Can you believe summer is almost over already? I don’t know where this summer went, I had all these great plans for the summer but only ended up doing two or three things on my list which I’m a bit disappointed with ( blaming it on school and work). However, my summer wasn’t all bad, I was able to spend some time with my family who came to visit me ( nothing makes my heart full more than this), I visited the Georgia aquarium, World of Coca-Cola just to name a few.
By now, many of you are about to start your first semester of nursing school and let me tell you freedom as you know it won’t be the same. This is an exciting yet nerve wracking time. I remember my first day of nursing school, from the orientation to the very first day of class. I appeared calm on the outside but boy oh boy I was a nervous wreck! Getting into any nursing program or any program for that matter is an accomplishment in itself but what you do to be successful in your program is the ultimate achievement.
Like I said I was going crazy almost had a nervous breakdown all because I didn’t know what to expect. I had to get it together real quick as this wasn’t going to help with me reaching the goal I had set out for myself.
Summer is out and school is in, and the goal is to stay focused on how to be successful in nursing school. Although, this can be applied to any area of study, as the end goal is to be successful in your field of study. My first semester I thought I had it all figured out but in reality, I didn’t. As much as I thought I had nursing school all figured out, there were some things I wished I knew or did better from the beginning AND I am still learning to do.
Staying organized while in nursing school is very important, in the words of DJ Khalid it’s a “major key”. I’ll share some of what I do to stay organized so that I can be successful. My list isn’t long as it doesn’t take too much, it’s pretty simple but requires discipline.
Study Schedule: You know t.v. is my best friend and I’d much rather do that more than anything else if I’m being honest. While it’s important to have time for leisure, setting aside a few hours a day to study is hella important. You can decide when you want to set your study schedule this could be after class, during breaks in between class or in the evening before bed. Either way you need to be setting aside time to study and stick to the schedule. Your study time can range from 30 minutes to 5 hours it’s all up to you. For me I try to do an hour and a half each day for each subject. It wasn’t easy in the beginning but I’m so disciplined now that this is second nature for me.
Invest In A Calendar: This can be both electronic or hard copy. This will help with keeping up with your schedule. I use my phone calendar to keep a track of what I have coming up such as when my assignments are due, when the next test will be, as well as any other appointments I may have that is not school related. This helped me a lot because in the beginning I was literally committing things to memory ( I don’t know who I thought I was). It is hard enough to keep track of everything so having a calendar will give you some peace and keep you organized.
Planner: I spoke about this in my earlier blog post essentials for nursing students . When you get to nursing school, your life will not be the same. I can’t tell you the many times I cried because I wanted my old life back. I am one to write everything down, it is my way of remembering things. The key to being a successful student is to be organized, once you have everything written in your planner the chances of you forgetting things will be slim to none. I’ll be honest I haven’t found the right planner for me as yet, yes I know it shouldn’t be that hard but you just know what works for you and what doesn’t. I have this cute little notebook where I write everything in it from personal to school stuff and it has never failed me yet. It’s probably why I’m having a hard time finding a planner because I’m way too attached to this little notebook lol. It’s totally up to you find what works for you, it could be an e-planner or hard copy. Either way you need to find what works for you and what will keep you better organized. My fellow blogger Trisha from threethousandmilesblog.com has a great post about how to stay organized and the planner she thinks is best.
Using a timer: I know I said to set aside some time to study after your classes and if you lack discipline sometimes you get distracted and before you know it you’re on your phone scrolling through social media. One of my favorite apps I like to use is the Pomodoro timer, this app helps me to stay focus as I can work in 25 minutes blocks or even up to an hour, it’s really up to you. This will keep you accountable and prevent you from wandering over to social media( trust me at first it was super hard).
Relaxation: In the midst of all this madness it is very important to set aside time to rest. I know it is said to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep but let’s be realistic that’s impossible when you’re in school, let alone nursing school. You can even try yoga or meditation. I’ve recently tried meditation, I’m still new to it and still have a long before I fully grasp what it really means to just be at peace when doing this, but it does help you to relax.
I’m wishing you all the best this school year!
The key is to make the time in school enjoyable although it will be challenging try to find some joy. How do you prepare for school or stay organized? Let me know in the comments below.