Randy Pausch’s Lecture on Time Management

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch gave a lecture on Time Management at the University of Virginia in November 2007.

I never caught this video the first time around.  I did see Randy’s The “Last Lecture,” but never caught the time management lecture.  If you missed it like I did, I highly recommend you watch.

Watch the Video and come back in 30 days to watch it again to see what you have improved.



  • Failing to plan is planning to fail.
  • Plan each day, each week, each semester (or whatever time quanta you deal with)
  • Break things down into small tasks.
  • Do the ugliest task first.  If you have to eat a frog, don’t spend time looking at it; If you have to eat three frogs, don’t pick the smallest one).
  • Cluttered paperwork leads to thrashing.  Keep your desk clear and one thing only.  Touch each piece of paper once.
  • You inbox is not your to do list. Having a cluttered inbox is just as bad as having a cluttered desk.
  • A speakerphone is recommended.
  • Stand during phone calls.
  • Group your phone calls, right before lunch or right before quitting time.
  • Get a phone headset.
  • Address stamper so you don’t have to keep writing writing your address.
  • Thank you notes.  Use them.
  • Learn to say No.
  • “Procrastination is the thief of time”
  • It’s not a vacation if you are reading e-mail.
  • Make time for sleep.  Sleep-deprivation impacts performance.
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