Plan Your Way to School/Life Balance - Owning Your Nursing School Journey

by Meris Shuwarger BSN, RN, CEN, TCRN January 10, 2022 Updated: June 16, 2022 4 min read

Looking for more balance between school and life? What about work, friends, family and fun? Check out Meris's advice for the how to separate out the different aspects of school and your life in your planning to help you fit it all in and not get overwhelmed.

Our Nursing School Planner was designed specifically with the demands of nursing school in mind and will give you space to do all of this.

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Hi. I'm Meris with Level Up RN, and in this video I'm going to talk to you a little bit about why we took a holistic approach to your life in this planner. And what do I mean by that? Well, if you look at this, it's very pleasing to my eye because I like color, and I know what all of these colors mean. However, it's also very overwhelming. I see here stuff to do for school. I see things to do in my personal life, like doctors' appointments, date night. I see things like mortgage payments, credit card payments, the electric bill is due, the car bill is due. I see things like work. Right? I've got to go to work. And, oh my God, I also have to go to work, but there's a quiz due that same day, and I have a car payment on that day. Oh my God. And then I have a paper due two days after that insane day. This is a lot. And it's really good when I'm looking for a big, high-level overview. But it can also scare me and overwhelm me, because I'm looking at this and thinking, "How in the world am I going to accomplish all of these tasks?" But I want to share with you one of the things that we did here, which is, we separated your life. So we have everything here that you need to do for your assignments, and your tests and quizzes, and your labs and sim and clinical schedule. We have space, and we've separated your school life out into these discrete components so that it's not just a to-do list of everything you need to accomplish for school. It's a separate list of assignments, tests and quizzes, the make-or-break places you need to be, like labs, simulation, and clinical, and then the big future assignments coming down the line. That is, to me, much more manageable than looking at just a straight up to-do list of what I need to do at school.

So we broke it down like that for you so that you can see in these more individualized boxes what is going on this week. But we also separated out the rest of your life from your nursing school life because I know you are not just a nursing student. Maybe you are a parent. Maybe you are a caregiver for somebody. Maybe you have a job or two or three. Maybe you own a business. Maybe you are frequently traveling. I don't know what your life is, but I know that it does not start and stop with nursing school alone. And for me personally, I think it's really important to separate out the nursing school to-do list from the other things to do. And, see, I didn't call it things to do at home or things to do at work or things to do with the family because I don't know what your life is. I just know that you have other things to do. So anything that you have to do this week, I gave you the space here to track it so that you can look at it separate from nursing school because you have a life that is separate from nursing school. If all I did was give you a whole checklist here, just a bunch of checkboxes and lines that said to-do at the top, it would be so overwhelming that I would not blame you if you had no idea where to start because I wouldn't have any idea where to start. So by giving you this holistic view, by breaking things into school and non-school but also different types of things within school, we've given you the ability to plan your time and prioritize your tasks, which I think is paramount.

If you use a planner and you plan your time, that's awesome, but if you can't prioritize your tasks, you will constantly be behind the ball because you did the wrong thing first. Right? So, hopefully, it is my genuine and sincere hope that by giving you this very divided way to look at every aspect of your life, that you will be able to start developing these excellent time management and prioritization skills for not only nursing school but the rest of your life as well. I hope this was helpful to you. If you get this planner and you use it, please tag us in any photos that you might have at Level Up RN. I cannot wait to see how you use this planner and how you make it yours. I am beyond excited to see the really cool ways that you all start using this planner and making it your own. The best way to use a planner is the way that works for you, so while I hope that my example is helpful, most of all, I hope that you find a way that works for you best of all. Thanks so much and happy studying.


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