Megan is a weekly Another71 Facebook blogger as she documents her journey through the CPA Exam.
Im struggling right now to find time to study. I find it difficult to balance work and life, so throwing 20+ hours of studying on top of that can prove challenging.
The holidays are the worst time of year for me to turn down time with friends and family. Call it guilt, call it lack of self-control, or call it obligation. I find it impossible to use my free time for productive studying when family and friends are available and the food is aplenty.
That being said, there is a personal goal here that I refuse to let fall to the wayside. Ive come too far to stop now, and I remind myself there will be a pay-off in terms of career advancement and increased job satisfaction. As most independent studiers learn, future payoff outweighs instant gratification.
I know that Im behind in my current study goals, but I have conceded to myself that I can enjoy this free time as long as I make the sacrifices necessary in the coming two months to achieve my goals. For me that means less overtime at work, less sleep on weeknights, and more Saturdays in the library with my cell phone on airplane mode.
My plan also includes inviting a fellow CPA hopeful to join me in the library for dedicated study sessions. We will actually be studying for different parts of the exam, but the study commitment will hold us both accountable. Maybe Im stating the obvious, but I have found that I am more industrious when people around me are also working diligently.
Another strategy I must employ in the coming months involves caffeine. I am not the typical America Runs on Dunkin type. I dont drink coffee, and when I choose to make tea, I usually drink either green or white tea. Black tea is reserved for those rare moments when I really need to stay awake and cannot find the energy or motivation within myself. I expect that January and February will be caffeinated! Nothing stands between me and my goals!
Keep in mind this helpful tip I learned from Roger CPA Review: Acknowledge that study time may be scarce over the holidays, and make sure the limited time you dedicate is productive!