20 Quotes to Inspire Personal Effectiveness and Self-Management

Recently I wrote posts about the Myths and Perceptions of Time Management. and 17 Quick Tips on Personal Effectiveness and Self-Management. Whilst I was writing these post, I was reminded about the video – The Time You Have (in Jelly Beans). It goes through the story of a life and how we use our time in jellybeans (or hours/days). It says we have about 28,835 jelly beans (1 jelly bean equates to one day), which when you think about it is not really a lot.

20 Quotes to Inspire Personal Effectiveness and Self-Management

Following are 20 quotes that I hope will inspire you to effectively invest and spend your time, follow your heart and do what you love!

  • “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” ~ Albert Einstein
  • “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs
  • “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” ~ Peter Drucker
  • “You will never ‘find’ time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.” ~ Charles Bruxton
  • “Time equals life; therefore, waste your time and waste your life, or master your time and master your life.” ~ Alan Lakein
  • “Take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.” ~ Lord Chesterfield
  • “Start with the end in mind.” ~ Stephen R. Covey
  • “Money, I can only gain or lose. But time I can only lose. So, I must spend it carefully.” ~ Author Unknown
  • “Your ability to generate power is directly proportional to your ability to relax.” ~ David Allen
  • “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
  • “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
  • “The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.“ ~ Stephen Covey
  • “Life is half spent before one knows what it is.“ ~ Proverb
  • “The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day.“ ~ Henry Ward Beecher
  • “It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.“ ~ Bruce Lee
  • “Make measurable progress in reasonable time.“ ~ Jim Rohn
  • “One realizes the full importance of time only when there is little of it left. Every man’s greatest capital asset is his unexpired years of productive life.“ ~ P. W. Litchfield
  • “The less one has to do, the less time one finds to do it in.“ ~ Lord Chesterfield
  • “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.” ~ Henry Ford
  • “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • We live in deeds, not years; In thoughts not breaths; In feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs…” ~ Aristotle


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