- Paperback: 228 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 2, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596007833
- ISBN-13: 978-0596007836
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 87 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About 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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That said, it is now 2017. I cannot in good conscience gift my colleagues a book that mentions Palm Pilots in every chapter. I would love to see the ubiquitous computing technologies that have emerged since this book was published examined by the author (even if, like him, I still prefer pen and paper). Mr. Limoncelli, I know YOU have the free time... write a second edition and I'll preorder it now!
Summary Notes from Time Management for System Administrators by Thomas Limoncelli (spoilers!):
1. Keep all your time management stuff in one place - your work and personal appointments, to do list, calendar, goals, etc.
2. Focus on the current task; use external storage to record/remember everything else.
3. Develop routines for things so there are no oopsies or important items left undone or forgotten. A good routine is to start each day with our to do list, estimate duration to complete each task, prioritize the tasks, schedule them to be completed, and work the schedule.
4. Pre-compile decisions by developing habits and mantras. Habits such as using the first quiet hour of the day to work projects, or to put gas in your car on the same day every week.
5. Maintain focus during work tasks- do not allow distractions like email, internet surfing, IM, etc to derail you. Study in a quiet environment whenever possible.
The end of the book has specific, technology-focused advice, including advice on automating work. This part shines. Limoncelli should expand the automation chapter into its own book. It changed how I do my job (software development) and how I think about labor-saving technologies. Really great stuff.
There is a jarring off-color joke partway through the book that keeps me from recommending it to coworkers. I wish the editor had cut it and I hope O'Reilly excises it from future editions.
"Drilling down from 'goals' to 'What are you doing Monday?' was an eye opener in terms of showing me how this sort of thing fits together. The goals exercise was the best part of it. It made the rest of the concepts real. I've even suggested to my boss that the sysadmin group do something similar at one of our staff meetings." L.G.
"I think that 'The Cycle' system is a pretty comprehensive approach to time planning, but very simple concept to implement. And it looks very practical in its approach. I definitely plan to follow up on it and give it a try right away. One thing it really encourages you to be very strategic in your thinking, which also helps with achieving long term goals. Putting some time to think about the important long term goals both personal and professional was a real eye opening for me, since I pretty much discovered that I am spending a lot of time and effort on things that are not important from the long term goal perspective.
I liked also the attitude towards the vacation time -- you know as a sysadmin you always feel guilty for taking too much vacation time in one lump, now I will feel guilty for not taking vacation time instead :-) It also helps to encourage your colleagues to take on more ownership and responsibilities over company's infrastructure while you are on vacation." O.B.