It is getting to be that time of the year for college students. Classes are spiraling to their ends, bringing with them looming deadlines on papers and projects. Final exams are just around the corner. I think we all know that after Thanksgiving break, it’s a quick downhill slide into the end of the semester.
If you are interning on top of your course load, you have another set of responsibilities to juggle. Fall internships will be coming to an end, which means wrapping up projects and possibly preparing transition materials for the next intern.
This is when good time management skills become very important. As an intern, here are some ways to manage your time, especially at this busy time of the year.
- Get Organized. Make a to-do list at the end of each day for the following day. It can be particularly helpful to rank order your list by importance. If you have some similar items on your list, group those together. For example, if you have several emails you need to get out, group those as one whole to-do since they all involve being at a computer. Something else on your list involve using the computer? List it right after the email to-dos.
- Hunker Down. Speaking as an experienced procrastinator, now is not the time to procrastinate. Use a planner or online calendar to schedule out (almost) every minute of your day. Schedule your study times and locations. Consider studying at the library to minimize the distractions that might throw you off course at home. Stick with your plan.
- Make the Most of Every Minute. Let’s face it – We all have chunks of downtime in our day, no matter how busy our day is. You have time while waiting for the professor to show up to class. You have time while standing in line for food. With the technology that so many students now have right at their fingertips, you can take advantage of these little moments of time. Use your smartphone, iPad, or laptop to send a quick email, do some research, or contribute to a discussion on D2L.
What strategies do you use in managing your time as a student AND intern?
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