Time Management for System Administrators

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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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This book is full of practical advice. - Goodreads
some great tips for managing ever-growing TODO lists. - Goodreads
It's very straightforward, practical advice. - Goodreads
Plenty of worthwhile tips and processes. - Goodreads

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I would say it is okay book. I did not find any groundbreaking suggestions how to improve my time management but some tips I read were helpful for me. Read full review

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User Review  - Joel Tone - Goodreads

This book is full of practical advice. I'm planning to use a lot of its suggestions to improve my daily time management practices. Read full review


Focus Versus Interruptions
The Cycle System
To Do Lists and Schedules
Calendar Management
Life Goals
Email Management
Eliminating Time Wasters

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Page ix - There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.

About the author (2005)

Thomas A. Limoncelli is a noted system and network administrator employed at Google. He speaks at conferences worldwide on a variety of topics.

Christina J. Hogan has more than ten years' system administration experience. She now works at the BMW Sauber F1 team as an aerodynamicist.

Strata R. Chalup is a twenty-year veteran of system administration and technical project management. She is the founder of Virtual.Net, Inc.

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