As new professionals learning to prioritize is crucial to our success. Many of us are currently interns which mean we have a hard time saying no to new assignments especially when our plate is already full. I want my new employer to know I have a can-do attitude but I also don’t want to provide poor results because I’m overwhelmed. Mastering prioritization can help you shine at your internship and help you manage your tasks.
Always ask for a time frame
When you have a specific due date it makes prioritizing tasks easier. The Entrepreneur suggests that you “prioritize everything as A, B or C, as follows:
Priority A: Critical things. Anything that has to be done right away or something important will go terribly wrong.
Priority B: Business as usual. Everything you have to do to meet your short- and long-term business and career goals.
Priority C: Everything else. Busy work, organizing, wants (as opposed to needs), nice to haves, and goofing off (95% of what you do online)”
Physically make a list
I find that writing or typing a plan for the week really helps me knock out my tasks. When I can visually see what I need to do I’m more productive. There’s nothing more satisfying that crossing or highlighting something off your to-do list. Forbes also suggests that you focus on one task at a time rather than trying to work on multiple things at once.
Invest in a planner
If you haven’t done so yet go get yourself a fancy adult planner. This will help you immensely on organizing your time and tasks. Again visualizing what you have to do will really help you. Also, a planner can help you keep track of due dates and future meetings.