Randy Pausch's Time Mangament
- Set goals
- Deal with wasting time
- Deal with boss （advisor）
- Delegate to people
- Some specific tools
- Deal with stress and procrastination
Randy said, 'Time must be managed, like money'
The source of Randy's knowledge of time management
Time Management for Teachers, Cathy Collins, 1987
Career Track Seminar: Taking control of Your Work Day 1990
Life is to pursue fun
Doing right things adequately is better than do wrong things beautifully
The 80/20 Rule
- There are few essential tasks and more trivial stuff
dream it and achieve it
Disneyland was built in 366 days.
Plan Every Day, Every Week, Every Semester
You can always change your plan, but only once you have one!
TO DO Lists
Break things down into small steps
- Randy's Son cleaning room
Do the ugliest thing first
|| Due soon
|| not Due soon
- Touch each piece of paper once
- Touch each piece of email once; your inbox is not your TODO list
- Keep calls short; stand during call
- Start by announcing goals for the call
- Don’t put your feet up
- Have something in view to do next
Make your office(room) comfortable for you, and optionally comfortable for others
- Don’t find time for important things, MAKE it
- Everything we do is an opportunity cost
- “I’ll do it if nobody else steps forward”
- “I’ll be your deep fall back,” but you have to keep searching.
- An 6-9 minutes interruption needs 4-5 minute recovery , so five interruptions shoots an hour
- We must reduce frequency and length of interruptions (turn phone calls into email)
- Turn every notification off
Cutting Things Short
- “I’m in the middle of something now…
- Start with “I only have 5 minutes” – you can always extend this
- Stand up, stroll to the door, complement, thank, shake hands
- Clock-watching; on wall behind them
Using Time Journal Data(Google Calendar in our case)
- What doesn’t need to be done?
- What can someone else do?
- What can I do more efficiently?
- How am I wasting other people’s time?
Make fake deadlines by ourselves.
- Identify why you aren’t enthusiastic
- Fear of embarrassment
- Fear of failure
- Sometimes all you have to do is ask!
- Delegation need to be specific
- Challenge People
- People rise to the challenge: Delegate “until they complain”
- Communication Must Be Clear: “Get it in writing” – Judge Wapner
- Give objectives, not procedures
- Tell the relative importance of each task
- Average executive: > 40% of time
- Lock the door, unplug the phone
- Maximum of 1 hour
- Prepare: there must be an agenda
- Track the decision of the meeting
- Save all of it, for searching
- If you want something done, only one recipient.
- If you really want something done, CC someone powerful.
- Nagging is okay after 48 hours
Other Important Advice
- Kill television – 28 hours/week
- Turn money into time – especially important for people with kids
- Eat and sleep and exercise. Above all else!
- Never break a promise, but re-negotiate them if need be.
- If you haven’t got time to do it right, you don’t have time to do it wrong.
- Recognize that most things are pass/fail.
- Feedback loops: ask in confidence.
- Couric, Katie. "Randy Pausch". Time. Retrieved 2008-08-11.
- Nelson, Valerie J. (2008-07-26). "Randy Pausch, 47; terminally ill professor inspired many with his 'last lecture'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-08-11.
- "Curriculum Vitae". Carnegie MellonUniversity. Retrieved 2008-08-11.
- Pausch, Randy (December 2007). "Short Summary". Carnegie Mellon University. Retrieved 2008-08-11.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education. 2008-03-13. Retrieved 2008-08-11.