Time Management for System Administrators: Stop Working Late and Start Working Smart

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Nov 22, 2005 - Computers - 228 pages
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Time is a precious commodity, especially if you're a system administrator. No other job pulls people in so many directions at once. Users interrupt you constantly with requests, preventing you from getting anything done. Your managers want you to get long-term projects done but flood you with requests for quick-fixes that prevent you from ever getting to those long-term projects. But the pressure is on you to produce and it only increases with time. What do you do?

The answer is time management. And not just any time management theory--you want Time Management for System Administrators, to be exact. With keen insights into the challenges you face as a sys admin, bestselling author Thomas Limoncelli has put together a collection of tips and techniques that will help you cultivate the time management skills you need to flourish as a system administrator.

Time Management for System Administrators understands that an Sys Admin often has competing goals: the concurrent responsibilities of working on large projects and taking care of a user's needs. That's why it focuses on strategies that help you work through daily tasks, yet still allow you to handle critical situations that inevitably arise.

Among other skills, you'll learn how to:

  • Manage interruptions
  • Eliminate timewasters
  • Keep an effective calendar
  • Develop routines for things that occur regularly
  • Use your brain only for what you're currently working on
  • Prioritize based on customer expectations
  • Document and automate processes for faster execution

What's more, the book doesn't confine itself to just the work environment, either. It also offers tips on how to apply these time management tools to your social life. It's the first step to a more productive, happier you.

 

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User Review  - dvf1976 - LibraryThing

I like self-improvement books. I like techinical books. I really like technical self-improvement books. His system is similar to GTD, but I like his tips on email (You only need one mail storage folders: 'Save') and his steps to automation ring true. Read full review

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User Review  - tedroche - LibraryThing

Well-written, funny. A geek sysadmin speaks to his fellow geeks in the language they share. How to manage time, prioritize, manange expectations, make long-range plans, implement, and reflect on all of the plans and how they're working. Top notch, Read full review

Contents

Focus Versus Interruptions
12
Routines
32
The Cycle System
48
To Do Lists and Schedules
58
Calendar Management
80
Life Goals
92
Prioritization
101
Email Management
124
Eliminating Time Wasters
133
Documentation
145
Automation
157
Epilogue
191
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