8 Reasons To Start Using A Planner, Like Right Now

8 Reasons To Start Using A Planner, Like Right Now

Stop using it as a coaster.

Here's the situation: You have to make time to go meet with your professor, squeeze in some time to study for your exam on Friday, work, and somehow while you're on the phone, you need to know when all of those things are happening so that you don't overlap your eye doctor appointment with the project meeting you forgot about until now.

Sounds hectic, right?

Well, that's because it is. I know (from lots of personal experience) one person can't remember everything they have going on all at once, and under pressure it's even worse. This is where planners come in. I don't like to use mine, but these are some things that encourage me to get it out every once in a while.

1. You have one.

So why not use it?

2. You bought it.

You spent anywhere from five to twenty dollars on this bound paper calendar, so why waste money?

3. You stay organized.

Put in your schedule, things you're interested in, birthdays, and random fun facts to make your day better.

4. You are less stressed.

Having everything laid out in your calendar makes it so that you aren't constantly worrying about having to get somewhere you forgot you had committed to being.

5. You know when things are due.

You don't want to unintentionally wait until the day before to finish a project? Put in reminders (maybe sticky notes or alerts on your phone), so you know when deadlines are approaching.

6. You get to cross things off.

Finishing something and just being able to mark it off makes you feel more accomplished, and gets you ready to face the next task.

7. You can make it yours.

Personalize your space! If it is something drab you don't want to see, why would you use it? Make it fun, have a theme, color coordinate. Maybe even throw some jokes in there to keep you laughing through your stressful week!

8. Everything is in one place.

You don't have to dig through five syllabuses to find out which assignment you need to worry about first. It's all in the planner.

Now that you have a few good reasons to brush the dust off the cover of your mint condition 2017-2018 calendar, get it out and see what mapping out your life can do for you.

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12 Signs You're A Nursing Student

Other than the fact that you're constantly seen in scrubs.

Nursing school is...an adventure. There is nothing quite as exciting or draining as going through the process of becoming a nurse. Some days you're helping to care for tiny babies, and then other days you're off doing wound care for pressure ulcers. Nursing school is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you're gonna get.

There are some key signs in people that show when they're in nursing school. I know my friends and I definitely have these characteristics (whether we want them or not).

1. Your body has no concept of time. Night shift, day shift, there's no time for sleeping. There's no time for anything but studying and work. What day is it? You don't know unless there's an exam.

2. You're addicted to coffee because of the lack of the whole time concept. You can drink coffee and fall asleep right after finishing the cup. Does coffee even work anymore? Does it matter? Oh well, still going to drink the entire pot.

3. Nothing phases you. Poop? Vomit? Yeah, no. I have cleaned up a friend's vomit without even questioning it.

4. You freak out about exams like no other. What do you know? What do you not know? What is pharmacology and why does it hate you? Why doesn't your brain understand neurology? How do you study 10 lectures in one week? WHAT WILL BE ON THE EXAM, JUST TELL US, PLEASE.

5. You can talk about anything during a meal without getting grossed out. Except your non-nursing friends do get really grossed out. You have to filter your conversations when you're at lunch with them. All your friends say things to you like:

6. Your friends never see you. You're either hiding in your room studying, going crazy in clinicals, or working your life away. "Hey, want to hang out?" "Yeah, I'm free next month...actually, next year is better for me."

7. You have two forms: study hyper-drive super-human and half dead maybe-human. "Ahhhhhhhh, gotta study, gotta study! *stays up until 5 am studying*" versus "How am I still living? *passes out facefirst into bed*."

8. You have a very odd habit of complimenting people's veins.

9. You use therapeutic communication during regular daily life. But you don't ask why. "How does that make you feel?"

10. You spend a lot of time during lectures wondering if anyone else is as confused as you. Somebody explain endocrinology to me? Hemodynamic stability? Anyone?

11. You constantly ask yourself why you chose the major you chose, but you know you care too much to change majors. There's no turning back for you.

12. But most importantly, you understand that no matter how much school sucks, you're going to be making a major difference in so many lives. And that's what really matters.

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13 Thoughts Broadcast Journalism Majors Have When Piecing Together Their First News Story

Quiet on the set.


So you've decided that you want to be a Broadcast Journalist?

Many different thoughts go through you're while trying to first off figure out what story you want to pursue. After that, it's just a matter of getting everything that is needed for it and then putting it together.

For all clarity and purposes, I have already turned in my first news story, however as I was completing it, some (if not all) of these thoughts (or a variation of them) came across my mind at some point during the process.

1. Ok, so what are the important parts to my story?


And how do I convey those things to my viewers?

2. What b-roll should I get?

B-roll is supplemental or alternative footage intercut with the main shot.

3. Do I have all the interviews I need?


Who are the essential figures in this story?

4. What's my angle? How do I stick to it?

camera angle

Who do I need to interview for it?

5. What questions should I ask in my interview?


And more importantly, What type of questions will get me the answers I want?

6. What are the important facts?


Should they all be included?

7. Do my voice overs cover everything that my interviews don't?


What else is needed for this story?

8. Agh, my video is over the 1 minute and 30 seconds allowed time.


Do I reduce it or do I leave it as is? I guess it depends on how much its over.

9. How should I say my tageline at the end of the video?

tag line

The tagline is when the reporter says their name and their station affiliation at the end of their story.

10. Should I include a standup? Where should it be?


What do I want to say?

11. Should I include a graphic?

news graphics

Is there something that can be said in a list form that the viewers need to see? Is it symptoms of a disease? Event details?

12. How do I make my interviews connect with my voice overs?


Does what I am saying make sense?

13. What does my script need to look like?


Should I add a NAT pop here? What SOT (Sound on Tape) do I want to use?

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