System Admin Time Management: Principles2118 2018-11-12 22:02
It is very inspiring to learn time management from system admins (SAs). We and SAs all share the same challenges - neverending interruptions, simultaneous projects and rush requests.
And SAs have to deal with those issues even more often, as Thomas Limoncelli says:
Management judges an SA by whether projects get done. Customers, however, judge you by whether you are available to them.
Here are SAs’ principles of time management.
Interruption is the arch enemy of productivity.
- Sharing a mutual interruption shield with co-workers so that only one person is distracted in one period.
- Blocking a large chunk of project time
- Closing the door (not suitable for managers)
- letting junior engineers sit outside to filter incoming 80% interruptions for you first
unify all time management information into one place.
conserve the brain power for things important
don’t make yourself think to manage time; instead, develop routines, habits, and mantras.
- Routines are serials of pre-defined steps happen at a particular time.
- Habits are routines people can do things without thinking.
- Mantras are simple rules of thumb.
keep focus during the project time. It takes discipline though.
- Discipline gains people more self-esteem. Self-esteem is like poker chips. When we have high self-esteem, we tend to take bigger bets and win bigger.
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