CFA CFA Level 1 What do y’all do in between studying sessions?

What do y’all do in between studying sessions?

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  • gunnysarge
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    Right now I’m just straight up snacking and eating, and I need healthier alternatives. My waistline is rising faster than my mock scores.

    jasdev
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    What, you mean apart from work, sleep, eat, or workout?
    Listen to Spotify, watch YouTube, go bouldering… I really digged Ben’s Cookies during my first attempt at LII but this year I’ve mostly tried to stick to mixed roasted, salted nuts. Still fatty, but the good kind!

    gunnysarge
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    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:

    0900 Study
    1030 Break
    1100 Study
    1300 Lunch
    1330 Study
    1500 Break
    1700 Study
    1800 Dinner and chill for a bit
    1930 Study
    2100 End

    Total study time = 7.5 hours

    fp92
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    gunnysarge said: My waistline is rising faster than my mock scores.

    Ugh, so is mine! For me, I look forward to Game of Thrones catch up once a week, just watching the latest episode right now to take my mind off things…

    jasdev
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    @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!

    gunnysarge
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    @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.

    hairyfairy
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    I did yoga while watching random TV. Works great!

    fp92
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    @gunnysarge your schedule is an inspiration, I might have a go at that this coming Sat. I know what you mean about GoT, I prefer binge watching the episodes anyway, plus they are a distraction.

    Dang it, back to studies…

    fabian
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    Mario kart. Earning trophies and stars was a good way to fill in breaks. Although it did eat more into my studies than planned, it was less than facebook and 9gag…

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    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!

    kalalah
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    Friends on Netflix. I’ve seen it a thousand times before which makes it a nice non-committed pastime, and only 20+ minutes long.

    edg94
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    I’ve been reading https://alphatweaker.com/. Crazy life story by a high flying banker that got hooked on drugs and went to fraud.

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    edg94 said:
    I’ve been reading https://alphatweaker.com/. Crazy life story by a high flying banker that got hooked on drugs and went to fraud.

    Wow, good read recommendation, thanks!

    alphatweaker
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    edg94 said:
    I’ve been reading https://alphatweaker.com/. Crazy life story by a high flying banker that got hooked on drugs and went to fraud.

    Wow, good read recommendation, thanks!

    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
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    @alphatweaker wow what a life story! Do you have an ultimate goal behind the blogging, e.g. book?

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    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.
    fabian
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    Well your posts are awesome so keep up the good work dude!

    Sophie Macon
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    Hey hang in there @alphatweaker. Thanks for sharing your story with us, and I’m glad things are improving and getting easier for you. It’s amazing that you pulled yourself back together, and start building your life back piece by piece again. We are here if you need to vent…

    Aaron_BloombergPrep
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    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.

    Analyst0719
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    pushups and situps!

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