September 22, 2008

Time and Money

TIME . . .

Who knew more about how precious time is than Randy Pausch? When he gave his wonderful lecture about time management, he said he thought it would be his last lecture. I watched his lecture this weekend and found it well worth the hour and twenty minutes.

Here are a few gems:

1) Have only one thing on your desk at a time. Have no more than 20 items in your e-mail's “in box.”

2) If you have something due with no deadline, give yourself a deadline and pretend it’s real.

3) “Kill the TV.” The average American watches 28 hours of TV a week.

MONEY . . .

Any writer will tell you that s/he does it for love, not money. But how much money do we writers actually earn?

The National Endowment for the Arts did a study. (This is a pdf file.)

Here are some of the findings:

Median income (2005 dollars) . . . $38,800

Median income for men . . . $47,300

Median income for women . . . $33,300

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