I mean if you’re studying all day on a Saturday, you must have some breaks in between, right? I currently go for about 1-1.5 hours then have a break, said break mostly consisting of making myself a PBJ or having some cereal. After that I go right back to it, so a typical all-day study day would (ideally) be:
1800 Dinner and chill for a bit
Total study time = 7.5 hours
@gunnysarge that is one hell of a schedule!
I am lucky if I can manage 6 hours in a weekend day with chores, personal admin, etc.
As for exercise, as I moved to within walking distance of work in October, I quit cycling to/from work, and on entering into Level III, I cut back on bouldering from 3x/week to 1x every 6 days, so I was getting no exercise whatsoever really.
I got fed up, 4 months in, given the expanding waistline, so I began following The Body Coach’s 15-minute HIIT YouTube workouts – these require no equipment, can be done in your own home, and are over in 15 so don’t cut into your other commitments – I’d highly recommend doing them once every other day if you feel motivated!
@jasdev the schedule is only for Saturday, my errand day is Sunday. Although socially speaking it’s better to study on Sunday when everyone else is hung over, I find that I don’t get much done due to Monday blues!
Your standard on level of exercise is inspiring – I’ve not been back to the gym at all since starting CFA studies this year. I’ve heard of this 15 min HIIT and 7-min workouts, they are a good idea, I’m assuming they’re working out for you. But it’s not exactly something to look forward to at the end of a study session…
@fp92 Can’t do GOT as a break, I’ll have to watch it all at once! And I have no chance in waiting throughout the week to Saturday to watch it.
chores unfortunately, it’s either shower/grocery shopping/cooking/cleaning/admin. if i get some free time outside of work and study, i actually go out for a stroll… but i tend to incorporate chores with walking to be more efficient, e.g. walk to grocery stores etc. can’t wait for the exams to be over yet so unprepared for it!excelmonkey said:
Thanks for sharing the word on my story mane. I saw a referral to my site from this posting and was wondering how that happened. I used to post on analystforum all the time. This is a new site to me, but I posted several hundred posts on AF. I got my charter in 2014 and unfortunately could not handle the money and success. All of my heavy adderall usage from studying just kind of spun my life off in a crazy direction. Good luck with the exam fellas! Obtaining the charter was by far the most fulfilling work-related achievement. Be careful though. Don’t do what I did, lol.fabian said:@alphatweaker wow what a life story! Do you have an ultimate goal behind the blogging, e.g. book?It started because I now work in commissioned sales now and its frustrating living a sober and mundane life again after all that I have been through. I needed some type of way to vent it all out. Something to help me analyze my past decisions and get it all out. I started with just a few posts and it kind of took off. People from all over the world starting reaching out to me and commenting on my writing saying it was a good thing and helped them so I figured I will keep writing and promoting it until I feel its done. Lots of people have talked about a book and a hollywood guy even reached out to me about a screenplay but that ended up not going anywhere. But yeah people seem to be able to identify with it and that helps the slow days at work go by faster. I dont really know what I am doing these days. Just trying to make it one day at a time at this point. Its getting easier.
It’s super important to take breaks when you’re studying to improve your ability to focus and your level of productivity.
When I was studying for my exams, I would play a short game after each section. I’d suggest going for a walk as well, as I did while listening to the code and standards that I recorded for myself (which isn’t as much of a break, admittedly). Allow your brain to reset, but be sure to set yourself a specific time-limit so you get back to studying in a reasonable about of time.
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