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How do you manage your time as an intern?

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Software Engineering Intern at Samsara2 years ago

I’ve had trouble with this historically, my output per day is inconsistent. I’ll have days where I grind for 12 hours, and other days where I don’t really do anything.

Here are some of the ways I have unproductive days:

  • “I’ll just watch this YouTube video”
  • “I’ll just grab this snack”
  • “I’m blocked by this person”
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    Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero, PayPal
    2 years ago
    • Use the time pressure inherently baked into your internship: Keep in mind the amount of days you have left until your mid-cycle review and final review. If you want to make it more concrete, add a countdown to your computer or track it physically with a calendar.
    • Leverage social pressures: If you can, go into the office. It's awkward to watch a YouTube video in front of your hard-working coworkers; this environment will make you want to be super productivity. If you can't go into the office, try virtual coworking, which is just a bunch of engineers hanging out passively on a video call. This is something I did among the Robinhood Android team.
    • Have a daily goal: After defining it, make it more concrete by adding it somewhere to your computer or having a physical sticky note. Adhering to this the first couple times will be the hardest: After you get into the rhythm, your brain will register it as a habit and will just naturally want to achieve something every day!
Samsara Inc. is an American IoT company headquartered in San Francisco, California. Samsara develops a connected operations platform for tracking fleets of vehicles and other equipment.
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