“Time is all we have left. And you may find that one day that you have less time than you think.”

“Time is all we have. And you may find one day that you have less time than you think.”

Randy Pausch, Time Management Lecture


200px-RandyPausch_Wiki_2Randolph 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

Randy Pausch Wikipedia

Time Management

The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams


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?



To laugh often and much,

To win the respect of intelligent people

And the affection of children.

To earn the appreciation of honest critics

To endure the betrayal of false friends,

To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others,

To leave the world a bit better,

Whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, a redeemed social condition.

To know even one life has breathed easier because you lived,

This is to have succeeded.


Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just for today I will try to live through this day only…..

Just for Today

Just for today I will try to live through this day only and not tackle my whole life’s problems at once.

I can do something for twelve hours that would appal me if I felt I had to keep it up for a lifetime.

Just for today I will be happy. Most folk are as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Just for today I will adjust myself to what is and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my ‘luck’ as it comes and fit myself to it.

Just for today I will try to strengthen my mind; I will study, I will learn something useful. I will not be a mental loafer. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.

Just for tody I will exercise my soul in three ways:

I will do somebody a good turn and not get found out and if anybody knows of it it will not count.

I will do at least two things that I don’t want to do just for the exercise.

I will not show anyone that my feelings are hurt – they may be hurt but today I will not show it.

Just for today I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can. I will dress becomingly, talk low, act courteously, criticise not one bit, not find fault with anything and not try to improve or regulate anybody other than myself.

Just for today I will have a programme. I may not follow it exactly but I will have it. I will save myself from two pests – worry and indecision.

Just for today I will have a quiet half hour all by myself and relax. During this half hour, sometime, I will try to get a better perspective on my life.

Just for today I will be unafraid. Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful, and to believe that as I give to the world, so the world will give to me.


Impossible is just a big word…….

Impossible is just a big word thrown about by small men who find it easier to live in the world they have been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It is an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It is a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.

Adidas, Athens 2004

One can’t believe impossible things

‘One can’t believe impossible things’ said Alice.

‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice’ said the Queen.

‘When I was your age I always did it for half an hour a day. Why sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’

White Queen, Through the Looking Glass, 1872

Look to this Day! For it is life, the very life of life

Look to this day!

Fot it is life, the very life of life.

In its brief course lie all the varieties

And realities of your existence:

The bliss of growth;

The glory of action;

The splendour of beauty;

For yesterday is already a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision:

But today well lived,

Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,

And every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day!

Such is the salutation of the dawn.

From the Sanskrit