143 Time Management Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of time management quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about mind management not time management.

The Most Famous Time Management Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Time management is really a misnomer; the challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves. — Stephen Covey

Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed. — Peter Drucker

Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have. — John C. Maxwell

Time management is the key. Although it seems hectic, as long as you manage your time properly you can get everything done. — John Cena

As entrepreneurs, we already know our most valuable asset is time, but not every entrepreneur knows how to properly use that time. — Lewis Howes

The real measure of any time management technique is whether or not it helps you neglect the right things. — Oliver Burkeman

The more you discipline yourself to use your time well, the happier you will feel and the better will be the quality of your life in every area. — Brian Tracy

Time is what we want most, but what we use worst. — William Penn

I am aware of no other time management technique that’s half as effective as just facing the way things truly are. — Oliver Burkeman

Time plays a role in almost every decision. And some decisions define your attitude about time. — John Cale

Short Time Management Quotes

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  • Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. — Mother Teresa
  • Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important. — Stephen Covey
  • Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress. — Alfred Armand Montapert
  • Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it. — Hans Selye
  • Meticulous planning will enable everything a man does to appear spontaneous. — Mark Cane
  • Guard your time. It’s all you have. — Naval Ravikant
  • With time, lucky managers tend to fade. — Edward O. Thorp
  • How did it get so late so soon? — Dr. Seuss
  • Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today. — American Proverbs
  • Dissect how you spend your time. It reveals your priorities. — Tom Bilyeu

Top 10 Time Management Quotes

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

Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back. — Harvey Mackay

The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday's logic. — Peter Drucker

Time management is really a misnomer; the challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves. — Stephen Covey

Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important. — Stephen Covey

Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress. — Alfred Armand Montapert

Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it. — Hans Selye

Meticulous planning will enable everything a man does to appear spontaneous. — Mark Cane

Time confetti is an enemy of both energy and of excellence. If we want to find flow we need better boundaries. — Adam Grant

Guard your time. It’s all you have. — Naval Ravikant

Time management quote Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.
Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.

Importance Of Time Management Quotes

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No one has more time than you have. It is the discipline and stewardship of your time that is important. The management of time is the management of self; therefore if you manage time with God, he will begin to manage you. — Jill Briscoe

It's important to get in the habit of growing as a human being, developing and refining leadership and management skills and entrepreneurial instincts and changing to accommodate the times. — Ivanka Trump

Most of us are so busy trying to manage, maintain, or even just survive our life situation, that we don't make time to focus on what's most important - our LIFE. — Hal Elrod

Time management quote If you want to improve how you manage your time, stop doing what doesn't need to
If you want to improve how you manage your time, stop doing what doesn't need to be done.

What's more important than who's going to be the first black manager is who's going to be the first black sports editor of the New York Times. — Bill Russell

It got a little stressful in my first two years of high school, trying to make conference calls with investors in between classes, but I definitely learned a lot of important time-management lessons. — Ben Casnocha

One of the most important rules of personal effectiveness is the 10/90 rule. — Brian Tracy

Time management quote Entrepreneurship isn't about luck, it's about vision, time management, creativit
Entrepreneurship isn't about luck, it's about vision, time management, creativity, determination and goals.

Effective people stay out of Quadrants III and IV because, urgent or not, they aren't important. They also shrink Quadrant I down to size by spending more time in Quadrant II...Quadrant II is the heart of effective personal management. — Stephen Covey

Managers’ typical response to my argument about free time is, ‘That’s all well and good, but there are things I have to do.’ Yet we waste so much time in unproductive activity—it takes an enormous effort on the part of the leader to keep free time for the truly important things. — Dov Frohman

As you begin to think more in terms of importance, you begin to see time differently. — Stephen Covey

Effective Time Management Quotes

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Effective management always means asking the right question. — Robert Heller

We may be very busy, we may be very 'efficient', but we will also be truly 'effective' only when we begin with the end in mind. — Stephen Covey

I've not seen an effective manager or leader who can't spend some fraction of time down in the trenches... If they don't do that they get out of touch with reality, and their whole thought and management process becomes abstract and disconnected. — Jeff Bezos

Nothing else, perhaps, distinguishes effective executives as much as their tender loving care of time. — Peter Drucker

Many people assume that they can probably find many ways to save time. This is an incorrect assumption for it is only when you focus on spending time that you begin to use your time effectively. — Douglas Merrill

