As interns we find that part of our job is not only to be hard-working but to delve deep into issues with a high level of determination. We are perfectionists in the making.
This can sometimes become the largest source of our frustrations as an intern.
Take a breath.
As funny as it may sound, you are thinking too hard.
This fact became apparent in my office as I spent 20 minutes racking my brain trying to match a font on a document.
Naturally, I identified it as a serif font, noticed that it was bolded, noted that it was in all caps, and then began my search. After checking proper line thickness of more than twenty fonts I asked a coworker for his assistance.
His advice was simple, “Stop thinking so hard”.
This took me by complete surprise. I’m thinking too hard? How could I possibly be thinking too hard?
After testing a few more fonts, we discovered that the font was actually Times New Roman. (Designer problems, right?)
As we chuckled about this discovery, I thought more about my coworker’s point. In our frustration we had completely overlooked one of most commonly used fonts.
Thinking too hard can make the simplest things painfully complicated.
The simple truth is, if you spend all of your time over-thinking things then you will not only miss details, but you might even miss opportunities.