Ok... you would be forgiven for thinking that this is an oxymoron... but the process of sitting down to study can be easy and automatic. It is just a matter of two things.... making it an automated habit, and making it a part of who you are.
Making it an automated habit, I will return to in a future blog, but for now, read this to be like brushing your teeth... do you think about whether you are going to do this every time you do it? Or do you just find yourself in front of the bathroom mirror toothbrush in hand without having given it much though? When something becomes habitual, it is easy. You don't have to give it any thought... it just happens.
Furthermore, studies have shown that we behave according to who we think we are rather than what we decide to do. For example, if you see yourself as a musician, you will be much more likely to practice your music, than if you see yourself as a non musician who wants to get better at the guitar. This is because if a 'musician' is a part of who you view yourself to be, you will act consistently with your view of yourself and practicing will become natural.
How does this link to studying? You need to establish who you want to be, what your values are and then think about how you can get there. You want to be an accountant, a tax adviser, or a trust practitioner ... you need to assume this into your identity. You ARE a trainee tax adviser, trainee accountant, trainee solicitor... that is why you are studying tax. It might not happen overnight, but by being consistent with your habits and internalising your role inside yourself, it will eventually become easy.