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4 Fantastic Time Management Quotes & How To Put Them Into Practice

I’m a big fan of quotes.

They make my day more energized, give me new inspiration and at the same time, I just love the conciseness of them: a lot of wisdom packed into a small sentence.

Since I’m a productivity enthusiast, I started thinking how to take advantage of this wisdom and apply them to everyday home office situations.

What happened was that eventually I found 4 quotes that – when implemented properly – can help anyone to improve his/her time management.

So if you’d like to get a bit more motivation and wisdom to your day and learn how to apply the quotes in practice, then this post if for you.

Let’s start!

1. Time is what we want most, but what we use worst. ~William Penn

This quote can be understood in two ways:

First, we might have a work-related task and we want more time to achieve it. However, we might feel that there isn’t enough of it in order to focus properly on the task.

Second, you might be building your business, while having a day job. With your everyday decisions, you can determine how much time you dedicate on business-building activities.

In both of these scenarios we want enough time to handle the situations well. However, we still haven’t figured out how to maximize the available time or we are spending it on non-essential things.

How to: Figure out your priorities and commitments.

Could you outsource or delegate certain part of your tasks to someone else, so that you have more time to focus on just the important things?

Also, cut down your commitments and distractions. The more commitments you have, the more extra tasks you have to take care of and that’s the easiest way to feel busy.

Working without distractions is essential for good focus. With proper concentration, you get your work done faster and you have time for other things in your day.

Finally, figure out your priorities. Do you think that watching the TV is necessary, or could you postpone it until the more important work is done?

2. The key is in not spending time, but in investing it. ~Stephen R. Covey

Although the number of your commitments would be on a reasonable level or your priorities would be perfect; there is also another important activity that you should spend your time with.

This activity is learning and unfortunately this part is very easy to skip. At the same time, you know that in order to improve your skills and learn new things, you have to invest your time in this activity as well.

So, it’s not always about working hard. It’s also about education and improving yourself.

How to: Make a decision to read or (educate yourself otherwise) on a daily basis. You don’t have spend hours to do this, just 15-30 minutes every day will do.

What I have realized is that the best time for me for this activity is before I go to work. Since my home is mostly quiet during the early morning hours, this time is perfect for reading or educating myself.

You can also have a dedicated education day every week, when you go through the books, e-books or other training that you have purchased. In my case, this kind of day for me is on every Sunday.

Finally, turn your learning mobile-based.

Buy a MP3 player and load it up with podcasts or other educational material. That way you can take advantage of your transition times (especially if you are moving by walking or riding a bicycle).

3. Make use of time, let not advantage slip. ~William Shakespeare

What happens when you have some unexpected free time on your hands? Are you unable to decide what to do with it?

If this is so, then you should definitely learn how to make every minute productive.

Especially if you are working on you day job full-time but also building/running your part-time business, knowing how to maximize the available time is a crucial.

How to: Some time ago, I came back home from work. And as soon as I stepped in, I noticed that my wife and my son (who was 3 months old back then) were taking a nap.

It didn’t take me long to figure out what to do next: I walked into my workroom, started up my computer and started working on some blogging task.

Because I was able to act fast, I had 1 hour of extra, productive time and this was possible because I knew my next action in advance.

This is also the tip for you too: Always know what your next action is and when the unexpected time block occurs, act immediately!

That way you can maximize your time and get more work done.

4. “He that rises late must trot all day. “ ~Benjamin Franklin

I know that the later I wake up, the busier I get if I want to get all the tasks done. You should also consider of waking-up earlier, so that you manage to get your work done.

Especially if you are building your business part-time, you know that you have much less time at your disposal than for those who work on their businesses full-time.

Waking up earlier could give you the needed extra hours for getting your business off the ground.

How to: First of all, you have to define the new time when you want to wake up. If you are now waking up at 7AM, decide that eventually your wake-up time going to be at 6AM.

Then you pretty much have two choices to proceed: Make gradual changes to your wake-up times (decide to wake-up ten minutes earlier every week until you have reached your new time) or do the change at once.

In my case, I did the change at once. Sure, at first I was like: “I should get back to sleep instead of being awake – this is nuts!” Eventually I got used to the new rhythm and waking up early became a very natural part of my life.

This change happened in 2007 and I’m still an early riser. It’s the most important thing that helped me with my productivity.


I hope that these quotes helped you to make your day more productive.

Just make sure you implement these quotes one at a time. This way you’ll ensure that new habits and behaviors become natural part of your daily life.

Timo Kiander, a.k.a. Productive Superdad, teaches WAHD superdad productivity for work at home dads. If you want to get more productive in your own life, grab 222 of his best Tips for Becoming a Productivity Superstar.

