Have a lot going on both in terms of work and personal life and could use support to stay on top of things. I have a new assistant and she’s great but I don’t really use her and don’t know how best to utilize her for my purposes. How do you all use your assistants to make life easier? Note I’m a 3rd year, corporate/transactional.

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Scheduling. If you need to schedule a call with a group, just task her with wrangling everyone's calendars.

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Use your assistant for non-billable tasks you don’t want to do/don’t have time to do. Examples are proofreading for typos, printing and organizing documents and contracts for you, and docketing important dates on your calendar (forward them emails with dates).

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Following for tips, as I struggle with the same thing!

Take her out to a working lunch and brainstorm ideas. When I started my most recent position, my attorney was not very good at communicating what he needed. I had to put something on his calendar to meet with me and ask him a million questions about what would be helpful for him be it printing out a weekly list of events or going through the dockets for cases each week etc.

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