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Thomas A. Limoncelli
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2 Dec 2005

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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Product details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (2 Dec 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596007833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596007836
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 22.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,603 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

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This collection of time management tools addresses the very specific needs of embattled system administrators everywhere. Bestselling author Thomas Limoncelli shows you how to manage interruptions, eliminate timewasters, prioritize based on customer expectations, automate processes for faster execution, and much more. It's the first step to a more productive, happier you.

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5.0 out of 5 stars not just for system administrators! 30 Dec 2005
I loved this book, even though I'm not a system admin as such, but I do work in a busy IT department. I've tried various time management schemes recently, such as David Allen's 'Getting Things Done' amongst others, and found them all to be a little abstract. I can sort of see what they're getting at, but when it comes to putting them into practice, the systems kind of fall apart on me.
However, Thomas Limoncelli's book is different. It's *practical*. And he uses real-life examples, which actually work!
Written in a friendly, conversational style, the book covers the high-level concepts such as managing interruptions, checklists and the overall principles of time management. That done, he moves onto his Cycle system then how to prioritise tasks effectively, how to deal with stress and documenting your processes and workflows. The book finishes off with some system admin-specific tips on how to automate processes.
I can't recommend this book enough. I've been pushing it on my work colleagues, and can already see a difference in how I can manage mine and my team's workloads. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I never have time... 14 Jan 2006
When I noticed this book I was a bit reluctant since books that claim to teach me how to live my life never appealed to me.
The decision to pick it up was taken since I was curious about the somewhat unusual angle this book takes. The book provides time management techniques for system administrators.
System administrators (and I am guessing you are one or trying to understand one if you are reading this) have no time,ever.
They are either busy with problems at work (24 hours 7 days a week) or busy with learning some new technology or even worse-helping friends and family with absorbing technology.
So I was curious, is there a way for a system administrator to become less busy?
After reading the book I came to the conclusion that a system administrator may be able to better manage his time using the principles outlined in this book. The principles provided in the book are not vague and general; they can be quickly applied to real situations a system administrator may encounter.
When reading this book I had the feeling of Deja-Vu several times, I was using some of the techniques described in the book, before reading the book, yet the book managed to provide the final touches needed to perfect the techniques.
I have found this book to provide a great perspective on the system administrator’s ability to take control of a seemingly chaotic life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for sysadmins 13 July 2013
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Quite simply if you are a systems administrator and you have not read this book then do so right away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imperative Reading 10 May 2010
This is undoubtedly the best time management book I've ever come across. Focusing on System Administration type work it helps to create a balance when managing the millions of interruptions, hundreds of projects and miscellaneous tasks that crop up and keep you in the office late.

Other time management books don't grasp the somewhat unique role of the system administrator, but this is very relevant and understands that most SA's are passionate about what they do - which blurs the boundaries on the work/life balance.

All in all, a good read, and if you can't stick to all the tips included in this book, you're guaranteed to at least gain *something* of value :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars I feel in good company 23 Mar 2009
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I found this book really good. I was already starting to apply some of the rules before reading it and reading it just confirmed me that I was on the right path and not a maniac. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really hits the nail on the head... 12 Jan 2008
This is a REALLY good book for sys admin/netwok managers/whatever you want to call someone who looks after the servers and network in a company. I was glad to find I am not alone in the things I have to cope with evey day at work (and at home!). He really made me feel like my problems are also being tackled by others out there in sys admin land. And gives great advice on how to deal with those problems.
A real practical book, which is exactly what was I was after, not a theoretical treatment of the subject but excellent practical advice for daya-to-day problems. I even read some to my girlfriend (who has no idea what I do.)
The only section missing was on managing expectations of people. How do you manage 6 different peoples expectations of you all at once? That is a trick I need to learn...
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