6 quotes to emphasize the importance of time management

Importance of time managementThe importance of time management cannot be overstated.

If you want to be successful, then you have to master time management. Successful people are always good time managers. They would never allow other people to waste their time and nor should you.

Never, ever forget that time is your most precious resource.

Time is more important than money because you can always get more money but you can never get more time. One hour spent is one hour you no longer have to spend.

How often do you hear people say, “I’d love to do that but I don’t have the time.

However the fact is that we all have exactly the same amount of time; 168 hours a week. It all comes down to your priorities and your determination to use your time wisely.

How you choose to prioritize and allocate your time will have a significant bearing on how successful you will become.

No shrewd and savvy person would waste their money, would they? Nor would they allow other people to waste their money for them, I’m sure you’ll agree?

Yet people frequently waste their own time and allow other people to waste their time for them too.

Why would anyone think it reasonable to waste their time? And why would anyone allow someone else to encroach on their time, resulting in more wasted seconds, minutes and hours.

Just because someone asks for a piece of your time, doesn’t mean you have to agree to their request.

You have to ask yourself first whether agreeing to such a request would be the best use of your time.

And of course, the supplementary question would be whether there’s any obligation on your part to comply with the request?

Every second of your time is precious, so you have to be miserly when considering requests for even a very small part of it.

Before you begin every day make sure you have a short list of all your absolutely ‘must do’ items written down, and then make sure you focus on getting them done.

When you’re working, your focus should be on what you’re meant to deliver. That is, those things that will allow you to add the most value.

However remember this also; a life well lived is a life with balance. You work to live and not the opposite.

So when your working day is done, make sure you have a little time left over for yourself and those who matter most to you. After all, success is very nice but it wouldn’t mean much without family and friends.

Here are six quotes to emphasize the importance of time management:-

Quotes to emphasize the importance of time management:

  1. Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend. ~Theophrastus
  2. Lost time is never found again. ~Benjamin Franklin
  3. My favourite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. ~Steve Jobs
  4. Time is what we want most but what we use worst. ~William Penn
  5. If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over? ~John Wooden
  6. At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent. ~Barbara Bush

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5 quotes about communication that will make you think

Quotes about communicationIn the field of human relations, effective communication is very important. Yet communication or lack of it is so often the cause of so many of our problems. After all it’s not what we say, it’s what we mean. In this post there are 5 quotes about communication to help you consider this point.

We may think we’ve said something clearly but did the other person understand the meaning of our words in the way they were intended? Did we use the right words to convey our underlying message?

All too often we fail to get our message across clearly. Then we can find ourselves arguing with someone due to a miscommunication when in fact both parties have no underlying disagreement at all.

If you’re the communicator then it is your responsibility to ensure that the receiver of your communication understands its meaning clearly. It is not the receiver’s job to work out what you really meant. And of course it’s not only what you say, it’s the way that you say it.

I can use exactly the same words with a different tone and convey a totally different meaning. For instance if you walk into a room and I say your name warmly and with a smile then it suggests I’m pleased to see you and you will respond accordingly.

Alternatively if I scream your name as you enter that same room then you will conclude that I am not happy with you at all and you will become very defensive.

So think carefully before you speak. If you’re in any role where you are a leader of people then good communication skills are vital if you are to execute your duties successfully.

So learn the art of good communication and remember that your tone is as important as your words.

Treat people with respect and they will respond well. Put them at ease when speaking with them and make sure they clearly understand your message as it was intended. Good communication is essential for effective leadership.

Here are those five quotes about communication:-

Quotes about communication:

  1. To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others. ~Tony Robbins
  2. Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people. ~Jim Rohn
  3. Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill. ~Buddha
  4. Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble. ~Yehuda Berg
  5. The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said. ~Peter Drucker

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5 quotes about death that will make you think

Quotes about deathThe death of a friend or close relative always makes us think about our own mortality, particularly as we get older. As I attended a funeral just yesterday I’m in a philosophical frame of mind today, so I’m looking back at quotes about death.

We’re all going to die; the only questions are when and how? The important thing is to make the most of our lives whilst we can. And in relation to our loved ones, we must take every opportunity to enjoy their company whilst it’s still possible. None of us can know what will happen tomorrow. And none of us can know when a loved one will be taken from us, for whatever reason.

