So as I was sitting here contemplating what to write about and realizing I have been so busy lately I have not even had time to sit down and write this post, it dawned upon me that the best topic for this post is time management. Managing your time wisely is an essentially part of the college life; in fact, it might be the single most important skill you will need to be successful at college.

Unlike high school where your classes last for one large “chunk” (for lack of a better term) of time, college classes are more spread out and can occur anytime between 8am and 10pm between Monday and Friday. Thus, you must learn to manage your time wisely so that you can have time to get all your work done, go to class, and then be able to have fun when everything is taken care of.

The time management strategies you practice in college also translate over into real life and the business world. Being able to juggle around different responsibilities, answer emails, meet clients/friends, and keep your personal life in balance is always a struggle BUT perfecting (or getting close to) for these skills will allow you to be successful in life. Your professional career will flourish if you are able to keep your responsibilities organized and taken care of.

Google Calendar helps me graphically sort and analyze my time

To balance my own personal time I utilize Google Calendar synced to my cell phone so I can always have a mobile version of my schedule. Scheduling events in advance is key as things will inevitably come up at the last minute and you will need to know what else is on your plate. Additionally, having a graphical view of how I can spend my time helps me mentally budget how I will want to proceed in taking care of things– the question should I do x or y first? is easily answered by analyzing my Calendar.

Time management takes (funnily enough) time to perfect, but it is definitely something that everyone needs to experiment with and learn to use. It is an essential skill that allows you to be successful in life and the other endeavors you pursue.