During the first few weeks of my internship, I needed to learn the basics of the company - how it works, the nuances, dynamics, and the office jargon; and how I'd fit and be needed.
Flustered by the amount of information before me, and an ever-building workload, I decided to break up various components of my job into 30-minute segments.
I would sit down and dedicate the first 30 minutes of my time in the morning to checking email, and reading blogs (pertinent to the company, of course!).
Then I would delegate another 30 minutes to reviewing the history of the company.
After that I would work on design - learn programs the company uses and do any sort of design work that they needed done that I was capable of doing.
After each 30-minute period, I would move on to something else.
This technique worked wonders for getting things done!
I was able to return to previous projects for another 30-minute period later, but with different information and insight that I had accumulated from all of my other projects.