My key tip to gear up for ABPI exam success this year (and a pressie)

Last Updated on May 4, 2020 by Dr M

All too often in the hustle and bustle of life, we forget to take time out to smell the roses. Christmas offers an ideal opportunity to do this, in order to recharge our batteries.

That’s why it’s a good idea to take stock of your achievements. An end of year review helps you take a step back to appreciate them, and to give yourself a well deserved pat on the back. In most industries this is done as a matter of routine. Then, once we feel a bit more rested hopefully, and restored, it’s time to take the tiger by the tail – to take action. Catch up on those outstanding projects or tasks. Swallow the bitter pill.

One way to break out of feeling overwhelmed is to take back control.

There’s no escaping the fact that

              – if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
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It doesn’t need to be complicated; but, you do need to stick to your plan.  Without a plan, even with the best will in the world, other things tend to take precedence. No matter how hard you try, YOUR GOALS – the things that really matter to you – just keep slipping off your to-do list into the abyss of should-have, would-have, and could-have recriminations.

So, my key tip to gear up for ABPI exam success is that you make a plan, and then work that plan.

I know it sounds simple. Have you found that the simplest things in life are the hardest to master?

Turns out, it ain’t that bad once you get started.

Once you begin a project, or a task, it feels good. You start boosting your feel-good neurotransmitters, including dopamine. If you know about the effects of dopamine, you quickly become habituated to that feel good factor, which means you want more.

These days, when it comes to online productivity tools – we’re spoilt for choice. Often your choice depends on your personal preference and what works for you. Over the years, I’ve used all of these:-

You might have seen my previous recommendations for Trello, the tool I currently use to keep track of my projects, and all their associated tasks. If you decide this one’s for you, then please use my recommendation link, since it earns me extra functionality. Thanks in advance for your help.

Trello keeps me on track with everything I do for the Toolkit, and my students. It’s straightforward and easy to use. And FREE.

If you haven’t already, do yourself a favour by checking it out. You can use its inbuilt calendar to set and track deadlines for your learning goals.

To use Trello:-

  • Go set up your free account NOW.
  • Name your board (e.g. my ABPI exam study board)
  • Set up three columns: to do; doing and done.
  • Add your tasks (cards) to your to do column.
  • Move tasks/cards across to the “doing” column as you progress with each of your tasks.
  • Add due dates, and a checklist of subtasks to each card.
  • Click on the menu option, then activate calendar in the power-ups.
  • Click on the calendar to review your deadlines.

I promise you that once you get into the habit of using one of these productivity tools that you’ll stop feeling harrassed about all the things you’ve forgotten to keep track of (‘cos you forgot to make a note of it in the first place). Your sense of satisfaction grows with each task that gets done. Then, at the end of the year you can look back on all that you’ve accomplished.

If you’re in a fug, reviewing your achievements helps you break out of it.

Well it did  for  me…
I’m starting to feel the Christmas spirit (did you see that shaking pressie GIF at the top?).

So, in answer to those questions that popped into my mailbox:-

1. My proudest achievement this year? 

Creating the ABPI Exam Toolkit™ – my first attempt at creating a brand with a dedicated B2C focus.

How do you think I’m doing so far?

2. Looking back this year, what do I think of?

I think of what I could have done better, to reach out and to help more of you.

Perhaps I could’ve been more active on social media – to help get the word out (without a big marketing budget, it’s not that easy). Besides, I was busy tutoring and producing more MCQ Workbooks and Mind Maps.

So, hey I had to prioritise. Building an audience takes time. Finding that audience in this industry ain’t easy. We’re a closed shop, and all that, especially when it comes to social media. As always, I depend on word of mouth referrals.

For any end of year review to be worthwhile, we also have to look foward, not just back.

So – my plans for next year?

Depends on you… to be honest, I feel a bit disconnected from my “tribe” at the moment. From various discussions I’ve had this year, I know this is something some of you feel too. So, one of my goals is to set up a private discussion group if that’s of interest. Oh oh. Cat’s out of the bag…..

Please give me your feedback on this idea. Make a comment here, or on the Toolkit Facebook page, or Twitter (@Abpiexamtoolkit).

And, please, tell me your plans for the New Year.

Meanwhile, have a great year.



P.S. About that pressie – it’s here if you’re not already a subscriber (subcribers get a different pressie). Be good to yourself.

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