This is a guest post from my current campus ambassador and former summer intern, Kayla Stevens. Kayla attends the University of South Florida.
I&m a full-time student and public relations intern. In the fast-paced industry of public relations, we all know how overwhelming work can be. We also know how irritating it can be to remember which of your 5 classes assigned papers are due that day.
Regardless of your daily routine, there are plenty of ways to prevent a stressful atmosphere, or at least make it less stressful. So here are my personal recommendations for ways that help me get through the week
1. Keep a planner- Although I may not always write in my planner, I do keep the most important information in there to keep track of. If you&ve never owned a planner, or much less opened one, then you&re going to be amazed at what one can do! Depending on your preference, planners range from pocket-sized to large book-sized. Either way, they work the same. I prefer planners with lots of writing space because I never know what I am going to be writing.
Personally, my planner of choice is a 2010-2011 Vera Bradley. It&s chic with large writing spaces and sturdy enough to keep up with my lifestyle. On second thought, Vera Bradley actually makes a lot of products that help in the organizing department, and they&re reasonably priced.
2. Take advantage of the calendar in your smartphone- This is one of the most useful ways of staying organized and what makes it even better is that it&s free. If you don&t have a smartphone, which I&m pretty sure a good amount of us do these days, this is no excuse. Most regular phones also have calendars! I cannot tell you how many times a day that I look at my calendar.
It&s useful if you have an idea or reminder and you want to make sure you don&t forget it. I often do this if there&s a show coming on TV, but it&s tomorrow at 8 p.m. I put the reminder in my calendar for 8 p.m. and it reminds me however much before the show airs. This application is also helpful to keep track of meetings or due dates. What is convenient about the calendar provided in your phone, is that it&s at your hand at all times (usually). If you write your idea or reminder on a piece of paper, there is a chance that it might get thrown away or eaten by your dog.
3. Make to-do lists- This may seem like a simple task because it is. However, if you don&t mark things off of your list, they&re useless. If to-do lists seem boring to you, try writing them on colored paper or with a colored pen. You may also try putting petty tasks on your list, that way you&re crossing more off and feeling more of a sense of accomplishment.
4. Congratulate yourself- At the end of the day, you need to acknowledge all that you&ve done. This is an important task in order to move on to the next day. If you&re continually satisfied with what you did today, then you will more than likely start tomorrow with a positive attitude.
So, I think it&s safe to say that there is absolutely no excuse for being a mess and having your mind all over the place. It&s okay to be busy, and it&s okay to constantly be on the go, but at some point you have to learn to page it all together.