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Time is Precious- Time Management Tips with Inspirational Quotes

Updated on March 25, 2017

Time is Precious

Time is Precious. Use it with care.
Time is Precious. Use it with care.

Need for Time Management

  • Time is a continuous fleeting process.
  • You often experience that it is passing very swiftly and you are unable to perform your tasks timely.
  • You are unable to estimate it accurately. The right quantum of the time required in performing any activity is underestimated in most cases.
  • As a result, you end up being late in performing and completing the tasks.

So, time management is very much essential to managing your day-to-day tasks more successfully and timely. You need to access your each and every task or action and evaluate the time required in performing it. Only then can you plan things done within your available time. It allows you to prioritize and set your goals also very efficiently.

So, get up and plan your time more smartly to manage your time more productively and fruitfully.

My own experiences on Time Management

I would like to share some of my own problems and experiences in managing the time while accomplishing my tasks.

I used to experience a lot of problem in reaching office timely for many years. Even though I get up early and finish my bath timely, I used to spend more time in other activities like performing my daily puja or assist my wife in her kitchen work and end up in being late at the office often. Thereby, I had to spend extra hours there to please my superiors even if I disliked it. Most of my co-staff used to sit till late hours as they had no problem with it. It was very torturesome to me but I could not resist as I had been not punctual. Later, I realized many leak points of time wastage and fixed some of them to catch up the fleeting time. I also got my transfer to another unit of their office and there, I maintained punctuality and succeeded in my life.

Presently also, I once again feeling myself late in performing my daily routine (I am retired and aged 65 now) and so trying to fix my issues in maintaining my punctuality at every stage of work like kitchen work, puja, online work, and other miscellaneous household jobs. So, I am writing this article as an inspiration to me and also as offering some tips to you.

A Quote from Michael Altshuler, a Motivational Speaker and "American Gladiators" fame TV personality.

- "The bad news is time flies. The good news is you are the pilot."

You are The Pilot and Boss of Your Time

You are the manager and steering pilot of your own time. It is up to you to decide how to utilize your time more fruitfully and efficiently to attain the most satisfaction from it. Here, the satisfaction is not a mere material satisfaction. It is the inner soul's satisfaction that is obtained by performing beautiful, wonderful jobs for the overall pleasure and happiness of humanity which includes your own self, your family, neighbors, and the society. So, manage and steer your time efficiently to attain this bliss.

Even though I am not a perfectionist in this field, I always try to manage my time prudently and make the most out of it. I set my time schedule very planned and perform my tasks accordingly with satisfying results.

Another Important Quote on Time

The importance of Time and the need for your own willpower in managing it is mentioned in this quote by Carl Sandburg.

"Time is the most valuable coin in your life. You and you alone will decide how that coin will be spent".

By Carl Sandburg, A great American Poet and Writer.

Plan and Set your Time

You can set alarms for alerts and goals.
You can set alarms for alerts and goals.

Time Management Tip- Plan and Set your Priorities

This poetic ( I doubt it being poetic) expression in this section is only my attempt to entertain myself and get some joy. Don't quit the article. There's much more useful information along with some great quotes in the sections to follow.

Time Time

Precious Time

Prestigious time

Prestantious time


Fleeting time

Sneaking time

Watch in time

Catch in time


Take time

Make time

Spare time

More time


Get time

Set time

Work time

Recess time


Wake time

Sleep time

Brush time

Bath time


Pray time

Playtime

Study time

Merry time


Create time

Manage time

Reduce time

Produce time

Time Management- Time is Precious- Spend carefully

Time is very precious. It is one best asset and gift to you from God. You have your full life's time to do your tasks. But, you should think in terms of that you have so little time left and at the same time so much remaining time with you to perform your tasks. So, value your time and know the importance of time. Do not waste it or spend out it carelessly and uselessly. Manage time efficiently and also try to save some of your time to devote it for the benefit of other people in need of help.

Inspirational Quote on Time Management from Earl Nightingale

"Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored."

- By Earl Nightingale (1921- 1989), an American Radio personality and Motivational Speaker.

A tip on Time Management by one French Poet

"He who every morning plans the transactions of that day and follows that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the busy life."

By Victor Hugo, French Poet of the 19th century.

Time Management Tips- Healthy Habits for Success

To manage time smartly and efficiently, you need to practice healthy lifestyles that keep you well balanced both physically and mentally.

  1. Set your timetable according to your tasks, goals, priorities and your stamina. Don't overdo or underdo anything. You need to consider your health points also while doing so.
  2. Get up early from bed and go to sleep also at a fixed time daily according to your sleep requirements. The sleep requirement varies slightly according to your nature of the job, your body build, and even weather conditions. This habit provides you with a stable period of time available for managing your daily tasks and activities.
  3. Have some physical exercise or some intake of fresh air that can rejuvenate your energy and keep you ready for the day's tasks free of any tension.
  4. Meditation or daily worship habits also provide stamina and freshness to your body and mind so that you can manage your tasks properly within time without any tensions or frustrations.
  5. Take your food at the fixed proper time regularly, whether it is breakfast, meals or snacks and fruits. This keeps your energy always well maintained and balanced and thereby improves your stamina and efficiency in meeting your goals timely.

