Are you thinking of Earning PMP® credentials for many years? Do you come up with endless reasons for not being able to do it? Perhaps, you are not alone. I am in the profession of helping people get PMP® Certified and I come across many such cases every day. People give all mundane reasons for the endless postponement.
PMP® certification is an important milestone of your career and if you believe, then you need to do something quickly. All your reasons are genuine and important. This is how a general week go for an IT Professional. Some of you may be spending even more time.
Jobs are becoming demanding in terms of number of hours you put in as well as requirement of advancing your skills.
If you are in a hardcore technical or management profile, it’s even difficult for you, your job is demanding, you need to put in more number of hours as compared to an average profile, the programming language you are using at this moment will be obsolete in three years.
This is how a typical work week looks like if you are someone with 5+ years of experience and working in an IT industry in metros like Delhi/NCR, Bangalore or Pune. On an average you are giving 50+ hours in a week for your professional commitment, around 20 hours for commuting and related activities which are not counted against your professional commitment (Perhaps this is the price of poor infrastructure!)
Most human beings work in a similar fashion. When its a choice between something urgent right now and something important for the future, we go with the former.
We are in the first month of 2017, do you remember making some resolutions on 31st December? 1/12th of the year 2017 has passed already, what actions you have taken till now? I bet, None!
Your job stability and future growth is directly proportional to the skills you upgrade now.
Multiple skills are in demand, Project management, Agile, Scrum, Kanban, Scaled agile to name a few! Are you learning Agile and Kanban and at the same time trying to finish PMP® certification?. In lean world this is called “Too Much inventory in process”, and nothing finally comes out. This is the state where you lose motivation to go further.
So the question is how to beat procrastination in PMP® exam? In my view it is all about evaluating cost of delay and cost of effort needed for PMP® exam preparation. In simple words understanding of what you are losing by not doing PMP® exam against what effort you need to put for exam preparation.
One of our client Pradip Ghosh has been struggling with a similar problem since last six years. He is an iZenbridge customer and has completed multiple certificates in Agile but PMP® certification. Here is the entire conversation, I am sure you will be able to relate to this in your life.
The conversation starts by sharing how he has been delaying PMP® Exam preparation for more than six years. Pradeep is iZenBridge Customers from last four years, and he has done many Agile related certification programs with us. You may find this conversation insightful.
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