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- by JeanettePNP Mar 3, '09What do you use to keep track of your schedule, your tests/assignments due, clinical dates, times, and locations, as well as whatever is going on in your personal life? Do you use a pocket planner? Something online or on the computer?
I'm not normally the greatest at time management and organization but I know I'll have no choice but to stay on top of things while I'm in nursing school. I need ideas for what is the best way to record stuff and keep organized.
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- Mar 3, '09 by sh1901I'm a relatively tech-savvy person, but for the purposes of school, I use an old-fashioned wire-bound academic planner. It has all of my school/home life items on it. My work items are on my calendar in outlook. I just find it easier to manage everything when I actually write it down and carry it around with me.
- Mar 3, '09 by CilantrophobeGood question! I have a 17-month time.mine planner and I LOVE it! It is spiral bound and they are sold at Borders, the new set comes out in stores in July. Plus they are really cute and have a sturdy plastic cover. I use a black clip to keep the pages I am no longer using together so I can flip directly to the current week.
Here is their site: http://www.timemine.com/
There is plenty of room for each day to write information, you can see the layout on their website.
I am a geek for this kind of stuff. You will never find a better planner for the same price, trust me.
- Mar 3, '09 by VenaKavaRNI have a 5-week dry-erase board calendar I use. I get overwhelmed when I think of more than 5 weeks at a time, so it's really all I need to get by. I just erase the week completed, get my syllabi out and put in the necessary information on a rolling basis. It's also really easy to update for those inevitable schedule changes and additions.
- Mar 3, '09 by JeanettePNPThanks for all the recommendations! I'll check these out.
- Mar 6, '09 by Lena202FutureNovaRn,
Thank you for the link, those organizers are very cool indeed!
I have already ordered myself one from Borders.
- Mar 6, '09 by quiet_oneI use a simple calander printed of microsoft word, and I put everything down (especially weeks when I have alot going on). I used to be able to remember everything I needed to do off the top of my head, but now that i'm in my 4th semester I think i've fried my brain...I even have to schedule sleep sometimes! I also make alot of to-do lists. I keep the calander and lists in a three ring binder and include all my important papers (syllabii, class notes, important clinical papers I can't forget, and I even keep mapquest directions to all clinical sites I haven't been to before) I keep that with me pretty much all the time. It really is all about finding out what system works best for you, several of my classmates use google calander, but I don't always have time to update stuff on a computer...so paper works best for me