I am an ENTP and I have severe focus problem specially when Im supposed to study. I should get ready for the CPA exams soon and I find it very difficult sticking to a plan. I study for two days after work but cannot get back to study for a week and this repeats a lot.
I get frustrated and ask myself if I should go visit a doctor or this problem is usual for other ENTP females. Id appreciate your recommendations.

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Guest (not verified) says...

I am an ENTP and I have severe focus problems especially when Im supposed to study. I should get ready for the CPA exams soon and I find it very difficult sticking to a plan. I study for two days after work but cannot get back to studying for a week and this repeats a lot.
I get frustrated and ask myself if I should go visit a doctor or this problem is usual for other ENTP females. Id appreciate your recommendations.

Guest (not verified) says...

Tiny Goals. As ENTPs, we're easily distracted, so tasks must be small enough to finish BEFORE our brains go somewhere else. Instead of studying everything at once, break your studying into sections, or small time frames. Also, try studying in a different way, or adding another element. This will make it less mundane. And maybe try discussion with others as a type of study. As ENTPs we love to banter and share our knowledge. I used to find a friend in my class before a test, and just tell them all the things I know, and listen to all the things they know. It turned studying into stimulating conversation.

Good luck!

Guest (not verified) says...

Thanks a lot for your comment. You are totally right. Having a study partner helps a lot. However, I havent been successful finding any since most accountants are super introverted and unlike us they want to study alone. I step into a career path which is not compatible with my personality but you know that we can achieve anything we really want. I also agree with setting short term goals. Any other recommendation is highly appreciated.

brian says...

Thanks for this, I will try it out and see if it works.

Guest (not verified) says...

Try late night. Instead of studying when you get home from work take a nap Until 2am then study.

Dana523 (not verified) says...

I am also am ENTP. I have met a few others online and most of us also have ADHD. My recommendation is Ritalin. Seriously. Get tested at a mental health center. It saved my life and in less than 6 months, I finally will graduate with my BA in psychology.

Thor (not verified) says...

I'm an ENTP with ADD.

I take concerta. get a referral to a Psychologist

Guest (not verified) says...

I am also an ENTP with ADD/ADHD. The two seem to correlate frequently. Besides having trouble with focus and getting easily distracted, I am intrigued by almost anything new and I am constantly starting new things that I never finish. I see a Psychiatrist and take Adderall, which is very helpful for me when I need to focus on one thing for a long period of time.

I agree with the other comment of setting small goals to help focus on one thing at a time and making lists and outlines is very helpful to me even if it sometimes goes against my nature. I disagree with the study partner idea though because then I just end up talking too much because my Extroversion is pretty strong. I do like teaching something to someone else though. That gives studying content a "problem-solving" aspect and is able to stimulate the reward/pleasure center of my brain.

Guest (not verified) says...

ok being a ENTP is difficult for others to understand so I suggest you forget about their diagnosis of add and adhd and peel back the layers of your great original mind but until then give this a go study different ways at the same time for example study the conventional way for a while then study walking around then try studying in a different voice ect you come up with what ever works but you get drift right

ENTP on Mars (not verified) says...

Could the reason you don't enjoy studying is that you don't experience any immediate value or see the point of doing it? I have a similar problem creating work estimates or plans using forms our non-ENTP team mates dreamed up. Tedium numbs my brain. Repetition with no visible connection to past, present, or future work makes me want to walk of a bridge into 10 lane highway traffic. You get the picture. I find myself dreaming up replacements for our crapping tracking and reporting mechanisms than filling out the stupid sheets. I know, right?

My question to you, my ENTP friend, is why on God's green earth did you choose to study to be a CPA? That type of work is alien to our make up. I don't want to tell you how to live your life, but you would do well to study something that you can be passionate about, that captures your focus so much that you will forget to eat, sleep, even hold yourself from going to the bathroom, until you get the project done. If I could find an administrative assistant, or a focus tool, I would be happier with my work.

Energy Centered (not verified) says...

Words cannot express how elated I am to see I am not alone in this arena!!! For years, I thought it was just me; I thought maybe I had a problem. I noticed how frustrated other (non-ENTPs) would get when attempting to follow my fast paced thoughts, expressions, and analogies; some were amazed at my ability to connect all these ideas back to the central theme ("topic of discussion,") while others just become annoyed. Although I do not have a specific answer to the posed question regarding "studying," I just wanted to share my gratitude toward knowing I'm not alone in this and I'm perfectly "normal" ! :-) Cheers to ENTPs across the globe!!!!

Atte says...

I'm female ENTP either and, just like you, I have huge problems with studying. I just can't study for too long... What means more than a hour. For me, the best way to study is dividing studying into 3-4 short sessions. First one is just for looking over, next one or two for real studying and the last one for  recalling. Between learning you can relax for a while, maybe go for a walk or something like that :3 What you definitely can't do is to force yourself to learning - if you do that, focusing will be just impossible and you will just waste your time. 

Guest (not verified) says...

Hi, I am so amazed to find all this! I can relate absolutely. What I do to force myself not to drift away is to work in groups and to be me the one taking the notes on the computer, or modifying the excel file. It has to be me actually writing so I feel something creative is happening; not only receiving info. It works much better with a companion. If you chose this career you will stand out for your traits that are so different from your typical accountant. Good luck! 

BKS (not verified) says...

So I'm ENTP and have serious focus problems but only on stuff I don't give a shit about. If I'm feeling interested in anything, even school work, I can get an entire semester finished in two weeks. I probably have add because it runs in many family and I know hyperfocusing can be a symptom of certain types of add... But don't let the way your mind focuses have you second guess your abilities or your intelligence. Study when you want to study. Whether that means at two in the morning or in a 5 hour sitting, just don't force yourself if you can't stop thinking about doing something else like playing the guitar or going out. If you can't ever focus on your career's work, you probably will never truly love your job and that's a waste of a life so get out while you still have  time. Don't look back when you're 80 wondering why you didn't just try doing what you loved since you were a kid. You might get fired from a job you hate, so just take the risk at doing what makes you happy. I know that could be super off if you really do enjoy your job, I just would rather risk looking like a babbling idiot than see someone with my mentality stuck where I was until now.

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