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Well, the subject says it all. I "f" up! I have to admit early on here that I am a chronic procrastinator and this has screwed my MBA dream, caused trouble in my marriage. Why to mention this? Most of us suffer from procrastination and I thought I should save someone while I can. Maybe in that process save myself (selfish, I know :)).

My MBA dream started way way back, when owning an IPod was still cool, year 2008. Yeah its 2018 and what the hell I am still doing here?! You will see why.
NOTE: You will need to gather some patience, courage and popcorn(if you are person who enjoys reality TV) to completely read this. But mostly courage. Because I am going to show you how a procrastinator f's up his career in its raw format. You might see lot of resentment in my post but its needed, to drive in the message. Have you seen A Christmas Carol movie? If yes, imagine me as a ghost of Jacob Marley which visit's Scrooge and warns him what might happen to him if he continues his business! Also, I need your help in taking some decisions in the next few months. Because I believe every man can redeem himself from his wrongs if he tries hard enough.

My background: I belong to IIM(Indian IT Male) and 34 years old. Not that great career and education. Excellent! I am already in dangerous waters. But what to do, the heart wants what the heart wants. Thats why they say if you have dreams then you have to back them up with hard work and not write a post about it after you are done screwing it :)

What did I do wrong? I took one GMAT in 2010 and scored a disastrous 350. I am not bright in these kind of tests. After that I have never been able to give GMAT due to fear of failure, lack of seriousness and chronic procrastination that followed. I have postponed the exam which I scheduled on Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 to Sep 3, 2018 counting up to 89 times!!! I know, its horrible. That's why I said you need courage to read this and still have something nice to say to me :(
Its funny GMAC does not have a limit to re-schedule. I am going to write an email to them about this(hypocrite).

GMAT prep was here and there without seriousness. But last year it hit me bad and I started studying seriously. I got up to 610 in my practice tests. Not really putting effort and paid the price for it. I screwed up and did not write the GMAT in 2017. Could not do it at all. Some genuine excuses but mostly lame. My procrastination had won big time. My applications were left without any attempts.

I found Empower GMAT very late around Jan 2018. I felt Empower is awesome and its structured. This helps procrastinators like me big time. I seriously swear by this course but its too damn costly. I can afford only 1 month, after wasting too much money on GMAT I dont want to spend anymore. Apps were about to finish when I found it and my apps went down without even a fight. I had all the schools list and all that jazz but without a GMAT score what good is that?!

So why do I want to do an MBA? I really want to be in renewable energy consulting. I wanted to be part of a team that is solving on of the biggest problems. Now not sure how to do that. I thought MBA would let me transition in to that industry. I am IT and I like my job but dont love it. After learning about climate change and seeing lot of documentaries, that's the thing I want to do. Thats why there is so much heartache knowing I am not even close to this dream.

What to do now? I have taken exam date on Sep 3rd 2018. I have 4 months to prep. My GMAT content knowledge is improving but not very good that is needed to improve my applications. So I will be taking a 1 month Empower after 3 months of prep from now. I was thinking of applying to ISB in October if I get more than 700. But that is too tough and with my history that looks nearly impossible. Thats why this post to see if there is any hope.

Why did I post it here? I wanted to start a conversation on Procrastination that will be troubling so many members here. Procrastination not only affects GMAT but it will creep into your other life and mess with you in so many ways. You will be doing it without even knowing it. I will share here some of the posts that have helped me to recover from this disease. Yes, this is a disease. I am not ashamed of it. This f ing thing will destroy your potential if you let it go on like this. You dont want to hate it, be careful here. This is part of your thought process and you dont want to passive aggressive it to submission. It will not work. You have to accept that you are procrastinating too much. The only way you can beat it is with discipline and compassion towards yourself. Here are some of the blogs that are awesome and have helped me.
1. https://waitbutwhy.com/2013/10/why-procrastinators-procrastinate.html This website it so cool and informative. It will blow your mind. Just read some of the posts and you will know.
2. https://blog.iqmatrix.com/consistency-in-action

Well, that was my story of failure in MBA journey. I have not given up hope because I really dont want to be in IT for the rest of my life and renewable energy is exciting to me. But I also know with this history, I need to come up with a kickass GMAT score to have any little chance. I am counting on you guys to shine some light on this situation. I want to know how we can prep this application so that it has a better chance of acceptance. Remember I am Indian IT Male, 34 years and nothing great to put in my career. So obviously top 30 or 40 US schools are gone I think. ISB is hard hard target to hit. I am lost and need some light. Hope you guys will be as frank and practical as possible when you suggest anything.

