Timeless Wisdom: 40+ Time Management Quotes To Help You Prioritize, Stay Focused, and Productive

As productivity advocates, we know that time is the most precious resource we have and should be managed very carefully. We often forget about the essence of time management, and having access to some well-sought learnings or words that stood the test of time is much welcome.

Time should be carefully managed and spent on what matters most, whether pursuing one's passions, innovating, or making important decisions. We would also like to stress the importance of focusing on what's essential and avoiding distractions, a key aspect of effective time management. In essence, we should use time as a precious commodity wisely to achieve our goals and make a difference in the world. In the following section, we share some quotes that have influenced us and stood the test of time. Enjoy.

"Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time,' is like saying, 'I don't want to." - Lao Tzu


"Time is a commodity that cannot be bought, sold, or traded. It is the most valuable thing a person can spend." - Zig Ziglar


"Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend." - Theophrastus


"Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind." - Nathaniel Hawthorne


"Time and tide wait for no man." - Geoffrey Chaucer


"Time is the wisest counselor of all." - Pericles


"Time is what we want most, but what we use worst." - William Penn


"The trouble is, you think you have time." - Buddha


"All time management begins with planning." - Tom Greening


"Time is a created thing. Eternity is not." - Edgar Allan Poe


"Better three hours too soon than one minute too late." - William Shakespeare


"Lost time is never found again." - Benjamin Franklin

"The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine." - Unknown


"Time is the most precious thing in the world because it is something that you can never get back." - Elizabeth Gilbert


“Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!” - Tony Robbins


"Time is what we make of it, and it is always running out." - Unknown


"Time is a scarce resource, and it should be used wisely." - Unknown


"Time is a nonrenewable resource, and it should be used with intention and purpose." - Unknown


"Time is the most valuable thing you can spend, and it's the one thing you can never get back." - Unknown


"Where your attention goes, your time goes."― Idowu Koyenikan


"Time is the most valuable asset you have, and it's the one thing you can't get more of." - Unknown


"I don’t have time is just saying it’s not a priority." - Naval Ravikant


"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent." - Carl Sandburg


"The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is." - C.S. Lewis


"Time management is life management." - Robin Sharma 

"Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have." - John C. Maxwell


"Your greatest asset is your earning ability. Your greatest resource is your time." -Brian Tracy


"The best time to start was last year. Failing that, today will do." - Chris Guillebeau

"One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular." - Tony Robbins

"You may delay, but time will not." - Benjamin Franklin

"Time is the scarcest resource, and unless it is managed, nothing else can be managed." - Peter Druker


"The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine." -Mike Murdock


"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot." ― Michael Altshuler


"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer." - Albert Einstein


"Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow." - Anonymous


"A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life" - Charles Darwin


"Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can't afford to lose." - Thomas Edison


"It's not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?" - Henry David Thoreau


"The key is in not spending time, but in investing it." - Stephen R. Covey


"It’s not that we have a little time, but more that we waste a good deal of it." - Seneca


"My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. it's really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time." - Steve Jobs


"Time is a precious commodity, and we should treat it as such." - Unknown