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How many hours do you guys study on an average daily?

Mine average is ~6hrs/day which I feel is less. How you guys manage 10hrs consistently? Kindly share few macro plans for this year UPSC 2022?

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nobody studies 10hr
OctagonalArcher,Auroraand10 otherslike this
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If you are efficient enough, 6 hrs a day is pretty good at this point. If you are not, like me, then you can increase the hours. To do that, note down the activities where you can cut down time. Point is to be aware of activities that are taking extra time  and gradually cut it down. Also, ensure that you don't compromise with the leisure/recreation waala time.

P.S.- I am clocking 2-3 hrs a day at the moment 😶. Although, some people on YPT are studying 9-10 hours a day right now.

chamomile,Villanelleand15 otherslike this
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Gave my first mains in January.. haven't been studying anything since then..
But from August 2021-December 2021, i have been studying for 8 hour minimum everyday(productive study) on an average.. 
There have been days when it has increased to 10 + hours but those have been rare days.. and especially when exams are just around the corner.. 


 I do think studying ~6 hours everyday will be more on the lesser side..
Even if u sleep for 8 hours a day and study for 6 hours in a day minimum you still have 10 hours left.. ASK YOURSELF WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN THOSE 10 HOURS.. how much are you wasting you time....  If you are taking 1 hour to have ur meals cut it down to 45 minutes... and try to reduce the excess that u spend on breaks slowly and gradually.. do the same for other activities as well.

Having said so, I also dont think  that you should be fixating at a particular number of hours to study.. I personally give a lot of importance to mental health and I believe one must always, ALWAYS listen to their body and mind..  

Don't look at the number of hours people are studying.. look at what your body and mind allows you to do.. IN A SUSTAINABLE FASHION.. 
Honestly no one can study for 10 hours productively daily.. Find you own sustainable limit and be honest to yourself.. Use a stop watch the calculate the time you actually study and waste.. do this exercise consciously and at the end of each day , review if you could have done better...

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""How many hours do you guys study on an average daily?"""

so like you naturally assume that everyone is atleast studying

Aurora,GaryVeeand20 otherslike this
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Gave my first mains in January.. haven't been studying anything since then..
But from August 2021-December 2021, i have been studying for 8 hour minimum everyday(productive study) on an average.. 
There have been days when it has increased to 10 + hours but those have been rare days.. and especially when exams are just around the corner.. 


 I do think studying ~6 hours everyday will be more on the lesser side..
Even if u sleep for 8 hours a day and study for 6 hours in a day minimum you still have 10 hours left.. ASK YOURSELF WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN THOSE 10 HOURS.. how much are you wasting you time....  If you are taking 1 hour to have ur meals cut it down to 45 minutes... and try to reduce the excess that u spend on breaks slowly and gradually.. do the same for other activities as well.

Having said so, I also dont think  that you should be fixating at a particular number of hours to study.. I personally give a lot of importance to mental health and I believe one must always, ALWAYS listen to their body and mind..  

Don't look at the number of hours people are studying.. look at what your body and mind allows you to do.. IN A SUSTAINABLE FASHION.. 
Honestly no one can study for 10 hours productively daily.. Find you own sustainable limit and be honest to yourself.. Use a stop watch the calculate the time you actually study and waste.. do this exercise consciously and at the end of each day , review if you could have done better...

Ma'am, I have been following your posts, big fan!!

Aurora,sathooriaravindand13 otherslike this
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My best productive spell was 55-60 hrs/week during two months before last year's prelims. Barring that odd two months I did not find enough motivation to study even 3 hrs consistently. Struggled then silently accepted though little guilt remain for not doing enough. But 6 hrs/day quality work consistently is pretty decent. 
BattingBaba,Villanelleand8 otherslike this
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I stopped looking at the hours, and just focus on the tasks to be done and finish them by night. This is a much simpler and saner way to go about prep. 

Like @Steph_Curry I too struggle with efficiency, so kehne-ko I used to study in the 9am to 9pm bracket but it was in my own low intensity way along with other things like lunch, tea break, even Reddit and YouTube in between at times, so effective hours would be around 8 max. This was usually enough to get done all the work planned for the day.

