All right, friends, I have bad news.
It's just what you want to hear when you
start a video.
We have spent a lot of time in this section
talking about how to make life less chaotic
and stressful while in nursing school, to
keep the "nursing school is hard" from
winning the battle here.
And I have a suspicion that some of you are
going to think, oh,
perfect, a checklist.
Once I follow all of this advice, I will
elevate to a magical unicorn human, the type
of human who is able to achieve the mystical
balance. Are you ready to brace for a new
Because there is no work/life/school balance
when you are in school.
Maybe in all of life, I'm still figuring that
But this is an existential problem for
When you are in nursing school, it is hard.
You are busy. If you are adding a job in the
mix, you are even busier.
I think we've driven that point home now and
just like we prioritized how to get tasks
done and how to take care of our bodies, we
need to prioritize our lives
outside of school for just a minute, so we
set ourselves up for success and with
If I was a fancier human, I would probably
insert a quote here that I'm sure someone has
made about being able to, like, do
everything or do a few things well.
And it's going to be tempting to want to do
all of the things.
But, while you are in nursing school, I want
you to pick your priorities and I
want you to pick those carefully and just
focus on them and do those
really, really well.
What is the most important thing to you?
Pick one, maybe two things.
I know that's hard, but seriously, one or
two, if you have a family, they're probably
your thing. Maybe you have a hobby.
Maybe it's your job.
Maybe it's your dog. Whatever it is, think of
your one or two most important
things and, other, you're going to have
And other than that, think about what is
going to do.
.. What you can pick is going to make you
feel really fulfilled in the different areas
of your life. And then I want you to picture
your life as a pie, okay?
Nursing school, it gets half the pie
immediately, maybe more like two thirds.
It's very greedy. If you have a job, they
get a chunk of the pie.
Whatever else your next 1 to 2 priorities
are, they get the rest of the
pie. Use your best friend, the planner, to
figure out what you can do every day to
make sure you have enough time for those
And then, here's the really hard part, you
need to let the rest.
.. You just need to let it go.
Your house will probably be messy.
You may not have the most balanced diet.
Remember my previous diet, PB and J?
Your life will not look like Instagram, and
it's absolutely going to suck to not be able
to do it all. It'll be a learning curve, but
you need to let some things go because you
cannot do it all. And if you try to do it
all, you won't do anything well.
And once again, I have walked that path, and
it is scattered and leaves you
feeling spread so thin and really aimless
and like you haven't accomplished
anything. So you're going to want to
delegate what you can to others if that's an
option available to you.
If you are stressed about the mess, buy a
huge plan, hide things behind it.
Use paper plates if you can't stand dishes
and don't have time to keep things clean.
Delegate and reorganize to make your life
work for you.
And remember that this is temporary.
You will not always have to hide things
behind your plants and to make these
sacrifices and choices.
This is not forever.
You can do the hard things and this hard
thing will end.
You are enough.
Even if your house is a mess.
And you deserve rest and time to spend doing
things that you actually love even if they
aren't stereotypically productive.
And you're not alone, your classmates are not
judging you either, no matter how you feel.
I promise. Now onto a slightly different
Whose nursing school convinced them that
would fail and light up in flames during
Yeah, mine too.
See you in the next module, so we can
discuss some relationship tips.
So maybe yours can be okay.
Because it can be okay, I promise.