DipFA Diary: Cram sessions, nerves and finding time
23 February, 2018Gabbi Stopp
In this series, Gabbi Stopp, Head of Employee Share Ownership at ProShare, takes an honest look at what it's like to study, while working and managing family commitments.
So this week, the scales have tipped, with a resounding 'clunk', from relative equilibrium to full-on overwhelming not-enough-hours-in-the-day imbalance. It's not one big thing that's the cause, more relentless drip-drip-drip of smaller things eating away my time. That big thing - enrolling in LIBF's Diploma in Financial Advice. So, I need to get a handle on this - I'm starting to wake up well before my 6am alarm, brain whirring away and flitting from worries about work to worries about my studies and personal matters. A wise friend of mine told me earlier in the week that the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time, and I have to cling to that piece of advice right now or I shall lose all perspective.
The well-received weekend presents me with some extra time in which to get some more study done. I know, rationally, that i will feel much better as a result, but there is a quiet but insistent irrational little voice telling to go off and do something more fun. Clearly I will have to use every trick in the motivational handbook to keep focused on my studies this week.
I've sat enough exams in my time to realise that this is down to pre-exam nerves starting to kick in, even though the exam is a little while off. I am something of a worrier so I lack the ability to be 'in the moment' and present, rather than thinking about how I can cram in a little extra bit of study when my toddler is competing for my attention during the dreaded 'witching hour' before bedtime. So the dilemma becomes one of quantity over quality of study time. Is 'little and often' always the right tactic? I don't think it is, not for me right now, even if it does work for others.
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