By: Ashley Thomaz
Interning comes with its fair share of responsibilities. Combine this with being a full-time student, and it can be overwhelming. While it may feel like there is never enough time in the day, improving time management can make balancing your work easier to handle.
Time management is essential to succeeding in many facets of life. It doesn’t always come naturally, but it’s important to have good time management skills in order to be efficient. Having effective time management skills will help you to succeed not only in your internship, but in life as well. If you’re the type of person, like myself, to do a million things at once, you should know how to manage all your tasks.
The good news is that there are ways to juggle all your work. It’s all about reclaiming your time management. This means you should manage your time instead of letting it manage you.
Here are 4 time management tips to help you in your internship:
Ready? Set GOals and deadlines for yourself
If you’re making a run to a store, buy an agenda (make it a fun one too, so you get excited to use it). Using an agenda, you can set up your daily tasks to stay organized. If you don’t want to physically write, a good practice could be making yourself a schedule or list on your computer, this way you can see and keep in mind what you will be working on ahead of time.
It is also important to organize your tasks; make sure you work on tasks that are more important or have a shorter deadline. Always set your deadlines. If your task is due by Tuesday, have it ready by Monday, so you can make sure it is done before the actual due date. You’ll have extra time to work on other tasks, if you do this.
Don’t be THAT person—avoid procrastination
Don’t put off tasks! We probably all have been consumed by procrastination, so we know the extra amount of stress it can add to the work plate. Try to avoid procrastination; you want to be professional and meet deadlines and expectations.
It’s easy to become distracted by phones, computers, and social media. So silence notifications and get to work—you’ll have a better chance at being more productive.
What comes next? Prioritize your work
Reminder: when you have a limited amount of time on tasks, prioritizing is key. Set reminders on your phone to help prompt you to do urgent tasks. Being able to prioritize tasks and assignments will help you to be more effective and efficient, while simultaneously standing out as a student intern.
Make sure you know what is a priority. Oftentimes we may pick the easiest thing to do first, but that isn’t always the most urgent. Plus, knowing you have a big task incomplete may be more stressful, so get it done first! Talk with your intern supervisor to make sure your priorities match the company’s. This shows the company your commitment as an intern, along with your ability to manage your time and meet deadlines.
Communicate and ask for help (it’s not as scary as you think)
If you are stuck with a task or unsure about something, don’t be afraid to ask questions. At the end of the day, interning means being part of a company. Instead of wasting time trying to figure out a solution to your issue, reach out to your supervisor, or the team, for help. This can often be the best practice to effectively do your assignments. You’ll find people around you are more than happy to lend a hand.
If you find yourself too overwhelmed, let your intern supervisor know. They’re willing to work with you as long as you show your dedication to the internship and express yourself in a sincere manner.
There you have it—four tips for time management at your internship that increase productivity and reduce stress.
Remember, you can successfully manage your school work and internship! Seize your day, reach your goals and work hard. With these four time management tips, not only will you be time efficient, but you will also get the most out of your internship.