Slow and Steady Wins but It Isn’t a Race

I am a somewhat obsessive person and when I get my hands on something new, I devour it. I tend to spend all my free time either working on or thinking about my new activity. In my last post I was all hyped up and ready to charge into Chapter 4. It sounded like an excellent plan at the time but failed to account for the 5 additional IRS publication reading assignments in Chapter 3. After reading the very accessible main course materials, reading the related IRS publications felt like moving through molasses. As much as I love learning, I would be lying if I said I look forward to reading straight through IRS publications. While I don’t mind researching a specific topic, reading a publication start to finish is an entirely different task. Unfortunately, my somewhat diminished desire to read through these publications actually led to me rushing through them. I would read them to get them out of the way but was so interested in hitting my time goals that I wasn’t absorbing as much as I could have been. Since discovering this, I’ve decided to take a step back and take my time with all of the reading. In the future I will try to spread out my IRS publication reading assignments so that I don’t get burned out. I am seeking this certification as a personal venture to expand my knowledge and the only one hurt by rushing this is me. I will be moving on to Chapter 4 – when I’m ready.