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Randy Pausch’s Time Management summary

 

 

 

Randy Pausch was diagnosed with cancer. He had only a few months left to live, yet a lot of experience to share on time management. He was famously known for his ‘last lecture’ which was later captured in words forming a book he co-wrote. He worked in Carnegie Mellon University as a professor of Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, and Design.

 

On his lecture on time management he stressed a lot about how we must spend time wisely. If we are to spend four years studying, we must believe in its worth. We must enjoy it. Choosing something we love is extremely important. The major of studies we choose will determine not only how we will spend the next few years, but rather our whole life. We must always be sure that we are where we want to be. We can do that by constantly asking ourselves “why?”.

 

Working smart overrules working hard. If we will spend a large amount of time working, we should first be sure that we are working on the right thing. We must work on what matters, on what will help us achieve our goals. He said that doing the right things adequately is more rewarding than doing the wrong things beautifully. We must find the value and work on it.

 

To organize your time, you must plan your day, your week, your month. You must know where you will be at a certain day at a certain time every time. You must create your own deadlines. When the work looks like too much, you can break it down into little steps with certain deadlines. You must have a to-do list. This list must prioritize important work over work that is due soon.

 

What he also put out there is that experience is important, and it only comes with time. There are no shortcuts to getting somewhere, just a lot of hard work. He also said that good judgement comes from good experience, and good experience comes from bad judgement -- which means that the worse you do, the more you can learn, and the better you can become.

 

His lecture was eye opening. It awakened me to how important time is. When time is lost, it’s gone forever. He said that we are currently living in a time famine. We must ensure that every second counts. He also expressed this in terms of money, something people these days value immensely. While money can be earnt back, time cannot be brought back.

 

“Time is all we have, and you may find one day that you have less than you think.”

 

 

(^ updated version, 5th October 2016, with the help of arc)

 

 

 

Randy Pausch was famously known for his ‘last lecture’ which was later captured in words forming a book he co-wrote. He worked in Carnegie Mellon University as a professor of Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, and Design.

 

On his lecture on time management he stressed a lot about how we must spend time wisely. If we are to spend four years studying, we must believe in its worth. We must enjoy it. Choosing something we love is extremely important. The major of studies we choose will determine not only how we will spend the next few years, but rather our whole life. We must always be sure that we are where we want to be. We can do that by constantly asking ourselves, why?

 

Working smart overrules working hard. If we will spend a large amount of time working, we should first be sure that we are working on the right thing. We must work on what matters; on what will help us achieve our goals. He said that doing the right things adequately is more rewarding than doing the wrong things beautifully. We must find the value and work on it.

 

To organize your time, you must plan your day, your week, your month. You must know where you will be at a certain day at a certain time every time. You must create your own deadlines. When the work looks too much, you can break it down into little steps with certain deadlines. You must have a to-do list. This list must priorities important work over work that is due soon.

 

What he also put out there is that experience is important and it only comes with time. There are no shortcuts to getting somewhere, just a lot of hard work. He also said that good judgement comes from good experience and good experience comes from bad judgement. Which means that the worse you do, the more you can learn, the better you can become.

 

His lecture was eye opening. It awakened me to how important time is. When time is lost, it’s gone forever. He said that we are currently living in a time famine. We must ensure that every second counts. He also expressed this in terms of money; what people these days’ value immensely. While money can be earnt back, time cannot be brought back.

 

“Time is all we have, and you may find one day that you have less than you think.”

 

Read more about Randy Pausch ,

 

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2903501/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/26/us/26pausch.html?_r=0

 

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/randy-pausch-lecture-professor-dies/story?id=4614281

 

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB120951287174854465

 

http://www.cmu.edu/randyslecture/story/