Balancing Your Busy Schedule

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Balancing Your Busy Schedule

This is a guest blog by our Intern Queen Campus Ambassador Kristi Atkinson from the University of Idaho.
My planner is &my life&. It is the only way I can juggle multiple internships and extracurricular activities.
To start, I want to say I love being busy, but the only reason I love it is because I learned to defeat stress.
Let me give you a preview of my spring semester: I have 18 credits, which isn&t bad. I have 6 a.m. soccer workouts everyday, five internships, the school paper and I am the president of a club. And I love it all.
I have two editorial internships, one event planning internship, one social media internship and one public relations internship. Four of them are virtual, which doesn&t make them any easier or harder (Check out "Myth Busters of Virtual Internships" by Cat Pylant).
Again, my planner is &my life& and is the only way to keep a sane lifestyle. &My Life& plus time management skills are key to almost every school or intern situation.
I know that as a sophomore in college, I can&t do a 40 hour week internship. I have to designate days to each internship. I usually give each about two hours a day for three or four days. But with so much to do, &my life& is completely filled with a list of what I need to do, another list for all the things due on each day and another list for everything I will do at each time of the day. Confusing?
On Sunday nights, I start a new list. I begin by listing each of my classes, internships and extra curricular activities and leave a few lines in between them. I write down what I know will be due under each category. For the internships, I write down my goals in between. Through out the week, I have my &my life& with me at all times so I never forget to write anything down. Upon completion, I cross them out to avoid confusion. I also cross things out to feel more accomplished when looking at the paper.
The size of &your life& is also important. If it is too small, you will be sensitive to writing everything down. If it&s too big, you may not bring it anywhere. Mine is a good size to where it can fit in a small purse.
During the interviews, I made sure to notify them of my multiple internships. I assured them that I can do it. It&s up to you to prove it.