It is very hard for me to do everything I have to do in a week, and there are things that just don't get done. I work about 17 hours a week, am in class 22 hours a week, have 2 kids, a husband who works around 55 hours a week, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a house to take care of. Phew that seems like a lot!! Really, though, I have just became very good at using the time I have. I have found the more I have to do, the more I get done, just because I don't put things off anymore. It is very hard, and sometimes it feels like I am never going to get done, but I just hang in there.
For me, its all about balancing work with rewards. Right now, I have some homework I should do, my house needs cleaned, but I need some time to myself, so I give myself 20 minutes to go online and check out allnurses, the weather, and my myspace account. Then it won't be bugging me when I start to study. Another example is this week I had a really packed schedule, a big fundementals test Monday, hygeine check offs Tuesday, a math test Wed., and our first health assessment interviews (with no cheat sheet allowed) on Thursday, plus 100 pages to read for our Fundamentals class. I was exhausted last night, but I made an effort to go to a Dutch Oven Cooking Class that I had been looking forward to all week. It was so fun, and took my mind off studies and the pressures of home for a little bit. I'm so glad I went now, even though it was hard to leave my family and messy house and homework.
There are some in my class that don't have a family or work to interfere, and they can't ever seem to get there stuff done. Its all about priorities, and I suspect those of us that learn it now will find this skill very helpful throughout our nursing career. Good luck with what you decide to do!