We’re getting close to the end of the term, and things are getting busy! It is easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed, but I am using what I have learned this term from my internship and my fellow PDXSXers to keep my stress under control.
In my opinion, here are two of the most effective ways to control your stress and still produce your best work!
1. Time Management
Now that we are only about four weeks from wrapping up our internships, I have started to make a month-long calendar of everything I want to achieve. Managing my time on a larger scale has helped me to focus both on finishing all of my internship tasks and begin building in time for my upcoming job search.
When I start to feel overwhelmed with everything I need to get done, I reorganize my daily to-do list into an hourly schedule. Prioritizing my to-do list into smaller increments of time keeps me on track and able to meet all of my deadlines.
This also allows me to see where I can fit in some free time to clear my mind between different projects, which helps me to refocus and do my best on each different task.
2. Healthy Distractions
Speaking of my scheduled free time: This internship has taught me that healthy distractions are necessary to excel in your work. Writing blog post after blog post can take the fun out of blogging and make each sentence feel like you’re pulling teeth!
Taking a break in between for a healthy distraction can make a huge difference on your writing and your mindset. Among some popular healthy distractions are the following:
- Go for a walk or run.
- Read a book or magazine.
- Meet a friend for coffee.
- Park yourself at a cozy café and listen to music.
- Reorganize your desk or email inbox.
Personally, I enjoy doing easy, administrative tasks between creative projects to keep getting work done without exhausting my mind.
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