The key to success in college is effective time management. Currently, I am pledging a fraternity, and it bears a huge time commitment. However, pledging has really helped me hone in on my time management skills because there is definitely no time for procrastination. Through the time management skills I’ve grasped, I am able to balance my obligations to the fraternity as well as my responsibilities as a student.
Effective time management leads to less stress and more productivity. My golf coach used to always tell my team that we needed to "plan our work and work our plan." The more involved you are on campus and the more organizations/clubs you are in, the more crucial this skill becomes.
The best way to be effective with your time is to make a schedule, get a planner, or even make to-do lists. I personally use the calendar on my phone to remind me of important upcoming exams and due dates, and I also write them down in a planner. This way, I always know what’s coming up and follow a strict schedule. I live by a simple motto right now: “Do what you need to do, so you can do what you want to do.” By planning out my day and even my week ahead of time, I not only effectively manage my time but also get all my assignments and obligations out of the way so that I can have some time to enjoy myself (as little as that might be). After all, this is college. But nonetheless, if you have good time management skills, you will accomplish more, make better decisions, and work more efficiently. So the best advice I can give is to buy a planner, write down when your exams are and when your assignments are due, and utilize the calendar that is right at your fingertips.
Don’t be afraid to make a list of everything that needs to be done and check them off as you go. The more places you write them down, the less likely you are to forget and the more likely you are to use your time wisely.