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