I oversee legal and compliance for an education tech company.
I prioritize what's on my ever-evolving to-do list to see if there are any emergencies requiring immediate attention, what tasks are urgent / highly important, what's been in my queue for too long, and what departments need my attention (including my own). When possible, I block time for drafting and for meeting with different members of my team. I always try to determine what the most important business need is at that moment and focus on that task.
Here's the first step for college students
Develop an understanding of what it REALLY means to be a lawyer. Too many people enter into the field without understanding what lawyers really do, or the many fields within the practice of law. Too may aspiring attorneys have told me that they want to be a lawyer because they "like to argue". The most successful lawyers in most areas of practice gain that success with minimal arguing -- advocating perhaps, but not arguing.
"You should go to law school because it's safe, you'll "always have it" and "you can do anything with a legal degree.""