One big distraction in life is always thinking you should be doing something else. People who want to achieve a great deal in life probably suffer more from this distraction than others. I knew a publishing executive here in New York who said the only time he was happy was when he was in the subway, because sitting in the subway he couldn't be doing anything else. Gloria Steinem has said that only when she is writing does she stop thinking she should be doing something else.
Why should bar candidates expect to be any different? In making us vulnerable to this distraction, preparing for the bar exam is like many other tasks that lawyers perform, and that in fact everyone performs. The best antidote I have found to the constant distraction of thinking I should be doing something else is to have a good daily schedule to follow and then to follow it religiously. The distraction does not go away, but it does somewhat abate.
For bar candidates, as I tell my BarWrite classes, one big menace to learning the material is the chatter from that invisible fellow on your shoulder who's always saying, "How can you be studying negligence, when you should be studying wills?" One device that helps bar candidates is having a good daily study schedule, so they can say to that invisible fellow, "Thank you for sharing," and go on doing their scheduled work.
Bar candidates who are looking for a good daily schedule should sign up for my teleseminar (May 28, 2013) on how to design a daily study schedule. http://www.barwrite.com/free-teleseminar-three.html It's a one-hour program on the telephone, and you will receive both call-in information and hand-outs by email. We always have a good and productive time. I hope you will join in.
Wishing you the greatest success on the bar exam,
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