An Intern’s Guide to Get through a Hectic Semester
Are you a new intern or preparing for a spring experience? First off, let me say congratulations on landing your first internship! I hope you learn a great deal over your time as in intern. Now that you have conquered your first hurdle which is landing your internship, you will need to get organized to make the best of this experience.
Organizing Your Day
It certainly is a challenge having to balance schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and possible paying work-study job simultaneously. How can you stay focused throughout a hectic schedule? You need a plan (or a daily planner for that matter); and invest in developing your time management and organizational skills.
Personally, I need a day planner to take notes of everything going on in my head. If I don’t, I easily loose track of my priorities throughout the day. Are you the same way? Than you need to learn some time management techniques and improve your organizational skills.
Keeping track of your daily tasks is very important. I have seen many “organizational skills”-developing techniques such as mental notes, writing on an arm or hand, tying a string around a figure. Writing down dates, appointments or that great idea for your next paper thesis in a notebook or daily planner makes the concept more permanent.
High Tech Gadgets
If you don’t want to carry a clunky agenda or daily planner, great alternative to the old paper and pen, are electronic PDAs, blackberry’s, or the IPhone®. Even if you don’t own the latest phone, the IPod Touch, has the same great organizing capability. There are many apps for personal organization. My personal favorites are the “Notes” app and the “Calendar” app. You can browse your electronic devices and see which organization tools you like the best.
These gadgets make it easier than ever for students and professional alike to advance their organizational skills. Time management abilities are very in high demand amongst employers.
The Old Pen and Paper
I must admit, however, that despite the clunky nature of an agenda or planner, I use paper and pen more frequently then my IPod® Touch to for time management. Agendas and Planners provide a calendar as well as to do lists, notes sections and possible address book all in one – an old tool that has helped many develop their organizational skills.
There are numerous variations of such products like the Franklin Convey organizers/ planners found online or in Target stores. This brand goes beyond traditional daily planner duties and suggests ways to form an effective “To Do” list.
So whether you use high tech gadgets or the old pen and paper, the goal is to keep yourself organized through the semester – so that you are developing important time management and organizational skills.
Great places to find planners
1. Your Campus Bookstore – although for more than just a basic calendar it may be a little overpriced
2. Target – has a wide selection and good prices
3. Amazon – if you can wait to have it shipping to you, you can find planners in all shapes and sizes