We've all been there. The pile of things we have to do just keeps growing and we can't even muster up the self-discipline to get started. Even when we do, our attention is instantly pulled in another direction. Luckily, there are a number of strategies we can use to get back on track.
Everyone, with the possible exception of sociopaths, has to wrestle with guilt from time to time. The question is: how do we deal with it effectively? First we have to identify the source of the guilt and then we can use a couple strategies to figure out what to do about it.
Most of us live very busy lives, making it difficult to find time to study. Unfortunately, that leads many of us to study very late at night, sacrificing sleep for the appearance of productivity. It feels like we are simply suffering for our goals because nobody enjoys the feeling of being tired all the time, but in reality we aren't being productive at all.
You're probably aware of the saying, "practice makes perfect". Well, that's certainly not the whole story. Notecards is great for studying in your spare moments. However, if you have a test, interview, or other event you need to study for, random bursts of studying aren't enough.