I am beginning this post after a long day of school work. If you’re new here, I am in my last semester of nursing school. So, I know a thing or two about having a thousand things on my plate and that thing called overwhelm and I are very good friends! People often ask me how I balance nursing school, working part time, and owning horses. It’s funny, I have never considered myself to be organized or good at time management. But when I look at all of the things I do, I do seem to be pretty good at it!
I would say that the main thing that helps me is prioritizing. Horses are a huge priority in my life, they always have been. So, I find a way to make it work. I would rather go to the barn than sleep in on my days off. I would rather get studying in over watching Netflix, so that I have time to go to the barn on the weekends. Don’t get me wrong, I am not perfect. I can be a total procrastinator. But I have found that procrastinating just causes me more stress, so it is something that I am working on!
I also don’t make time for my horses only for myself. I do it for them. Sure, they are cared for at boarding facility now so I do not have to do as much for them hands on. But Flynn still needs exercise, and Chance needs attention. Some days when I have a lot piled up, and wonder if I can make time to go out to the barn, I remind myself that they need me to. I have also learned that homework and studying can be done after dark, riding horses is a little trickier!
Time management is not an easy thing, especially if you are like me and not naturally organized. However, it is totally doable with clear goals and priorities! Keeping up with owning horses while in nursing school has been tough, but it is something that I am so proud of.