We are constantly reminded through News stories about how lives can be cruelly cut short. So many tragedies involving multiple deaths in the United States, in Europe and in wars all around the world. How sad these events can be, particularly for the families and friends of the victims. Lives lost means lives changed irrevocably.

Life is short and the years go by in the blink of an eye. So we must ensure that we’ve got our priorities right. Remember always; we work to live, not live to work. Careers are all very well but they won’t take care of you should you become sick or infirm. Should that happen, you’ll depend on your family and friends.

Here are five quotes about death that will help you reflect on it’s significance and the importance of making the most of your life and the people you love. Live now and have no regrets.

Quotes about death:

  1. No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. ~Steve Jobs
  2. The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. ~Mark Twain
  3. Don’t send me flowers when I’m dead. If you like me, send them while I’m alive. ~Brian Clough
  4. Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them. ~George Eliot
  5. It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. ~Marcus Aurelius

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19 fun quotes that will make you think

Fun QuotesLife is short and the years pass quickly. I can tell you that much from experience.

One minute you’re 15 and the next you’re 50, or so it seems.

So having fun is essential, otherwise what would be the point?

Every minute of life is to be enjoyed. Let’s face it, we’re all going to die and it’s not a rehearsal, so me must live life whilst we can.

Yes, life can be challenging and it’s never going to be easy. However we must all find some joy in each and every day of our lives.

We must treat every day as if it’s our last because one day it will be.

Above all we must make sure we find some fun in everything we do.

Today dear reader I offer you 19 fun quotes with an emphasis on why having fun is so important.

Fun Quotes:

  1. If it ain’t fun, it ain’t worth it. ~Dennis Wilson
  2. Just play; have fun; enjoy the game. ~Michael Jordan
  3. I think that success is having fun. ~Bruno Mars
  4. There’s no fear when you’re having fun. ~Will Thomas
  5. Just keep taking chances and having fun. ~Garth Brooks
  6. I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun. ~Thomas A. Edison
  7. If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun. ~Katharine Hepburn
  8. Follow your dreams. Just make sure to have fun too. ~Chris Brown
  9. Winning is only half of it. Having fun is the other half. ~Bum Phillips
  10. People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing. ~Dale Carnegie
  11. Fun QuotesThere’s no need to dress like everyone else. It’s much more fun to create your own look. ~Twiggy
  12. We believe in working hard and having fun at the same time. It’s a way of life for me, and I feel tremendous. ~Robert Stigwood
  13. I feel confident imposing change on myself. It’s a lot more fun progressing than looking back. That’s why I need to throw curve balls. ~David Bowie
  14. When you start recognising that you’re having fun, life can be delightful. ~Jane Birkin
  15. Fun is one of the most important, and underrated, ingredients in any successful venture. If you’re not having fun then it’s probably time to call it quits and try something else. ~Richard Branson
  16. Have fun is my message. Be silly. You’re allowed to be silly. There’s nothing wrong with it. ~Jimmy Fallon
  17. Life is too short to not have fun; we are only here for a short time compared to the sun and the moon and all that. ~Coolio
  18. There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it. ~Andrew Jackson
  19. Flying might not be all plain sailing but the fun of it is worth the price. ~Amelia Earhart

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5 Quotes About Gratitude

Quotes about gratitudeHowever hard life proves to be, being grateful is an essential element to achieving personal happiness. So this post offers you five quotes about gratitude to make you think.

All too often we fret about all the things we lack. And then we fail to appreciate fully all the good things in our lives.

So what do we do when we’re feeling negative about our life experiences?

We should stop for a second or two and contemplate all those things for which we really should be grateful.

It can be as simple as the cup of coffee we’re enjoying or the lunch we have planned with a friend later in the week.

If we think hard enough and we think positively enough, then eventually we’ll see that there are things for which we can be grateful.

However bad we think our lives are, if we look around the world we’ll see that in comparison to others we’re lucky indeed.

Yes, of course, there’ll be people with a bigger slice of life’s cake than we’ve got but so what? Does it really matter? It’s not the size of our house that matters, it’s how happy is the home in which we live.

