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100 Inspiring Time Management Quotes To Ensure You Never Run Out Of Time!

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Are we truly making the utmost use of our time in our rapidly advancing world, even if it feels like we're functioning 24/7? Although we cannot regulate the passage of time, we can make the most out of it. So, we've compiled a list of useful time management quotes that'll help you get the best out of your precious time.

Do you often think you don't have enough time in a day? Although time is probably the most valuable resource, the majority of us are terrible at managing it.

  • Statistics have revealed that an average employee spends 2 hours per day recovering from distractions.

  • Also, according to RescueTime, on average, we spend 3 hours and 15 minutes a day (49.4 days per year) on our phones.

  • BusinessFirstFamily has stated that poor communication has also been responsible for the loss of 280 hours per year.

Keeping these statistics in mind, we can indeed say that even businesses have a hard time utilizing time in a better way.

It’s no secret that good time management increases productivity and engagement at your workplace and is the key to business success.

This blog is for the people who need a dose of motivation to help them keep track of their precious time.

100 Motivational Time Management Quotes to Set the Tone for Your Day

1. Ovid

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.
~ Ovid

2. Benjamin Franklin

You may delay, but time will not.
~ Benjamin Franklin

3. Stephen R. Covey

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

4. Lord Chesterfield

Take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.
~ Lord Chesterfield

5. Samuel Smiles

Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but lost time is gone forever.
~ Samuel Smiles

6. Leonardo Da Vinci

Time stays long enough for those who use it.
~ Leonardo Da Vinci

7. Louis E. Boone

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

8. Jim Rohn

Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.
~ Jim Rohn

9. Tony Robbins

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.
~ Tony Robbins

10. Thomas Edison

Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he cannot afford to lose.
~ Thomas Edison

11. William Shakespeare

Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.
~ William Shakespeare


12. William Penn

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

13. Lao Tzu

Time is a created thing. To say “I don’t have time” is to say “I don’t want to”.
~ Lao Tzu

14. Leo Kennedy

The surest way to be late is to have plenty of time.
~ Leo Kennedy

15. Seneca

It’s not that we have little time, but more that we waste a good deal of it.
~ Seneca

16. Baltasar Gracian

A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last. Both do the same thing; only at different times.
~ Baltasar Gracian

17. Charles Buxton

You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.
~ Charles Buxton

18. Carl Sandburg

Time is the most valuable coin in your life. You and you alone will determine how that coin will be spent. Be careful that you do not let other people spend it for you.
~ Carl Sandburg

19. Michael Altshuler

The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.
~ Michael Altshuler

20. John C. Maxwell

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

21. Ralph Waldo Emerson

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

22. Menachem Mendel Schneerson

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

23. Abraham Lincoln

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


24. Theophrastus

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

25. Francis Bacon

To choose time is to save time.
~ Francis Bacon

26. Shoppenhauer

The common man is not concerned about the passage of time, the man of talent is driven by it.
~ Shoppenhauer

27. Charles Richards

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

28. H. Jackson Brown

Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
~ H. Jackson Brown

29. Napolean Hill

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.
~ Napolean Hill

30. John F. Kennedy

We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.
~ John F. Kennedy

31. Shane Parrish

We all know our money isn’t infinite, yet we end up treating our time and energy and attention as if they are.
~ Shane Parrish

32. Arthur Schopenhauer

Ordinary people merely think how they shall 'spend' their time; a man of talent tries to 'use' it.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer

33. Denis Waitley

Time is the most precious element of human existence. The successful person knows how to put energy into time and how to draw success from time.
~ Denis Waitley

34. M. Scott Peck

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

35. Brian Stacy

Your greatest asset is your earning ability. Your greatest resource is your time.
~ Brian Stacy


36. Stephen Covey

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

37. Zig Zaglar

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

38. Bruce Lee

If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.
~ Bruce Lee

39. Pandora Poikilos

Procrastination is the foundation of all disasters.
~ Pandora Poikilos

40. Ashley Ormon

You can’t make up for lost time. You can only do better in the future.
~ Ashley Ormon

41. Franklin Field

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

42. Jean De La Bruyere

Those who make the worse use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness.
~ Jean De La Bruyere

43. Sir John Lubbock

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

44. Charles Bruxton

You will never “find” time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.
~ Charles Bruxton

45. Karen Lamb

A year from now you will wish you had started today.
~ Karen Lamb

46. Eva Young

To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.
~ Eva Young

47. Malcolm S. Forbes

One worthwhile task carried to a successful conclusion is worth half-a-hundred half-finished tasks.
~ Malcolm S. Forbes


