We’re already halfway through the term and I still walk into work unsure of what my task will be the next day or next week. After our big event a couple weeks ago, the workload is completely different now and continues to change, although variety is refreshing and a welcome change from many entry-level jobs. With everything up in the air now I was often unsure of what my role is and found it hard to concentrate without a specific task or goal in mind. That lack of direction has been creeping into my schoolwork, which then translates into stress, as I worry about my priorities. I still really enjoy my work though, don’t get me wrong, I’m just learning what I want to do and don’t want to do in the long run.
I concentrated on the big event so much that I pushed school aside for the first couple weeks. Coming home from most of those days, I felt like nothing more than vegging out, and homework was an afterthought. Holding that mindset for so long, it is difficult now to get back into a good balance. So I’ve been going back to the basics.
Don’t Forget Your List.
One of the big things I’ve learned in the past couple weeks is the importance of to-do lists. They are incredibly necessary. Having direction is a good thing, you cannot expect to remember every little thing, and going through and completing different tasks really helps you feel like you are accomplishing more and helps lower your stress. Also, something I’m exceptionally terrible at is keeping a calendar and actually keeping track of it. I almost missed an important review session because I had only put a sticky note on my computer, then promptly walked away and forgot about it, instead of being in the habit of checking my calendar religiously.
Keep Track of What’s Most Important.
As Haley posted about a little while ago, which was a wonderful reminder, you cannot do everything, you must prioritize what is important in your career without losing sight of your personal life and health. But also stop procrastinating. There is a difference between taking me time and taking time to have fun while ignoring responsibilities. Alexandra Levit makes a good point in her book, They Don’t Teach Corporate in College, that it is hard to have fun when feeling guilty about putting off work. And let’s not forget to make sure you are still on track with your career goals while you prioritize everything. There is a lot to juggle but don’t let it overwhelm you.
You can still have fun while getting closer to your career goals, like last weekend where instead of working on homework piling up, I went and covered a really fun story for KATU, the local CBS news source. I spent one whole day on that, learned so much, and made a couple really good contacts, one of which wants to stay in contact for future work. Then I got back to my normal weekend and studied the day away. I had my fun procrastination time already, which also happened to forward my career goals. How cool is that.
Also. Cool Application. (and because all good lists should come in sets of three at least)
I found a handy-dandy app that helps prevent procrastination called SelfControl. It’s pretty neat, it lets you block certain distracting websites for a variable amount of time.