Book review: Time Management for System Administrators

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Time is a critical factor in an enterprise computing. As a UNIX system administrator, I know the importance of time. Users are the system administrator’s asset (hey w/o them I will be out of job). Understanding users on the system, and knowing how to mange, control, and communicate them in timely mannered is important skill for system administrator. Matter gets worst when you work on a mix of projects and interruptions goes further.

If you want to know how to mange customers (read as keep users happy & productive) in time, then Time Management for System Administrators book by Thomas A. Limoncelli is for you.

The book starts with Time Management Principles. It explains what’s so difficult about time management and the principles of time management for sys admins. Next, it defines the various factors related to sys admins life, routine and most important explains how-to to put things in order of importance. You will gain following skills after reading this book:

  • Stress Management
  • Email management
  • Documentation
  • Automation
  • Manage interruptions
  • Eliminate timewasters
  • Keep an effective calendar
  • Develop routines for things that occur regularly
  • Use your brain only for what you are currently working on
  • Prioritize based on customer expectations
  • Document and automate processes for faster execution

Two simple reasons to read this book:

  1. It provides simple and easy to follow ways (read as tips) to manage time
  2. It comes with 45 days O’Reilly Books-Online key. Therefore, you can read it online without taking any breaks 😉


  • Book title: Time Management for System Administrators
  • Author: Thomas A. Limoncelli
  • Author web/blog:
  • Publisher: O’Reilly
  • Pub Date: November 2005
  • ISBN: 0-596-00783-3
  • Pages: 226
  • Level of experience needed: None (more useful to system administrators)
  • Who will find useful: System administrators and IT managers
  • Additional goodies included (such as CDROM) : 45 days O’Reilly Books-Online key
  • Sample chapters:
  • Our rating: **** (4/5)

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Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.