Quotes on Time Management
With 4 key questions!
With 4 key questions!
There is no shortage of quotes on time management, but maybe a shortage of time to find them!
So on this page you’ll find we’ve organised quotes on time management to explore four critical questions:
Let the quotations themselves do the “talking”. Think about the significance or implications of each. What do they inspire you to do? How do they make you think or feel, and do they prompt you to act?
Don’t take our word for it. Here are two quotes on time management, from impeccable sources, explaining why it matters so much:
“Time is the scarcest resource; and unless it is managed, nothing else can be managed.” (Peter F. Drucker)
“Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” (M. Scott Peck)
“You need to get into the habit of keeping nothing on your mind. And the way to do that …… is not by managing time, managing information, or managing priorities. After all:
Instead, the key to managing all of your “STUFF” IS MANAGING YOUR ACTIONS.
The real issue is how to make appropriate choices about what to do at any point in time. The real issue is how we manage actions.”
“Things rarely get stuck because of lack of time. They get stuck because the doing of them has not been defined.” “Most of the stress people experience comes from inappropriately managed commitments they make or accept.” David Allen
Stephen Covey proposes an interesting way to think of time, in his book: “First Things First”. In this he explains contrasting views of time using the clock and the compass as metaphors.
For more on this, see our article: What Is Time Management? Taking A Radical View Of Time. Now here’s the last of this section’s quotes on time management, but not from David Allen or Stephen Covey!
Searching for quotes on time management inevitably leads to the question “Why are we always short of time?” It’s often this question that sends many of us searching in the first place.
And what is the time revolution?
Although the next extract may not technically belong on a page of quotes on time management, it does address the question of how we might spend our time. Quite powerfully, we might add.
“This is the true joy in life….being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one…being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy…I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die. For the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is not a brief candle to me. It’s a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got to hold up for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” George Bernard Shaw
So, how do you spend your time? To simply quote the phrase “today well lived” wouldn’t do justice to a refreshing view of time management. “Salutation to the Dawn” contains some thought provoking words:
Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence:
The bliss of growth
The glory of action
The splendour of beauty,
For yesterday is but 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.
(Indian dramatist, Kalidasa)
No collection of quotes on time management would be complete without some words from the giant of management giants:
To end our quotes on time management, one final thought. Does happiness come from managing our time? Perhaps, if we manage to find time to pause and consider:
“What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?”
(William Henry Davies)
If you’ve enjoyed “Quotes on Time Management” you may also enjoy our other pages of Motivational Quotes.
If you want some practical tips and tools to deal with time wasters, go to our guide Managing Time and Priority. The guide expands on the tips in this article and includes some excellent tools to help you eradicate time wasters. It will help you to:
Tool 1: Commitments summary
Tool 2: Time log
Tool 3:Time analysis
Tool 4: Time planning with task filters
Tool 5: Task priorities