Noting Pausch's departure here is appropriate, since he was a computer science guy who worked (briefly) for Disney and Electronic Arts, and sent many other computer scientists out into the entertainment world. I had learned the lesson that Randy Pausch taught two or three times before in my life, but it's always good to have the important lessons repeated. Because we tend to forget them when they're not ...
Randy Pausch died on Friday at age forty-seven. He wrestled pancreatic cancer for a long time by most measures; the cancer, as expected, won the last match. But in the meanwhile, Dr. Paush dispensed bits of wisdom he had picked up in his his forty-seven years, among them:
1) Enjoy your life and have a good time.
2) Don't bog yourself down with jobs and activities you hate.
3) Being successful doesn't make you manage yur time well; managing your time well makes you successful.
4) Don't do things right; do the right things.
5) Become more organized and efficient with work time to gain a better work-life balance ("Going home at 5:00 and being with the people that you love.")
6) Do the ugliest task first.
7) Do the unimportant things last ... or not at all.
8) Learn the art of saying "no."
9) Use speaker phones to counter stress.
10) Use two (maybe three) computer screens to increase efficiency.
There's more, but no point in making this post too horribly long. You've got enough to get the idea. (I've attempted to prioritize the list, with the more important items toward the top).
What Dr. Pausch showed me is, wear your time on the planet lightly; be joyous rather than dour; have a sense of humor. (When I think of the idiotic things I believed to be Really Big Deals at age twenty-eight, I want to vomit).
And don't sweat the small stuff. Because the older you get, the more you realize that 95.4% of it's small stuff.
(Find Dr. Pausch's L.A. Times/Chicago Trib obituary here).