First step to organizing your life and the
chaos that is nursing school is finding your
new best friend. And before you come at me
saying like, you don't have time to make any
friends right now, which I totally
understand, things are just going to be a
little bit stressful for a little while.
Allow me to demonstrate and introduce you to
who I mean.
Dear friends, your new best friend is a
It doesn't matter what type, it can be
digital, it can be paper, it can be literally
whatever you have. But what matters is that
it's a planner that you will actually use and
that it's easy to use.
Don't fall into the trap of finding one of
those fancy planners that you need to go
spend a ton of time like actually setting up
I have already gone down that rabbit hole
for you and, trust me, easy is going to be
the key that you want to stick with here.
And once you have acquired your new best
friend, it will be with you
always. Essentially, it will guide your life
daily, weekly, monthly, and for
truly, like, if you're very ambitious, it
could even guide you by the hour.
I know, I've been there.
It's kind of fun and also terrifying.
So let me show you how.
Before the semester starts, I want you to get
out your calendar or by now
your planner. Go pick one and then just go
hide from the world.
This is going to be your day of doom.
Are you excited? And on this day of doom,
you will go through every single syllabus
you have for the entire next semester, and
you're going to write down every single
assignment, every paper, every lab,
everything that you possibly have, all the
due dates. Those are all going to go into
the planner on this day.
And then we will go through and add all of
your other predicted life events.
Do you have birthdays?
Are there anniversaries, family
get-togethers, party, work?
Everything that you can predict, schedule it
Everything that you can think of that you can
plan around, write it down.
If it's important, it goes in here so that
you can actually make those events and get a
little bit, that's going to give you the
quality of life, right?
And we can plan around it.
I want to say the day of doom, you might
have thought it would be fun, but shockingly,
this day is going to be very overwhelming.
And if you are like me, you will cry, and
you, feel free to cry, it's not called the
day of Doom for nothing.
Also warn your family and your friends that
you're having this day of doom, so they can,
like, bring you appropriate treats and treat
And if you are wondering why any sane person
would sit down and do this to themselves on
purpose, it's because it's going to make the
rest of your semester filled with so much
less doom. The start of a semester is
super-duper hard because you literally can't
do anything yet.
But there is an endless list of things that
you have to do in front of you, and it takes
all of that anxiety and bottles it up into
one day and allows you to actually be
productive with it.
And the best news here is you never have to
look at the whole semester at one
time ever again.
Please don't. Actually, that is literally
why we had our day of doom.
For the rest of the semester.
I want you to pick a planning day each and
every week, and on that planning day,
look a few weeks ahead, like maybe three,
four, if you are feeling
like really bold and fill in this week with
the doable things that are going to help
you reach the goal that you have to reach
within the next three or four weeks.
And the key, the key here, is do not over
Start working on projects and exams early,
but don't look past that three or
four-hour week mark, and focus on making
realistic to-do lists for every single
day of the upcoming week.
And as you go through the initial weeks,
you're going to start to learn how much
time a lot of these tasks are going to take
you, and you can adjust your daily tasks
accordingly. Maybe you realize that you can
actually get through Lecturio videos way
faster and get the same out of them by
listening to them at 1.5 speed.
And then, you have enough time to actually
put in a few late quiz questions, so you
would adjust the schedule that way.
Or you figure out that writing papers is
something you absolutely loathe, and you're
going to need to adjust and schedule a lot
more time for that.
Make reasonable to-do lists while you're
doing this, cross things
off as they're done, feel accomplished.
Crossing things off might be the most
accomplished feeling in the entire world, but
that's just me. Adjust your schedule as you
need and when you are done with all of
your tasks for the day, do something you
love and just rest and feel accomplished that
you did the things, and now you can be done.
The beauty of planning it all out is that
when you are done, you are allowed to
rest and when you are finished with all of
your tasks, you don't have that anxiety
because you know you're done.
You can prioritize tasks so that you have
days totally off for life things.
I cannot tell you how mentally reassuring it
is to have that "Oh, my brain can just,
like, relax." I have that feeling of, like,
"I'm done" at the end of the day.
I have done it the procrastination way and I
promise it is easier the way we just
talked about and it's so much less
And don't forget that on your day of doom,
that you are not alone.
You are enough.
And you, my friend, can do the hard things.
So go find a planner or meet me in the next
section where I can really embrace the mom
vibes that you have been warned about.
Because they're going up a level now.
You've been warned.