Wrist Watch for Time Management

Keep a track on time at workplaces.
Keep a track on time at workplaces. | Source

Time Management Tips for Work-Time Management

People often find themselves complaining about the lack of sufficient time for achieving tasks, frustrations, and non-cooperation from other staff or team leaders.

  • Stop complaining and look at the facts and basic roots for these hindrances or feelings. You will realize your weaknesses or faults.
  • Try to find out the causes for non-compliance in achieving the tasks within time. What are the processes or actions required for performing a task and whether you are doing them perfectly? See if you are indulging in some extra unnecessary actions not required for that task.
  • Most people indulge in lengthy phone talks or browsing on their mobile sets while performing their work which is a very bad habit and a drawback in achieving their targets. Avoid unnecessary actions like these that are not connected to your work.
  • Do not spend time at canteens or smoking rooms that curtail your work time achievement.
  • Do not procrastinate or postpone work till last minutes thinking that you may complete it easily before the deadlines set for them.
  • When you are stuck in the middle of a task and are much confused as to how to proceed with it, it is better to take a light break sipping some coffee or indulging in some different activity that gives a small rest to your mind. This will refresh your mind and you can get the solution for completing the task with some fresh ideas.
  • Developing nice relationships with your other staff can also help you in managing your tasks fruitfully within time schedules. You can seek the help of your companion in finding the solution for your problems at work and complete it timely.
  • Don't feed your mind with any feelings of jealousy or suspicions with your co-staff or managers. Always keep friendly relations with all your associates and be frank in all your dealings with them with an open heart. This will result in peace of mind and tensionless atmosphere that can increase your efficiency.

Time Management Tips that work

About Time management video

Time is your own creation. When you are the creator of Time, you should be also able to manage it properly and efficiently. The ten tips provided here are great in managing your time, whether you are an employee of some organization, self-employed, or a housewife. Locate your lapses and unnecessary activities or involvements and fix them or avoid them to reach to your goals.

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Time Management Tips in a Nutshell

  • Do not get tense or develop the inferiority complex.
  • Plan things with a cool balanced mind.
  • Think in terms of your overall tasks or actions to be performed during the day. You may keep some of the activities for the weekend.
  • Segregate each activity or part of it and access the time required for it. Then, calculate the whole time required for the entire schedule for that day.
  • Set your time according to the sequence of the tasks to be performed. Which task is the starting one for your day? The next one thereafter, and like that plan the entire sequence of that day's work.
  • Divide the available time and set your other routine also accordingly like getting up from the bed, freshen up and refreshing, entertainment, going to sleep, and other activities.
  • You may require to curtail or lengthen the time taken or set for some of those activities according to their importance to set all those tasks within your available time frame. Put those unimportant and social activities for the weekend (off days).

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      Venkatachari M 2 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank You, Jackie Lynnley. It's true that I had to do some research work also along with my own experiences from life.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 weeks ago from The Beautiful South

      This is so professionally and beautifully done. You are getting so good at this I would love to have your talent!

      A lot of hard work and research I am sure.

      Thank you.

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      Venkatachari M 4 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you for the appreciation of my thoughts about Time Management.

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      Tomi Smith 4 weeks ago

      Very nicely written article!

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      Venkatachari M 7 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

      Suraj, when you are able to perform tasks cleverly and quickly you can save some time. That is "making the Time". You can save some single minute or seconds and that creates a surplus time for you to invest in some other useful things. This is what I mean by "Making Time" or "Creating Time". I appreciate your parents and your punctuality.

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      suraj punjabi 7 weeks ago from jakarta

      Time for me is a precious thing. It is one thing I cannot get back and it is one thing I cannot make. I do not believe in the the phrase You have to make time. One cannot make it. One has to find it. I am fortunate, that my parents have taught me early on in my life that time is very precious and have taught me how to be punctual in life. Great hub, sir. Keep up the great work.

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Larry, for the appreciation of my efforts.

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      Larry Rankin 4 months ago from Oklahoma

      Great tips!

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      True, Linda. It is the same problem with most of us. We don't realize that time is passing. We keep on browsing the internet, chatting with people or engaging in lengthy phone calls, besides time wasted at tea/ coffee canteens and other time wasting habits. So, it is important that we keep reminding ourselves this fact and spend the time more productively.

      Thanks a lot for your insight, Linda.

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      Linda Lum 4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Wasting time is a personal flaw that I struggle with on a daily basis. I attempt to rationalize, telling myself that I am "taking a much needed/deserved break" but in truth I spend much more time that I should serving the internet, working crossword puzzles, etc. It is all a matter of discipline. Thank you for this timely reminder. A well-written hub.

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Nice to hear from you, Flourish. Life is too short when there is so much to do. It is the hard truth. But, one needs to schedule everything within that available time by managing it wisely.

      Thanks for the nice comment.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      I used to be a corporate person who had too much work and not enough time. Thankfully I am not the master of my own schedule now and am so much happier. Life is too short rushing, rushing and not having time enough for even yourself.

