To become good at managing time is to become good at managing life, for time is life. We are all on a quest for better time management, even noting it down in our list of New Year resolutions. Sometimes we fail, sometimes we improve. As we gear up to ring in the New Year, here are a few inspiring quotes on time management that will come in handy in times when you may slip up on your 2018 resolution for the same:
Procrastination is your enemy
Procrastination is the easiest and harshest way of losing your control over time. Enemy number one when it comes to time management, procrastination is the ravine where your dreams meet an untimely death. It makes us blind to time that’s steadily rolling past us, waiting for none. Each day has its own wealth of time. Therefore, we should develop the habit of using this wealth wisely without having to borrow from the treasuries of tomorrow. Doing things meant for “now” is the cornerstone of a good time-management plan.
“Lost time is never found again.” – Benjamin Franklin, author and inventor
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” – Mother Teresa, humanitarian
Time is your most important resource
Your life is your first enterprise. How you run it will define how you run the other businesses of life – family, relationships, work, etc. It is common knowledge that money and knowledge are the cornerstones that help us run the enterprise of our own lives. But it is time, our understanding of it, and how we choose to spend it that determines how much knowledge we gain in order to add value to our lives.
“Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose.” – Thomas Edison, inventor and businessman
“Those that make the best use of their time have none to spare.” – Thomas Fuller, historian
It’s important to take ownership of your time
Your time is your time. This self-evident truth never actually comes true for the most part of our lives. If we observe our excuses to the many abandoned self-improvement projects of our lives, the reason, invariably, would be “no time”. How is it that we seldom find time to improve our own selves? Why are we stuck in doing things we don’t love and are always complaining about? Time is ours. We can use it in ways that would expand our minds, understand and learn new things, travel more, and do things we love – things that liberate our minds.
“If time were to take on human form, would she be your taskmaster or freedom fighter?” – Richie Norton, author
“The essence of self-discipline is to do the important thing rather than the urgent thing.” – Barry Werner, sportscaster
“I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.” – Golda Meir, former Prime Minister of Israel
Take one day at a time
Take one day at a time – it’s better and easier that way. It’s by perfecting each and every single day that we can perfect our whole life. Setting short-term goals – goals that you can achieve in a day – and achieving them becomes practice sessions that prepare you for achieving your long-term goals.
“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” – Abraham Lincoln, former president of the United States of America
“My motivation is tomorrow, just one day at a time, right?” – Rafael Nadal, professional tennis player
Time and tide wait for no one. Keep that in mind during those idle hours in the new year. Hopefully, you can stop whiling away time and life and effectively utilise each given day to get one step closer to your ultimate goal. Take inspiration from these iconic figures when in dire need and see yourself through those dreary periods.