With only about 15 days left for the D-Day, all of us are stressed; mostly because we haven’t completed our syllabus and because our productivity has drastically fallen. That’s a really deadly combination.
Many of us would have made plans and targets. And tried to adjust them in the limited time we have. But are they really realistic? Whom are we fooling? Ourselves?
By keeping targets which are unachievable, only to satisfy our present, we are in effect planning stress (If I do not complete GS 1 by 20/11/16, I am screwed…).
Why have we set targets and deadlines? Why are we even studying now? Because they form the means to our ends. The ends being scoring well in Mains. But are they really your ends?
Our ends is nothing but happiness. And by replacing our means with our ends, we are breeding unhappiness for ourselves.
We might study for hours and hours together. But nothing will really enter our heads unless we study for the purpose of our lives and not for the sake of examination. When we do that, we will find that we will enjoy learning, we would be able to retain more of what we learn and we would become more productive. We would be at peace with ourselves…. and maybe clear UPSC CSE 2016.