Though I am always in haste, I am never in a hurry because I never undertake more work than I can go through with calmness of spirit.
— John Wesley
The trouble with cleaning the house is it gets dirty the next day anyway, so skip a week if you have to. The children are the most important thing.
— Barbara Bush
Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls: work, family, health, friends and spirit. Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will never be the same.
— Brian Dyson
I have decided not to let my time be used up by people to whom I make no difference while I neglect those for whom I am irreplaceable.
— Tony Campolo
People often ask me now, “Zinger, is golf still as important to you as it was before you had cancer?” Yes and no. Yes, of course, golf is important to me. I love the game; it is how I make a living. But no, golf is no longer at the top of my priority list. In fact, it runs a slow fourth. My priorities now are God, my family, my friends and golf.
— Paul Azinger
If you think too much about the pursuit of material things, you’re going to hurt those youngsters you’re working so hard to buy material things for.
— John Wooden
A man should never neglect his family for business.
— Walt Disney
Women are realizing now that it’s hard to be Super Woman. It isn’t so great to double your family’s income, if it means you have to turn your back on your family and your home.
— Martha Stewart
All five of our children live within ten minutes of Barbara and me and that’s more important to me than twenty trophies for winning Majors. And if it wasn’t that way in our family, I’d trade all those trophies if I could make it that way.
— Jack Nicklaus
I have so much fun being at home, getting up in the morning, making breakfast, taking my kids to school, going to school activities. That’s where my life is right now.
— Payne Stewart, shortly before he was killed in a plane crash
Better to do a little well than a great deal badly.
When you set priorities you are literally writing history in advance.
— Tom Skinner
Heather’s illness made me think: Not that golf was unimportant to me, but that my petulance was ridiculous. Here I was getting angry about missing a green with a 5-iron from 210 yards, and my wife had a life-threatening illness.
— Darren Clarke
Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.
— Lin Yutang
Keep in mind that you are always saying no to something. If it isn’t to the apparent, urgent things, it is probably to the most fundamental, highly important things. Even when the urgent is good, the good can keep you from your best, keep you from your unique contribution, if you let it.
— Helen Keller
We will always have time for the things we put first.
— Liane Steele
Try to make decisions based on your priorities, not your pressures.
— Patrick Morley
It is impossible to do everything people want you to do. You have just enough time to do God’s will. If you can’t get it all done, it means you’re trying to do more than God intended for you to do.
— Rick Warren
There’s no such thing as not enough time if you’re doing what you want to do.
— Robert Half
People who are consistent winners manage their challenges in hierarchical fashion. They set priorities and they live those priorities. They commit to managing their time in such a way that they do not spend time grinding along on priority number two or three or four if priority number one needs their attention.
— Phillip McGraw
How you spend your time reveals your priorities. You always have time for the things you put first.
— Taro Gold
When your schedule leaves your brain drained and stressed to exhaustion, it’s time to give up something. Delegate. Say no. Be brutal. It’s like cleaning out a closet – after a while, it gets easier to get rid of things. You discover that you really didn’t need them anyway.
— Marilyn Ruman
We all find time to do what we really want to do.
— William Feather
I win Player of the Year, and 48 hours later I’m in Bucharest seeing street kids. I mean, how important is golf when you see something like that?
— Betsy King
I often let football become more than a career to me – it was sometimes an obsession. As I began to understand what the Bible taught about loving God and my family, it helped me put football in perspective. While it didn’t mean I wanted to win any less, I realized whatever I did or didn’t accomplish as coach of the Cowboys wasn’t the most important thing in my life. And that helped take some of the pressure off.
— Tom Landry
Our ability to do more and perform better will increase as we exercise the discipline of doing important and difficult work first, when we are fresh, and deferring routine jobs to other times.
— Stephen Covey
I’m continually asking myself, “What is the best use of my time right now?”
— Alan Lakein
During a very busy life I have often been asked, “How did you manage to do it all?” The answer is very simple: It is because I did everything promptly.
— Sir Richard Tangye
Just for today I will stop saying “if I had time.” If I want time, I will make it.
— Dr. Jim Loehr
You get very little sympathy these days for not managing your own time and stress. A generation ago people would say, “Poor George, worked himself to death, good man.” Now they say, “What a fool, couldn’t keep himself in balance.”
— Jennifer James
It is the human condition that we need to continually prune our lives in many respects to keep our balance. For any new activity we take on, it is necessary that we discard some other.
— M. Scott Peck
It isn’t success if it costs you the companionship and chumminess and love of your children. Very often, busy, wealthy men and women of momentous affairs discover too late that they have sacrificed the finest thing in life, the affection of their family.
— B.C. Forbes
One thing I learned from my father is to have balance between work and family. I watched my father work 18 hours a day all throughout my childhood. He and my mother divorced in the late ‘60s and I’m sure it was because he spent too much time in the business.
— Jim Perdue
I used to put so much emphasis on tennis. But now I’ve learned that the great things in life are the simple, basic things.
— Chris Evert
Don’t wait to get sick to set your priorities straight. Value your health and your family and friends, because they aren’t replaceable. There will always be another deal, client, market or promotion around the corner. This approach is not only healthier, it will probably help you perform better on the job.
— Joe Torre