Sorry, if this has made you little sad. Cant help it, it is what it is.

PS: I thought I will keep adding list of self help links or techniques to beat the procrastinator in you or the "insta-grat" monkey:
1. https://waitbutwhy.com/2013/10/why-procrastinators-procrastinate.html
2. https://blog.iqmatrix.com/consistency-in-action
3. Always exercise, start slow and watch it buildup by itself. Studies have shown that it will increase the will power.
4. If you have a habit of day dreaming of having achieved your dreams, then STOP that now! This creates a false sense of achievement to your procrastinating brain!
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Well, the subject says it all. I "f" up! I have to admit early on here that I am a chronic procrastinator and this has screwed my MBA dream, caused trouble in my marriage. Why to mention this? Most of us suffer from procrastination and I thought I should save someone while I can. Maybe in that process save myself (selfish, I know :)).

My MBA dream started way way back, when owning an IPod was still cool, year 2008. Yeah its 2018 and what the hell I am still doing here?! You will see why.
NOTE: You will need to gather some patience, courage and popcorn(if you are person who enjoys reality TV) to completely read this. But mostly courage. Because I am going to show you how a procrastinator f's up his career in its raw format. You might see lot of resentment in my post but its needed, to drive in the message. Have you seen A Christmas Carol movie? If yes, imagine me as a ghost of Jacob Marley which visit's Scrooge and warns him what might happen to him if he continues his business! Also, I need your help in taking some decisions in the next few months. Because I believe every man can redeem himself from his wrongs if he tries hard enough.

My background: I belong to IIM(Indian IT Male) and 34 years old. Not that great career and education. Excellent! I am already in dangerous waters. But what to do, the heart wants what the heart wants. Thats why they say if you have dreams then you have to back them up with hard work and not write a post about it after you are done screwing it :)

What did I do wrong? I took one GMAT in 2010 and scored a disastrous 350. I am not bright in these kind of tests. After that I have never been able to give GMAT due to fear of failure, lack of seriousness and chronic procrastination that followed. I have postponed the exam which I scheduled on Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 to Sep 3, 2018 counting up to 89 times!!! I know, its horrible. That's why I said you need courage to read this and still have something nice to say to me :(
Its funny GMAC does not have a limit to re-schedule. I am going to write an email to them about this(hypocrite).

GMAT prep was here and there without seriousness. But last year it hit me bad and I started studying seriously. I got up to 610 in my practice tests. Not really putting effort and paid the price for it. I screwed up and did not write the GMAT in 2017. Could not do it at all. Some genuine excuses but mostly lame. My procrastination had won big time. My applications were left without any attempts.

I found Empower GMAT very late around Jan 2018. I felt Empower is awesome and its structured. This helps procrastinators like me big time. I seriously swear by this course but its too damn costly. I can afford only 1 month, after wasting too much money on GMAT I dont want to spend anymore. Apps were about to finish when I found it and my apps went down without even a fight. I had all the schools list and all that jazz but without a GMAT score what good is that?!

So why do I want to do an MBA? I really want to be in renewable energy consulting. I wanted to be part of a team that is solving on of the biggest problems. Now not sure how to do that. I thought MBA would let me transition in to that industry. I am IT and I like my job but dont love it. After learning about climate change and seeing lot of documentaries, that's the thing I want to do. Thats why there is so much heartache knowing I am not even close to this dream.

What to do now? I have taken exam date on Sep 3rd 2018. I have 4 months to prep. My GMAT content knowledge is improving but not very good that is needed to improve my applications. So I will be taking a 1 month Empower after 3 months of prep from now. I was thinking of applying to ISB in October if I get more than 700. But that is too tough and with my history that looks nearly impossible. Thats why this post to see if there is any hope.

