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by ACCA student blogger Pantelis Fouli

05.30 – my day starts at when I get up, go downstairs to make my coffee. It’s nice and quiet so I sit down and log on to my PC at work to check any urgent emails from the night before. I then proceed to plan my day, using an old fashioned A4 piece of paper and map out what I will do by 13.00 and what I need to accomplish after lunch. I try to be as specific as I can with these daily goals. After that I then prepare breakfast and snacks for my wife and 2 children whilst my wife gets them ready for school.

07.15 – I am out the door by and at the gym 15 minutes later. I always make sure to get in my workout first thing or else it’s left behind. The time in the gym enables me to put things into perspective. I give thanks that I am fortunate enough to have my health to workout, fortunate enough to be able to afford a gym membership and I try not to let mundane issues get to me. Having that sense of gratitude for all that you have makes all life’s challenges easier to cope with.

08.30 – I leave the gym and start my drive to work. It takes me an hour to drive there and when I arrive I let my team know that I have arrived so they can get ready for our morning get together to plan out the day and week. I am a financial controller at an internet marketing firm. If you see the old American films of people on the floor (at the stock exchange) and how crazy it can get then that’s a reflection of a day’s work for me.

18.00 – I leave the office and I head for college where I am currently studying Paper P1 (have P1, P2, P3 and P6 left)

21.15 – I am done with college and I head off home.

22.15 – I arrive home, have something light to eat, shower and it’s off to bed. I always like to read something inspiring as I nod off.

I find it incredibly important to remain stimulated, inspired, anything that will enable you to reach your goal sooner and with the correct tools.

To finish off, you can say I have everything, a great family, super career with a supportive boss and team, but one thing that eludes me, one that I would do anything to attain and that’s my ACCA Qualification. Because however I want to fancy up my life, about being a glamorous accountant, without that qualification my life does not seem so complete and I WILL ATTAIN IT BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR!!

Keep smiling and striving high, never give up.

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by ACCA student blogger Naresh John

Hi all… it’s been a while since I last interacted with you guys. Since exams are over, I figured we should refresh ourselves with a different topic.

Many of us are pursuing the ACCA Qualification while working. A critical factor of being successful at studying ACCA is managing to balance your career with your studies. This is quite a task for me, as I’m sure it is for some of you as well. So I want to share some top tips on what I do to achieve this:

1.     Schedule your time adequately – and stick to it

Having a full-time job and pursuing a professional qualification on a part-time basis tests your time management skills. Overcome this challenge by developing a schedule that allocates specific time slots to work or study, ensuring that there are no overlaps. Always remember to have a buffer area in case anything unexpected happens

2.     Gain support from various influences in your life

We cannot achieve our goals if we do not have the support of those who have an impact on our lives (parents, relatives, employers, spouses). Communicate your goals and objectives to them so that they will be a pillar of support to you (e.g. your employer giving you time off to study, your parents picking you up from classes etc). This will be especially important if at any point you doubt yourself or want to quit.

3. Manage stress 

Stress is an inevitable part of life. Doubling your daily workload means you need to be smarter about managing your stress levels. Various activities can help you do this:

  • Take breaks during daily activities. This is the most underrated means of reducing stress in my opinion. It helps you recollect your thoughts so when you re-start you will know what to do to achieve what you intended.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle. It’ll keep your brain in top condition to handle the increased workload. Exercise and eating healthy will increase the levels of oxygen going to the brain which should improve your memory and keep you calm.
  • Include leisure activities in your daily routine: even though you are pursuing a goal, it’s not your entire life. You still need leisure activities to help rest your mind and keep it responsive.

I believe that these tips, combined with a healthy appetite for pursuing your studies will contribute greatly to a work/study/life balance. I hope that this article can assist everyone trying to achieve this.

Till next time!