I’m going to take a break.
I would love to pass L2 in June and have a chance to be a CFA charterholder mid-2014, but I don’t think I can do it. Even though I managed to avoid working weekends until the last 2 months of L1, my social life really suffered and my girlfriend was not happy! Looking at the L2 forum, most of them are well into the materials by now, so to stand a chance we’ll have to hit it hard as soon as we get our results (if we pass). L2 is a lot harder than L1 so that means weekends almost immediately, studying pre and post work, etc.
I found my work also suffered as I rushed to finish everything quickly so I could begin studying. As people keep saying, the CFA is not a golden ticket, so i’m going to forget about the CFA once results come in (unless i’ve failed, in which case i’ll retake) and spend the next 9 months concentrating more on work. Maybe try to get a new job, or push hard on a new project. I also want to work on my model building skills. Mostly though, I just want to relax and enjoy my free time. There’s more to life than work and books!