Why did I post it here? I wanted to start a conversation on Procrastination that will be troubling so many members here. Procrastination not only affects GMAT but it will creep into your other life and mess with you in so many ways. You will be doing it without even knowing it. I will share here some of the posts that have helped me to recover from this disease. Yes, this is a disease. I am not ashamed of it. This f ing thing will destroy your potential if you let it go on like this. You dont want to hate it, be careful here. This is part of your thought process and you dont want to passive aggressive it to submission. It will not work. You have to accept that you are procrastinating too much. The only way you can beat it is with discipline and compassion towards yourself. Here are some of the blogs that are awesome and have helped me.
1. https://waitbutwhy.com/2013/10/why-procrastinators-procrastinate.html This website it so cool and informative. It will blow your mind. Just read some of the posts and you will know.
2. https://blog.iqmatrix.com/consistency-in-action

Well, that was my story of failure in MBA journey. I have not given up hope because I really dont want to be in IT for the rest of my life and renewable energy is exciting to me. But I also know with this history, I need to come up with a kickass GMAT score to have any little chance. I am counting on you guys to shine some light on this situation. I want to know how we can prep this application so that it has a better chance of acceptance. Remember I am Indian IT Male, 34 years and nothing great to put in my career. So obviously top 30 or 40 US schools are gone I think. ISB is hard hard target to hit. I am lost and need some light. Hope you guys will be as frank and practical as possible when you suggest anything.

Sorry, if this has made you little sad. Cant help it, it is what it is.


If you feel that you procrastinate a lot then just get a good personal tutor who will keep you on track and motivated. There are tons of tutors available all over the world and they teach via skype so you don't even have to travel far to get access to a good tutor. It's better to spend bit more money on a tutor and get the GMAT over with then procrastinate and waste your time.
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Hi MrCleantek,

Procrastination can sometimes be based on the the perceived 'magnitude' a task. While there are certainly a lot of 'little' things that you would need to know to score at a high level on the GMAT, the reality is that the Exam is remarkably consistent and predictable - so you CAN train to score at a higher level. The key word there is "train" though - you have to commit to the task and focus on honing the necessary skills. This will almost certainly require that you learn and practice some new Tactics (but what do you think is going to happen in Business School - and beyond!).

Early last month, GMAC made a formal announcement defining some changes that will be taking place to the format of the Official GMAT (which began April 16, 2018). These changes primarily impact the overall length of the Exam (meaning the number of questions in the Quant and Verbal sections as well as the amount of time that you’ll have to complete each of those two sections). In theory, a shorter Exam could make it easier for a well-prepared Test Taker to score higher.

1) When was the last time you took a practice CAT (and was it in the new, shorter format?)?
2) How have you scored on each of your CATs over the last month (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)?

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If you feel that you procrastinate a lot then just get a good personal tutor who will keep you on track and motivated. There are tons of tutors available all over the world and they teach via skype so you don't even have to travel far to get access to a good tutor. It's better to spend bit more money on a tutor and get the GMAT over with then procrastinate and waste your time.


I agree with your point, thats why I went with Empower. It has structure and the course access is limited to 1 or 3 months. So you have to finish it. I am going to use this forum also to keep check on my prep with regular posts. But I will keep looking for a personal tutor just in case I start procrastinating again.
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1) When was the last time you took a practice CAT (and was it in the new, shorter format?)?
2) How have you scored on each of your CATs over the last month (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)?

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1) When was the last time you took a practice CAT (and was it in the new, shorter format?)? ---> I took the test 1 month back. And it was in the older section than new one.
2) How have you scored on each of your CATs over the last month (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)? Q:44, V: 28 overall: 590 (Manhattan test)
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Hi MrCleantek,

Procrastination can sometimes be based on the the perceived 'magnitude' a task. While there are certainly a lot of 'little' things that you would need to know to score at a high level on the GMAT, the reality is that the Exam is remarkably consistent and predictable - so you CAN train to score at a higher level. The key word there is "train" though - you have to commit to the task and focus on honing the necessary skills. This will almost certainly require that you learn and practice some new Tactics (but what do you think is going to happen in Business School - and beyond!).

