Distracted.

OK, I know this is not a funny thing to joke about, but I seriously think that I have ADD sometimes. I mean really, I have been home since 3 p.m. today and I have just (finally) finished my studying for finals. It always seems like the weeks that I have the most to do and the least amount of time,  I get the most distracted and uninspired. You would think that I would just push hard during this final week of classes so I can finish strong and relax over break. But no, instead I decide to pick up long lost projects such as: organizing my iPhoto collection so my events are more accessible (pressing!), updating my filing system (even more urgent!), online christmas shopping (as if I need to spend more of the non- existent money that I make at my internship), rediscovering my love for the Facebook game MyTown (Whaaaaat?!?!), and of course, posting to my blog.

Do I do any of this on a normal night during a non-finals week?

Not really. and not to this extent. I think I may need help!!

But since we are on the subject of distraction, the recent influx of [actually important] decisions that I need to make have been irritating me. See, there are a lot of things that I have the opportunity to do (and WANT to do), but I can only afford to do one or two of them. I cannot decide. I wish I was like Amber and could make relevant pros vs. cons sheets. But I cannot. So…. here are my opportunities:

1.) Run for a PRSSA National Committee position and travel (almost) free of charge to Seattle in March.

  • Pros: Get to travel to Seattle and only have to pay for airfare, have the opportunity to be elected to a BOSS position, have lots of power in PRSSA and get to make important decisions, get a job anywhere after graduation because I had an extremely important position with an important organization, gain national recognition.
  • Cons: Leave on the night of my 21st birthday (NOT fair.), have to give a speech in front of hundreds of people, have to room with strangers (eek!), may not get the position (and if I do: have a lot of extra work, may not be able to have more internships b/c of a lack of time, possibly loose my social life).

2.) Travel to London, England for Spring Interim to take a 4 credit class

  • Pros: I get to go to London (!), I get 4 upper level credits, I get to take photos and be graded for it, its the perfect amount of time, Amber is going (huge plus!), I could speak in a british accent and no one would complain, I could buy some insanely good tea and crumpets, some of Kate Middleton could rub off on me.
  • Cons: Its about $2,000, which could be covered by loans (but do I want more loans??), it is only 1.5 weeks in London, there is a long process and lots of things to go through before you leave, I have to find a manual camera (whatever that is) and I don’t know a lot of the details.

3.) Go on a spring break trip

  • Pros: I could actually go on a spring break trip with my friends (this is always a possibility and never a reality), I would have a ton of fun, I could go somewhere warm, it probably wouldn’t be that expensive if we were smart about it
  • Cons: I will not be 21, my friends are a disorganized mess and planning will be a complicated task (sorry guys, I am part of it), it is at the same time as PRSSA National Assembly so I will have to choose one or the other and it could be expensive.

4.) Apply for a summer internship in Chicago

  • Pros: I already have companies picked out (yes!), I could experience living in Chicago, I would be working for an awesome company and, therefore, gaining very valuable experience for my resume, I could network with some insane people, it would be really fun.
  • Cons: I have to find a place to line (… in Chicago.), I may not get paid, its far away from my family and friends, I will miss out on spending a lot of time at the cottage, I will miss out on a lot of things that my friends are doing, I may not make any money to pay for school.

 

So…….. yeah. What the heck do I do? Ugh, finals week. Look at what it does to me!

P.S. Spanish 312 final, please be kind to me tomorrow morning.

View from the bottom: How to have an internship and a life

I had to make a blog posting for work (@weidertgroup). Check it out!

Ever since I can remember, I have always been a very goal-oriented person. If there is something that I want, I work hard and will do pretty much anything that is necessary to achieve it. Now, most people would say that this is a good thing; everyone tells us to dream big and imagine that anything is possible. However, I am the type of person that wants to a lot of things. When I came into my freshman year at UW Oshkosh, I had a list of goals that I knew I wanted to achieve before graduating. My list was pretty typical, in my opinion: pass my classes with honors, find a major that I love, become a club/ organization leader, score an internship, leave an impression with my professors, ect.

However, I quickly realized that there are only 24 hours in the day. But, being the freshman that I was, I knew that this wasn’t going to stop me. I filled my plate with academic clubs, social organizations, class time and part-time jobs. It wasn’t long before my life became a stressful, disorganized mess.

And that was before I had an internship.

Now, being an active leader of my school’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), a full-time student, and the new PR intern at the Weidert Group, I am learning that the time-management skills that were preached to me as a freshman are actually necessary if I am going to succeed.

Here are a few tips for fellow college students who, like me, are seeking a more organized life:

Use an agenda planner

It seems like common sense, but I was the type of student who would buy an agenda because I knew that I was supposed to have one, even if I didn’t know how to use it properly. Most agenda planners have a space to write daily tasks, monthly tasks and random notes or lists. Use this space. The more that you write down, the more that you will be able to look back on and keep track of. Also, make sure to check off completed items so you are sure of what is completed and what still needs to be done.

Write down everything in one place

Once you have an agenda, make sure to write all of your tasks in it. Don’t write an assignment for reporting class in your yellow notebook, a study guide in your blue notebook and your grocery list on a post-it. Instead, write all of these tasks in their appropriate spots in your agenda. This way, everything that you need will be easily accessible and, as a result, you will already be saving time.

Make a short and long-term goals sheet

It may not seem like it, but we are not in college for very long. So, know the main goals that you want to accomplish by the time you graduate. It helps to separate them into long-term and short-term goals so you know which need to be done first.

Identify time-wasters

If you are of the 85% of college students who use Facebook, you probably spend an average of 1 to 5 hours per day on the social networking site. You also probably spend time texting, e-mailing, watching TV, tweeting and talking on the phone. Imagine all of the things that could be done in the time that is wasted doing these things. Set aside time that is dedicated to homework or studying, and leave your phone in another room during that time. When you are done, allow yourself to check your phone or e-mail.

Prioritize

Identify what needs to be done first, and what is most important. To do this, I find it helpful to order my tasks by their due dates. Then, I start doing the tasks that are due the soonest. Sometimes, these may not be the most enjoyable tasks, but by prioritizing them, I am not tempted to do all of the easy tasks first. Prioritizing will also help you eliminate procrastination. By getting things done in advance, you won’t feel the panic of having to finish something at the last minute.

Schedule time to relax

One of the most important aspects of time management is to make sure that you leave time for yourself. If you are able to leave a few breaks in your day, a jam-packed schedule will seem more bearable. So, whether it’s a half-hour TV show or a short trip to the gym, always remember to carve out some time in your schedule to do the things that you enjoy. After all, college is supposed to be fun! So, stay focused and keep achieving your goals, but have fun while you are at it.