48. Charles Darwin

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
~ Charles Darwin

49. Scottish Proverb

What may be done at any time will be done at no time.
~ Scottish Proverb

50. Laertius Diogenes

Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.
~ Laertius Diogenes

51. Henry David Thoreau

You cannot kill time without injuring eternity.
~ Henry David Thoreau

52. Brian Tracy

Your greatest resource is your time.
~ Brian Tracy

53. John Shebbeare

Gaining time is gaining everything in love, trade and war.
~ John Shebbeare

54. Proverb

Lost time is never found again.
~ Proverb

55. Anonymous

One thing you can’t recycle is wasted time.
~ Anonymous

56. Anonymous

Money, I can only gain or lose. But time I can only lose. So, I must spend it carefully.
~ Anonymous

57. Dante

He who know most grieves most for wasted time.
~ Dante

58. Thomas Fuller

He lives long that lives well; and time misspent is not lived but lost.
~ Thomas Fuller

59. Art Buchwald

Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got.
~ Art Buchwald


60. Peter F. Drucker

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

61. Sara Paddison

Realize that now, in this moment of time, you are creating. You are creating your next moment. That is what’s real.
~ Sara Paddison

62. Marcia Wieder

It’s how we spend our time here and now, that really matters. If you are fed up with the way you have come to interact with time, change it.
~ Marcia Wieder

63. W. Somerset Maugham

I don’t think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present.
~ W. Somerset Maugham

64. Richard H. Nelson

Never let yesterday use up today.
~ Richard H. Nelson

65. Chinese Proverb

One cannot manage too many affairs: like pumpkins in the water, one pops up while you try to hold down the other.
~ Chinese Proverb

66. Publius Syrus

To do two things at once is to do neither.
~ Publius Syrus

67. Doc Childre and Howard Martin

You’re writing the story of your life one moment at a time.
~ Doc Childre and Howard Martin

68. Lee Iacocca

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

69. Anthony Robbins

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

70. Anonymous

Ordinary people think merely of spending time. Great people think of using it.
~ Anonymous

71. Alan Lakein

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


72. John Arthorne

He who lets time rule him will live the life of a slave.
~ John Arthorne

73. Aeschylus

Time as he grows old teaches many lessons.
~ Aeschylus

74. Rodin

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.
~ Rodin

75. Delmore Schwartz

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

76. Pericles

Time is the wisest counselor of all.
~ Pericles

77. Winston Churchill

Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.
~ Winston Churchill

78. Mozart

The shorter way to do many things is to only do one thing at a time.
~ Mozart

79. Golda Meir

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

80. Anonymous

Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow.
~ Anonymous

81. Victor Hugo

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

82. Zig Ziglar

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

83. Alexis Carrel

The most efficient way to live reasonably is every morning to make a plan of one’s day and every night to examine the results obtained.
~ Alexis Carrel


84. Martin Luther King Jr.

We must use time creatively - and forever realize that the time is always hope to do great things.
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

85. Tony Morgan

You get to decide where your time goes. You can either spend it moving forward, or you can spend it putting out fires. You decide. And if you don’t decide, others will decide for you.
~ Tony Morgan

86. Anonymous

Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.
~ Anonymous

87. Wayne Dyer

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday and avoiding today.
~ Wayne Dyer

88. Peter Turla

A plan is what, a schedule is when. It takes both a plan and a schedule to get things done.
~ Peter Turla

89. Oprah Winfrey

You can have it all. Just not all at once.
~ Oprah Winfrey

90. Barry Werner

The essence of self-discipline is to do the important thing rather than the urgent thing.
~ Barry Werner

91. Brittany Burgunder

It’s surprising how much free time and productivity you gain when you lose the busyness in your mind.
~ Brittany Burgunder

92. Mikhail Bulgakov

One can find time for everything if one is never in a hurry.
~ Mikhail Bulgakov

93. Bill Gates

Don’t make the same decision twice. Spend time and thought to make a solid decision the first time so that you don’t revisit the issue unnecessarily.
~ Bill Gates

94. Gary Keller

You can do two things at once, but you can’t focus effectively on two things at once.
~ Gary Keller

95. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One always has time enough, if one will apply it well.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


96. John Randolph

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

97. Louisa May Alcott

Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well.
~ Louisa May Alcott

98. Alexander Graham Bell

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
~ Alexander Graham Bell

99. Paul j. Meyer

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.
~ Paul j. Meyer

100. Chris Guillebeau

The best time to start was last year. Failing that, today will do.
~ Chris Guillebeau

Wrapping it up

As we were putting together this compilation of time management quotes, we got more perspective on the basic yet important principles of time.

Time management is one of those great, ageless topics with a plethora of learning and role models. It's easy to waste our spare time on meaningless pursuits. However, to master your life, you must master your time.

Until then, if you’re demotivated and in dire need of some tiny inspiration, our compilation of these time management quotes will always be at your rescue!

Bhaswati Roy

This article is written by Bhaswati Roy who is a Content Marketer at Vantage Circle. In her spare time, she can be found reading crime thrillers or scrolling through food apps, unable to pick what to eat next. For any related queries, contact editor@vantagecircle.com.

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