Priorities

 

Mahatma Gandhi
"Action expresses priorities."
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Scottish Proverb
“What may be done at any time will be done at no time.”
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Scott Caan
“Good things happen when you get your priorities straight.”
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Alan Lakein
“In all planing you make a list and you set priorities.”
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David O. MaKay
“No other success can compensate for failure in the home.”
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Timothy Ferris
“Lack of time is actually lack of priorities.”
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Japanese Proverb
“Life is for one generation; a good name is forever.”
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Jonathan Kozol
“Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.”
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George S. Patton, Jr.
“Don't fight a battle if you don't gain anything by winning.”
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Robert Frost
“Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.”
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Keri Russell
“Sometimes it`s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.”
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Simon Fulleringer
“When everything is a priority, nothing is a priority.”
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Shirley Conran
“First things first, second things never.”
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Martin Luther King, Jr.
“What seems so necessary today may not even be desirable tomorrow.”
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Albert Einstein
“What counts can't always be counted; what can be counted doesn't always count.”
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Lucius Columell
“The most important part of every business is to know what ought to be done.”
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Benjamin Franklin
“Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.”
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Goethe

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” 
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Samuel Butler
“All of the animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.”

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Harry Lloyd
"Success is only another form of failure if we forget what our priorities should be."
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Stephen R. Covey
“The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”
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Mark 8:36
“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
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Goethe
“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”
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John Armstrong
“You don't ask a juggler which ball is highest in priority. Success is to do it all.”
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Doris Lessing
“It is the mark of great people to treat trifles as trifles and important matters as important”
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Matthew 6:33
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
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Stephen R. Covey
“If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.”
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Og Mandino
“Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished.”
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Jim Rohn
“Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.”
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Zig Ziglar
“Money isn't the most important thing in life, but it's reasonably close to oxygen on the "gotta have it" scale.”
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H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
“Get your priorities straight. No one ever said on his death bed, 'Gee, if I'd only spent more time at the office.'”
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Jim Rohn
“Learn how to separate the majors and the minors. A lot of people don’t do well simply because they major in minor things.”
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H. L. Hunt
“Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.”
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Stephen R. Covey
“Whatever is at the center of our life will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom, and power.”
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M. Russell Ballard
“All of us must come to an honest, open self-examination, an awareness within as to who and what we want to be.”
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Russell M. Nelson
“When priorities are proper, the power to endure is increased. And when internalized, those priorities will help keep you from “going overboard.”
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Zig Ziglar
“The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now.”
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Mary O'Connor
“It's not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised. The mosquito is swatted.”
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Timothy Ferriss
“Being busy is most often used as a guise for avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions.”
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Stephen R. Covey
“The essence of the best thinking in the area of time management can be captured in a single phrase: Organize and execute around priorities.”
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Thomas Carlyle
“Our great business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.”
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Edward Humphrey
“True wisdom is to know what is best worth knowing, and to do what is best worth doing.”
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Freya Stark
“There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.”
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Benjamin Franklin
“I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things.”
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Harvey Mackay
“Decide what your priorities are and how much time you'll spend on them. If you don't, someone else will.”
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Harold B. Lee
“The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the walls of our own homes.”
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Larry Winget
“Go to your checkbook and see what you spend money on. In an instant, you will know what is important to you because your money goes toward it.”
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Zig Ziglar
“Spend time with those you love. One of these days you will say either, ‘I wish I had,’ or ‘I’m glad I did.’”
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Lou Holtz
“If you continually ask yourself, "What's important now?", you won't waste time on the trivial.”
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Eric Zorn
“Don’t waste your breath proclaiming what’s really important to you. How you spend your time says it all.”
