Time Management for System Administrators

Time Management for System Administrators

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by Thomas A. Limoncelli
     
 

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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

Overview

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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There’s never enough time -- especially if you’re a sysadmin or netadmin. But there’s hope. Thomas A. Limoncelli will show you how to put your obsessive tinkering and optimization skills to work on yourself. By the time you’re done, you’ll have consistently freed enough time to, well, get a life.

Limoncelli coauthored the classic sysadmin guide The Practice of System and Network Administration. He thoroughly understands the unique time management challenges admins face: the endless interruptions, infinite to-do lists. Above all, he knows the admin mind-set. (What other time management guide would tell you to behave "like a compiled language instead of an interpreted language: precompile a decision, and use it over and over"?)

He starts with core principles. For instance: Conserve your brainpower for what’s important right now, and use external storage (e.g., your organizer) for everything else. Develop processes, stick with them, and apply them to your whole life, not just work.

You’ll find a bucketload of admin-specific techniques for minimizing distractions and interruptions. Limoncelli offers a series of great routines and "automatic checks" that’ll help you avoid all manner of time-wasting trouble. (Always back up config files before you edit them. Fill your gas tank on Sundays. Perform daily tasks in the morning, so they won’t bother you all day.)

The heart of Limoncelli’s system is called the "cycle." It combines a to-do list, today’s schedule, a calendar, and your personal list of long-term life goals. Whether you use paper, a PDA, or something else, Limoncelli shows you how to make the most of it. You’ll find guidance on setting priorities, managing stress, managing email, eliminating time wasters, and -- geek that you are -- automating your work as much as humanly possible. Bill Camarda, from the March 2006 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596553036
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/22/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
228
Sales rank:
454,847
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Thomas Limoncelli is a world-famous author and speaker on many topics including system administration, networking, and security. A system administrator since 1988, he now speaks at conferences around the world on topics ranging from firewall security to time management. He has worked for Cibernet, Dean For America, Lumeta, Bell Labs / Lucent, AT&T and Mentor Graphics. Along with Christine Hogan he is co-author of the book "The Practice of System and Network Administration" from Addison-Wesley. He holds a B.A. in C.S. from Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, USA. He publishes a blog on www.EverythingSysadmin.com

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Time Management for System Administrators 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was tired of working 60 hrs/wk and NOT getting caught up. I manage 14 locations with around 500 users. I was 2 years behind on some projects. This book was a tremendous help.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Are you an IT worker? If you are, then this book is for you! Author Thomas Limoncelli, has done an outstanding job of writing a practical book for IT people who are early in their career, but also for industry veterans who will find these time management techniques to be equally useful. Limoncelli, begins by introducing the principles that will be used throughout the rest of the book. Then, the author shows you how to deal with an interrupting customer. He continues by showing you how to turn chaos into routine. Next, the author introduces you to his 'Cycle System,' which is a way to manage your to do list. Then, the author focuses upon the actual day-to-day work of putting The Cycle System into practice, creating your schedule and to do list. Then, he extends The Cycle System to include his calendar. He also shows you how to identify long-term goal, both personal and professional, and how to make sure you achieve them. Next, the author discusses a few different ways to prioritize so that The Cycle System works even better. Then, he shows you how he learned to manage stress. He continues by showing you a few realistic tips for getting control over the flood of email you receive. Next, the author discusses how to eliminate time wasters. Then, he explores ways to document without pain. Finally, the author explains a few methods to automate a lot with little effort. This is an excellent technique book. More importantly, this book is about you and how to improve your life through better time management.