Unable to study­ for long hours


Grrrrr. There’s that feeling again.

That painful feeling of being powerless.

You want to study but can’t even think straight.

You feel overwhelmed. It doesn’t seem that you’ll hold out for much longer.

If you don’t learn to deal with the negative experiences that bother you during your preparation, it will be difficult to clear the exam. You may keep trying but the same thing will happen again and again.

It’s a pattern. You start your study fully motivated but once the motivation wears off, you’re in the middle of reality.

And reality is tough.

Now if you prepared everything right — and if you educated yourself on what it takes to crack CSE — a big slice of the frustration will already be conquered.

But every new session brings with it its challenges, and thus negative feelings.

We at A. A.Shah’s IAS continuously strive to provide guidance how to manage them and how to apply certain antidotes to the disturbing emotions.

To help you attain your dreams come TRUE.

Survival instinct holding you back!

Our brain is wired to path of least Resistance.

If you take a different road which is severely challenged, all emotional forces within yourself will try to push you back to the path of the least resistance.

It’s a survival instinct. It was useful when we were cavemen. Now it’s keeping you from achieving many things that could enrich your life beyond your wildest imagination.

If you have event driven motive to prepare for CSE, if you have scheduled exam test every week for preparing for prelims, you have made study path of least resistance.

However, even with a strong event-driven motive as the fuel of your study, you’re still going to have to deal with an array of negative inner experiences. Here’s how you do it.

1.Pomodoro Method

Even in freedom struggle Gandhiji mentioned in freedom that ability of individual borne suffering is limited. He proposed method by Struggle-Truce-Struggle.

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. Each interval is known as a pomodoro, from the Italian word for ‘tomato’, after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student. (Source: Wikipedia)

There are six steps in the original technique:

  1. Decide on the task to be done.
  2. Set the pomodoro timer (traditionally to 25 minutes).
  3. Work on the task.
  4. End work when the timer rings and put a checkmark on a piece of paper.
  5. If you have fewer than four checkmarks, take a short break (3–5 minutes), then go to step 2.
  6. After four pomodori (plural of pomodoro), take a longer break (15–30 minutes), reset your checkmark count to zero, then go to step 1.

2. Phal Ki Chinta Mat Karo (Don’t stress about the results):

You’re in pain — in a negative state. This is not the time to evaluate yourself nor your preparation progress. Do not demand improvement in this session. Just complete it. That’s your goal. Keep at it until your time is up.

If you make the mistake of judging your progress when you are frustrated, you will come to unrealistically negative conclusions.

Don’t try too hard. Don’t stress about the results. Results come slowly. They take time. For now, all you focus on is finishing your study time.

3. A moment of peace for oneself:

Talk to yourself at least once in a Day, otherwise you may miss a meeting with an EXCELLENT person in this World.”

Swami Vivekananda

You shut your eyes and you remind yourself of:

  • The perks you are going to enjoy after clearing exam (for example: Able to help around 1 lakh people …. power, respect whatever motivate you)
  • What you’re all doing it for (the goal of your study and your event-driven motive)
  • Inspirational quotes

Remind yourself of them before each session and every time you get stuck.

Don’t discard this technique for being too ‘spacey’. It’s not ‘The Secret’ — it won’t miraculously make you speak a new language just by doing this. But it does make sure you start each session with the right mind-set.

4. Vary your study setting

One of my favourite techniques is to simply vary my study setting. In other words, pick a different study location. Don’t keep learning your new language in the same old place. Keep it fresh.

5. Stand up Walk Around

When you are struggling with frustration you can feel that energy in your body.

You need to burn it off.

Put on your MP3 player, use the audio from your main course, and get up and walk around. Yes, just stroll around a bit while you keep studying. It’s an effective trick to reduce the emotions that are bothering you.

6. Change your study material

If you’re just starting, I recommend you focus more on your main course, but it can be very soothing to change it up a bit.

So, grab a video of keyword video of A. A.Shah and important Scheme.

Disclaimer: Not recommending to go for multiple books.

7. Go Outside

If you feel the need to blow off some steam, why don’t you go outside for a while?

It’s good to breath in some fresh air.

Just take your MP3 player with you so you can keep studying.

8. Reward Your Inner Child

Much of our frustration and whining originates from deep inside of us. We are not as mature as we think we are.

So how do you make a child do something he doesn’t like?

Right, you give him a reward in return.

Reward yourself for completing your study time. The reward can be watching your favourite television show, eating a piece of chocolate, or whatever you like.


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