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When Your Well-Being Affects Productivity as an Executive Assistant

From my experience as an executive assistant, I've witnessed the intricacies of corporate dynamics up close. The role has brought me to the heart of organizational operations, allowing me to observe the mutual relationship between executives and their assistants. Many of us face a silent challenge but seldom speak about the subtle yet persistent erosion of our productivity and well-being in a toxic environment or with a toxic executive. In this article, we'll explore the signs that indicate your well-being may impact your performance, what happens when this occurs, and strategies to help you get back on track.

What Happens When Productivity Decreases?


  • Work Backlog: Tasks accumulate, leading to missed deadlines and increased workload.

  • Decreased Quality of Work: Errors become frequent, and the quality of work suffers.

  • Strained Relationships: As stress increases, interpersonal relationships with colleagues and superiors might become tense.

  • Impact on Personal Life: The stress and fatigue from work carry over into personal life, affecting relationships and emotional well-being.


Strategies to Get Back on Track:


  • Prioritize Self-Care: Allocate specific times for breaks, engage in activities you love, and ensure adequate rest. Remember, you can't pour it from an empty cup.

  • Seek Support: Talk to someone you trust about your feelings, whether a colleague, friend, or therapist. Sometimes, just talking can provide clarity.

  • Organize and Delegate: Reevaluate your tasks. Can any be delegated? Can any be broken down into smaller, more manageable tasks? Use tools like task managers or digital calendars to stay organized.

  • Set Boundaries: Know when to say no. It's important to understand that you can't do everything. Prioritize tasks and be clear about what you can and cannot handle.

  • Continuous Learning: Attend workshops or courses on stress management, time management, or any other relevant skill that can help you manage your workload more efficiently.

  • Seek Feedback: Regularly check in with your supervisor or peers. Feedback can help identify areas for improvement and provide an avenue for open communication.


In conclusion, the role of an executive assistant is demanding, and it's crucial to recognize when your well-being impacts your productivity. By being self-aware and proactive, you can implement strategies to ensure that you remain professionally and personally at the top of your game. Remember, taking care of yourself is not a luxury; it's a necessity.



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