It is officially Day 3 at the agency. It’s a busier time than usual (back to school followed by fashion week followed by end of year reports). A few tips and tricks that I use are:
1. Write EVERYTHING down
When anyone asks you to do something or mentions a potentially important detail, write it down. Try to be as word-for-word as possible. This shows you’re taking the request seriously and not just saying “Okay okay sure” without actually processing the info. Once on paper, it’s so much easier to determine the importance (or futility) of the task at hand.
2. To-do lists = mandatory
Make a list and check it twice. Over the course of the day tasks will be added, extended, shortened or removed entirely. As long as you have a thorough To-do list handy, you should be able to stay on top of everything!
THE MOST IMPORTANT TIP. What on your to-do list has a deadline or time constraint? Which tasks are necessary to keep the office running smoothly? Obviously do those first. Things will pop up and emergencies happen, just remember to keep a level head and do what matters most quickly and properly.
4. Assess the situation
Every hour (more or less depending on how quickly you work), check yourself. Are you on track? Do you know what you’re doing? Being productive? Hungry, thirsty or tired? Correct any negative situations. Ask for help or clarification!
Hopefully those four tips help you make it through busier days at whichever agency you’re interning at.