CCIE Distractions

Back when I passed my CCIE written last year I had the momentum behind me and felt that I would be able to study for and take my first attempt at the lab in only a few months.

Since then I have realised more than ever how much of a full-time commitment the lab can very quickly become.

Between work and personal commitments it soon became all to easy to just put the lab studies on the back burner for another day however we all no that tomorrow never really comes…

I’ve said it before but now more than ever I want to knuckle down and get through the studies.

A few weeks ago I took advantage of an offer over at Cisco Press that allowed me to get my CCIE reference library stocked up for less than half the price it would usually have cost which has been a big help. For those wanting to know the books that I bought on the offer were:

  • Routing TCP/IP Volume I, Second Edition
  • Routing TCP/IP Volume II
  • Troubleshooting IP routing protocols

I already had the first title in PDF format that I have been working through but sometimes felt that it was better to have a hard copy as well.

One other factor that I think has been holding me back is that I made the decision to go through all the INE Volume 1 labs one at a time and working my way through, for me personally this hasn’t really worked, I think mostly because you find yourself going through things time and time again that you consider very basic and that don’t really challenge you.
I realise that in the lab it’s not all going to be mind boggling challenges and that there are going to be plenty of sections that require the same mundane tasks that I am berating however at this point I think the better path for myself would be to dive into the Volume 2 labs and then come back to any Volume 1 labs that I feel I need to brush up on.

If anyone else has some other tips on how to stop yourself from getting distracted then please let me know, sometimes I wonder if I have a mild case of ADD when it comes to these things.

5 thoughts on “CCIE Distractions

  1. “If anyone else has some other tips on how to stop yourself from getting distracted then please let me know, sometimes I wonder if I have a mild case of ADD when it comes to these things.”

    I have been (sort of) asking myself the same question … I used to study pretty good / easily (or at least fully concentrated) in high school, but in university studying just became so difficult. There was always better to do than studying. Even real procrastination, like.. hanging around on Lifehacker or whatever for full days.. like a robot..

    I feel your pain, bro! 🙂

  2. My distraction comes in the form of new technologies of things I don’t know. In the pursuit of trying to understand how something works I will go find out how it works then it leads me down a rabbit hole then another. I also get distracted by other happens.

    I have found it best to put on some non lyrical music, where possible, disconnect from the internet (GASP!) and lab away. Full screen console and my reference documents on the iPad. Has definitely helped.

    I feel your pain in regards to distractions – absolutely hard to avoid. Sometime’s as hard as it is to stop breathing!

  3. Some of the more common reasons people have a hard time with the mock labs: Do not understand the technologies and topics covered Had problems understanding the requirements from the wording given in the tasks Made too many little mistakes Overwhelmed with all of the tasks and didn’t havetime to complete them all

    • Yeah, as I’ve been going through my workbooks one of the most importan things I have started to learn is to read the scenario several times to ensure that what you’re thinking of doing matches all the points.

  4. you may recognize it in co-workers who get constantly distracted in the middle of a task, and the distraction usually comes from an email or text, or an internal need to check something on the Web.

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