Early last month, GMAC made a formal announcement defining some changes that will be taking place to the format of the Official GMAT (which began April 16, 2018). These changes primarily impact the overall length of the Exam (meaning the number of questions in the Quant and Verbal sections as well as the amount of time that you’ll have to complete each of those two sections). In theory, a shorter Exam could make it easier for a well-prepared Test Taker to score higher.

1) When was the last time you took a practice CAT (and was it in the new, shorter format?)?
2) How have you scored on each of your CATs over the last month (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)?

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Hi MrCleantek,

Since the 'new' format of the GMAT is a shorter Exam, the next logical step would be to see how well you perform under those conditions. As such, I strongly recommend that you take one of the new, shorter CATs (using a 'brand' of CAT that you have NOT used before) and take it in a realistic fashion (take the FULL CAT - with the Essay and IR sections, take it away from your home, at the same time of day as when you'll take the Official GMAT, etc.). Once you have that score, you should report back here and we can discuss the results.

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Hi Rich, I will take the test in some days from now and post the results here. I am thinking I will go with the official GMAT practice test for this one, so that it will be closure to the actual test and structure. If you think I should try something else then please let me know.
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Hey Hi MrCleantek,

I read many stories on GMAT club ranging from a guy who was superfluous with a wooing 700 to a guy who was damn disappointed with a 430 on GMAT, I must say that your post is the funniest one of all. I really can understand that it gets so difficult when one tries to get better on GMAT and the performance is going on a tuff patch. In fact, my profile is similar to yours. Even on the procrastinator front.

I'm as stressful as you regarding the GMAT preparation. I have taken a bunch of GMAT courses and did all I can. But lately, I understood that GMAT preparation is not about the courses or techniques or strategies. But the struggle is to make a Cycle or a well-structured process to beat this beast. Once we hit the sweet spot, then we are unbeatable. We have a tool not only to tack GMAT but to tackle any difficult task in the career.

So, What Am I doing now with GMAT preparation?

1. Stop searching what works and what doesn't work: I mean to say, there are gazillion ways to solve questions on GMAT. But You are the ONLY person who can know what works for you. So, delve into solving each and every type of a question. Be sure to solve back to front, side to side and up to bottom.

2. Cut the crap: Like strategies, GMAT practice material is abundant on the Internet. You need to go through ONLY OFFICIAL MATERIAL. I strongly believe No one can mimic the GMAT material. Well, everyone tries to mimic and most popular courses will be best at convincing you that they are the best. But they are NOT in all aspects of GMAT. So, you should be confident with your skill in knowing what is GMAT like material and what is not.

3. Patience: By now you would be aware that GMAT is not a happy and rosy journey. It is wild, time sucking and sometimes irritating journey. We have to make peace with it. Accept that it is going to difficult. So, Buddha.... Patience buddy.. Patience...

Above all what is the biggest investment???? ................


You are right ... It is time.... Most of the people tell that they cleared the exam in 2 weeks ,no no 2 days, no no 2 secs... Tell to yourself, MrCleantek is going to take his time. But eventually, MrCleantek will get there.

Hope This words help.... I will wait for your success story here. :thumbup:
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You are right ... It is time.... Most of the people tell that they cleared the exam in 2 weeks ,no no 2 days, no no 2 secs... Tell to yourself, MrCleantek is going to take his time. But eventually, MrCleantek will get there.

Hope This words help.... I will wait for your success story here. :thumbup:


Hi Raju,
Thanks for those wonderful encouraging words :)
You are right, only I know how I can help myself. Course can only give structure but not how to handle your ****! :)

You know what, we "procrastinators" thrive in confusion and abundance. We just say there is so much to plan and need more time to plan. Let plan the **** out of it and never start. WaitButWhy's Tim Urban said this "Doing is procrastinators kryptonite". When procrastinators read that, something inside them rattles and you realize what a phony you have been!

