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How can I efficiently split time between school and work?

Im planning to become an RN but i'm not sure how to manage time. #nursing #time-management

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Shannel’s Answer

This is a loaded question but a very relevant one. You have to be very deliberate and rigorous around how you schedule your day; even planning for down time. Next, you have to have the discipline to stick to it. For example, I used to schedule my time by hour blocks. I knew that during the hours of 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (M-F) I would study a certain set of subjects. From 5:00 - 6:00, being that I am also a mother and wife, I would prepare dinner. Eating took place around 6:15 or so and lasted until 7:00. Family time, bath time and bedtime for my kids were between 7:00 - 9:00. Spouse time was from 9:00 - 9:45 or so and then 10:00 - until was dedicated to homework. I also worked a full time job which is why my school life started around 5. The only variation would be due to class time and that would be worked in appropriately. Whether you choose to plan digitally with Google calendar or old fashioned pen and paper, get yourself a calendar, plan your day around it and stick to it. Also - and I just thought about this... there will be a level of sacrifice since there are only 24 hours in a day. Friends and family time would have to be scaled back in order to accommodate for the additional demand and only you know how much scaling back should take place based on your needs, values, etc.

Shannel recommends the following next steps:

Find out what time of planning tool works for you (i.e. google calendar, day planner, etc.)
Identify the events that you must go to as far in advance as you can. (Class time, work time, graduations, shows you can't miss, etc.) Make sure that you account for all of the time each day. For example, put work on the calendar everyday for the block of time you have to be there. This is just as much visual as it is mental.
Now -when are you at your best? Is it in the morning, afternoon, or evening? Schedule your study and classwork time during that time. Block out time in 30 min or hourly chunks. Study time, break time, homework time, relaxation, etc. For example, I banged out a paper at 1 in the morning but could barely make myself coffee at 9 am. Plan around your body.
STICK TO IT! Practice discipline. Set alarms that remind you of what you are supposed to be doing and adhere to it. Reward yourself with little affirmations or gifts every time you're able to get more done successfully.
Make a list of all of the events that you can't make due to your time prioritization. Prepare and forgive yourself for missing them. Practice your "regrets" to friends and family. Be proud of yourself for choosing to invest in your progression!

Thank you! I've always thought of having a calendar set days but could never find myself sticking to them. Sebastian W.

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Michael’s Answer

Establish a plan and hold yourself accountable........