radiating joy to be around.

Life is better with Holland; hands (paws) down!

💌 We’re huge pet lovers at The Assist and want to feature a pet each week — fill out this form for your fur baby to be featured!
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