Quote of the Day – Jefferson on Time Management

Thomas Jefferson State Room Portrait“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can be done if we are always doing.”

- Thomas Jefferson

Following up on our earlier quotes this week by Edwards and Theophrastus – today’s quote by Thomas Jefferson expresses his solution to time management.  In summary, he is saying that if a person is always doing they won’t need to complain about not having enough time.

Many of us feel like we are busy, but when we step back and really examine our days we find scattered pockets of wasted time.  This time might add up to hours overall.  If we can make use of these lost bits of time (as Jefferson is suggesting), we might suddenly have plenty of hours in a day to accomplish our tasks.

Obviously there is a point at which this solution breaks down: There are going to be situations where the amount of work to be done will not fit into the waking hours of your day.  When this happens other strategies need to be used.  But step 1 is to ensure we are using the time we have – then we can strive to make that time as effective as possible.


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