To be effective, every knowledge worker, and especially every executive, therefore needs to dispose of time in fairly large chunks. To have small dribs and drabs of time at his disposal will not be sufficient even if the total is an impressive number of hours. — Peter Drucker

Discipline allows you to trade effectively. You can take your ego out of it. You can go wrong 60, 70% of the time and still make a lot of money. If you ignore the discipline of managing risk, you have to be right 80% of the time or more, and I don't know anyone who's that good. — Larry Rosenberg

Of all the time-saving techniques ever developed, perhaps the most effective is the frequent use of the word no. — Ed Bliss

It is not that we are short of time....It is the way that we treat time, even the way that we think about it. A time revolution..is the fastest way to make a giant leap in both happiness and effectiveness. — Richard Koch

Good Time Management Quotes

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I was in the right place at the right time. — Mel Allen

Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people-- people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book. — E. B. White

Only liars manage to always be out during bad times and in during good times. — Bernard Baruch

Nobody objects to a woman being a good writer or sculptor or geneticist if at the same time she manages to be a good wife, a good mother, good-looking, good-tempered, well-dressed, well-groomed, and unaggressive. — Marya Mannes

Manage distress tolerance and keep the window of well-being wide through exercise, sound sleep, good nutrition, time with family, and deep social connections. — Peter Attia

You can trade money for time by working less and buying goods and services that save time. Hire household help, a personal assistant, and pay other people to do things you don’t want to do. — Edward O. Thorp

I like to do weird things in the shower, like drink my coffee, brush my teeth and drink a smoothie. It's good time management. — Michelle Williams

If the management has not performed well in their bad times in the past, chances are they will not perform well in their good times in the future too. — Vijay Kedia

To be a good professional engineer, always start to study late for exams because it teaches you how to manage time and tackle emergencies. — Bill Gates

There is no shortage of time. In fact, we are positively awash with it. We only make good use of 20 per cent of our time.... The 80/20 principle says that if we doubled our time on the top 20% of activities, we could work a two-day week and achieve 60 per cent more than now. — Richard Koch

Inspirational Time Management Quotes

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Time and tide wait for no man. — Geoffrey Chaucer

Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend. — Theophrastus

It's about focusing on the fight and not the fright. — Robin Roberts

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. — Stephen King

Make use of time, let not advantage slip. — William Shakespeare

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. — Lord Chesterfield

Days are expensive. When you spend a day you have one less day to spend. So make sure you spend each one wisely. — Jim Rohn

How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most. — Stephen Covey

As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people's ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life. — Amy Poehler

The worst days of those who enjoy what they do are better than the best days of those who don't. — Jim Rohn

Motivational Time Management Quotes

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The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something. — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

If you look to lead, invest at least 40% of your time managing yourself - your ethics, character, principles, purpose, motivation, and conduct. Invest at least 30% managing those with authority over you, and 15% managing your peers. — Dee Hock

Where you are headed is more important than how fast you are going. Rather than always focusing on what's urgent, learn to focus on what is really important. — Stephen Covey

Not managing your time and making excuses are two bad habits. Don't put them both together by claiming you 'don't have the time'. — Robert Foster Bennett

You must get good at one of two things; planting in the spring or begging in the fall. — Jim Rohn

. . . top management should spend 40 to 50 percent of its time educating and motivating its people . . . — Buck Rodgers

In the past twenty years, we have lived through several cycles and we have always managed to buy under good terms and conditions at the right time. This has enabled us to build a solid group that is now the world number one. — Lakshmi Mittal

What I learned from 9/11 that is really important, first and foremost, you have to motivate all the workers and understand that they've left their families to help clean up a pretty awful situation. Every time you have an emergency management situation, it's all about teamwork. — Joe Lhota

I feel blessed that I managed to fight 46 fights undefeated, that I was a world champion for 11 years, one of the longest reigning champions of all time and I like to think that I come out looking pretty good. — Joe Calzaghe

You can do so much in ten minutes' time. Ten minutes, once gone, are gone for good. Divide your life into 10-minute units and sacrifice as few of them as possible in meaningless activity. — Ingvar Kamprad

Managing Time Quotes

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My biggest regret in business is not starting sooner. It took 4 years to build my first website, but the day I actually started to build my website it only took me 10 hours. — Alex Hormozi

If you can outsource something or not do something for less than your hourly rate, outsource it or don’t do it. — Naval Ravikant

When it comes to time management, I talk a lot more about energy management. I try to give people 100% of my energy even if I'm giving them very little of my time. — Jay Shetty

