Randy Pausch Lecture: Time Management


November 2007, at the university of Virginia, Professor Randy Pausch gave a very interesting lecture about time management. It was after a few months of when his doctor told him that he only had three to six months of good health in his life because of his ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer. This little amount of time remaining in his life and giving a lecture in time management made a lot of sense, as he should know what to do with little amount of time. The Late Randy Pausch was a human-computer interaction researcher, virtual reality pioneer, co-founder of Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center and creator of the Alice software project.

In his lecture, Randy expressed a very fascinating idea, he suggested that time and money should be handled in the same way or even handle time with greater caution. As you can get money back and make more, but you can’t do that with time.

Another point that I liked was that time management is not a fruit of success, but rather the exact opposite. It is time management that helps people become successful in life and not the other way around.

Doing things right vs doing the right things. Doing the right things passably will have a lot more benefits than doing things right mesmerizingly, and as he said, “it doesn't matter how well you polish the underside of the banister”, and that is exactly why you should not be doing things that do not lead you towards achieving your goals.

With time comes experience. You can’t possibly attain experience right away. Good judgment is achieved through having experience and experience is achieved through bad judgment. Every failure is a great learning opportunity.

He also gave some tips for organizing and planning that ought to help with time management. He suggests tackling the hardest task first. keep your desk clear, as having a lot of paper work on your desk makes tasks harder to approach and do and have an alphabetic file system to organize your papers and not waste time searching for everything. Using multiple monitors to increase productivity. Have a way that informs you of what you have to do, because trying to remember uses a large portion of your brain that you should use for your actual work.