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Time Management

This video of a talk by Thomas A. Limoncelli contains some nice ideas for time management.  Although nominally addressed at computer system administrators, most of the ideas will be of interest to anyone working in a technical job.  I particularly like his explanation of how to deal with tasks according to how difficult they are and how frequently they have to be done:

  • Easy and rare: perform the task manually.
  • Easy and frequent: write a program to automate it.
  • Hard and rare: document how to do the task.
  • Hard and frequent: install a ready-made solution (purchase one or download a free one).

However, I suspect that the usual time management paradox applies: those who most need to watch the video are least likely to have the time to watch it.

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