Time management

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Spend time on excellence, and love the right, and don’t let shameful profit master you. ~ Theognis

Time management is the act or process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency or productivity.


  • Whereas some ascetics and Brahmins remain addicted to attending such shows as dancing, singing, music, displays, recitations, hand-music, cymbals and drums, fairy-shows, acrobatic and conjuring tricks, combats of elephants, buffaloes, bulls, goats, rams, cocks and quail, fighting with staves, boxing, wrestling, sham-fights, parades, manoeuvres and military reviews, the ascetic Gotama refrains from attending such displays.
  • Dimidium facti qui coepit habet; sapere aude; / incipe!
    • He who has begun has half done: dare to be wise, begin at once![1]
    • Horace, Epistles, Book I (20 BC), epistle ii, lines 40–41
  • An artisan busies himself with his work for three hours each day and spends nine hours in study.
  • Spend time on excellence, and love the right,
    And don’t let shameful profit master you.
  • Theognis, Elegies, Dorothea Wender, trans., 465

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