Monday, April 13, 2009

Time Management tips by Randy Pausch

1. Create a list of 100 things you want to do in life.

2. Ask yourself each time you are doing a thing --> why am I doing this ? Use the list for reference.

3. Also make sure you focus on critical few, rather than trivial many.

4. If you can dream it, you can do it.

5. Plan each day, each week, each semester. You can change your plan but you need to have one to change it.

6. TODO List - Break things down into little steps. Do the ugliest thing first.

7. Covey's four quadrant TODO:


Due Soon

Not Due Soon




Not Imp




8. Clean up the desk. Focus on one thing at a time.

9. Touch one piece of paper at a time. Your inbox is not your TODO list.

10. Recommended - Atleast 2 screens, Speaker phone, Desk space to work, Desk near window

11. Write - Thank you notes. Because it is rare. Gratitude is extremely helpful. (One Minute manager: Killer Whale Eg.)

12. Post-IT Notes

13. Say NO graciously. I will do it if you don't find anyone else.

14. Find your creative time and defend it ruthlessly. Spend it alone.

15. Find your dead time and schedule meetings, phone call during that time.

16. Buy a earphone piece for Iphone.

17. Keep a box for the person, then when the box is full, interrupt the person and tell him/her the things you have for them.

18. Voicemail: "... I encourage you to send me a mail @ ..".

19. Time journal. Update it every 1/2 hours. Monitor yourself after 3 days and 2 weeks.

20. Make a fake class - Take a book and go to library.

21. Doing things at last moment or Thinking Work expands to fill time, hence do it at end ---> Stress + Expensive (Work Hard). Better Approach: Make a fake deadline.

22. Treat the people well. (Do dirty work yourself).

23. If you want someone to get things done: Give them a specific thing to do, a specific date/time and specific reward or penalty.

24. Send a mail after a conversation so that there is no confusion.

25. Ask people to find out their agenda before meeting. One person is assigned who writes down decision made in the meeting and mail it to everyone.

26. Do not delete the email. Save them for later reference.

27. If a person has not responded in 48 hours, its OK to nag them.

28. When you are on vacation, keep a vacation responder. Note: Its not a vacation, if you read email.

29. Kill the television. Average person watches the TV for 28 hours a week.

30. Exchange money for time. Get other people to do trivial work for you. Eg: mowing the lawn, ...

31. You always have time for eating, sleeping and exercise. Never take time out of those.

32. Never break a promise; Call and renegotiate the deadline if you think you cannot finish it by deadline.

33. Feedbacks Loops: Ask in confidence.

34. Get a PDA if you don't have it and use it wisely.


I donot have brain to spare for things computers can do for me - todo list, calendars


Recommended Books:

1. One minute manager

2. 7 habits of highly successful people.

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