Unnecessary meetings are a mutually-assured-destruction of time. — Naval Ravikant

Time does not solve problems. Rather, time makes you comfortable with problems. You learn to live with them. Making decisions and acting upon those decisions alone solve problems. The only way to correct any situation in life is by making fresh decisions. — Mahatria Ra

I have been seriously afraid at times but have used my fear as a stimulating factor rather than allowing it to paralyse me. My abilities have not been outstanding, but I have had sufficient strength and determination to meet my challenges and have usually managed to succeed with them. — Edmund Hillary

Thousand-dollar-an-hour New York professionals who pay $50 an hour for a car and driver so they can work while they commute understand clearly the monetary value of their time. — Edward O. Thorp

Clocks slay time... time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life. — William Faulkner

One of the greatest labor-saving inventions of today is tomorrow. — American Proverbs

An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening. — English Proverbs

Time Efficiency Quotes

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Every baby moves with more ease and efficiency if allowed to do it at his own time and in his own way, without our trying to teach him. A child who has always been allowed to move freely develops not only an agile body but also good judgment about what he can and cannot do. — Magda Gerber

You can have calmness of mind at all times by the practice of yoga. You can have restful sleep. You can have increased energy, vigour, vitality, longevity, and a high standard of health. You can turn out efficient work within a short space of time. You can have success in every walk of life. — Sivananda

Rendering yourself more efficient – either by implementing various productivity techniques or by driving yourself harder – won’t generally result in the feeling of having ‘enough time,’ because, all else being equal, the demands will increase to offset any benefits. — Oliver Burkeman

Catch fish with one hand at the same time. — Thai Proverbs

Quickly fetch the water during the rising tide. — Thai Proverbs

A stitch in time saves nine. — English Proverbs

When the bait’s worth more than the fish, it’s time to stop fishing. — American Proverbs

I am a person who works to deadlines. — Volodymyr Zelenskyy

We live in a time when complex ethical questions are easily subordinated to the demands of efficiency, profit maximization, and maintenance or furthering of political power. — Randal Marlin

Secret for moving fast at a startup: don't do tomorrow what could be done today. — Greg Brockman

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Time management quote by Leo Tolstoy

The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience. — Leo Tolstoy

It follows from this that time management broadly defined should be everyone’s chief concern. Arguably time management is all life is, yet the modern discipline known as time management - like its hipper cousin, productivity - is a depressingly, narrow minded affair focused on how to crank through as many work tasks as possible, or on devising the perfect morning routine, or in cooking all your dinners for the week in one big batch on Sundays. These things matter to some extent, no doubt, but they’re hardly all that matters. The world is bursting with wonder, and yet it’s the rare productivity guru, who seems to have considered the possibility that the ultimate point of all our frenetic doing, might be to experience more of that wonder. — Oliver Burkeman

To get an idea of what your time is worth, take a moment now to think about how much you work and the income you get from your effort. Once you know your hourly rate you can identify situations where buying back some of your time is a bargain and other situations where you want to be selling more of your time. As you get used to thinking this way, I predict that you will often be surprised at how much you can gain. — Edward O. Thorp

I want to go ahead of Father Time with a scythe of my own. — H. G. Wells

So I have no time for short-term things: dinners with people I won’t see again, tedious ceremonies to please tedious people, traveling to places that I wouldn’t go to on vacation. — Naval Ravikant

The excuse that you don't have enough time is just that--an excuse. You do have time. It's a question of priorities. So turn the TV off at night. Shut down the internet. Take inventory of how much time you fritter away on non-essential activities that unnecessarily crowd your days and unjustifiably squander precious hours. Go to bed earlier. Then create a healthy boundary around your morning routine--this is your time, and you are not to be disturbed or interrupted. — Rich Roll

Work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along. — Napoleon Hill

If you look at someone who’s more successful than you, and you look at their schedule, it’s not that they have more hours in the day than you, and it’s not that they’re doing more things than you, it’s that they’re doing different things than you. — Alex Hormozi

In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it. — Robert A. Heinlein

If you don't make time for your wellness you'll be forced to make time for your illness. — Gary Brecka

Don't allow people to suck up all your time with their questions or problems. Learn to say 'no' more often. — Lewis Howes

Being selective about how you spend your time and who you spend your time with is a sign of self-respect. — Steven Bartlett

The secret of my success is that I always managed to live to fly another day. — Chuck Yeager

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