If we want to be happy it starts with a positive frame of mind and that starts with being grateful for whatever it is we’ve got.

So go on, be grateful and be happy. And contemplate these five quotes about gratitude now.

Quotes about gratitude:

  1. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John F. Kennedy
  2. Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation. ~Brian Tracy
  3. Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. ~Melody Beattie
  4. ‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, and understanding. ~Alice Walker
  5. Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. ~William Arthur Ward

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Productivity Tips: Structure your day for maximum productivity

ProductivityHow much do you achieve each day?

What do you actually deliver in terms of results? After all, results matter don’t they?

We’re paid to deliver results, aren’t we?

To demonstrate that we’re adding value in our jobs or our businesses, then it’s all about productivity surely?

Being busy is not the same as being productive. They’re very different things, aren’t they?

Most people know that I’m sure but they still struggle to improve their productivity.

Do you ever feel that you could be more productive dear reader?

Do you ever wonder how you might improve your productivity?

Well when you’re not sure what to do, you can always turn to a master. And when I’m seeking advice on mastery, one expert to which I frequently turn is Brian Tracy.

In the embedded video, Brian Tracy offers some very useful tips for becoming more productive.

In my opinion, Brian Tracy always offers great advice and in this short video he offers some real pearls of wisdom I think.

They’re all simple ideas but they can increase your productivity if you apply them regularly.

This video is recommended viewing, so take a few minutes out of your busy schedule and learn from the master. I am confident that you will find it time well spent.

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15 Quotes by Rumi

Quotes by RumiJalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, known simply as Rumi, was a 13th century poet.

Rumi is  believed to have been a man of immense talent.

His work highlights literature’s power to transcend time, language and geography.

Incredibly Rumi covered many topics, in few words. And his work inspires us to this day. In fact his legacy is likely to inspire future generations for years to come.

Today I offer you 15 quotes by Rumi which showcase his wisdom.

I hope they inspire you to harness the power of positive thinking. Reflect on them and use the lessons they offer in your everyday life.

Quotes by Rumi:

  1. What you seek is seeking you. ~Rumi
  2. Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. ~Rumi
  3. Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form. ~Rumi
  4. Where there is ruin there is hope for a treasure. ~Rumi
  5. You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life? ~Rumi
  6. There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen. ~Rumi
  7. Raise your words, not your voice. It’s rain that grows flowers, not thunder. ~Rumi
  8. Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life. ~Rumi
  9. There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth. ~Rumi
  10. Yesterday is gone and its tale told. Today new seeds are growing. ~Rumi
  11. Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. ~Rumi
  12. Before death takes away what you are given, give away what there is to give. ~Rumi
  13. Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. ~Rumi
  14. Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart. ~Rumi
  15. It may be that the satisfaction I need depends on my going away, so that when I’ve gone and come back, I’ll find it at home. ~Rumi

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Rumi’s Little Book Of Life: The Garden of the Soul, the Heart and the Spirit by Rumi and Maryam Mafi

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15 Quotes by Isaac Newton

Quotes by Isaac NewtonSir Isaac Newton was an English mathematician, astronomer, physicist and theologian.

He’s widely recognized as a great thinker and few people have made a greater contribution in their own lifetime as he did.

In fact he was one of the most influential scientists of all time. His contribution to scientific theory is enormous and he was a key figure in the scientific revolution.

Today I offer you 15 quotes by Isaac Newton that provide us with considerable insight into the way the great man was able to succeed in the way he did.

Sir Isaac Newton was a giant on whose shoulders we can all stand to see further along the road to success.

