Words of Wisdom

Today, I want to talk about how to make time for yourself. It sounds like something that’s second nature, but, when all the pressures of nursing school and everyday life are thrown into the mix, it calls for one big mess. I think the most important factor is time management. This is something I need to work on myself. I think it is the backbone for many things: how well you perform in school, how rested you get each night, how high or low your stress level is, among other things I could make a laundry list out of but won’t. It’s just too easy for a lot of us to procrastinate. And, in order to not procrastinate, you have to learn to discipline yourself. I feel like it really is something that takes a lot of work in order to break the habit. I do think that I have gotten better in the four weeks that I’ve been at Emory. To just get things done and over with feels so much better than frantically cramming nonsensical information into my brain at 2:00 in the morning. If time management is lacking, then making time for yourself will suffer because you’re always going to be playing catch up. And that stinks. Establish a system. Study and do work for a few designated hours each day, or every other day if that floats your boat, and let that be it. But use that time wisely. Then after those hours of studying, or on weekends, or whenever you decide, do something that makes you happy—or made you happy before being sucked into the abyss that is nursing school. Finding “me” time will make that abyss a little shallower for you. You can’t cut everything except ATI and Craven text out of your life; you won’t enjoy it and it will also make studying how to be a nurse-what we are all here for-a real drag. Sometimes I’m so desperate for me time…that I’ll do laundry and clean my apartment. But things that make me happy, other than a clean apartment, are baking and cooking, shopping, exercising, shopping again, seeing my friends (without their textbooks), checking out my Netflix, going back to the mall, and taking a well-deserved nap every now and then too. It IS possible to be a successful nursing student and to have a life you love at the same time. It might not be the easiest thing you’ve ever done, but it’s possible. And that’s the important thing to realize and remember.

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