I am reminded of a line of dialogue in M*A*S*H, uttered by Major Charles Emerson Winchester: "I do one thing at a time, I do it very well, and then I move on".
It popped into my head because, for me, I focused on each new part of my nursing world at a time: student, finals (graduation), studying for NCLEX, job search, employment. I knew, for myself, that I didn't want to start a new job while worrying about and studying for the NCLEX, so I did that first. I knew I wanted time off before starting a new job, so I did that too. And when I started a new job, it was with my full attention on the orientation process and thoughts of school took a back burner.
I'll go back to school, but I've spent the last several months focusing on learning my new job and plan to continue that for awhile longer before allowing my focus to turn toward studies again.
But then again, I'm an old dog and the tunnel-vision works pretty well for me