Time Management for System Administrators
Course length: 1/2 day
Description: Based on Tom Limoncelli's life-saving book, this course covers the Cycle System. These time management tips and practices can greatly increase the efficiency of any sysadmin, and when applied in a group their effects can yield a quantum shift in productivity. They also give the sysadmin practitioner greater peace of mind and more power and control.
Intended audience: System Administrators.
Student FeedbackDrilling 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 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 it's 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.
I very much appreciated approaching time management from the unique perspective of the challenges a sysadmin faces. The section about goal setting is something I don't think I have ever encountered. Well worth hearing, and something I will try to implement for myself.
Phil Harris, Systems Engineer
I feel like I'm better equipped to deal with interruptions and keep my usual work on track because I know how to schedule my day and how to adapt it to disruptions.
Justin Smith, IT Analyst, MIM Software, Inc.