Planners, and notebooks, and post-its! Oh my! I have been an intern at Konnect Public Relations for a little over one month now and have learned that organization is key. I am currently a full-time Intern for the Food & Beverage and the Baby & Children divisions. My daily tasks include creating media lists, drafting press releases, assisting with research, and performing various administrative tasks. Overall, I have been loving being a Konnect intern and have learned a tremendous amount already. That being said, I would be lost without my notebook. From office “how-tos” to client research, my notebook has it all. Overall, I have recognized that there is no such thing as being too prepared or too organized.
Here are a few of my intern tips to stay organized:
- You can never have too many pens. Pens at a public relations firm are like the missing sock when doing laundry. Where did all of the pens disappear to?
- Write thorough notes when being assigned a task. With how busy everyone is, it is helpful to gain all of the information you can the first time you are given an assignment. These meticulous notes can be very valuable when questions arise later on.
- Plan ahead. Keep a mental check-list for today, tomorrow, next week, and beyond. I am a major fan, personally, of To-Do Lists that I can check off at the end of each day and prepare for the day ahead.
- Purchase a spacious (and cute!) planner. Do not underestimate the power of a planner. Right now I am lusting over our client Blue Sky’s lovely Susy Jack Blomma Monthly Planner that offers plenty of writing space and a fun floral design.
- Ask a friend. I find it very helpful to ask fellow interns and supervisors how they stay organized. In the Baby & Children division we had a chat one day about how each person organizes their respective email folders into different categories. It was great!
Everyone at the Konnect PR Los Angeles office has their own method to staying organized, whether that is to-do lists, day planners, a special pen for note-taking, or all of the above. Whatever your method is, happy organizing!