Sarah Jessica Parker currently stars in “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” a movie based on the book of the same name by Allison Pearson. The story follows Parker’s character, Kate Reddy, as she struggles to fulfill all her duties as a wife, mother and top-notch financial executive. Sound like fun?
Gabrielle Hoyt, a senior studying public relations at Auburn, is a real life Kate Reddy. Just by taking a look at Hoyt’s jam-packed, color-coded planner, you’d probably gasp in disbelief and wonder how in the world she gets everything done without having a nervous breakdown.
Currently, Hoyt serves as president of Auburn’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), administrative vice president of Auburn’s Panhellenic Council, PR chair for the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and PR intern for the College of Liberal Arts.
“For me, its all about time management,” says Hoyt. “If I didn’t have my planner color-coded with blocks of time allotted for everything I’m involved with, I don’t know how I’d ever get anything done.”
Each week, Hoyt says she has at least one meeting per organization she is involved with on top of outside work for the organizations, three upper-level classes and 20 hours of work for her internship.
“Being involved with all of these organizations has taught me a lot about dedication,” says Hoyt. “I won’t commit to something if I don’t feel like I can give it the right amount of time and attention it needs. That would just be unfair.”
While every organization Hoyt is a part of requires time and work each week, she admits that her role as president of PRSSA is the most time demanding of them all.
“I’ve been working with PRSSA since 2009 when it first began,” says Hoyt. “The other officers, advisors and members have really stepped up to the plate and are such a huge help in allowing us as a club to get things done and establish a name for ourselves on campus. Being able to delegate jobs to people willing to help definitely helps with my busy schedule.”
When Hoyt isn’t working on something for an organization, she is busy with assignments and tests from the three classes she’s enrolled in. Currently, Hoyt is taking persuasive discourse, human resource management and PR campaigns, all of which require her to complete very large final projects.
While Hoyt admits there are definitely weeks that are more stressful than others, she whole-heartedly believes that her bevy of commitments and deadlines are preparing her for the real world.
“Personally, I work better when I’m busy. If I have 20 things to do in a day, I’ll work harder than if I only have two,” says Hoyt. “I know that a career in PR is a round the clock job and I feel certain the skills I’ve acquired in dealing with my consistently hectic schedule will benefit me as I enter the PR world.”
When Hoyt does have free time, she enjoys spending it with her friends and boyfriend, playing with her kitten Pluto and reading on her Nook.
For those of you that find yourself stressed out on a weekly basis, Hoyt has some advice for you.
“Staying organized is key,” says Hoyt. “Keep a running list of what you have to do and when it needs to be done and check things off as you finish them. Also, don’t forget to make time for yourself. Find something you enjoy doing and make time for that. It’s all about balance.”
Hoyt’s final piece of advice: “Stay off Facebook and Twitter when you’re working!”