5 Things That Are Ruining Your CPA Practice

Nobody wants to study. It often takes large doses of coffee coupled with potential salary information to force us to hit the books. There are just so many great things we could be doing instead of poring over study material.

The best way to get the best results out of studying is to limit yourself to these great things. Often, they’re the things ruining your CPA practice. Here are our top 5 things that could be making or breaking your study habits.

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1. Social Media / Your Phone

There’s so much going on in the world at any given moment, and we can literally access that information at our fingertips. Which is great. Unless you’re trying to study.

Seriously, how can I spend over an hour on Facebook just scrolling through posts? Somehow it happens all the time.

Do yourself a favor: put your phone away during study time. It’s only a few hours. There likely won’t be any catastrophes that need your immediate attention during that time.

2. Your Friends

Especially your non-accounting friends.

The CPA kids get it. They’ll back off. They’ll give you time to study.

But your other friends might not be so forgiving. You don’t want to go out on a Thursday? You can study later!

You have to muster the courage to continually say, “no” and let your friends know how serious this is to you. Eventually, they’ll get the picture. Just make sure you re-connect after you pass the exam.

3. Your Family

It’s so harsh to say your family is a culprit in ruining your CPA practice. But they often can be.

Sometimes parents are so excited about your CPA exam, that they feel the need to check in with you constantly to see how it’s going. Let them know you really need some distraction-free time, and schedule weekly updates with them so you can keep them apprised on your terms.

If you’re married or in a serious relationship, it’s essential you make sure your partner is on board with the whole study lifestyle. Let them know it is going to be a serious time suck and that you need all the support you can get.

4. Your Lifestyle

Be honest with yourself: are you staying up studying until 1am every day? Are you exhibiting the cat-like behavior of laying around all day? Are you eating McDonalds for breakfast and take-out Indian food for dinner because it’s so amazingly delicious and convenient?

Believe it or not, these are all things that could be ruining your CPA practice. Getting enough sleep and taking care of your body will not only help you pass the CPA exam, but it will give you a leg up in life. Putting your well-being high on the priority list will help you achieve more both in and out of exam world.

5. Your Lack Of A Plan

I know, you’re like, “but I never planned in college.” Me neither. And then I spent the week before a final studying in the library until 2am. That isn’t going to cut it for the CPA exam.

Believe me, I’ve tried. When I started, I thought I would study when I felt like it, which I believed would provide a better studying experience. I soon found out that I never wanted to study.

I later started penciling in times where I would go to the library and just stick my nose in either a book for practice questions. By having manageable, anticipated bites of material to do every day, I was able to get through the material both more efficiently and effectively than if I just laid around at home waiting for inspiration to strike.

That last thing you want is anything ruining your CPA practice. While we all know it is going to be hard, keep in mind that these distractions can be resumed once you’ve passed all four parts of the exam. Just don’t tell your future boss that.

Good luck my CPA friends!


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