Some may argue that time management is one of the most difficult things to master. As an intern for Apogee ITS during the last semester of my college education, I found it challenging at times to allocate the appropriate amount of time between schoolwork and internship responsibilities. As the school year comes to an end, college students are swamped with final papers, projects, presentations, and tests. In the past two weeks I have been glued to my laptop, completing a 20-page final portfolio in addition to multiple other final projects. When I accepted the marketing intern position at Apogee ITS, I was aware that I would be working on an internship while still in school. Yes, an internship and school may lead to stress here and there, but I am always up for the challenge.
To Do List
In order to effectively plan out my days during finals week, I created a very detailed “to do” list for each day. This helped me to control my time, prioritize my tasks, and helped me to set aside the exact amount of time for each project.
At the beginning of each day I would set goals for myself. What did I want to complete by noon? When during the day will I work for Apogee? When will I do schoolwork? This pushed me to stick to a schedule and finish things by a certain time. I find that if I do not set goals for myself, I tend to get easily distracted and take longer to complete things. Setting up certain times that I need to finish things by allowed for me to comfortably get things done.
Know Your Limit
There were some days where I would work on my schoolwork for hours on end. Although I am the type of person to always go go go, I knew that if I pushed myself too hard I would crack. I learned what my limit was, and told myself that breaks ARE important in order to reboot and prevent too much stress.
Procrastination isn't a joke. It is so easy to tell yourself you will finish something and instead of working on it, you push it away another day. During finals week I refused to let myself procrastinate. In order to successfully complete a task without feeling rushed, you must give yourself the proper amount of time to work on it. Rushing to finish something will only result in more anxiety and sometimes incomplete work.
"The harder you work for something, the greater you'll feel when you achieve it."
Completing finals and having an internship is possible! It is important to create a list of the tasks you want to complete, set goals for yourself, know your limit, and most importantly don't procrastinate.