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Time Management Quotes and Sayings


“Time is a great healer, but a poor beautician.” – Lucille S. Harper


“The trouble with being punctual is that nobody’s there to appreciate it.” – Franklin P. Jones


“I have noticed that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them.” – E.V. Lucas


“The future is already here, it’s just unevenly distributed.” – William Gibson


“I am definitely going to take a course on time management… just as soon as I can work it into my schedule.” – Louis E. Boone


“If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” – Will Rogers


“Don’t get sidetracked stomping on ants when you have elephants to feed.” – Peter Turla


“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” –  Cyril Northcote Parkinson


“If it weren’t for the last minute, a lot of things wouldn’t get done.” – Michael S. Traylor


“Those who make the worst of their time most complain about its shortness.” – La Bruyere


“People hurry so they can get to places faster where they’d rather not be so they can have more time to do things they’d rather not be doing.” – Peter Turla


“It’s not worth completing that which shouldn’t have been started in the first place.” – Peter Turla


“It’s not how many things you start that make you successful. It’s how many worthwhile things you finish.” – Peter Turla


“Hope is not a plan” – author unknown


“Knowing what to do is good; actually doing it is better.” – Peter Turla


“Transform a wish into a goal by putting a date on it.” – Peter Turla


“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.” – Benjamin Franklin


“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin


“Time is money.” – Benjamin Franklin


“You delay, but time will not.” – Benjamin Franklin


“Time lost is never found again.” – Benjamin Franklin


“Be mindful of how you approach time. Watching the clock is not the same as watching the sun rise.” – Sophia Bedford-Pierce


“Managing your time without setting priorities is like shooting randomly and calling whatever you hit the target.” – Peter Turla


“Make sure you set SMART goals. They should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Timed” – Peter Turla


“If you don’t know where you are going any road can take you there” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


“If you want to have a high quality personal life, plan a high quality personal life.” – Peter Turla


“Living your life without a plan is like watching television with someone else holding the remote control.” – Peter Turla


“It’s better to do the right thing slowly than the wrong thing quickly.” – Peter Turla


“Everything requires time. It is the only truly universal condition. All work takes place in time and uses up time. Yet most people take for granted this unique, irreplaceable, and necessary resource. Nothing else, perhaps, distinguishes effective executives as much as their tender loving care of time.” – Peter F. Drucker


“If you don’t have time to plan, do you have time to waste?” –  Peter Turla


“Work eight hours and sleep eight hours, and make sure that they are not the same eight hours.” – T. Boone Pickens


“Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year — and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!” – Anthony Robbins


“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” – Lord Chesterfield


“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” – Earl Nightingale


“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff that life is made of.” – Benjamin Franklin


“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altshuler


“You shouldn’t be dusting your knickknacks if your kitchen counters are still dirty.” – Peter Turla


“All the flowers of all of the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.” – Chinese Proverb


“You can’t catch one hog when you’re chasing two.” – Moe Schaffer


“Don’t spend a dollar’s worth of time on a ten cent decision.” – Peter Turla


“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Mohandas K. Gandhi


“The most important question to ask on the job is not “What am I getting? “The most important question to ask is “What am I becoming?” – Jim Rohn


“Plan, because things that are planned are more apt to happen than things that are not planned.” – Peter Turla


“We can no more afford to spend major time on minor things than we can to spend minor time on major things.” – Jim Rohn


“The worst days of those who enjoy what they do are better than the best days of those who don’t.” – Jim Rohn


“You must get good at one of two things. Planting in the spring or begging in the fall.” – Jim Rohn


“Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.”- Will Rogers


“I made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it shorter.” – Pascal, Provincial Letters XVI


“Crash programs fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month.” – Wernher von Braun


Time management made easy. Step one: Figure out what you’re going to do. Step two: Decide when you’re going to do it. Step three: Do it! – Peter Turla


“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers


“I was part of that strange race of people aptly described as spending their lives doing things they detest to make money they don’t want to buy things they don’t need to impress people they dislike.” – Emile Henry Gauvreay


“If you win the rat race, you’re still a rat.” – Lily Tomlin


“The cost of a thing is the amount of what I call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.” – Henry David Thoreau


“Money is a wonderful thing, but it is possible to pay too high a price for it.” – Alexander Bloch, American conductor


“If the consequence of doing nothing is nothing- then do nothing” – Peter Turla


“Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.” – Alfred A. Montapert


A To-do item without a time and date is merely a wish.” – Peter Turla


“Dress me slowly, I’m in a hurry” – Napoleon Bonaparte to his valet who was dressing him in his battle uniform


“I recommend to you to take care of the minutes; for hours will take care of themselves.” – Lord Chesterfield


“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.” – Helen Keller


“Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire” – Jorge Luis Borges


“It is better to have lived one day as a tiger than a thousand years as a sheep.” – Tibetan saying


“You don’t really manage time, you manage behavior.” – Peter Turla


“Never leave till tomorrow that which you can do today.” – Benjamin Franklin


“A stitch in time saves nine.” – popularized by Benjamin Franklin in his “Poor Richard’s Almanac”


“He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.” – Cicero


“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” – Bertrand Russell


“In an organization, each person rises to the level of his own incompetence.”- Laurence Peter


“Never fight with a pig. You both get dirty and the pig enjoys it!” – General Abrahm’s Pig Law


“Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.” – Will Rogers


“Focused action beats brilliance” – Mark Sanborn


“There is a time in the life of every problem when it is big enough to see, yet small enough to solve.” – Mike Leavitt


“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe” – Abraham Lincoln


“Begin with the end in mind.” –  Steven Covey


“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started.” – David Allen


“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” – Peter F. Drucker


“Be willing to make decisions. That’s the most important quality in a good leader. Don’t fall victim to what I call the “ready – aim – aim – aim – aim syndrome. You must be willing to fire. ” – T. Boone Pickens


“A plan without action is not a plan. It’s a speech.“ – T. Boone Pickens


“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” – Mother Teresa


“Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – St Francis of Assisi


“Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.” – Hector Louis Berlioz


“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift; that’s why they call it the present.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


“It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?” –  Henry David Thoreau


“Take a rest. A field that has rested yields a beautiful crop.”- Roman poet Ovid


“Only the organized can loaf with peace of mind.” – Peter Turla


“I’m too busy mopping the floor to turn off the faucet.” – Author unknown


“How do you eat an elephant?
Answer: A bite at a time.” – Children’s riddle, author unknown


“Don’t count the things you do, do the things that count.” – Zig Ziglar


“You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.” – Alvin Toffler


Let me respectfully remind you,
Life and death are of supreme importance
Time passes swiftly by and opportunity is lost
Each of us should strive to awaken…Awaken
Take heed, do not squander your life – Buddhist saying