My new motto is that there’s nothing better than being overwhelmed with something you love. I’m currently working for a company that owns several weekly papers in the area – and I’m knee deep in reporting for 3 of them and a monthly specialty paper.
My first week, after getting my key, my desk mug, and access to my company email and phone line, I was a little worried that I wouldn’t have enough to fill my time.
I’ve been lucky enough to have a supervisor, one of my editors, who is invested in my time and experience and is constantly checking in with me to see if I’m getting what I want out of my internship. After getting several assignments at the same time, I walked to my desk dazed, but ecstatic.
As I walked by my supervisor’s desk, I told him, “I’ve hit that point.” He looked at me and smiled, “That overwhelmed point? I knew you’d get there.”
“Is that too much?” This might be my tallied most-heard phrase. And I love it.
I come to the newsroom every morning full of energy, jittery with excitement, ready for my next task. So far, I have 5 stories online, 3 of which and a photo have been published in one of the papers.
While my attitude is surely getting me somewhere, I wouldn’t be able to manage all of this without organization.
I was forward thinking enough to come to my first day prepared with an hourly “Time Management System” planner. It was the best decision I ever made. That navy, spiral bound stack of paper is a thing of beauty. It’s my life.
Also, I took the liberty of visiting the company’s supply closet and picking up some file folders, labels, sticky notes, and paperclips. I asked to clean out a drawer, and got started organizing. I have a folder for assignments in progress, which I bring home everyday, a folder for completed assignments, which is always fun to add to, and individual folders for big projects and projects that are recurring.