I'm not an organized person. It's very easy for me to mix things and end up being confused because I've never kept the track of myself.
For that reason I have been trying to do some improvement, for example by writing a blog. Well I'm not a good blogger as you can see from number of posts I made within the last several months. But hey, something is better than nothing, right?
For my CCIE journey, I decided to use project management tool called dotProject.
It's an open source web-based tool and I think it's really cool. Just take a look at the screenshot:
I have been trying to put everything I have done and what I'm going to do during my journey.
Don't expect me to explain how to install dotProject, just RTFM!
If you look closer, you can see that I have been busy to get my lab from eBay on June. On the last week of June I passed my written test, a test that must be taken before you can register to CCIE lab. I started practicing Cisco security technology in my lab on July. But from August to mid-September there is a gap, no activities recorded in dotProject.
Well, I spent my time during that period to learn MPLS and Quality of Services. I even passed Cisco CCIP certification. Why did I skip my original plan and learned somehing else?
Because it's fun. What else?
From mid-September I have returned back on track.
Since I don't have much time left before my first attempt (the schedule is still not fixed, I'm still waiting for my Visa to go to Brussel) I have to study even more.
I have only 24 hours a day and I have my family too.
So the only way to get close to the target "500 hours hands-on lab" is:
by sacrificing my sleeping time.
My daily schedule, until I pass the exam:
06:30 Wake up, read some news on the Internet
07:00 Take my daughter to school
07:30 Sit and have discussion with my wife
08:00 Go to office
13:00 Lunch break, go home
13:30 Short nap
14:00 Back to office
17:00 Go home, family time
(if my family still take nap, I take my 2nd nap with them)
21:30 Wait until everybody's sleeping
22:00 Start my lab
03:00 (sometime more) Stop geeking out, go to bed
06:30 Wake up, back to the schedule for next day
During the weekend: Go to sleep as much as I can, go out with my family, go home and back to lab