“Time is all we have. And you may find one day that you have less time than you think.”
Randy Pausch, Time Management Lecture
Randolph Frederick “Randy” Pausch (October 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) was an American professor of computer science and human-computer interaction and design at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Pausch learned that he had pancreatic cancer in September 2006, and in August 2007 he was given a terminal diagnosis: “3 to 6 months of good health left”. He gave an upbeat lecture titled “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”, on September 18, 2007, at Carnegie Mellon, which became a popular YouTube video and led to other media appearances. He then co-authored a book called The Last Lecture on the same theme, which became a New York Times best-seller.
In November 2007, Pausch delivered a further lecture on Time Management. Pausch focuses heavily on specific skills you can use to get the most out of the time you do have left and we have relied, to some extent, on his wisdom in preparing today’s Workshop.
Pausch died of complications from pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008.
Randy Pausch Resources
With every minute of every day, we are choosing how to spend our time. By saying yes to one activity, we are, by definition, saying no to another.
How do you want to spend the time you have left?