How I’ve dreamed about having a personal assistant for, uh, essentially the whole of my career but particularly these past three months, when I not only had three books to complete, articles to write, a move to tackle, a wedding to plan, but also a month in Africa and honeymoon to [redacted…still a surprise!] to plot out. I mean, I’m not going to lie, when it comes to the cooking and the cleaning and the wiring of electronics and essentially every other fix-it chore that needs doing, SVV is top notch. Alas, he’s only home about five hours a day, which leaves another solid nine I need tending to! (I kid, I kid…)
So, naturally, my friend and occasional work acquaintance Kendyl would come to me with an awesome new program one of her clients, the Hyatt Place, is offering. The good: I would get a personal assistant for an extended increment of time! The bad? This came just days before I left for Africa, so alas, I’ve yet to try it and probably won’t be able to until well after the ‘moon. (But don’t worry, I will get on that promptly upon my return. As a magazine intern for far too long, it will be nice delegating the nitty-gritty tasks to someone else for a change! I wonder if they can virtually deliver me my Starbucks tall skinny vanilla latte on demand?)
Still, hear me out. In an age of travel where the traveler has every oddball opportunity known to man just short of being fed peeled grapes by a South American prince named Fabio in a banana hammock (on second thought, I’m sure there’s somewhere out there where you actually can find such a service!), hotels are having to constantly up the ante in terms of guest services. Well, Hyatt Place is clearly hip with the times, as they’ve just started a—you guessed it, based on context clues, I’m sure, being the smart cookies that you are—personal assistant service.
Dubbed TaskUs, the program is a virtual (key word) personal assistant service that can help you tackle such daily doings as scheduling appointments, sending flowers, making reservations, researching best prices, booking vacations, buying gifts, etc. etc. etc. All you have to do is log on to the website, send an email, or call in all of your tasks, provide instructions, select a time limit and due date for each task, and consider it done. Easy as pie, right? I can think of a million different ways I could have used this while pinning down all the stressful travel details for South Africa.
So, here’s the dealio: You leave me a comment below telling me what you’d use a slave personal assistant for and why you’re deserving of such an honor, and I (i.e. Random.org) will pick a winner once the contest ends at 5pm PST on Friday, March 26. Two of you lucky readers will get hooked up with a two-month TaskUs service, as well as a two-night stay package at any of the Hyatt Place locations across the United States. How’s that for happy Monday news? Per the normal contest rules, you’ll get an extra entry if you make mention of this contest on Twitter, Facebook or rour own blog—just be sure and leave your link(s) below so I give you proper credit. Hey, being persistent worked for Home Sweet Sarah, winner of the Cambria contest, last time ’round!
And with that I bid you adieu from Johannesburg (or whatever it is they say here). Start your commenting in…3…2…1!