Hey, my name is Joe Angelino. I am currently a senior at LIU Post pursuing my B.S. in Computer Science. I am from Long Island and looking to get a career in software development and move to New York City. During my college career, I have been in several clubs, worked as a tutor, and have been on the dean’s list every semester.
In today’s world the word college is linked with the word procrastination. When you think of a college student, you think of last minute deadlines, pulling all-nighters, and barely scraping by to pass, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
With school events, Greek life, family and personal life, a job, and trying to maintain some sort of social life, it my seem like there is not enough time in a day to get everything done, especially when it seems like your professor’s have no regard for your lack of time, and give assignments like their class is the only thing going on in your life. In fact, they know exactly how stretched for time you are and they do this to teach you a key life skill, time management. Now you may be thinking “So what if I procrastinate, as long as I pass, that’s all that matters”. Our generation is entering a very competitive job market nowadays, and it would be extremely beneficial to have great marks, as you will stand out in a pool of applicants with average grades.
So here are some tips to better manage your time, and when you begin balancing your responsibilities, you will see that you will have lower stress, higher grades, and it will be easier to make time for things you want to do, by getting the things you have to do out of the way.
Tip #1: Plan! I cannot stress this enough. Being organized will save you tons of time and will keep you on track. Have a calendar on hand that you can track your deadlines, and keep a planner; I find it most helpful to write your tasks organized by priority. Start with what needs to be done first, like a to-do list, and go down the list completing things when you have time for them. Another benefit of making a list is the sense of accomplishment you will feel getting to cross items off the list, it’s more powerful than you think!
Tip #2: Do your work as soon as you have the time for it. Personally, I try to complete an assignment, or at least as much as I can get done, the day it is assigned, that way I will always be one step ahead. If you wait and tell yourself you will do it later, you never know what can happen. Life doesn’t always go according to plan, and something could come up that you didn’t plan for, and that’s how you fall behind and work starts to pile up on you. I know that there are a lot of distractions or other things that you would rather be doing, but make those things your reward for completing something off your list. Your friends want to hang out and watch a movie? Tell them you have to finish some homework, and then you will be able to hangout. Making social events a reward will push you to work harder to achieve those rewards.
Tip #3: Take your time. The benefit to starting things early is that you can really take your time on them and put more though into it. It will defiantly achieve better results than if you were to rush it the night before, where you may be tired and frantic. Things that are rushed are very obvious to professors. If your work is always thoughtful, concise, and well put together, you will stand out in the crowd and become a favorite among your professors.
A few small adjustments to your time management will yield exponential results, just stick to the cardinal rule of never waiting until the last minute. It may not seem like a balance of good grades, adequate sleep, and a social life are possible, but utilizing good planning will prove otherwise.