Time Management Lessons

Key Takeaways

  • Time management isn’t easy, but it’s essential if we want to make progress and live a fulfilling life.
  • There are some key things we can do to help us manage our time more effectively.
  • We all have a finite amount of time, and it’s up to us to decide how to use it.

“Putting things off is the greatest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future.” This is a quote from one of the great Stoics, Seneca, and it’s the essence of the first lesson from The Daily Stoic’s blog post, “5 Stoic Lessons on Time Management.” Delay gratification, work diligently, and don’t waste time.

The second lesson is to take your time on things that matter. At Coyle, we have a saying: Be quick, but don’t hurry. That’s a quote from John Wooden, who coached the UCLA Bruins to an impressive number of wins and NCAA championships. Avoid the urge to rush through things and work on managing your time such that you don’t feel pressured to rush.

The third lesson is that pausing is important. Take time off, take a break, recharge, and then come back focused and ready to work. Failure to do so will only lead to burnout.

Fourth, master the three domains of time: past, present, and future. We can’t change the past, but we can learn from it. Be present in the present and recognize that it’s fleeting. Anticipate the future and know where you’re going – otherwise, you may end up anywhere.

Finally, guard your time. Tim Ferriss, author of the book The 4-Hour Workweek, says that when someone asks him to do something, it’s either a “Hell, yes!” or a “No.” Looking at things from that perspective can really help you determine if you want to spend your most valuable resource, time, on something.

Whether you’re a Stoic at heart or not, hopefully some of these lessons will resonate with you and help you manage your time effectively.

Until next time, enjoy.


Gary Klaben is in our Glenview, IL office and serves our clients who are now located all over the country. He has over 30 years of experience and is the author of Changing the Conversation, Wealth of Everything and co-author of The Business BattlefieldWhether advising his clients, mentoring his team, or coaching entrepreneurs, he is always simplifying complexity and motivating others to take the next action that’s right for them.

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