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
The lure of the crisis is almost irresistible, because it demands your immediate attention. But in retrospect, it is the high-priority items that count.
— Mitchell Posner
There is always time enough in a day to do God’s will.
— Roy Lessin
Remember that it was God who decided on a twenty-four-hour day, and He must have felt that it was enough. We can never do all that we expect ourselves to do, and we can rarely do all that others expect us to do, but we can always do all that God expects us to do.
— Scott Sernau
Control your own time. Don’t let it be done for you. If you are working off the in-box that is fed to you, you are probably working on the priority of others.
— Donald Rumsfeld
Many people who wonder why they don’t amount to more than they do have good stuff in them, and are energetic, persevering and have ample opportunities. It is all a case of trimming the useless branches and throwing the whole force of power into the development of something that counts.
— Walter Johnston
Never let the urgent crowd out the important.
— Kelly Walker
When we set priorities in advance it reduces the pressure we feel when we must make decisions under fire.
— Patrick Morley
Highly effective people are not necessarily those who get a ton of things done, but those who get the most important things done. They concentrate on scheduling their priorities, rather than prioritizing their schedule.
— Peter Lowe
The key to successful time management is doing the most important task first, and giving it your full concentration, to the exclusion of everything else.
— Alex MacKenzie
My cancer diagnosis prompted me to get my priorities straight, and fast. I realized that my health and family came first, my career second. It’s not that I care less about baseball, but I have a stronger sense than ever before of its place in my life.
— Joe Torre
Successful people know how to say no without feeling guilty.
— Jack Canfield
Try not to do too many things at once. Know what you want, the number one thing today and tomorrow. Persevere and get it done.
— George Allen
Some objectives are clearly more critical than others. We must learn to distinguish between what is “merely important” and what is “wildly important.” A “wildly important goal” carries serious consequences. Failure to achieve these goals renders all other achievements relatively inconsequential.
— Stephen Covey
Priorities are the vehicles that turn your dreams into reality.
— Bobb Biehl
There are only so many hours in a day and only so many things any of us can do and still do well. Prioritizing is a must. Without it – that is, without formally or informally listing in order of importance what is necessary and what is negotiable – the important things tend to slip down on the list. Prioritizing is a moment-to-moment necessity, not just an issue of long-term planning.
— Dr. Laura Schlessinger