student nurse ISO organizational skills

  1. Hi everyone:
    I hope this doesn't make me seem like a total loser, but I have NO organizational skills whatsoever. I'm pretty good about organizing my classwork (i.e. in binders, with subject dividers, and I write down all my grades so I can figure out my average, etc, etc) but my home office is a total disaster area. I know that organization and time management are very important skills in nursing, and so I'm trying to get this figured out before I get to that point. I even bought a filing cabinet but it is a total mess.... even though I have hanging file folders that are labeled with each company we pay bills to, and I'm trying to keep the statements and match them up with the cancelled checks, but its a total disaster, too.
    I guess I'm mostly concerned about my study area, and my home in general... if anyone can offer some inexpensive organizational tips, or share a strategy that works for them, or just give me some moral support I'd be really happy to hear it.
    If this gives you a glimmer of the severity of the situation, I've been in my home for over 3 years and its not even decorated to my liking yet.
    I am SO desperate.
    Please help if you can.
    Thanks
    Rebecca
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  3. by   janleb
    I thought I was the only one. School, and at the hospital I am so organized it is amazing. At home it is another story.... I have lived in my home for about 5yrs and I still don't have it the way I like. I don't have a file cabinet but my bills and checkbook are a disaster. I was thinking that I motivate myself so much for school that it doesn't carry over at home. I think it is difficult to others who are in school to some degree. And after we graduate we will look back and wonder how we did it all and still lived. A cure would be nice
  4. by   essarge
    This is soooo funny!! My desk area is what I call an "organized" mess. I know what's on it...just give me a few minutes to find it. My filing cabinet before I started school was well organized, now the front part holds my "need to file" things and is getting pretty thick. I just figure, the wash is done, family fed, and house "picked up" will be good enough for now. My desk is my territory and don't mess with it!! I do straighten it every couple of weeks, but it seems that it is only a matter of minutes before it's back to the "organized" mess!! Thanks for letting me know it's normal!!
  5. by   AppyHorseFan
    Rebecca,
    Although, I'm sure it's not much comfort to you...I'm sure glad to know I'm NOT alone!! My school work is TOTALLY organized. I buy a binder for each class and use notebook paper for my notes. I have a hole-punch so that I can insert my syllabus and any other hand-outs in the binder and everything is nice and neat in one place...BUUUTTTT...my desk/study area, is a LOST cause!!! I have to go through and clean it about every other week (or else I go nuts). I don't have a filing cabinet right now, but do plan on purchasing one when my PELL comes in, in the fall. I plan on having one drawer for personal use (bills, warranties, car titles, insurance policies, etc.) and another drawer for school associated things (financial aid apps, transcripts, grades, etc.). I do have a built-in book shelf where I keep my old textbooks (that I didn't sell back) along with my old binders. However, because it also has other books, it is getting quiet full and I'm running out of space. I am considering buying an inexpensive bookshelf just for my things, so that I can place the new books I'll be getting there also (when not in use). Some pointers I might suggest for your study area...
    1) If you have a desk with a computer (and I'm assuming you do)...spend the money to have it set up like you would at an office. Such as a drawer organizer, pen/pencil/scissor, etc. holder and such. You can purchase these at Wal-Mart and spend as little or as much as you want.
    2) If you have shelves on your desk, plan out what works best where. For instance, if you have a bunch of CDs, but very rarely use them (and don't have a specific place on your desk for them), you can set them further away from where you sit. Place your extra printer paper close to the printer, so you're not having to search for it or go out of your way to get to it.
    3) There are all kinds of "organizers" that can be found at an office supply store. THINK about what will work for you, look at your desk and your uses, then if at all possible spend the money to purchase them. You can get sorters for file folders, letter holders, etc. I love going to the local Office Depot and checking out their new inventory periodically to see if there is something I NEED!!!
    I hope some of this helps. You just kind of have to see what works for you!!
    Happy Organizing!! I need to organize mine now that you got me to thinking about it more...LOL

    Shonda

    [ June 07, 2001: Message edited by: AppyHorseFan ]

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