In Search of a Niles


This was written in response to BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo writing prompt: If you had a personal assistant who would do your most dreaded tasks, which items from your to-do list would you assign out?


Immediately, I conjure up images of television “personal assistants”; Niles, Tony, Mr. French. Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a butler to help me through the day?  What would my personal assistant do? That’s easy everything I don’t want to do or can’t do.

I’ve hired cleaners before when my budget allowed. Because we have no children or pets, I was fine with a cleaner coming in once a month.  I compensated myself for my awful commute by hiring someone to do the heavy lifting.  It was quite nice but really did not address the problems a personal assistant would.

A personal assistant’s one charge would be to help me organize and stay that way.

ID-100236486It would be less about tackling the laundry strewn around the hamper or the pile of papers that are literally drowning me and more about creating systems that keep me in check.  Someone who could keep me focused on the task at hand and create order out of my chaos.

I think it would be a part-time endeavor.  In addition to being my personal organizing guru, my Niles would have to be comfortable with scheduling appointments for me (like the call to my primary care doctor I’ve had on my to-do list for months), running some errands (start with returning the cable equipment to Comcast that’s collecting dust), attending to what I refer to as nuisance chores (chores that will likely never be completed unless someone else steps up and helps me like getting the mess of wires from gaming systems and other entertainment related off the floor and TV stand – I really do want to be untangled and as wireless as possible), researching information for my various project ideas, managing my schedule to include naps to compensate for my sleep apnea related fatigue without letting the naps turn into bonafide Rip Van Winkle snooze sessions and keeping my time spent with P-Dubs at a healthy level.

Ideally, my personal assistant would be available five to six days per week.  Our days would start and end with planning sessions (15 – 30 minutes long) to keep me focused and on track, a mix of in person meetings and phone calls would be fine.  Initially, this job would require a minimum of six to ten hours per week hands on time helping me organize my life which I affectionately and realistically refer to as a hot mess.

Know anyone up for the task who would accept payment in the form of chocolate chip cookies and social media consulting?

Images courtesy of Google Images.  Laundry image courtesy of varandah at

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