Quotes by Isaac Newton:

  1. You have to make the rules, not follow them. ~Isaac Newton
  2. My powers are ordinary. Only my application brings me success. ~Isaac Newton
  3. What goes up must come down. ~Isaac Newton
  4. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. ~Isaac Newton
  5. What we know is a drop, what we don’t know is an ocean. ~Isaac Newton
  6. If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. ~Isaac Newton
  7. Live your life as an exclamation rather than an explanation. ~Isaac Newton
  8. Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy. ~Isaac Newton
  9. We build too many walls and not enough bridges. ~Isaac Newton
  10. No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess. ~Isaac Newton
  11. Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy. ~Isaac Newton
  12. Gravity explains the motions of the planets but it cannot explain who sets the planets in motion. ~Isaac Newton
  13. If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been due more to patient attention than to any other talent. ~Isaac Newton
  14. Tis much better to do a little with certainty and leave the rest for others that come after than to explain all things by conjecture without making sure of anything. ~Isaac Newton
  15. If others would think as hard as I did, then they would get similar results. ~Isaac Newton

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15 Quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche was a German philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, philologist and scholar whose work has exerted significant influence on Western philosophy and cultural thinking.

Here are 15 Quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche which made me pause to reflect and they will make you think a little too I suspect.

Quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche:

  1. Everything matters. Nothing’s important. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
  2. Enjoy life. This is not a dress rehearsal. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
  3. Call me whatever you like; I am who I must be. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
  4. Loneliness is one thing, solitude another. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
  5. You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way and the only way, it does not exist. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
  6. Without music life would be a mistake. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
  7. It is not a lack of love but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
  8. The real question is, how much truth can I stand? ~Friedrich Nietzsche
  9. There are two different types of people in the world, those who want to know and those who want to believe. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
  10. In heaven, all the interesting people are missing. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
  11. Do you want to have an easy life? Then always stay with the herd and lose yourself in the herd. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
  12. And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
  13. The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
  14. There will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how you use them. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
  15. I’m not upset that you lied to me. I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

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15 Quotes by Claudius Galen

I’ve always been a sucker for a good quote and I have a fairly comprehensive knowledge of all the most inspirational and influential philosophers in history, worthy of my attention.

Naturally I thought that I was really well-acquainted with the wisdom of the ancients. Well now, how wrong could I possibly be?

Just recently I was introduced to someone I should have known about, whom for whatever reason had never quite gotten on to my radar screen. That person was Claudius Galen and so I just had to go searching for some of his quotes.

Today I offer you 15 of the quotes by Claudius Galen that I discovered in the process.

In case he’s new to you too dear reader, Claudius Galen, also known as Claudius Galenus or Aelius Galenus, is believed to have been born around 131 AD. Known for being a gifted intellect, he was a Greek physician and a writer on medicine and philosophy.

He went to Rome and revived the ideas of Hippocrates and other Greek doctors. His theories dominated European medicine for well over a millennium. The Romans had shown little interest in the work of Hippocrates and it took Galen to push it forward in Rome.

That his ideas live on says much about his contribution to philosophical thinking. So here are today’s quotes. What do you think?

Quotes by Claudius Galen:

  1. Who are you? What do you want? Where are you going? ~Claudius Galen
  2. Who do you serve and who do you trust? ~Claudius Galen
  3. The physician is Nature’s assistant. ~Claudius Galen
  4. The best physician is also a philosopher. ~Claudius Galen
  5. That which is, grows, while that which is not, becomes. ~Claudius Galen
  6. Look to the nervous system as the key to maximum health. ~Claudius Galen
  7. If sometimes dreams come true, what of our nightmares? ~Claudius Galen
  8. Employment is nature’s physician and is essential to human happiness. ~Claudius Galen
  9. That physician will hardly be thought very careful of the health of others who neglects his own. ~Claudius Galen
  10. Those who are enslaved to their sects are not merely devoid of all sound knowledge, but they will not even stop to learn. ~Claudius Galen
  11. The reason that I keep writing is that all my most powerful messages about the fates of wild places that I care about need to have words as well as images. ~Claudius Galen
  12. The combination of pictures and words together can be really effective, and I began to realise in my career that unless I wrote my own words, then my message was diluted. ~Claudius Galen
  13. The chief merit of language is clearness, and we know that nothing detracts so much from this as do unfamiliar terms. ~Claudius Galen
  14. He who has two cakes of bread, let him dispose of one of them for some flowers of the narcissus; for bread is the food of the body, and the narcissus is the food of the soul. ~Claudius Galen
  15. When we tune in to an especially human way of viewing the landscape powerfully, it resonates with an audience. ~Claudius Galen

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