Priority Quotes: 30 Interesting Sayings About How We Spend Our Time

Priority Quotes

This collection of quotes about priorities in life are quite eye opening.

They help to remind us that whether we consciously mean to or not, we all set our priorities in our life – and we give our time and energy to them. The issue is, that our time and energy is a limited resource, often leaving not much left over for other people, projects or activities in our life. Which actually may be more important.

Yes, we can get pulled a million different ways, and life can become very busy, but do you truly know what your priorities are?

Gandhi has been quoted as saying that “Action expresses priorities.”

Therefore, it might be said that what and how we spend our time will highlight what our priorities are. But, is this in line with what you believe your priorities should be? Or even how you want to be focusing your time and energy?

Definitely something interesting to think about, right?


Quotes About Priorities In Life


“The bottom line is, when people are crystal clear about the most important priorities of the organization and team they work with and prioritized their work around those top priorities, not only are they many times more productive, they discover they have the time they need to have a whole life.” Stephen Covey


If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one. Russian Proverb


“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” Albert Einstein


“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.” H. L. Hunt


“Create a ladder of values and priorities in your life, reminding yourself of what really matters to you.” Robert Greene


“There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing.” Brian Tracy


“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” Stephen R. Covey


“To change your life, you need to change your priorities.” Mark Twain


“To succeed today, you have to set priorities, decide what you stand for.” Lee Iacocca


“Good things happen when you set your priorities straight.” Scott Caan


“I learned that we can do anything, but we can’t do everything… at least not at the same time. So think of your priorities not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them. Timing is everything.” Dan Millman


“Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters.” Margaret Peters


“Sometimes things in life happen that allow us to understand our priorities very clearly. Ultimately you can see those as gifts.” Mariska Hargitay


“Our life is the sum total of all the decisions we make every day, and those decisions are determined by our priorities.” Myles Munroe


“The Principle of Priority states (a) you must know the difference between what is urgent and what is important, and (b) you must do what’s important first.” Steven Pressfield


“The things which are most important don’t always scream the loudest.” Bob Hawke


“Those who know me know I’m passionate about lists, and top of my list of priorities is my family. My wife Joan and I do not consider our legacy to our children to be wealth or fame but the opportunity to pursue happiness by following their own path.” Richard Branson


“Living in the light of eternity changes your priorities.” Rick Warren


“Instead of saying “I don’t have time” try saying “it’s not a priority,” and see how that feels.” Laura Vanderkam


Short Quotes About Priority in Life


“Schedule your priorities.” Stephen Covey


“When you know what’s most important to you, making a decision is quite simple.” Anthony Robbins


“The life you have left is a gift. Cherish it. Enjoy it now, to the fullest. Do what matters, now.” Leo Babauta


“Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.” Robert Louis Stevenson


“Priorities are the yearly goals that I’m most interested in achieving, then they become operationalized through weekly goals.” Robert Pozen


“The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones.” Brandon Sanderson


“I knew as long as I stayed focused on my priorities, I would be ready for life’s ups and downs.” Philip Rivers


“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.” Bruce Lee


“When you have too many top priorities, you effectively have no top priorities.” Stephen Covey


“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.” Steve Jobs


What Are Your Priorities?

The above quotes can provide some food for thought and get us thinking about how we are honoring the priorities in our life right now. 

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