You can have a life while taking the CPA exam. I did. Here’s how.

The standard thinking is that when you’re studying for the exam, your social life is over….everything and everyone is put on the back burner for the duration of the endeavor.

That wasn’t the case for me. My life didn’t change drastically, I just recalibrated how I lived it.

I would tell a semi-true joke that, “…for every 20mins of studying I watched 1hr of Netflix.” 


The Exam was just one of a myriad of things that needed my attention.

So I had to become more efficient with the 24 hour day.

The hardest part for me wasn’t the actual studying, it was the thought of studying.

I think people factor in all the time they spend worrying and agonizing over the exam.

If you subtract the time spent agonizing over the exam, you’ll see that you actually haven’t studied that much.

Here’s how a typical day went for me.


None of the above except for class and work was set in stone. On a handful of days, things would come up, and I wouldn’t study as much as I’d like.

But I got some studying done every day. 

Consistency is key. It’s better to do a little bit every day than a lot once a week.  You need to stay in the groove of studying. Falling in and out can be disruptive to the process, and sometimes unnerving.

I would catch up on the weekends when I sometimes studied 8+ hours during the day or night.

Weekends are important. 

However, I always still got the do leisure activities on the weekend.

There are 24 hours in a day.

Yes, you’re not a robot. You get tired. The more things you have going on, the more challenging it becomes.


…with some introspection, planning and minimal agonizing, you can fit a little studying into your life.