The keys are knowing your limits and organization


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.”

An inspirational print out to keep us in the newsroom going. Not pictured is the cluster of cubicles and frantic journalists it faces.

An inspirational print out to keep us in the newsroom going. Not pictured is the cluster of cubicles and frantic journalists it faces.

“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.

Kylie Wray

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About kyliewray

I'm a first year pre-journalism major at the University of Oregon. I'm writing this blog for my Journalism 201 Class. It's subject will be mostly of the media and how it effects me and the world around us.
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5 Responses to The keys are knowing your limits and organization

  1. jackiemc90 says:

    Great post Kylie, I agree…being overwhelmed is no fun, but being overwhelmed by something you love makes it easier to get acclimated because you’re excited about it 🙂

  2. What is work if you are not at least a little overwhelmed? It sounds like you have a lot on your plate, but like Jackie said, “being overwhelmed by something you love makes it easier.” Keep it up!

    That is really exciting that you are already getting your work published. It sounds like you have already made yourself and asset.

  3. lockerobster says:

    One of the most important strategies for success is taking advantage of your resources. Good to hear that you are using the available supplies and enjoying your work. I would have love to raid the supply closet with you; organization is fun!

  4. andrewsch90 says:

    Wow, it sounds like you already have a great organizational system set up! No matter how much we love something, it’s inevitable that once we get overwhelmed, we may get stressed out. Thus, it’s great that you started to get organized at the beginning of your internship.

  5. Talk about jumping right in! Sounds like you’ve taken to the fast-paced newsroom that comes with a daily newspaper. It’s funny how the kind of busy that you and other PDXSXers are experiencing is so much different than the busy we experience with school. I love the line you put in there:
    “Being overwhelmed by something you love makes it easier.”

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