Episode 11 – 20 Ways to Kick Procrastination to the Curb

Episode 11 - 20 Ways to Kick Procrastination to the Curb
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Do you ever find yourself looking for ways to procrastinate when you simply don’t want to study?

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Hello everyone, welcome back to another episode of the Free CMA Exam Mastery Course.

How are you doing today?

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My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time. – Charles Dickens

One of the most difficult challenges we need to overcome to accomplish our goals is actually getting started in the first place.

For those in the world of accounting, how to become a CMA is a challenge many students and professionals face.

Most procrastinate; however, if you take the steps I’ll share with you today, you will turn your dream into reality and become a CMA.

So let’s start with #1:

1. How Important is it?
One of the first questions people ask is how to become a CMA? You need to introspect and first ask if you really want to become a CMA. Once you are clear on that front, you will be more determined to make it happen and develop an execution mentality.

2. Clean up your environment
Everyday life can be noisy and hectic – ie. distracting. It’s essential that you remove any distractions so it becomes easier for you to concentrate on the task at hand. Until you complete your CMA prep, surround yourself with things that remind you of your goal and nothing else.

3. No Excuses
Your first priority must be to plan and prepare for your CMA exam and not wait until you have enough spare time. No more I’ll get to it tomorrows and Just one more episode of TV.Do not fall into the trap of giving excuses.

4. Meditate
For the uninitiated, meditating for a few minutes everyday helps your concentration levels so that you can laser your focus and cut out the distractions that come in the way.

5. Get rid of Plan B
A counter-intuitive strategy is to not have anything to fall back upon. Once you are aware that there is no safety net, it makes you put in more effort and work harder towards accomplishing your goal.

6. Visualize the End Goal
A powerful technique used by many professionals is to clearly imagine how success would look like and think backwards from there.

7. Pain = Action
A slightly difficult strategy, but if you can get yourself to withhold certain desires or benefits until you complete a particular chapter in your course then that deterrent can work wonders on your productivity.

8. Self Discipline
The best motivation is the one that comes from within. The more you rely on external events and forces to get you into action mode, the more difficult it will be to be interested in it every single day.

9. Have Deadlines
You can keep certain deadlines for certain milestones. That way you will know exactly how much time you have to complete a particular task and the ticking clock will move you into action.

10. You can’t be Perfect
Once you have understood a concept in your head, do not waste time trying to perfect it by memorizing it. The grasping of it is more important than replicating it during the exam.

11. Reward Yourself
After you complete few sets of problems, reward yourself with something that makes you look forward to having it again when you complete the next set of problems.

12. Now is better than Later
If something can be completed in 5-10 minutes then the best time to do it is now. Do not delay small progresses for a later date. It could be something as small as planning your next week’s study plan.

13. Kill Your Mood
Your moods will often play spoilsport which will lead to procrastination. Identify them when they arise and understand what you can do to overcome those moments of mental fatigue.

14. Hold Yourself Accountable
Commit this goal to a trusted friend or colleague who can act as a reminder that you need to stay on track and be more disciplined about your studies.

15. Stop playing the Victim Card
You are not a victim of your circumstances. You can mold or change any situation to your advantage if you have the mind-set to do so. Playing victim will only make you feel sorry for yourself and won’t get you anywhere.

16. Small Things Matter
If you find yourself having few minutes of idle time of waiting then you can use those by quickly going through notes in your head that you studied recently.

17. No Negativity
Think positive thoughts and shun any negative thinking before it side tracks you from achieving your goal.

18. Track your Progress
Every time you complete a chapter, make note of it. Do this regularly to help you review your learning process and give you the motivation to complete the remaining study material.

19. Do not question your ability
If you constantly ask yourself whether you can become a CMA or how to become a CMA then that thinking will hamper your actual preparation. Quit double-questioning!

20. Take it Easy
Ultimately, it’s only about taking small steps and daily efforts to get you to become a CMA. There is no magic formula or big break that you need. Focus on maximizing each day’s preparation.

Even if you only feel comfortable implementing half of these strategies, you’ll be surprised how much more productive your study sessions will be and how much more effectively you make your way through your CMA designation.

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Until next time,


You know, when you’d rather twiddle your thumbs, bake a cake or take an extra long shower just to put off studying for a few moments longer?

Well, if this sounds anything like you then listen up. Procrastination is the ultimate enemy when you are preparing for the CMA exam because you can’t afford to lose valuable study time, especially if your exam date is coming up soon.

To help you get back on track and reclaim your study momentum, I’ve put together a list of 20 ways you can kick procrastination to the curb.

What’s even better is that you can start applying these tricks today!

Ready to get back on track and ditch procrastination for good? Click the play button at the top of the page, download this in iTunes or listen on Stitcher.

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Here’s What You’ll Learn in this Week’s Episode:

  • How to decide if taking the exam is actually what you want to do
  • Powerful visualization and meditation techniques
  • What to do to put the pressure on you and leave no room for procrastination
  • Why you need to track your progress
  • And so many more tips…


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