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  • Pinkie Komala 3:13 am on March 14, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: focus, multitasking, organize   

    Take a moment to stay organized 

    As the lucky ones are enjoying the spring break, some of us might be busy interning. But, I am sure you are still having fun multi-tasking. Think of a typical day as an intern, your working on an important document and an email beeps in between while you are still trying to visualize the other things you need to do for school and the errands you need to run. Certainly, hair raising but we never take a moment to inspect our habits which are doing no good alas distracting.

    Research points that multi-tasking affects mental clarity and switching between tasks makes us less efficient. We seldom realize this fact but to our surprise it’s true. Studies show that brain’s multitasking peak in your 20’s which means you still have a few years ahead to enjoy the fun of doing too many things at a time but something to consider as you move along.

    Considering the future, here is what I suggest, as you start your day. Take a piece of paper and pen or your smartphone and make a note of the “Top three things” that you plan to accomplish for the day and put a tentative time slot next to it. By creating a visual list, you sub consciously prioritize the tasks at hand. As you finish the task, strike it out. Gives you a great sense of accomplishment while keeping you focussed, accountable and of course organized. It has worked well for me. Give it a try and may be share it with your fellow intern or Manager!

     

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    • Marie Spaulding 9:44 pm on March 15, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Pinkie,

      Great tips for all of us! I have seen the research on multitasking and how it does not lead to more efficiency. Your ideas should prove very useful for others.

      Marie

  • Divya 9:48 pm on November 7, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , , multitasking, start day   

    Hit the ground running 

    I landed the internship.. now what?

    My first day at Legacy was a total blur. The HR department led the interns in a short orientation program, toured us around the building, and then we started our day as official interns. My supervisor and I talked about my goals for the semester and what I expected to get out of the internship. I thought this was a valuable step that all interns should take. It is not only about what the company expects of you, but what you want to happen throughout the course of the semester. In order to integrate quickly, I jumped right into doing real projects! I felt like I dove in and got lost in a sea of media clipping, photo collages, and press releases. Some people might have felt nervous, but I was filled with excitement. The day went by so quickly that I looked up and realized it was 4pm and I only had an hour left. It was such an incredible feeling to leave that day, after only having worked for 8 hours, and feeling like I had accomplished a lot.

    I have now been with the company for a couple months and I leave almost every day feeling this way. I appreciate being with this company because I feel like I have the opportunity to grow and learn every time I walk into the office. I hope that you all will be able to find internships that make you feel this way too!

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  • Zach C. Cohen 3:02 pm on August 11, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , , multitasking, , overload, , ,   

    Overload! 

    If you’re going to work on a high-pressure environment, especially one that requires constant deadlines both avoidable and not, you’re going to need to learn a few basic skills. And while I’m pretty sure I haven’t learned all of those lessons myself, I can definitely tell you what I’ve been expected to do. Who knows, it may apply to you, too.

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