My S.M.A.R.T. 70-516 Certification Goal

So I’ve been reading a lot and listening to a ton of success and business podcasts, and have decided I would like to set a S.M.A.R.T. goal. For those of you who don’t know, it’s an amazing thing to use when making goals.

Below is my breakdown of my goal.

Specific – The 70-516 exam
Measurable – I will take the test
Achievable – This should be achievable given the 11 or so week time frame
Relevant – This is in line with my current career path (and ultimate MCPD goal)
Time-Bound – I will take the test on Saturday December 13, 2014

Why 11 weeks? Well, I currently have a few things that are a bit more pressing:

  • Fixing up and then selling my house in Cheyenne (nearly there)
  • Expecting a new addition to our family (End of November)
  • Have a few quick (hopefully) side projects I would like to complete

I ordered the self-paced study guides from Amazon (at $4-$5 each, how could you go wrong?), as well as ordered a practice exam for my phone.

So my spare time will be taking short practice exams, or studying/implementing the study guide. Either way, my time will no longer consist of playing solitaire or browsing the community shopping pages on Facebook.

Just think: Using your spare minutes during the day and a few hours a week, you too could have yourself a certification in your desired field. Will you commit to yourself to bettering your career? Let me know in the comments below, or shoot me an email via my contact page. Maybe we can hold each other accountable for our next tests.

Wish me luck,

RJ writes custom Windows and Web applications using the Microsoft .NET framework, and enjoys solving problems with code, often while listening to a techno soundcloud stream. He hopes to one day write an application that many businesses will use.


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