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Procrastination at its finest

photo 5“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” -Abraham Lincoln

I am dedicating this post to procrastination. I haven’t blogged in over a week because I procrastinated. I thought about all of these great posts and what I was going to write and then I just said “I’ll do it later.” I also started this post at 11 a.m. this morning, it is now 11:30 p.m. Blogging is NOT and I repeat NOT always a full time job, but it is a part-time one. Since being home I have found the inspiration to write but I haven’t had my laptop nearby, so I forget everything I thought of. Now I am getting to the point where I need to sit down in Starbucks and write. For some odd reason I always find inspiration at Starbucks (no I’m not a hipster). So I bet you’re wondering how can you get rid of procrastination? Well you can never really get rid of it but you can fight it, here’s how:

#1: Sit yourself down and write. Do not get up from that spot until you have what you want. Even if the blog post is terrible the first time, it doesn’t matter. It will come to you and you can always edit (you should always edit). If you need an inspiring place to sit, check out Starbucks. Maybe it’s the aroma of coffee but it works for me.

#2: Pick the right time of day to blog. I find the best time for me is late at night. Like many writers/bloggers I know, nighttime is when all of the words just come together. Maybe it’s the self-relfection on your day or you are a night owl like myself. In the end, everything sounds better after a long day.

#3: Don’t give up. If the words aren’t coming to you just wait and look around. If you are in a coffee shop or sitting outside while typing, look at your surroundings and maybe you’ll find what you’ve been looking for. Blogging is a part-time job technically but finding the inspiration for it is most definitely the 24/7, all day/all night ordeal.

#4 Procrastinate. You heard me. If you are going to find what you are looking for, mess around. Get up, go outside, watch TV, read a book, anything! Do something that takes your mind off of the blog and when you eventually sit back down the words will come right to you. Like me right now.

I hope these tips were all helpful. If you ever get in a blogging rut like this high-heeled girl was for the past week or so, don’t fret. It’ll end… eventually.

x KMSH

You’re an Intern right? Where’s my coffee?

IMG_0556Okay, the general stereotype is that interns get coffee. After 3-5 internships/PR related jobs I can tell you that is not true. If all you do is make copies and get coffee, I’m sorry you have a crappy internship. I am not saying you should be one of those entitled interns who thinks they can do anything and are awesome at what they do. When I was really homesick one day I had one of those moments… thankfully my mom snapped me back into reality through a harsh but needed email. Doing something totally new without any direction is scary, remember my previous post? I had to call medical card and disability services, along with all of these other departments. I had no idea what I was doing. I got frustrated, mad, and all I wanted to do was go home. Like home, home. I said I am not here to do this, this is not PR-related. I was a brat. An entitled little brat, which is how a lot of college students are ending up these days… and according to my mom they make up the unemployment rate for college grads.

coffee

One of the other interns in my program has her first internship this summer. She hasn’t really learned any PR-skills yet but I can’t help but feel sorry for her. She has to do the dishes, buy all of the newspapers for the office, clean up after work and close up. Her main job is putting the newspaper clippings about clients into the computer. She continuously tells me, it’s my first internship so it’s okay. Funny thing is, is that I was originally offered this internship and turned it down.

I wasn’t going to pay all of this money to simply answer phones. Unpaid interns are taken for granted but when I have the skill set and some experience, it would be nice to feel like you’re being put to good use. Not being the office b*. I did advise her that if she doesn’t learn anything soon to just ask and say “Hey, I would really like to learn about this.” Internships are supposed to be a learning experience (don’t forget that Starbucks-run intern).

You will make copies, do busy work, answer phones, make annoying calls and maybe get your boss coffee. However, if it’s the right internship you will also get to do actual work. I started out by creating a media database and mailing lists. Looking up every single pub in my T.D.’s county took almost two days with having to make mailing labels. Now I feel good that he has an entire filing cabinet drawer full of different mailing lists and he will always know that I did all of that. So what if you don’t get to write a press release or social media post right away? Your time will come. If it’s your first internship and you don’t really have the skill set yet, please do not let yourself be the office b* but ask questions and be engaged. You may receive more work if they see you are willing to put in the hard work and learn.

After a few weeks of busy work I now write his press releases and press statements. I am currently in the midst of putting together his first newsletter. I write parliamentary questions on his behalf (he doesn’t even need me to read them back to him anymore), write letters to constituents, write speeches, advise him on social media and many other PR-related tasks. Today my boss said, if I win the lotto tomorrow I am going to give you a piece of paper and you will write down the amount I need to pay you each week to keep you here until I quit politics. It was nice to hear that I have done a great job. Interns are highly underestimated. It’s all work and no pay but one day you’ll look at your office intern and say, I know exactly how you feel. Now where’s my coffee?

x KMSH

P.S. Have you checked out Lauren Berger’s book ‘All Work No Pay’? She’s the queen of interns and it’s on my summer reading list!