Posted by: beckbamberger | August 6, 2012

Prioritizing 101 from an Intern’s P.O.V.

No matter where your area of expertise lies, we can guarantee one thing is for certain: In the public relations and marketing industry, time is of the essence, so it is crucial to be organized and efficient. Minimizing stress – a natural side effect of swiftly impending deadlines – is also beneficial. The primary goal is doing a great job and making the client happy. 

When work becomes busy, tasks can to snowball and as deadlines approach, itcan become overwhelming. Our advice: It’s time to prioritize your to-do list. Here at BAM, our interns are well versed in multitasking and have discovered some tricks to help them juggle projects.  We asked our interns how they have learned to manage their to-do lists here at BAM and here’s what they had to say:

Dealing with Monday madness:

If it’s Monday morning and the coffee hasn’t kicked in yet, take a deep breath. You should start out each morning by listing everything you have to do for the day. Assess which items are the most urgent and take care of them first, being sure to follow up on any leftover items from the previous week. Having a little routine for yourself when you first come in will help to jumpstart your day and put you in the right mindset to work. There are some great online resources that can help you stay organized. We love Remember The Milk, a task-managing site where users can sign up for free and easily keep track of their to-do lists. The added bonus: Accounts are accessible from any online device so you can check your list anywhere, any time. 

Focusing on work, at work:

Intern or otherwise, it’s important to stay professional. This means coming to work prepared and on time, wearing appropriate office attire, staying off your cell phone, etc. Even if you follow these rules, however, chances are you will be using a computer and therefore facing the thousands of distractions provided by the Internet. Close your other browser windows, avoid entertainment sites and only use the Internet for work purposes. A quick glance at your newsfeed can turn into 15 minutes wasted that you could have spent finishing up a task. Facebook and Twitter aren’t going anywhere! For those of you who have trouble avoiding such temptations, download an app like Cold Turkey, which blocks selected websites for the duration of your choosing.

Taking control of your desktop:

With the constant influx of assignments, press release revisions and other documents, it’s easy for your hard drive to become a jumbled mess of files. To save you a lot of time and effort, give your desktop a little TLC. Get rid of clutter and create a filing system that works for you. The more frequent the maintenance, the less time it takes. Guaranteed to increase efficiency! For group projects, we like to share files using Google Docs. It’s a great way for users to upload and share content so that multiple people can access and edit it and all you need is a Gmail account!

Keeping your goals in mind:

The most important thing to remember is that you are there to learn. Internships are the first step of a future career; so don’t be afraid to ask for work in your particular area of interest. Your boss is your biggest supporter and they hired you because they felt you were right for the position. Show them that they were correct: Be committed to working hard and learning everything you can. If an opportunity presents itself, make the most of it. The more you put into your job, the more you and your company will benefit. Don’t be afraid to have fun either – creativity and originality are always appreciated! 

Whether you’re a seasoned industry vet or a brand new intern, staying organized is the key to success. By prioritizing your to-do list and dealing with the little nuances first, you will be more productive, more efficient, and more successful. After all, in the words of one famously successful figure, “The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious.”

Do you have any secrets for staying organized? Tell us your best tips for finishing off a to-do-list!

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