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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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Average Rating: 4.818181818181818 out of 5 rating Based on 11 Ratings

"Operations Engineer" - by Dave Konopka on 02-DEC-2013
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A must read for anyone in operations or systems administration. Plenty of worthwhile tips and processes. It is an extremely easy read too. The only knock is that now that the book is a few years old some of the references are badly dated.
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