Time Management Quotes

Most popular time management quotes

Step one in your search for happiness is to continually work toward having control of your schedule.
Set and enforce an aspirational personal hourly rate. If fixing a problem will save less than your hourly rate, ignore it. If outsourcing a task will cost less than your hourly rate, outsource it.
Reason, too late perhaps, may convince you of the folly in misspending time.
Work expands so as to fill the time available.

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I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.


When we don't waste time, we always have enough.
The essential question is not, 'How busy are you?' but 'What are you busy at?'
Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness.
People allocate time to thinking and reflecting, and then they feel that they have more time.
Mindfulness gives you time. Time gives you choices. Choices, skillfully made, lead to freedom.


A man who has to be punctually at a certain place at five o'clock has the whole afternoon ruined for him already.
If I commit to doing something, then I commit to doing it right now. If I'm not willing to do it right now, then don't do it. Don't commit to it.
Becoming your life's master gardener means deciding that you are responsible for how you spend your time. It means believing that much of time is a choice.
Being off the clock implies time freedom, yet time freedom stems from time discipline. You must know where the time goes in order to transcend the ceaseless ticking.
They let go of expectations of perfection and big results in the short run. Instead, they decide that good enough is good enough, knowing that steady progress over the long run is unstoppable.
Honoring time requires embracing certain truths: that time is precious and time is plentiful. Time is finite, so we must make smart choices about it. But time is also abundant: there is enough for anything that truly matters.
So during those first moments of the day, which are yours and yours alone, you can circumvent these boundaries and concentrate fully on spiritual matters. And this gives you the opportunity to plan the time management of the entire day.
People who feel like they have enough time are exceedingly mindful of their time. They know where the time goes. They accept ownership of their lives and think through their days and weeks ahead of time. They also reflect on their lives, figuring out what worked and what didn't.
They scrub their lives of anything that does not belong there. This includes self-imposed time burdens, such as constant connectivity, that clog time for no good reason. Indeed, one of the most striking findings of my survey was the gap in estimated phone checks per hour between people who felt relaxed about time and those who felt anxious.