Today’s Day in the life: Sheri Meyer Executive Assistant iDrop.
What are the main aspects of your role?
The central aspect of my role is to ensure that all components of the business work well together, that also means that I have an idea of what everyone’s part of the business is. I support the five administratively, I also step in where my Director and CEO cannot be physically (like overseeing contractors work), and I try to make their lives a little easier by keeping an eye on their schedules. I have also taken on the Social Media platform in my company; I have a keen interest in generating sales leads through Social Media and just enjoy Social Media in general.
What is your morning routine before you get into the office?
It’s simple. I get out of bed. Do my stretching routine for about 15-30 minutes. My husband and I share what our day looks like, and I take mental notes. Get dressed and off we go. We are lucky to be able to travel to work together. In the car, I eat breakfast, which is generally a smoothie. I check personal emails, social media and listen to my favourite podcast (I love podcasts) or radio station.
What time do you get into the office and what time do you leave?
I get to the office between 8 am – 8:30 am, and I generally leave between 4:30 pm – 6 pm. I try not to take work home.
What does an average day look like?
When I get to the office, I get right into things as I am already mentally prepared. I have eaten, so I waste no time. I am generally at the office before everyone else, and this gives me time to prepare for what lies ahead without any interruptions. As an EA/PA, everyone generally come to me to ask just about anything. I go through emails and start actioning tasks from most important to least important.
What do you do for lunch?
I like to catch some fresh air and often take a 15-30minute walk. I’m a picky eater, and I get hangry when I am hungry, so I eat regularly.
What is the hardest part of your day?
It’s difficult to say because I enjoy the complicated parts, the nice parts and the not-so-nice parts. The latter are usually tedious tasks that I force myself to do; the not-so-nice parts are where I get to challenge myself and others.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
What I enjoy is that I have the most amazing leaders, Kate Thiers Steere (CEO, aka Boss-lady, she is a bad-ass businesswoman whom I learn so much from) and James Steere (Director, innovator and genius). I get to work with people who inspire me, and I meet amazing people, and I get to connect with them.
What has been your career highlight?
I spent the first seven years of my career in public service, serving in the South African Police Service as a Senior Administrator and I volunteered as a Police Reservist. Being called up by the National Commissioners’ office to work in the Command Centre for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Working with Prof Shirley Zinn as her Executive PA. Landing this job and finding the courage to take on the working world after I’ve battled through chronic pain and depression for the last 5 years.
What do you do in the evening with your spare time?
I have two sons, Adam (6) & Alex (5). I spend time with them from when I get home till they get to bed just before 8 p.m. I also manage to schedule times for a walk in the park at least twice for an hour. My husband and I watch a series together on Discovery Channel, “Bush People of Alaska”. I am a total outdoor junky. If I could take a hike every day in nature, I would.
What is the one piece of advice you would give to other assistants?
I’m not big on advice. What works for me is to stay true to my values. I work hard, and I play hard. I avoid doing things half-measured.
What would you do if you were not an assistant?
I would be hustling, selling clothes, home-schooling my kids and running my own business. The latter is something I’m working on in my spare time.
What is the one piece of technology, app or website you could not do your job without?
There are so many; I’m an app junky. Here are my favourites:
- LinkedIn (I check out who my bosses meet with and what they do)
- Slack App (My Director introduced me to this app, works great for business communication)
- Time Buddy App (My Director is connected all over the world. I need to know the exact time zones when I schedule meetings.)
- Genius Scan App. (This is so handy, especially when you’re on the go and you need to get documents signed, my CEO introduced me to it).
Can you recommend any events, books, publications, websites, training programmes for other assistants?
- Events – We are in the water and innovation So, I research all events related to this, both locally and internationally
- Books – I am currently reading Brene Brown, Rising Strong
- Websites – Hootsuite (I am learning about how to use this platform now). Google and I are friends, Pocket (an awesome way to save time and save all my research in an orderly way).
- Podcasts (StartUp by Gimlet, TED Talks Business, The 200 Year Old, The Economist, The Gary Vee Audio Experience, The Eusebius Mckaiser Show)
- Training – Udemy has great free courses. (I’ve enrolled in the Foundations of Business Strategy by Michael Lenox recently).
I-Dropwater and Bluewater have partnered, so we run these two companies concurrently.