1 Time Management Randy Pausch Carnegie Mellon University
2 August 15 th, 2007: 3 to 6 months
3 Today is 3 months and 12 days.
6 History folks here?
7 Goals Avoid wasting time Bosses & delegation Specific skills and tools Stress and procrastination
8 = really important point
9 Remember that time is money --- Ben Franklin what are you worth an hour?
10 Time must be managed, like money Much of this will only make sense later Boss / Advisor / Parent Lightning pace, heavy on techniques
11 One Good Thief is Worth Ten Good Scholars: Time Management for Teachers, Cathy Collins, 1987 Career Track Seminar: Taking control of Your Work Day 1990
12 The Time Famine Bad time management = stress This is life advice
13 The overall goal is FUN!
14 Two hours wasted per day Messy desk Can t find things Miss appointments Unprepared for meetings Tired/unable to concentrate
15 Being successful doesn t make you manage your time well. Managing your time well makes you successful.
16 Goals, Priorities, and Planning Why am I doing this? What is the goal? Why will I succeed? What happens if I chose not to do it? Doing things right vs. doing the right things 100 things to do in my life
17 The 80/20 Rule Critical few and the trivial many Having the courage of your convictions Good judgment comes from experience Experience comes from bad judgment
18 Inspiration If you can dream it, you can do it -- Walt Disney Disneyland was built in 366 days.
19 Planning Failing to plan is planning to fail Plan Each Day, Each Week, Each Semester You can always change your plan, but only once you have one!
20 TO DO Lists Break things down into small steps Like a child cleaning his/her room Do the ugliest thing first
21 Covey s four-quadrant TODO Due Soon Not Due Soon Important Not Important
22 Covey s four-quadrant TODO Due Soon Not Due Soon Important 1 Not Important
23 Covey s four-quadrant TODO Due Soon Not Due Soon Important 1 Not Important 4
24 Covey s four-quadrant TODO Due Soon Not Due Soon Important Not Important
25 Paperwork Clutter is death; it leads to thrashing. Keep desk clear: focus on one thing at a time Touch each piece of paper once Touch each piece of once; your inbox is not your TODO list
26 A good file system is essential
27 My Desk
36 Speaker phone lowers stress
37 Telephone 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
38 Telephone Get done: I have students waiting How to hang up on telemarketers Group calls: 11:30am and 4:30pm
39 My phone hour every day
49 Office Logistics Make your office comfortable for you, and optionally comfortable for others No soft comfortable chairs! I have folding chairs, some people cut off front legs
50 Scheduling Yourself You don t find time for important things, you make it Everything you do is an opportunity cost Learn to say No
51 Gentle No s I ll do it if nobody else steps forward or I ll be your deep fall back, but you have to keep searching. Moving parties in grad school
52 Everyone has Good and Bad Times Find your creative/thinking time. Defend it ruthlessly, spend it alone, maybe at home. Find your dead time. Schedule meetings, phone calls, and mundane stuff during it.
53 Interruptions 6-9 minutes, 4-5 minute recovery five interruptions shoots an hour You must reduce frequency and length of interruptions (turn phone calls into ) ding on new mail is an interruption -> TURN IT OFF!!
54 Blurting: save-ups
55 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
56 Time Journals It s amazing what you learn! Monitor yourself in 15 minute increments for between 3 days and two weeks. Update every ½ hour: not at end of day
59 Fred Brooks Time Clocks
62 Using Time Journal Data 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?
63 Work-Life Balance
65 Coming to Charlottesville
67 Procrastination Procrastination is the thief of time Edward Young Night Thoughts, 1742
68 Balancing Act Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion Parkinson s Law Cyril Parkinson, 1957
69 Avoiding Procrastination Doing things at the last minute is much more expensive than just before the last minute Deadlines are really important: establish them yourself!
70 Comfort Zones Identify why you aren t enthusiastic Fear of embarrassment Fear of failure Sometimes all you have to do is ask!
72 Delegation No one is an island You can accomplish a lot more with help
73 Delegation is not dumping Grant authority with responsibility. To the worst job yourself Treat your people well Staff and secretaries are your lifeline; they should be treated well!
74 Alf Weaver Taught Me Specific thing to do Specific date/time Specific penalty Or reward for THEM
75 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
76 Never too Early to Delegate
77 Sociology Beware upward delegation! Reinforce behavior you want repeated Ignorance is your friend I do not know how to run the photocopier or the fax machine
78 Meetings Average executive: > 40% of time Lock the door, unplug the phone Maximum of 1 hour Prepare: there must be an agenda 1 minute minutes: an efficient way to keep track of decisions made in a meeting: who is responsible for what by when?
79 Technology Janitor s comment Only use technology that s worth it
82 Video of office worker was here
83 Change the way you re doing things
87 Randy s Magic Tips 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
88 Care and Feeding of Bosses Time Management Advice Write things down When s our next meeting? What s my goal to have done by then? Who to turn to for help? Remember: bosses want results!
89 General Advice: Vacations Phone callers should get two options: 1. If urgent, contact John Smith at Otherwise please call back June 1 It s not a vacation if you re reading .
91 Important Advice Kill your television 28 hours/week Turn money into time especially important for people with kids Eat and sleep and exercise. Above all else!
92 General Advice 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.
93 Recommended Readings
94 Action Items 1. Get a day-timer or PDA 2. Put your TODO list in priority order 3. Do a time journal, or count hours of TV 4. Make a note in your day-timer to revisit this talk in 30 days. Ask What have I changed?
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