I have been gone and hiding behind a textbook for the last little while. I am in my last 2 weeks of my first semester of practical nursing – I am obsessed with my future profession. But holy cow is it work.
I miss writing and my outlet though and wanted to take a me moment to really embrace some of my passions that centre me.
How are you doing in loving yourself today?
I have been back into meditation and I am actually eating better. The working out thing still needs improvement but there are very few who have perfected this trifecta. I will be back soon though with some reviews and routines and collections.
So I have previously stated I graduated but am now back in school. I’m in full-time nursing and working part-time. Not to mention I’m commuting about 30-45 min one way to school. So how do we manage as adults? As an adult we don’t have the option to void all responsibilities and just focus on one task – we must multi-task, that is the key.
I have mentioned many times, I love my agenda/planner. Actually obsessed is probably a better term. I have my agenda on my phone (mycalendar app), a timetable app, my iPhone calendar on my phone and computer and then my written hard book agenda. It may seem excessive but they all have a key purpose.
App – This syncs up with my iPhone and computer calendar. This is where I quickly jot down my work shifts, and any appointments. It is super simple and quick when rushing, and really easy to reference. It allows you to look at a day, week, or month view. I keep it at the weekly view so I can see what’s coming up.
Timetable app – Very simple. It just has me put in what classes are on what day and you can add as little or as much detail as you want. I have time, location, and professor.
iPhone/Computer calendar – This is what I can pull up, and usually keep at a monthly view as a complete overview. It also reminds me of holidays and pretty much to keep in mind the big picture of managing my time.
Hardcopy agenda – This is where I plan. I write down what day I have to do what assignments, test, readings, or homework. It allows me to not stress about things that do not need to be done yet. I just look at the day it is and cross off as I complete the objective.
I do also use virtual sticky notes on my laptop. I have a weekly overview broken down by class of what I need to accomplish. And a master list of my entire semester of when major assignments or tests are. This allows me to keep in mind what’s coming up and it’s easier to write down in my agenda what I need to study and when.
So far this has been my most successful attempts with school, and the least stressed I’ve been. So this routine and way of managing has proven really helpful and efficient for me.
Life get’s busy – especially around the holidays. I’m also going back to school in January for nursing! But this adds to the stress. So here are some tips on how I organize my life.
I’m huge into agendas, phone apps and a calendar I can see from my bed so I can always write something down and let it go out of my mind. It’s good to be in the know, but it’s better to be less stressed.
Above is my wall calendar. It is my monthly overview. So I write work shifts and appointments in but that is about it – its my month at a glance.
I then have my phone apps. This includes the calendar pre-loaded on and a calendar app that helps me with my weekly glances. (See below).
I also then write out in a big agenda so that when I’m working on the computer or need to remember something I can just write it down and then transfer it to either my phone or wall calendar. The other bonus is the apps will send you notifications when something is coming up and I have a 15 minute warning before appointments or work shifts.
Overall, this is my main attack of keeping my head above water and I hope it helps you out too.
Being an adult is hard. Full time work? Hard. Preparing for full time school for a second round? Harder.
So I’m sorry this has been a bit neglected but I wasn’t sure what to say. I love writing and seeing people like my posts or comment but I always like to stay positive. But sometimes a girl has just got to type it out.
I suffer from mental health issues like anxiety and things and on occasion they get the best of my ability to be 100% on the ball. But then again who doesn’t get overwhelmed?
Sometimes for the sake of us we just need to take a step back and breathe.
It can be hard to balance everything, whether it be kids, family, friends, work, and overall life. So how can balance?
I easily get overwhelmed with a big t0-do list. So I make my big one, and write done my small to-do’s in my agenda calendar phone app – it’s literally called Calendars. I also try and make time to meditate. I talk about this a lot, there is an app called Insight Timer.
Also post it notes are your friend. I use physical ones when it is urgent on the door on the way out so I cannot miss it. I also use virtual ones. I have an app on my computer called Stickies and it just leaves a small post it on your main screen. I write little reminders and chores.
Scheduling is huge, when the small stuff is written down the more important things like friends and family can take over. If needed schedule family time, that one show on Tuesday nights at 6pm or that Sunday brunch at 11am.
Me time. I schedule a time to get my nails done, or do my hair. Making sure you have me time is crucial and allows for a true balance and clear mindset. It could even be making time to go to a yoga class or the gym. Or watch your favourite show.
If you have been following my posts, or even just skimmed through, you’ll know I am on a budget and really like to save money. I also have posted before that I am prone to acne (even in adulthood) and tend to have more oily skin. So let’s just state: I love matte finishes.
I was trying to think of something I use that I really loved and have been using a long time, and I instantly thought of the Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder. It is literally $9.
It can look a bit heavy if you really pack it on, but used in the right manner it is outstanding. It leaves a smooth matte finish, and is even ok to reapply once later in the day for touch ups. It’s compact so easy to bring on the go. Definitely a winner and one of my staples.
It’s been awhile since a school related post, but really that is what drove me to start writing here. I graduated in April of this year with a dual degree, and still find myself looking for that long awaited career and a dash of passion. That has not come.
So I’ve decided to take it upon myself, and believe that going back to school for what I really love – helping people – is the right choice. I am going to be a nurse.
So look forward to continuing money savvy tips and maybe some health tips along the way? Who knows.