I second what has been said above, do not get bogged down by the hours others are putting in. Everyone takes their own time with things, plus, you never really know what someone’s “quality” study hours are. 

Just keep pushing yourself whilst being mindful of your well-being. For me, a month before exams, be it prelims or mains, all the other considerations go for a toss, or that’s how it inevitably becomes for me. Then, I just try to squeeze in as much study as I can. It gets stressful but I’ve just accepted it now 😅

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Ma'am, I have been following your posts, big fan!!

She has an amazing blog too, I think. Do you follow that?

Or am I confusing her with someone!

sjerngal,
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She has an amazing blog too, I think. Do you follow that?

Or am I confusing her with someone!

Ohh... is she the same Sjerngal?? I am not sure.

Steph_Curry,sjerngal
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Ma'am, I have been following your posts, big fan!!

She has an amazing blog too, I think. Do you follow that?

Or am I confusing her with someone!

Ohh... is she the same Sjerngal?? I am not sure.

@sjerngal Clear the confusion. Do you have a blog?

sjerngal,
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@sjerngal are you a published author as well? I was reading a book the other day your writing style seems so similar to her. 

Steph_Curry,sjerngal
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@sjerngal are you a published author as well? I was reading a book the other day your writing style seems so similar to her. 

That'd be amazing if this turns out to be true.

sjerngal,
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@Steph_Curry and@HeNeArKr ... 

So who am I???? 

Well, guess that will remain a mystery... 

Anduin,Steph_Curryand3 otherslike this
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@Steph_Curry and@HeNeArKr ... 

So who am I???? 

Well, guess that will remain a mystery... 

We are probably right, then! @HeNeArKr 😯

sjerngal,HeNeArKr
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"It's not the hours you put in your work that counts, it's the work you put in the hours." - Sam Ewing

Many years ago, had told this quote in "Thought of the day" at the School assembly. Still trying to implement this thought and failing. :p

Neyawn,chamomileand13 otherslike this
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@Steph_Curry and@HeNeArKr ... 

So who am I???? 

Well, guess that will remain a mystery... 

We are probably right, then! @HeNeArKr 😯

I knew that !! 🤗🤗

Steph_Curry,sjerngal
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@sjerngal Hey. 2021 was your 1st attempt? Please throw some light on importance of SFG wrt Prelims and ways to ensure success in prelims. Thnx


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Ma'am, I have been following your posts, big fan!!

She has an amazing blog too, I think. Do you follow that?

Or am I confusing her with someone!

You can ask her for the links. She sent them to me as well

Steph_Curry,sjerngaland2 otherslike this
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I struggle with productivity myself. So much so that I started reading a book titled “Finish What You Started” and didn’t read more than halfway through that book either…smh. 

6 hours is decent for the time being, especially if you intend to write in 2022. But you will slowly need to bump it up to 10 as the prelims gets nearer (I’m talking the last 30 days or so). Personally, I believe that there is a need to sit a minimum threshold amount because no one is ever fully productive. Irrespective of how less hours you sit, you will inevitably waste 15-20 minutes here and there. So only if you sit 6 hours do you ensure you study at least 4 hours worth.

Having said that, its ok to not be able to complete your targets or not be able to sit consistently for 10+ hours daily. It’s part of the learning curve and you’re only human. Figure out if your current study schedule is not working for you and see where you could find space to maximise your output

Saint_,Villanelleand15 otherslike this
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I struggle with productivity myself. So much so that I started reading a book titled “Finish What You Started” and didn’t read more than halfway through that book either…smh. 

6 hours is decent for the time being, especially if you intend to write in 2022. But you will slowly need to bump it up to 10 as the prelims gets nearer (I’m talking the last 30 days or so). Personally, I believe that there is a need to sit a minimum threshold amount because no one is ever fully productive. Irrespective of how less hours you sit, you will inevitably waste 15-20 minutes here and there. So only if you sit 6 hours do you ensure you study at least 4 hours worth.

Having said that, its ok to not be able to complete your targets or not be able to sit consistently for 10+ hours daily. It’s part of the learning curve and you’re only human. Figure out if your current study schedule is not working for you and see where you could find space to maximise your output

Very nice... 

LetsGetThisBread,
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