Navigating Your First Month as an Executive Assistant: Dos and Don’ts

Navigating Your First Month as an Executive Assistant: Dos and Don’ts

Congratulations on your new role as an Executive Assistant!

As you embark on this exciting journey, your first month will undoubtedly be filled with challenges and opportunities for growth. To help you navigate this crucial period successfully, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide of dos and don’ts tailored specifically for new EAs.


  1. Establish Clear Communication Channels: Ensure you have open lines of communication with your executive and colleagues. Clarify expectations, preferred communication methods, and protocols for urgent matters.
  2. Master Calendar Management: Become proficient in managing your executive’s calendar efficiently. Prioritise tasks, schedule meetings strategically, and anticipate any potential conflicts.
  3. Build Strong Relationships: Cultivate positive relationships with key stakeholders, including your executive, fellow EAs, and team members. Networking and collaboration are essential for success in this role.
  4. Stay Organised: Maintain meticulous organisation of documents, emails, and tasks. Invest in tools and systems that streamline your workflow and help you stay on top of your responsibilities.
  5. Seek Feedback: Don’t hesitate to ask for feedback from your executive and colleagues. Use constructive criticism as an opportunity for growth and improvement.


  1. Overcommit: Avoid taking on too much too soon. Prioritise your tasks and learn to delegate effectively to prevent burnout.
  2. Neglect Self-Care: Remember to prioritise your well-being amidst your busy schedule. Take breaks, stay hydrated, and practice stress management techniques to maintain balance.
  3. Miss Deadlines: Ensure you meet deadlines consistently and communicate proactively if you anticipate any delays. Reliability and accountability are crucial in this role.
  4. Disregard Confidentiality: Respect the confidentiality of sensitive information entrusted to you. Exercise discretion and professionalism at all times to maintain trust and integrity.
  5. Isolate Yourself: Avoid isolating yourself from your colleagues. Participate in team activities, meetings, and social events to foster camaraderie and collaboration.

Navigating your first month as an Executive Assistant may feel overwhelming at times, but by following these dos and don’ts, you’ll be well-equipped to tackle any challenges that come your way. Remember to stay proactive, adaptable, and committed to continuous learning and improvement. If you’re looking to up-skill quickly and hit the ground running, we offer an EA fundamentals course for EAs just starting out called EA Essentials, find out more below. Best of luck on your journey as an EA!

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