- 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: 82 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I liked this book, easy to read and contains good advice. I have fallen asleep reading other time management material, this one kept me awake." - Alain Williams, news@UK, June 2006
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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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.
"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.
Simply put, any sys admin can (and probably needs) this book. It is a little outdated in regards to some of the methods the author suggests using like a day planner or PDA. (Just replace those with "smartphone") Overall the technics and methods the author talks about really can help you. A lot of it is common sense and you'll realize that when you read it but if you haven't already thought of them and implemented them then this will help you. I've already increased my productivity and organization.
I'm still working on dealing with how to say no and set the proper expectations. (its a side effect of me being a nice person.) but I have become better with dealing with super pushy manager types. I've made a publicly accessible schedule of activities and direct people to it now when they have requests so they can get an idea of whats going on and how quickly I may be able to get to their requests.
This book was written from the unix administrator perspective and has a lot of reference to that side of computing. However, Windows admins can benefit from the methods the author talks about. It's a fun read and not dry and boring like most technical books. The flow is logical but also set up so you can put sticky notes in certain areas so you can reference them later and you don't have to read the two paragraphs before just to remember what the author was talking about.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who does system administration but anyone who does other tech work. Even if you only get two things out of this book, its still two thing to make your life a little easier.
His title states that the book is for SAs, but the tips can be helpful to anyone who works in a high-interruption, high-stress environment.
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The author offers good but limited number of examples
If you don't agree with me here is because you're not a SysAdmin working in a professional enviroment.Read more