I use three methods to keeping my schedule organized. I was planning on sharing all of them with you in this post, but it was getting kind of long, and long posts are boring. So stay tuned to learn about my other two calendars: the syllabus calendar and the important dates calendar.
There are a lot of organizational options out there for nursing students (planners up the wazoo, desk calendars, white board calendars, phone apps). My favorite combo is a Google calendar, a syllabus calendar, and an important dates calendar. Each one serves it’s own purpose, and I never have that dreaded feeling of missing anything.
The first calendar I will share with you is the Google calendar. If you already have a Google account, you are off to a great start (if not, Google how to create one…lol). Find the calendar button in the top right corner of any Google page (you must be logged in to see it). Click on it! 🙂
Within your Google calendar, you have the opportunity to make multiple calendars that can be displayed at the same time or hidden when you want to focus on just one aspect of your life (e.g., nursing school).
On the left side of the screen, you can see that I have three calendars that I control (Amy Determan, Nursing School, and Tasks). I also am able to see three calendars under Other Calendars (these are calendars that have been shared with me).
My Amy Determan (blue) calendar is for all of my personal appointments, parties, concerts, etc. My Nursing School (green) calendar is for my classes, clinicals, simulation activities, etc. And I can’t tell you how nice it is to have Grant using Google calendar, too! We don’t run into scheduling conflicts because we can easily pull up each others’ calendars in an instant (using our smart phones).
You can see in the picture below how each of my calendars can be viewed separately if needed. If you click on the calendar names on the left side of the screen, you can hide them or display them. I usually keep all of the calendars up, because how else am I going to know what’s going on outside of my nursing school bubble!?
If you would like step-by-step instructions on how to set up your own Google calendar, Anson Alexander has a great YouTube tutorial series that will get your started! You will be amazed at how many cool features Google calendar has to offer. And it’s FREE.
Question for y’all: Do you prefer paper calendars or electronic calendars?
Also, is anyone else experiencing something like this today? Not cool, Mother Nature. Not cool.