Life’s Distractions + BEC Study

Kelsey is a weekly Club 75 Blogger as she documents her journey through the CPA Exam. She has been a member of's Club 75 since June 2011.

Hello everyone!

It seems that the last week just disappeared. I was studying early Wednesday morning and the next thing I knew it was already Tuesday again. Needless to say I didn’t stay on schedule.

I am now behind by a whole chapter in Becker for BEC that I’m going to have to make up this week, which will cut into my note writing time.

I had planned on watching all the lectures last week and then writing all my notes out this week. It looks like that’s not happening anymore. The worst part about being behind in studying is the overwhelming feeling that I’ll never catch back up and be where I want/need to be to actually pass this test.

I think, however, that I’ve finally come to a conclusion about why I fall behind in my study schedule, as this is not the first time I am experiencing falling out of sync with my calendar. I just don’t say no to things other people want to do.

Want to go to dinner? Sure. Want to go to a baseball game? Yes, please. Every time I say yes, I always feel a little bit of guilt that I will be cutting out study time, but then I get there and have a great time with friends and family that it gets pushed out of my mind.

I think it hit me the hardest when I was sitting in a movie theater last Thursday for 6 hours before the Harry Potter midnight showing and the lights were too dim to even read the notes I had taken with me. I couldn’t enjoy the build up to the movie with all the people around because all I could think about was that I should be studying!

From now on I’m making a decision and I will say no. I am not placing blame on those that ask me to do this or that with them; it’s just that I can no longer lie to myself and say, “Oh well. I can make it up later.” With only 4 weeks to study this section and 1.5 of them already gone, there is no later.

I’m taking back my study schedule, from my fun wanting self since I have finally realized that when studying for this test there is just not time to have a life as well.

Now back to the lectures I haven’t listened to yet.

Good luck to everyone testing this week!

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Gwen 12 years ago

At least it's not Christmas. That was my BEC month (took it January 7th). I felt like such a JERK. But they'll get over it.