19 Responses to 4 Fantastic Time Management Quotes & How To Put Them Into Practice

  1. Sarvajeet Bodas says:

     Hi, Thank you for wonderful quotes. The real problem with me is implementation part. For e.g. Waking up at 5.45 AM or feeling tired after coming from office.  What to do in order to take advantage of early morning time or how to manage time after office hours ? Pls guide.

  2. How many hours do you spend at office Sarvajeet? In order to feel full of energy and refreshed after coming from office, try to keep eating very healthy food such as vegetables, greek salad fruit or something that you can prepare at home or get somewhere. Exercise will make you fatigue, but your body will get used to extreme conditions afterwards. Then you will have more energy and body will be able to distribute it better. Hope it helped or at least motivated.

  3. Knowing your next action in advance is a great suggestion. I’ve got to start using it. On the rare occassion when I find myself with a lttle extra free time, I tend to be at a loss with how to best utilize it. 

    As for waking up earlier, I currently wake at 4:30am during the week. But I might bump it back to 4am even. There is just never enough time during the day for those of us looking to build a business while working a full time job.

    Thanks for the good tips.


  4. Jihan_747 says:

    Thanks, but I’m not actually a big fan of quotes because i feel like when we rely on quotes, it’s as if we don’t have something of our own to rely on.It’s nice to make use of other people’s wisdom, but it’s even nicer to figure out our own pieces of wisdom.

  5. Trevor says:

    Awesome quotes, Timo.

    Investing time and knowing / writing down the next action step are my favorites!

    Although I wake up early for work, I am a night owl and most productive at night.

    Any advice Timo?

  6. Carmen Stine says:

    I’m a big fan of quotes as well! I think they say so much with so few words, which I’m a fan of also :) Ben Franklin is my favorite of all the founding fathers, have done alot of reading of his writings since I was a kid, so I know his work quite well. He was a great example of what you can do when you put your mind to it & stick to it for the long term. I always admired his tenacity in wanting to be a very prolific man. Definitely a man ahead of his time, didn’t put up with alot of excuses from anyone, especially when they were trying to stop him from what he had to do! Love his style. A man of few words, alot of action! Love this quote, as here I am writing this at 5:45am getting ready to spend my day writing. Thanks Timo for the quotes & awesome tips!

  7. Carmen Stine says:

    Try just 30 minutes earlier or later. Don’t overdo until you get used to it, otherwise you get discouraged (& disgusted) & give up! Remember, ” a journey of 1000 miles begins one step at a time” or something like that :). Don’t beat yourself up, start small & build up! You can if you think you can!

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  9. Timo Kiander says:

    Hi Sarvajeet!

    To become an early riser, you can do it gradually or at once (like I did). This is really a personal preference.

    Of course, what helped me was that I had a very compelling goal on the background (I still do) and that helps me with my early wake up times.

    So … link your waking up with a goal.

    When it comes to feeling tired, powernaps are something you should try. Just take a 20 minute nap after the work and it’ll most likely make you feel like a different person :)


  10. Timo Kiander says:

    Yes, exercising is yet another way to make you feel energized. It’s something that pumps me full of energy :)


  11. Timo Kiander says:

    Thank you Trevor!

    Out of curiosity, when do you go to sleep if you wake up around 4 AM?


  12. Timo Kiander says:

    Hi Jihan!

    Naturally you want to find your own wisdom, but you’ll might get some extra inspiration out of the ones that are invented by others.


  13. Timo Kiander says:

    Thank you Trevor!

    Well, that’s a tricky one. I for sure feel very tired if I sleep just a couple of hours per night and that’s when my productivity drops.

    On the other hand … I have also made the switch from being a night owl to being an early riser.

    So I guess that’s doable as well :)


  14. Timo Kiander says:

    Hi Carmen!

    Sure, he sounds like a very energetic and prolific person for sure.

    Morning time is really awesome – especially for writing :)


  15. I try to get to bed by 9:00pm, though 9:30pm is more usual. I’m not very productive in the evenings after work, so I need to be up early enough to get stuff done.

    I don’t mind during the summer months. I don’t set my alarm at all, I just wake up naturally with the birds and the sun. It’s harder during the winter months when I need to set the alarm.

    Once I’m working for myself, I can ditch the alarm altogether and always rise with the sun . . . even during the winter when it’s not up until 7:00am. Just follow my natural circadian rhythm.

    That’s what I tell myself anyway.


  16. 4. “He that rises late must trot all day. “ ~Benjamin Franklin

    my fav quote!  and I definitely agree with becoming an early riser as a major part have becoming super productive.

  17. Timo Kiander says:

    Hi Trevor!

    OK, thanks for sharing :)


  18. Timo Kiander says:

    Hi Lori!

    Sure, the early wake ups have been one of the biggest reasons for my productivity.


  19. Trevor says:

     I get my work done after dark, and without a fixed deadline, often keep going past my bedtime….

    Timo, what helped you switch to working mornings?

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