Randy Pausch(Randolph Frederick Pausch), the man who gave the speech about time management, taught computer science, human-computer interaction, and design at Carnegie Mellon University in the United States for about ten years. After Receiving his bachelor’s degree from Brown University and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon, both in computer science, he became an assistant and associate professor in computer science at the University of Virginia. Nine years later, he joined Carnegie Mellon and co-founded the Entertainment Technology Center of CMU. During his life, he had gained multiple awards and made contribution to the development of science and technology.
But the changing point to his life was that he was found to have pancreatic cancer and would not have much time to live. After he got the lethal news, he decided to give his last offering, a cheerful lecture named “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” one year before his passing. The video version of it on YouTube influenced and was followed by soon many people, arousing a lot of public discussions. In November 2007, Pausch gave a speech on Time Management back at University of Virginia.
5 Points That I Like
In this talk, Pausch shared his insights on techniques to become more efficient and common issues that people may face such as procrastination, basing on his personal experience.
1: When comparing the priority of important things that is not due soon and unimportant things that is due soon, it is suggested to do the former.
2: Try to organize emails and often clear them. Make sure everything is stored so they can be searched later.
3: Have small habits that help save time and keep focus, such as standing while talking on the phone.
4: Write time journals that monitor myself. It is like to build a personal database that can help me know about where time went.
5: Always write thank-you note.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Pausch （His Wikipedia page）
https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~pausch/ (His official personal page)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo (“The Last Lecture” on Youtube)