by ACCA student blogger Mike Tye
During our time as ACCA students, we’ll inevitably have those amazing days where everything makes sense and you feel great about studying. However, unless you’re superhuman then you will most probably have days which are the complete opposite, nothing makes sense, nothing you learn sinks in and you feel like giving up.
So, onto how I go about motivating myself, as let’s face it, 14 exams can seem like an impossible fantasy sometimes!
I personally am a big fan of Josh Sundquist’s famous slogan of ‘one more thing, one more time’ shortened to ‘1MT’, and I often tell myself this when I’m getting towards the end of a study session when other things are starting to distract me and I feel like putting the books away and telling myself ‘I’ll do that tomorrow.’ But I’ve now got to the point where as soon as I think 1MT, that instantly gets me focussed again without exception.
If I stop my studying too soon, I will instantly feel guilty, feeling that I’ve taken the easy way out. Although that last bit of study might not be as productive as before, I’ll still have a better understanding than starting from scratch the next time. Then I’ll often find that I end up doing a tonne more work as every time I think about finishing, I think ‘I’ll just do one last bit!’
Back onto a slightly more general point, I find that your whole lifestyle can affect your attitude towards pushing yourself. Exercise can play a huge role in your brain’s productivity; many studies have shown that exercise produces chemicals called endorphins which basically put you in a good mood ready to take on things that may have seemed daunting before. Not only does a dose of exercise make you feel good, it’ll help you get a good night’s sleep ready for your next day of work, it’ll help your mental endurance and it’ll improve your overall health.