Randy Pausch

Randy Pausch was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh who was known for his last lecture at Carnegie Mellon a few months before he passed away due to pancreatic cancer. He was listed as one of Time's '100 Most Influential People' in 2008.

Randy's Time Management lecture at the University of Virginia was an amazing talk. I loved how upbeat he was throughout the talk. This showed how positive his demeanor was, despite his condition. He even cracked a few jokes about it, which was quite eccentric, but it made his talk that much more entertaining and unique. A topic which I really liked in his talk was when he discussed the priority order of the work which was to be done by an individual. It taught me that I should do the most important work first, even if there was other unimportant work which wsa due earlier. I didn't know that before, and this will probably change up how I organise my time in the future. Furthermore, I liked how he emphasised that his routine wouldn't necessarily work for everyone and that if you had a system that worked for you, by all means, stick to it. He understood that different people have different methods that help them tick, and he was only trying to serve as a baseline to help people learn the importance of organisation and time management. I also like that he's very honest about himself and about his own life, which adds a very intimate, personal touch to his talk that keeps us engaged. Finally, I like how he's very methodical with his approach towards dealing with people. He knows how people act and behave, and uses that to his advantage. He doesn't necessarily take advantage of people, but he knows how to be straightfoward and deal with people in a way that won't hurt their feelings, but will get your message across and I think that his 'people skills' are admirable qualities to have.

LINKS

https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~pausch/

http://content.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1733748_1733756_1736194,00.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2632834/

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/r/randy_pausch.html

http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Pittsburgh-Magazine/January-2009/Randy-Pausch-2009-Pittsburgher-of-the-Year/