A New Approach + A Slow Start to REG

April 05, 2012 NINJA CPA Review

Hello Everyone! I hope you have been successful in keeping up with your study plans over the last week…I have sadly had a slow start this week.

My plan was to pick back up studying for REG on Monday, but this did not happen. As of today that only puts me a couple days behind where I wanted to be, but I cannot let myself start out with bad habits!

I want to be done with the Wiley lectures by 4/23 and I already have a good portion of the Tax lectures complete. So I have a great start for this goal, but it also takes me longer than 1 hour to watch 1 hour of lecture.

I like to stop to take notes and this makes 1 hour of lecture take about 1.5 hours for me. If anyone has any tips or tricks for this issue, please comment and let me know!

I am going to try and to stick with Jeff’s “Early, Lunch, Late” plan to get 3 hours in each day, and for me the hardest part by far is the “Early.” I start work at 7:30am, so to get that 1 hour in the morning I need to get to work at 6:30am, which means I need to be out the door by 5:45am. Not impossible, but also not easy for a non-morning person.

And I have to do the studying at work, I can’t just boot-up my laptop at home in my PJ’s. This always leads to disaster when I make up reasons for why I should be doing other things around the house.

But not studying in the morning before work snowballs into the evening, and it is SO MUCH HARDER to study at night for 2 hours versus only 1 hour. I don’t understand why that 1 extra hour is so painful and awful as compared to the first hour, but it just is!

This may sound silly, but when I get home today I am going to hang a sign on my alarm clock that says, “If you don’t get your butt out of bed now, you will have to study more tonight!” Hopefully this will help motivate me to hit the snooze button a few dozen less times!

I am very lucky to be able to study during my 1 hour lunch at work. This really is a great advantage that I have in my new job. I left public accounting last July and moved to industry, and this has really helped me from a flexibility and time commitment standpoint.

I have also been toying with the idea of just staying after work for an hour and studying rather than coming home and studying after I put my son to bed. My struggle with this is that I already don’t get home until 5pm and my son is in bed no later than 9pm. I really don’t want to give up another hour with him.

But I also have been thinking about this in another way. If I sacrifice some of this time now, and am able to stick to my study plan better and get this exam done, then I will never have to devote time to this exam over my family again. Maybe I can even plan to stay after work 3 days a week, and the other 2 come home and study later in the evening.

If you are still with me, thank you! This post got a little long winded, but writing it gave me a chance to reflect on my plan and left me with some things to think about. Hopefully it gives others something to think about also. Thanks for reading and good luck this week!



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