Late last year, I got the fine idea that during my maternity leave, I was going to have time in my hands to prepare for my PMP (Project Management Professional) certification. Yes… I know how ridiculous that sounds like now, no words can really describe the degree of “clueless”. My only excuse is that it was my first pregnancy. I thought if I normally work an average of 10 to 11 hour days, not working with a baby seems like easy street!. Again, “Yes” clueless.
So after Ben was born, and my maternity leave had expired, not a page from the PMBOK was ruffled. Safe to say I was completely out of my league when it comes to juggling baby and lack of sleep. The line “PMP Certication” did not enter my mind once in 3 months. My PMP certification time limit was starting to countdown, there is only 1 year limit before you have to completely reapply and go through the process again. Soon I realize that if I did not start preparing in earnest, I might as well just quit the certification. So I put myself down to the task, starting in May one hour each night after Ben goes to sleep and half days over the weekend. Skipped 1 family trip that I wished I had taken however it was just too risky and skipped a whole lot of gardening this summer. Hubby helped out around the house more than usual so that I’ll have time to study on PMP.
July 9, 2012: Drove myself to Prometric test center at 8am. Sat down and started the exam. I completed the exam in about 3 hours and 40 minutes. Started doing some review but did not complete and ran out of time.
I Passed :-). Proficient in all categories except for one. WHOPPEEEEEEE!!!! Done! Whewwwh… what a relief!
Now to put the knowledge to practice in my day to day activities…… that should be easy right? Right… 😉