Summary about Randy Pausch and his lecture on Time Management:


Randy Pausch was born in Maryland on the 23 of October in 1960. He graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and received a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. He was a professor at the University of Virginia and then later became a professor at Carnegie Mellon. In addition to teaching, he founded Alice which is a free computer animation software. He is also a co-founder of the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon.

While watching his lecture on time management, I noted five points that I found particularly useful. The first is the importance of planning. Many people make excuses to not make plans, but Pausch explains that plans can always be changed but not if the plans do not exist in the first place. The second point is the best way to organize to-do lists. Some tips Pausch gives his audience is to break large tasks down into smaller more manageable steps and to do the ugliest thing first. The third is making time for important things by saying no to doing less important things. The fourth is managing interruptions. Pausch mentions multiple methods for this including turning off notifications for emails and phone. Pausch also mentions the importance of minimizing interruptions for others. The final point is the necessity of a time budget or journal. Pausch explains that this is essential to realizing how much time is being spent on what tasks. All of these points I found to be very useful tips for proper time management.




Carnegie Mellon University. (2008, Feb. 26). Randy Pausch Lecture: Time Management.

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