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Yes, Dora, definitely. You realized the main point. There is always something more to improve our efforts at time management which is an endless process.

      Thanks for the insight.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      There is always some improvement necessary in the use of our time. Thanks for reminding us of ways to maximize this precious gift.

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Paula, what an insightful sharing of your experiences in life and your struggle with time to keep things rolling! We share very same experiences of life, even though in this case I have been husband struggling to bridge the long gap between time and tasks ahead. For 35 years I have been a slave to my work and no time to relax with the bossism of officers and the personal health problems of my wife. Added to it were the lack of money and financial support. It has been a tedious life till I resigned my job and joined another job at my age of 50.

      Thank you for sharing your experiences and insightful thoughts here.

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      True, Mary. Time is very precious and we need to spend it more productively with good planning and management.

      Thanks for the nice and insightful comment.

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Yes, Yoleen Lucas. Time is like your money. Your wealth and asset. Spend it wisely and more productively. Thanks for your insightful comment.

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      Paula 4 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      V.M....I'm always interested in what others have to say about time management. At my ripe old age, I think I've finally come to terms with the high possibility that I have had a personal battle with "time" since as far back as I can recall. I also believe it's related to my stubborn, contrary attitude....well, at least somewhat.

      In my younger days, I had no other sensible choice but to be a slave to a perpetual schedule of circular living......one day flowed right into the next and I found myself being robotic, with little hope to change the situation. Being a responsible and fairly organized person, back then, I used my time wisely, planned ahead and kept things running smoothly. Wife, working Mom, homemaker & please add to this any number of various hats I wore from time to time, suffice it to say, my feet moved from the time they hit the floor in the morning until I literally collapsed at the end of a long, hectic day.

      I love your hub and I do understand that your suggestions & advice are wonderful and certainly bring some common sense to the table. Numerous times in the past few years, I have tried to convince myself that it would be a fabulous idea if I put some effort into "managing my time." But, you see~since I retired several years ago, I have been like a brat, thumbing my nose at the clock (time). It was as though I'd been waiting and working all those years to be able to tell Father Time to leave me alone, don't bother me and definitely do not stress me! Know what I mean?

      Finally my life belongs to me and my choices, desires and plans. I might be taking it all a bit too far, since I notice I have no idea what day it is and usually don't know what time it is. Oh dear. I've also begun to arrive late to everything, which is something I wouldn't have dreamed to do in the past.

      So, This is a great hub and I think it's a good wake up call for me! Thank you. I'll let you know how your inspiration has helped me. LOL.... Peace, Paula

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      Mary Wickison 4 months ago from Brazil

      Excellent advice and it will be used. Better planning is key to having enough time to complete the tasks we want and need to do.

      There are so many ways we allow our precious time to be sucked away from us, yet we have the power to change it.

      Thanks for this.

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      Yoleen Lucas 4 months ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Excellent article. Time is a lot like money; you must spend it wisely. You must also invest it wisely; what you do with it today determines what you will be able to do tomorrow. Spend time working today, and you will be able to take a vacation tomorrow. Spend time working out at the gym today, and you will be able to enjoy your favorite activities in the future.

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      That's a wonderful amusing remark, Eric. We are not going to be bonkers anyway at any cost. We keep on learning till our last moment and sharing it with the world to keep them on heels.

      Thanks for the visit and wise feedback.

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Ruby, you know reading and learning is a continuous process and it is a good habit for anybody. So, no need to worry unless it hinders your other work. I too spend much time reading and commenting. But, the time seems very short for me. I need to manage my other tasks properly to feel me relaxed. So, a kind of reminding myself here to manage time properly.

      Thanks for your nice reply.

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      Eric Dierker 4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey friend. I found I was wasting time by not being productive. So I switched my life job. I became time immune. Any effort spent now on maximizing time is spent toward loving the seconds that go by. I am around 60 with a 7 year old son. I find my self grabbing at time. I avoid that now as I do not see time ever slipping away. We do not do loosing time here. We do gathering time. Each moment time passes we add it to our collection of times.

      Do not worry we have not gone completely bonkers. But we may be close ;-)

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      True, Gilbert. Accomplishing anything within time is a gift and gives us great joy. As writers, we would like to write more and more articles and share the knowledge with all people. For this or for any other field of work, we should be able to manage time successfully.

      Thanks for the nice comment.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 months ago from Southern Illinois

      As I age time seems to fly. Your presentation is informative and well written. I spend way too much time on the computer, but I love reading and writing, so I forgive myself. Ha...

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      Gilbert Arevalo 4 months ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      Very good tips Venkatachari M. We can all improve our time management skills. We all feel better when we are able to accomplish more significant activities. For me that is writing more and connecting with the community. It's nice that hubpages gives us an opportunity to do that. A well thought out article!

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Yes, Bill. It is a kind of reminder and also an attempt to address the lapses to my own benefit and for the benefit of others.

      Thanks for the first comment coming from a great and inspiring teacher.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are preaching to the choir, so to speak my friend. At 68 I am acutely aware of the shortage of time I am facing, and how precious it is. Thank you for the reminder! A great motivational piece.