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Hi MrCleantek,

Since the 'new' format of the GMAT is a shorter Exam, the next logical step would be to see how well you perform under those conditions. As such, I strongly recommend that you take one of the new, shorter CATs (using a 'brand' of CAT that you have NOT used before) and take it in a realistic fashion (take the FULL CAT - with the Essay and IR sections, take it away from your home, at the same time of day as when you'll take the Official GMAT, etc.). Once you have that score, you should report back here and we can discuss the results.

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Hi Rich and others,
I took the exam and here are the scores. Let me know what you guys think.
I took it from the MGMAT free tests pack
Quant------ 42 45%
Verbal------ 36 81%
Total------ 640 70%


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Hi MrCleantek,

Since you've used MGMAT CATs before - and your Verbal Scaled Score on this CAT is considerably higher than your Verbal Scaled Score on your last CAT - had you seen any of the Verbal questions on this CAT before (either on a prior CAT or in the forums here)?

"Review" is an exceptionally important part of the GMAT training process; your ability to define WHY you're getting questions wrong is essential to defining the areas that you need to work on (and the specific things that you need to 'fix '). As such, I'd like to know a bit more about this CAT. While a full Mistake Tracker would provide a lot more information, there are some basic questions that you should be able to answer (and the more EXACT you can be with your answers, the better):

After reviewing each section of this recent CAT, how many questions did you get wrong....
1) Because of a silly/little mistake?
2) Because there was some math/verbal that you just could not remember how to do?
3) Because the question was too hard?
4) Because you were low on time and had to guess?
5) How many Verbal questions did you 'narrow down to 2 choices' but still get wrong?

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After reviewing each section of this recent CAT, how many questions did you get wrong....
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2) Because there was some math/verbal that you just could not remember how to do?
3) Because the question was too hard?
4) Because you were low on time and had to guess?
5) How many Verbal questions did you 'narrow down to 2 choices' but still get wrong?

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These pointers will surely help me. I will reply with the details along with these pointers. This analysis will take a long to finish. That is what is expected anyway. Thanks much...
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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi MrCleantek,

Since you've used MGMAT CATs before - and your Verbal Scaled Score on this CAT is considerably higher than your Verbal Scaled Score on your last CAT - had you seen any of the Verbal questions on this CAT before (either on a prior CAT or in the forums here)?

"Review" is an exceptionally important part of the GMAT training process; your ability to define WHY you're getting questions wrong is essential to defining the areas that you need to work on (and the specific things that you need to 'fix '). As such, I'd like to know a bit more about this CAT. While a full Mistake Tracker would provide a lot more information, there are some basic questions that you should be able to answer (and the more EXACT you can be with your answers, the better):

After reviewing each section of this recent CAT, how many questions did you get wrong....
1) Because of a silly/little mistake?
2) Because there was some math/verbal that you just could not remember how to do?
3) Because the question was too hard?
4) Because you were low on time and had to guess?
5) How many Verbal questions did you 'narrow down to 2 choices' but still get wrong?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich


Well I did a quick analysis of the last test. Here are the details...
Quant I made mistakes in these categories. Silly mistake took 6 questions!! I will be working on that. Most of the questions were in 500-600 and 600-700 level.
Concept: 5
Silly: 6
Assumption issue: 1
Word Problem issue(did not convert from word to math correctly): 1

Verbal here is the breakup as given by MGMAT: RC is in bad shape and SC follows behind
Question Format Total Correct Incorrect Blank % Correct
Critical Reasoning 10 7 3 0 70%
600 - 700 4 3 1 75%
700 - 800 6 4 2 67%

Reading Comprehension 12 5 7 0 42%
600 - 700 3 2 1 67%
700 - 800 9 3 6 33%

Sentence Correction 14 9 5 0 64%
600 - 700 9 7 2 78%
700 - 800 5 2 3 40%


NOTE: I went with Magoosh with 149$ for 1 year subscription. I heard great reviews about it also. Looking at my background I thought I should get on a strict schedule right away for Sep 3rd 2018 exam date. Initially I thought I will study on my own till July and go with Empower for 1 month, but I got scared that I might procrastinate and blow it. Empower got little costly when we go for per month subscription basis! :( I loved Empower first...now I like Magoosh too...:)
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