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How to not lose focus for GMAT preparation? [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2013, 03:16
I have been preparing for GMAT for one month. Sometimes, I keep loosing the momentum to prepare for GMAT. I do get distracted from my goal, and I am not able to get back in the same way.
I have a 6 month baby at home and I feel guilty if I do not play an active parent role. My spouse has been very supportive, she understands that I need some space to prepare for GMAT. But the guilt feeling exists.

In this scenario, what is the best way to not loose the momentum while preparing for GMAT? I am only able to devote 1 hour (max 2 hour) daily and sometimes I miss studying on weekend.

Please GMATCLUBIANS i need help from you guys.....
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Re: How to not lose focus for GMAT preparation? [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2013, 10:09
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I have been preparing for GMAT for one month. Sometimes, I keep loosing the momentum to prepare for GMAT. I do get distracted from my goal, and I am not able to get back in the same way.
I have a 6 month baby at home and I feel guilty if I do not play an active parent role. My spouse has been very supportive, she understands that I need some space to prepare for GMAT. But the guilt feeling exists.

In this scenario, what is the best way to not lose the momentum while preparing for GMAT? I am only able to devote 1 hour (max 2 hour) daily and sometimes I miss studying on weekend.

Please GMATCLUBIANS i need help from you guys.....



Hi there Musicnlyrx,

I too have been preparing for the GMAT for a little over a month. It's definitely easy to lose focus and get distracted, and sometimes I feel like maybe I just need a break. And I think that's okay.

Try to create a schedule, and stick with it. Let your wife know your study schedule ahead of time, and see if you can go to a library to study, or just find earplugs (for the screaming unhappy baby that misses daddy) and study in a room whilst your wife spends time with the baby in another room.

I also happen to be a father of a newborn (9 months old... but also have a 7 year old) and I don't feel guilty at all! :D Maybe that's the real sign of being a bad parent. :evil: I also have a supportive wife, and she understands I need the time to study; so, despite the fact that she goes to school and works, she tries her best to give me time here and there where I can be productive studying. It's been a busy hectic month for us and I'm sure that's the case for you as well. Just hang in there until the exam date!

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Re: How to not lose focus for GMAT preparation? [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2013, 10:19
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musicnlyrx wrote:
I have been preparing for GMAT for one month. Sometimes, I keep losing the momentum to prepare for GMAT. I do get distracted from my goal, and I am not able to get back in the same way.
I have a 6 month baby at home and I feel guilty if I do not play an active parent role. My spouse has been very supportive, she understands that I need some space to prepare for GMAT. But the guilt feeling exists.

In this scenario, what is the best way to not lose the momentum while preparing for GMAT? I am only able to devote 1 hour (max 2 hour) daily and sometimes I miss studying on weekend.

Please GMATCLUBIANS i need help from you guys.....

Dear musicnlyrx,

I'm happy to help. :-)

First of all, I think it would be important to stick to a well-defined schedule. Here's a three-month schedule.
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-gm ... beginners/
Since you have a young child, perhaps you give yourself a break --- do this three-month schedule over a six month period, or the one month schedule over a two-month period.

Also, focus is a skill that is woefully underpracticed in the modern world. If one tried, one could People get that they can't automatically do the math & verbal content of the GMAT --- they have to practice that to be successful. BUT, people rarely realize they need to practice skills like concentration, focus, motivation, and determination as well. Here is an article that discuss this aspect of preparation, and the three links in the first paragraph link to other relevant articles:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/zen-boot-c ... -the-gmat/
Think of your capacity for focus as a middle-aged flabby out-of-shape individual that needs to go on a rigorous boot-camp exercise regime to get into top shape. That's what that articles provides.

I hope all this helps.
Mike :-)
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Re: How to not lose focus for GMAT preparation? [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2013, 19:56
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musicnlyrx wrote:
I have been preparing for GMAT for one month. Sometimes, I keep loosing the momentum to prepare for GMAT. I do get distracted from my goal, and I am not able to get back in the same way.
I have a 6 month baby at home and I feel guilty if I do not play an active parent role. My spouse has been very supportive, she understands that I need some space to prepare for GMAT. But the guilt feeling exists.

In this scenario, what is the best way to not loose the momentum while preparing for GMAT? I am only able to devote 1 hour (max 2 hour) daily and sometimes I miss studying on weekend.

Please GMATCLUBIANS i need help from you guys.....


Research suggests that adults do not remember anything of their first 5 yrs of life. This means, as long as your baby is being nurtured by atleast one parent, he/she is happy and will not hold it against the other one later on.
If you work hard right now, do your MBA in the next two yrs and then slog for a year, by the time your child turns 5, you will be in a position to give quality time and quality life to your child. Think about that and you will be able to focus. Future of kids can be a great motivation for parents.
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Re: How to not lose focus for GMAT preparation? [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2013, 20:49
Thanks a lot for the great reply. I have missed studying a lot since I last posted the question here. I think I need to buck up, and visualize where I want to be next 5 years. Motivation is the only thing driving me right know. Thanks again :).

@farful - Thanks a lot for motivating me. I highly appreciate reply from someone who is in same position like me. I am sure that once GMAT is over, I can spend quality time with my family. But till then...it's war :)

@mikemcgarry - Thanks a lot for the articles. I was also thinking if I can extend my study schedule, and you provided the way. I will surely read them and try to to implement the positives out of them in my schedule.

@VeritasPrepKarishma - Thanks a lot for such a great information. The best thing is that I am preparing for MBA for my small baby only, I want to give her the best life. But I never thought in the way you told me. I am not sure why the guilty feeling exists, but I will tell myself now that this is for the baby and I have to do it. Maybe then only the focus will be on my goal. Thanks a lot :)
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