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by ACCA student blogger Pantelis Fouli

This is always a challenge, especially if you work a full-time job that is demanding. The way I see it, each situation has its positive attributes. This positive pressure at work can actually assist you with your studies.

Each evening before I leave work, I take a piece of A4 paper and divide it into 3 sections: morning, lunchtime and afternoon. I plan my tasks for the day, so that my plan is ready in the morning when I arrive at work. I also try to start my tasks ahead of my scheduled deadline date, so I need to plan for that as well. I also assume that I may need more time on some tasks, so I would need to allocate a bit of extra time for the more demanding tasks.

You should notice a similar pattern here with your studies. I treat both parts the same. It’s the same discipline. It’s the same methodology of planning for your studies and sticking to your study and revision time table. At work, the same way you would pencil in your lunch break, you would also pencil in your study programme, your rest period, or even your day of rest.

Lots of people throw out there terms like ‘just do it’, or ‘get the job done’, be it about our studies, work or personal life; but few offer practical solutions. This A4 sheet of paper can be extended to a weekly plan as well. Apart from having my daily plan at work, I have my five-day plan also, and the same method applies to my studies; it’s the same principle.

Personally, I thrive on the positive pressure work puts me under. It forces me to come up with practical solutions that enable me to get better results, with as few errors as possible, in the least amount of time.

Planning study reminds me of the story of the dog and three cats. One day a dog spotted a cat and started to run after it and after some time, it spotted a second cat. So it left cat number 1 and started chasing cat number 2. Not long after that, it spotted a third cat. So it left cat number 2 and started chasing cat number 3. At the end of the day the dog was asked, ‘How was your day?’ He replied, ‘Ever so tiring, I never stopped.’ Then he was asked ‘How productive was it?’ The dog then answered, ‘Not at all!’

Let us plan – and chase after only one cat, one cat (goal) at a time.

Till next time!