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From Procrastination to Productivity: Beating the Study Blues

Simran , Last updated: 05 October 2023  

Picture this: a cozy evening, your favorite show queued up on Netflix, and a bowl of popcorn within arm's reach. The temptation to relax and unwind is undeniable, especially when you've got the looming specter of exams and textbooks waiting for your attention. As a fellow CMA (Cost and Management Accountant), I've been in your shoes, and I get it. In fact, I was in your exact position not too long ago, juggling the demands of exam preparation while constantly battling distractions.

While diligently preparing for my exams, I actively shared my study journey on LinkedIn, openly discussing the challenges I encountered and the innovative solutions I discovered to overcome them. That's precisely why I find myself here today, laden with a rollercoaster of emotions, eager to transform that very post into a comprehensive and insightful article.

So, grab your popcorn, settle in, and let's explore some down-to-earth tips that can help you boost your preparation. Let's dive in together.

From Procrastination to Productivity: Beating the Study Blues

As CMA exams were approaching, being a CMA finalist (was striving for Group -4)

I figured out the problems I was facing while studying and some key points to remain focused on studies which I'd like to share with you all.

Problems I faced while studying: (Hoping you'd be able to relate to it)

  1. Distracted while studying/ concentration disturbed.
  2. Going on a guilt trip for not completing targets
  3. Constantly worrying about my capabilities and doubting myself and so on. (Trying to keep it simple and a small read)

Key points that I figured out to resolve these issues

1. Study as per your own norms: Don't follow much advice and learn to filter them out as per your own potential. Trust yourself.

2. For concentration, follow '25 minutes' rule: Set a timer for 25 minutes, study and take a break of 5 minutes. If you fail to study for 25 minutes continuously, set the timer back to 25 minutes again.(This trick really works)

3. Stay confident: If you're preparing for exams with confidence and in that span of 3 hours ( of writing exam) you maintain the confidence, 60% game is in your hands.

4. Practice previous year papers and MTPs as much as you can.

5. Read at least 1 or 2 pages of Shrimad Bhagavat Geeta whenever you feel free (Not from a religious point of view). It has answers for almost every feeling and emotion of distress and our problems.


While I was deep into my exam preparations, I had a heart-to-heart with a fellow student, a doctor gearing up for the NEET PG. She shared a piece of wisdom that has stayed with me ever since. She said, 'You know, there are days when you'll study for just 5 hours, and others where you might go full throttle for 12 hours. What really matters is not the exact number of hours but your commitment to consistency. I kept this piece on advice with me throughout the examinations and it helped me to sail through vicious circle of self doubt. I wish you all the best, hope you all sail through this examination phase and overcome all the challenges that stand your way. Happy studying! 

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