He who every morning plans the transactions of the day and follows out that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life. The orderly arrangement of his time is a like a ray of life which darts itself through all his occupations. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incident, chaos will soon reign.
—Victor Hugo (1802–85) French Novelist
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.
It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?
—Henry David Thoreau (1817–62) American Philosopher
Time has a wonderful way of weeding out the trivial.
—Richard Sapir (b.1936) American Novelist
Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.
—Samuel Johnson (1709–84) British Essayist
To do two things at once is to do neither.
—Publilius Syrus (fl.85–43 BCE) Syrian-born Roman Latin Writer
People always make time to do the things they really want to do.
Time has no meaning in itself unless we choose to give it significance.
—Leo Buscaglia (1924–98) American Motivational Speaker