“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.” – George F. Burns
Internships are training in disguise and can be counted among those extra efforts that you put in, to excel in your career. While internship opportunities are a deal maker in the long run and also add extra stars in your grade cards and certificates, it can be equally stressing while you are in that stage of your life when academic classes, friends, and social life also can’t be ignored.
So, how to balance your daily life facing these heralds and manage those extra chores? How could you be an organised intern who is not reluctant to chit chat with his friends on an evening?
Many of you will find it equal to impossible to find a way out. It’s true that it is challenging but if you are smart enough and have a time management strategy, it can do wonders or will at least help you run smooth, balancing your classes, internship and social day to day life.
Here are some organisation tips –
1. Be organised:
The organisation doesn’t mean you will have to be obsessed with orderly managing each and everything. You just require to make an easygoing list handy, to do your works and projects.
Colour coding can help with this. When you mark your calendar with different colours for each project month wise, it will be an easy and interesting approach to go about things. The colours also unconsciously add a zing to your mood at the start of every project.
2. Use your waiting time:
Be productive and manage your tasks well by using your extra time. For example, important emails and messages can be seen and reverted while waiting for your bus or boss. You can even plan the strategy and timetable for your next project as a utilisation of your waiting time.
3. Plan and prioritise:
Plan your tasks at the beginning of the week so that you can finish them timely. A strategy or timetable can come to be handy to do so. Also, prioritise most and least important tasks so that you won’t be in a rush at the last minute. It will also help you cut off the time consumed on tasks that can be done in your spare time.
Keep it in mind that your first priority is college and classes. Keep your office management updated about your exams and preparations, they will definitely understand and will cooperate with you to balance both. While you are a contribution to their firm; they know your priorities.Be Fun seeking
4. Be Fun seeking:
Don’t be stressed and take out the fun out of your life. No matter what, it’s still your college life and you are supposed to be enjoying every bit of it. Enjoy a lunch break with your co-workers or plan a study group get together to spend some good time with friends. In a brief, find little moments of joy, whenever you can!
5. Always reward yourself:
Of course, you aren’t a machine and nobody expects you to be. And therefore, you don’t need to stress yourself with overworking. Take one thing at a time and always give yourself a treat after the accomplishment of a project or a major task. This will boost your morale and will motivate you to do better.
Most importantly, remember the more you give to your life, your career, it will double up in coming years. Let it be the ultimate motivation for all the toil. Don’t look at your internships as a burden but an asset. If it is too difficult for you to manage part-time internships, you can always go for summer internships and winter internships during your college vacations. As they say, if there’s a will, there’s a way!