4 Tips to Overcome Procrastination While Studying For Your Firefighter Promotional Exam

Does anybody really enjoy studying? Most people see it as a chore and will do anything to avoid it. While working on your firefighter promotional exam prep use these tips to avoid procrastinating so you can get the most out of all of your study sessions and get promoted. 

  1. Set Goals

If you want to stay focused during your study sessions and avoid procrastinating you need to stay motivated. It is important to set goals for yourself every step of the way of your firefighter promotion journey, both big and small. The big goal, get promoted, but along the way you need small goals to keep you on track for that promotion. Set weekly study goals for yourself of what you want to accomplish. Every study session, set a goal of what you want to cover. The only person holding you accountable as you work to promote is you. These mini goals will help you stay focused on your target and stay motivated to keep going even when it gets tough. 

  1. Set a Time Limit

One way to help reduce the urge to procrastinate is to time your study sessions. When you time your study sessions you know exactly when you can stop studying and move on to something else. Having a definitive end time will help to keep you focused on the task at hand and help keep you on track and stay motivated. Without a definitive end time you are more likely to let your mind wander and get off track and procrastinate. So, set a timer during your next study session and see if your focus increases or not. 

  1. Give Yourself Rewards

Another way to help keep you focused on studying is through self rewarding. At the end of each study session you successfully complete without any procrastination reward yourself however you see fit. You need to be honest with yourself though and only allow the reward when you do not procrastinate and work on your studies the entire time you set for yourself. Giving yourself a reward will boost your motivation and just make you feel good and accomplished. The reward can be anything from a piece of chocolate to going out to eat, you decide what works best for you to keep you motivated to study. 

  1. Adjust Your Attitude

A big reason people procrastinate is because they don’t like what they are doing. You have to stop looking at studying for your firefighter promotional exam as a chore and see it as a privilege. You have worked hard and are in a position to take a test to possibly promote to a higher ranking job with more responsibility, and a higher income, celebrate that. Yes, it will be a lot of work but look at that work as a good thing. You are getting the opportunity to learn and grow in your career, and that is not something every firefighter will get to do. 

The Takeaway

Studying does not need to be a chore. Studying for your firefighter promotional exam is an exciting thing. You are learning more about firefighting and helping advance your career. So, stay focused during those study sessions so you can ace your exam.