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Time Management for System Administratorsby Thomas A. Limoncelli
Synopses & Reviews
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:
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.
Book News Annotation:
Using a conversational style, veteran system administrator Limoncelli describes a number of time management strategies that have been tailored specifically for busy IT industry professionals. Sample topics include dealing with interruptions, prioritizing the to-do list, and managing stress. Limoncelli also explains how to save time with a well-organized document repository and how to determine which tasks should be automated.
Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Book News Annotation:
Using a conversational style, veteran system administrator Limoncelli describes a number of time management strategies that have been tailored specifically for busy IT industry professionals. Sample topics include dealing with interruptions, prioritizing the to-do list, and managing stress. Limoncelli also explains how to save time with a well-organized document repository and how to determine which tasks should be automated. Annotation Â©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
For overworked system administrators everywhere, "Time Management for System Administrators focuses on strategies that can help you work through daily tasks and be able to handle critical situations that inevitably arise. Written by the co-author of the popular book, "The Practice of System and Network Administration (Addison-Wesley), Tom Limoncelli teaches interrupt management, to-do-lists/follow-through, calendar management, and life tools in "Time Management for System Administrators. Intermixed with these skills are tips on doing things more efficiently and eliminating time wasters.
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
Table of Contents
About the AuthorForewordPrefaceChapter 1: Time Management PrinciplesChapter 2: Focus Versus InterruptionsChapter 3: RoutinesChapter 4: The Cycle SystemChapter 5: The Cycle System: To Do Lists and SchedulesChapter 6: The Cycle System: Calendar ManagementChapter 7: The Cycle System: Life GoalsChapter 8: PrioritizationChapter 9: Stress ManagementChapter 10: Email ManagementChapter 11: Eliminating Time WastersChapter 12: DocumentationChapter 13: AutomationEpilogueColophon
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