Following on from a lazy summer of not too much study! I have decided to revise my CCIE Study Plan and really knuckle down to some serious study and finally pass the CCIE Lab Exam!
I can’t remember where I read it but I came across a blog post of a success story of someone who passed the lab exam. He put a large empahsis on his success to his study plan. He created a very simple spreadsheet with 8 columns.
Date, Subject, Reading, Videos, Labs, Other, Comments & Total. This is quite self explanatory for a particular day I will write down the subject I am going to study, then if I am reading, watching a video, doing a lab or something else. I am also going to be very strict about the time I actually spend studying this figure will go into the spreadsheet and at the end of the day the total field will add up all the study times (in minutes) If the study time is below my target I want to get the spreadsheet to turn the block red. At the moment it says either “Study target Achieved” or “Study More!”
If anybody knows how to turn a cell red in Excel from an IF Statement then please comment below.
My target is 5 hours per day. This may seem a lot but my plan is to break it down into 1 hour before work, at least 30 minutes during my lunch hour, 30 minutes of audio bootcamp in the car (I can’t concentrate on this for more than 30 minutes) and then 3 hours in the evening.
Using Roger’s CCIE Study Plan.xls I aim to really see where I am studying and where I am lacking.
As en experiment I put this to the test last night and set a stopwatch tracking my exact study time watching a video on MPLS
During a 1 hour video I remembered I hadn’t done a job for my wife, which took 12 minutes, remembered I had to phone the bank which took 18 minutes, went to the toilet, made a drink and had to copy a video to my ipad as my laptop would not play it whilst connected to the vpn for something I was doing for work.
All in all I managed 12 minutes out of 60 of actual focussed study time!
So my mantra for the followiong months is to disconnect and study. Before starting any session
ensure I have any pressing jobs out of the way, get a drink ready and ensure I have been to the bathroom!
I am also going to invest in a pair of these.
Bose Noice Cancelling headphones are the best way to disconnect from the world. Once they are switched on all background noise disappears.
So with this new found focus and time monitored CCIE Study Plan I am hoping the next few months are going to be very productive.
If anybody as any tips to disconnect and study then please comment.