Hey readers, it’s been awhile. I have been adjusting to life in the city and working at Ogilvy. Now some days have been completely crazy, and other days there’s nothing for me to do. With it almost being the 4th of July, and most people out this week, it’s been pretty mellow. Monday got busy, then Tuesday was during the middle of the day and today I have nothing until after lunch. If you’re situation is similar to mine, here’s what productive things you can do in your spare time:
- Label emails. Now this one seems kind of too OCD and a waste of time. However, if you are working at an agency and are on multiple accounts like moi, it helps you to find old emails easier. I have five main labels and then sub labels for certain accounts. It may seem tedious and way too much, but you’ll thank me because when you need to find an email your boss can’t it’ll take two seconds.
- Work on your summer project. Most companies and agencies, especially large ones, give their interns a summer project to work on. If you have tons of free time, work on that project and get all of it done. I say this because if you don’t do it in your free time and eventually have no time, you’ll be working on it after hours (and no one wants to do that when it’s intern happy hour). So don’t waste your free time!
- Read industry news. I am always on Mashable, PR Daily, Fast Company, Fashionista.com, etc. It keeps me informed on what is going on in my industry and gives me something to talk about with coworkers. It’s not the most productive thing to do with your free time, but it’s better than just looking at Facebook all day.
- Ask if anyone on your team needs anything. If you work at an agency, you can’t just walk around the office and be like, “hey, anyone need help with anything?” Your boss will wonder what the heck you are doing, and you can’t just do work for other accounts – that’s just not how it works. You can ask anyone on your account if they need anything, like copies or a small task, but if they have nothing it is okay. Your boss cannot punish you because there’s nothing for you to do, that’s not how it works.
- Blog. If you have nothing to do – no side project, intern project, actual work, etc. then it’s okay to spend your time doing something like blogging. I am a very productive person, and always ask if there’s anything I can help with, but sometimes there is literally nothing. That’s okay. So after all of my emails are labeled, I’ve read industry news articles and asked if anyone needs anything, I’ll do something like write a blog post. It’s not like I am checked out, because my eyes are fully glued to my email and schedule, but these low-times at work happen. It’s just how it is.
In an agency setting, you will either be crazy busy or have absolutely nothing to do. That’s just the way the business is, especially for newcomers. Don’t get upset or feel like you’re useless, just do the jobs you are given and try to be productive as possible during the times you don’t have anything to do at the moment. Are the status reports updated? Is everything running smoothly? Did you get your cup of coffee yet? Ask yourself these questions, and if all else fails, just go with it.