Weekender Issue #105

The Assist Newsletter
October 21, 2023

Brainteaser of the day: A hen and a half lays an egg and a half in a day and a half. How many eggs does one hen lay in one day?

Click here to see the answer.


Treat Yo’Self


🛬 To Holiday Travel Planning
No need to stress about the holiday travel if you prepare properly. Get ahead of holiday travel planning with these tips >

🏈 To Nachos
You know what goes well with football? Nachos. Celebrate International Day of the Nacho today >

👻 To Ghost Stories
Interested in paranormal activity and ghost hunting? You may want to read this before doing so >

🛋️ To A Cozy Space
Who doesn’t love feeling cozy? We’ve got the secrets to creating the ultimate cozy home here >

🎃 To A Halloween Party
Hosting a Halloween party this year? Check out these unique party theme ideas >


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When to Ask For Help


Do you avoid asking for help out of fear of appearing inadequate or incompetent? How do you know when to tap into your independent resourcefulness, or when to ask for help?

You would be hard pressed to find an assistant or strategic business partner who wouldn’t agree that being resourceful is an essential skill to cultivate.

Equally important is knowing when to ask for help or guidance. Here are a few guidelines to help.

When to Tap Into Your Resourcefulness

  1. When you’ve already been shown how to handle a task or project. Whenever you’re tasked with something new it can be tempting to rely too heavily on the person who passed the project or task to you. To mitigate this, create a standard operating procedure for yourself, or reference other resources already provided.
  2. When you know the next step. Oftentimes you know the next step but are so overwhelmed by the entire process that you end up turning to others for solutions. Instead, I would encourage you to take the actions you know to take and check in with your executive or other stakeholders regarding possible solutions for those pieces of the puzzle you’re unsure about.
When to Ask For Help
  1. When you’re experiencing burnout. Burnout feels a lot like stumbling without being able to catch your footing. While in a state of burnout, things are more likely to fall through the cracks, and mistakes are frequently made. Taking a step back – in order to take care of yourself and regain your balance – will require the help and support of others.
  2. When you genuinely don’t have any idea of the next step. If you honestly don’t know what to do next, ask for help. Simple enough.
  3. When asking a simple question will give you back substantial amounts of productive time. There were times in my career when I spent way too much time hunting down an answer that it would have taken my executive 2 seconds to give me. We all walk a fine line between self-sufficiency and wasting valuable time that could be better spent. If asking the question will give you back hours of productive time, just ask it.

Common Pitfalls
There are a couple of common pitfalls that come up a lot as I’m working with my coaching clients. The first is not wanting to ask for help for fear of sounding incompetent. Being stuck in a holding pattern for fear of looking incapable isn’t serving anyone. Here’s the ironic truth, it’s this very fear that’s keeping you from being truly effective.

The other extremely common, yet covert, pitfall is indulging in confusion. Sometimes your brain would rather stay in the flux of confusion than take the risk of trying something new or asking for help. This is rooted in the fear of misstepping and the belief that there’s “one right way” of doing something that you aren’t privy to.

My answer to both of these pitfalls? Literally, any action is better than inaction. At least when you’re in action you can course correct. When you’re at a standstill, no progress is made.

How to Ask For Help

  1. Open a Google doc or grab a slip of paper. Write down all the thoughts you have about asking for help. Get all of the judgments and fears out of your head. Self-awareness is the first step in overcoming your hangups.
  2. Orient yourself around a solution. Ultimately, whatever situation you find yourself in really isn’t about you. Stay solution-oriented. Being solution-oriented will serve you in being resourceful -or- asking for help. Don’t just come with questions, present a few different potential options for a solution.
To learn more about Annie, please visit her website: WholeAssistant.com or connect with her on LinkedIn.


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From Nelson Mandela


“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

Joanna’s Recs


Joanna Ericta

Show to binge 📺 :
The Traitors

Song to bump 🎵:
Agora Hills by Doja Cat

Podcast 🎙️:
Modern Love

Book 📚:
Someone Else’s Shoes by Jojo Moyes

Wishlist 📝:
Sigma Beauty Makeup Brush Cleaner

Cameron’s Recs


Cameron Huber

Show to binge 📺 :
Hunted Mansion

Song to bump 🎵:
To The Bank

Podcast 🎙️:

Book 📚:
The Peacock and the Sparrow by I.S. Berry

Wishlist 📝:
Mouth Tape


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Lois pet of the week
Lois is my foster cat and she attends all of my meetings since I work remotely. She isn’t great at taking minutes though…we are working on that. She enjoys doing zoomies and singing the song of her people in the middle of the night.
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