When the day starts, I take my planner, pad of paper, pen, and clear mind to my Manager's office to "check in" and "follow up" on new and existing tasks. I try to get in a bit earlier so that I can check email, talk to the developers, and review project information. All this, to impress my manager? Not really. I take my responsibilities and expectations as a PA seriously. Maybe it's because I'm still relatively new, the environment, my personal goals and expectations for my position, etc. etc. These are all factors that contribute to how I plan out my day.
At the end of the day, I still have my planner, pad of paper and pen in hand. My notepad has scribbled notes that are hard to read, at times, and people walk by my workstation and notice my earbuds. I'm listening to Travis, making way for another day; tomorrow. Tell me if this sounds romanticized? Too ideal? Missing detail? I can elaborate.
My point is, everyone has their own "routine' and "idiosyncrasies" at the office. Some days are good, others are better. A deal breaker that sets my day is the attitude I choose to have wherever I am at all times. It helps to take deep breaths and have a glass of wine (when you get home-at the end of the day).