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.