July 26, 2004
Time Management for System Administrators
Afternoon tutorial is Time Management for System Administrators: Getting it all Done and Not Going (More) Crazy! by Thomas Limoncelli.
Tom is doing something similar to what I imagine happens in a Franklin Covey seminar, but with a sysadmin twist, looking specifically at how time management should happen. A few years ago I listened to the Franklin training tapes, so this is a bit of review.
- invest 5-10 minutes every day to review the todo and calendar items for the day
- the goal should be never forget a user requests
- our brain isn't good of keeping track of them
- scattered pieces of paper
- many lists don't work because they are everywhere
- one master list can be damaging to self esteem because it never goes away
- make one to-do list per day, keep in a single place, with you all the time and easy to access
- ask boss to help prioritize
- if it has do be done every day, do it first
In this room there is a growing hostile environment between the PDA vs paper planner folks. I think what's important to remember is that you have to find what works best for your style, and accept that other people will do the same.
Posted by mike at July 26, 2004 3:12 PM