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Stephen R. Covey
“How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.”
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Margaretta Rockefeller
“Once you have been confronted with a life-and-death situation, trivia no longer matter.  Your perspective grows and you live at a deeper level.  There's no time for pettiness.”
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Lin Yu Tang
“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.”
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Brian Tracy
“No matter how many personal productivity techniques you master, there will always be more to do than you can ever accomplish in the time you have available to you, no matter how much it is.”
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Lee Iacocca
“No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?”
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Brian Tracy
“You can get control of your tasks and activities only to the degree that you stop doing some things and start spending more time on the few activities that can really make a difference in your life.”
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Saint Teresa
“Remember that you have only one soul; that you have only one death to die; that you have only one life...If you do this, there will be many things about which you care nothing.”
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Neal A. Maxwell
“Obviously, family values mirror our personal priorities. Given the gravity of current conditions, would parents be willing to give up just one outside thing, giving that time and talent instead to the family.”
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Denis Waitley
“Don't be a time manager, be a priority manager. Cut your major goals into bite-sized pieces. Each small priority or requirement on the way to ultimate goal become a mini goal in itself.”
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Robert Service
“Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out - it's the grain of sand in your shoe.”
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Timothy Ferriss
“Being overwhelmed is often as unproductive as doing nothing, and is far more unpleasant. Being selective - doing less - is the path of the productive. Focus on the important few and ignore the rest.”
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George W. Bush
“I would like to be remembered as a guy who had a set of priorities, and was willing to live by those priorities. In terms of accomplishments, my biggest accomplishment is that I kept the country safe amidst a real.”
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Dwight D. Eisenhower
“The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion.”
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Brian Tracy
“Your ability to select your most important task at each moment, and then to get started on that task and to get it done both quickly and well, will probably have more of an impact on your success than any other quality or skill you can develop.”
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Charles Hummel
“We realize our dilemma goes deeper than shortage of time; it is basically a problem of priorities. We confess, We have left undone those things that ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.”
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Stephen R. Covey
“It's incredibly easy to get caught up in an activity trap, in the busy-ness of life, to work harder and harder at climbing the ladder of success only to discover it's leaning against the wrong wall. It is possible to be busy - very busy - without being very effective.”
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Timothy Ferriss
“Doing less meaningless work, so that you can focus on things of greater personal importance, is NOT laziness. This is hard for most people to accept, because our culture tends to reward personal sacrifice instead of personal productivity.”
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Author Unknown
“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside. The enemy of the ‘best’ is often the ‘good’”
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
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Stephen R. Covey
“Keep in mind that you are always saying “no” to something. If it isn’t to the apparent, urgent things in your life, it is probably to the most fundamental, highly important things. Even when the urgent is good, the good can keep you from your best, keep you from your unique contribution, if you let it.”
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William Gladstone
“To comprehend a man's life, it is necessary to know not merely what he does but also what he purposely leaves undone. There is a limit to the work that can be got out of a human body or a human brain, and he is a wise man who wastes no energy on pursuits for which he is not fitted; and he is still wiser who, from among the things he can do well, chooses and resolutely follows the best.”
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Marvin J. Ashton
“As adults, if our top priorities are constantly directed toward the acquisition of more and better worldly goods, it will not take long to increase our love in those directions. The purchase of a larger house or a nicer car or a more expensive boat may cause us to sacrifice our resources and develop an unwise love for these symbols of success and pleasure. We learn to love that which we serve, and we serve that which we love.”
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N. Eldon Tanner
“I observed that the successful farmer worked at his job. He would do his plowing, disking, harrowing, seeding, and harvesting in the proper season and at the proper time, while his neighbor was procrastinating, or off hunting and fishing while the work was still to be done. We must learn to set our priorities straight. No one can be successful in his line of work unless he works at it in the proper season and plays in the proper season.”
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Denis Waitley
“Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can't buy more hours. Scientists can't invent new minutes. And you can't save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you've wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow. Success depends upon using it wisely-by planning and setting priorities.”
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Earl Nightingale
“Things that are given to us for nothing we place little value on. Things that we pay money for, we value. The paradox is that exactly the reverse is true. Everything that's really worthwhile in life came to us free. Our minds, our souls, our bodies, our hopes, our dreams, our ambitions, our intelligence, our love of family and children and friends and country - all these priceless possessions are free. But the things that cost us money are actually very cheap and can be replaced at any time. A good man can be completely wiped out and make another fortune. He can do that several times. Even if a home burns down, we can rebuild it. But the things we got for nothing can never be replaced.”
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