66 Time Management Quotes to Change Your Life

By Stephanie Kirby|Updated August 24, 2022

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Time is a funny thing. We all have the same amount of it, yet some accomplish so much and others very little. If you are on the latter end, this can be very frustrating. You'll probably find yourself trying to figure out how other people are getting so much done every day when you feel like you are barely making progress. Let us identify these time management quotes that may help you get on the right track with a little motivation.

Why time management matters:

"Time is the school in which we learn, time is the fire in which we burn." -Delmore Schwartz

"Ordinary people think merely of spending time. Great people think of using it." -Author unknown

"You're writing the story of your life one moment at a time." -Doc Childre and Howard Martin

"Lost time is never found again." -Proverb

"All that really belongs to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that." -Baltasar Gracian

"Time is at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possessions." -John Randolph

"Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can't afford to lose." -Thomas Edison

"The great dividing line between success and failure can be expressed in five words: 'I did not have time.'" -Franklin Field

"Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else." -Peter F. Drucker

"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." -Carl Sandburg

Importance of planning for time management quotes:

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." - Benjamin Franklin

"Think ahead. Don't let day-to-day operations drive out planning." - Donald Rumsfeld

"A goal without a plan is just a wish." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today." -African Proverb

"Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now." - Abraham Lincoln

"Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action." - Napolean Hill

"He who every morning plans the transactions of that day and follow that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life." -Victor Hugo

"He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out the plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the maze of the most busy life. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign." -Victor Hugo

"Quit thinking time is 'out there.' Take ownership of time - acknowledge that you are where it comes from - and it will stop owning you. Claim time as yours and it will release its claim on you." -Gay Hendricks

"If you want to make good use of your time, you've got to know what's most important and then give it all you've got." -Lee Iacocca

Time management quotes on procrastination:

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"Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle." -Abraham Lincoln

"My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time." - Charles Dickens

"Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday." -Napoleon Hill

"A year from now you may wish you had started today." -Karen Lamb

"Don't wait. The time will never be just right." -Napoleon Hill

"Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task." -William James

"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." -Abraham Lincoln

"Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week." -Spanish Proverb

"Either you run the day, or the day runs you." -Jim Rohn

"You may delay, but time will not" -Benjamin Franklin

"Procrastination is the foundation of all disasters." -Pandora Poikilos

Time management quotes:

"This is the key to time management - to see the value of every moment." -Menachem Mendel Schneerson

"Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else." -Peter Drucker

"Look upon time management as a vehicle that can take you from wherever you are today, to wherever you want to be in the future." -Brian Tracy

"There is no such thing as time management; there is only self-management." - Rory Vaden

"Time management is life management." -Robin Sharma

"Time = life; therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life." -Alan Lakein

"Time management is really a misnomer - the challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves. The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities." -Stephen Covey

"Time management requires self-discipline, self-mastery and self-control more than anything else." -Brian Tracy

Time wasters:

"Don't mistake movement for achievement. It's easy to get faked out by being busy. The question is: 'Busy doing what?' " - Jim Rohn

"Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days." -Zig Ziglar

"Don't be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week's value out of a year while another man gets a full year's value out of a week." -Charles Richards

"Don't interpret anything too much. This is time waster number 1." -Dee Dee Artner

"If you wait for the right time to come it will never come. Begin where you are and with what you have!" -Dada J.P. Vaswani

"The reason for wasting so much time can be directly traced to lack of concentration and inattention, besides unnecessary diversions and distractions." -Unknown

"A man who dares to waste one h our of life has not discovered the value of life." -Charles Darwin

"To do two things at once is to do neither." -Publilius Syrus

"In truth, people can generally make time for what they choose to do; it is not really the time but the will that is lacking." -Sir John Lubbock

"If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of." -Bruce Lee

Importance of setting priorities:

"What comes first, the compass or the clock? Before one can truly manage time (the clock), it is important to know where you are going, what your priorities and goals are, in which direction you are headed (the compass). 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." -Unknown

"No one is 'too busy' in this world. It's all about priorities." -Unknown

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." -Steve Jobs

"To change your life, you need to change your priorities." -Unknown

"The key is not in spending time, but in investing it." -Stephen R. Covey

"Your priorities aren't what you say they are. They are revealed by how you live." -Unknown

"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot." - Unknown

"People often complain about lack of time when lack of direction is the problem." -Zig Ziglar

"Set goals and stay focused on your priorities." -David Reynolds

"Good things happen when you get your priorities straight." -Scott Caan

"Lack of time is actually lack of priorities." -Timothy Ferris

"Sometimes it's the smallest decisions that can change your life forever." -Keri Russell

"When everything is a priority, nothing is a priority." -Simon Fulleringer

"The most important part of every business is to know what ought to be done." -Lucius Columella

"Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least." -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

"The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones." -Brandon Sanderson

"Life is short. Focus on what really matters most; you should change your priorities over time." -Roy T. Bennett

Outside motivation will only get you so far.

Many times, when people struggle with time management issues, there is a bigger problem underneath. There are a number of things that it could be including fear of failure or perfectionism. While time management quotes can help motivate you to make progress for a little while, at some point getting real help is going to be the answer.

BetterHelp has professionals available that can help you get to the root of your time management problem. These professionals are easy and convenient to meet with online. If you are tired of feeling like you are getting nothing accomplished but can't quite seem to change, a BetterHelp therapist can help. And remember, an anonymous source once said, "Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow."

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