50 Inspirational Quotes About Priorities To Have A Focused Life

Setting priorities is such an important task. Too many of us try to do anything and everything. I need to do this. It’s really important I do that. But how often do you sit back and realize that the thrings you’re putting effort into don’t matter at all? Use these inspirational quotes about priorities to set yourself on the right track today.

1) If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.

Stephen Covey 

2) Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least. 

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

3) To change your LIFE, you need to change your PRIORITIES. 

John C. Maxwell 

4) 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 

5) There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.

Freya Stark 

6) Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.

Stephen Covey 

7) Technology should improve your life, not become your life.

Harvey Mackay 

8) 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 

9) Nobody’s life is ever all balanced. It’s a conscious decision to choose your priorities every day.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck 


inspirational quotes about priorities

11) “Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have.”  

John C. Maxwell 

12) “You don’t get time. You create time.”  

Sanhita Baruah 

13) “If it’s a priority you’ll find a way. If it isn’t, you’ll find an excuse.”

Jim Rohn 

14) “I have this really high priority on happiness and finding something to be happy about.”  

Taylor Swift 

 15) “Want to be successful? Change your priorities!”  


16) “The first step to success is knowing your priorities.”  


17) “We get real results only in proportion to the real values we give.”  

James Cash Penney 

18) Priorities over conveniences.  

Jatain Neha 

19) Like it or not, the world evolves, priorities change and so do you.

Marilu Henner 


21) Sometimes things in life happen that allow us to understand our priorities very clearly.

Mariska Hargitay 

22) What you prioritize defines your life.


23) Focus on what is most important. Find what truly matters to you. Realign your life with new priorities. Find a new vision, new goals, and a clearer path. Everything else will begin to fall away.  

Akiroq Brost 

24) Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

Albert Einstein  

25) Priorities lead to prosperity.

Michelle Singletary 

26) Subtracting from your list of priorities is as important as adding to it.

Frank Sonnenberg 

27) The most important thing in life is knowing the most important things in life.

David F. Jakielo 

28) “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”

Marthe Troly-Curtin 

29) “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.” 

Timothy Ferriss 

30) “The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupery 

31) “You ought to spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself and a little less time trying to impress people” 

John Hughes


33) “People are often so busy living that they never stopped to wonder why.” 

Terry Pratchett 

34) “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.”   

Sam Levenson

35) “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”  

Abraham Lincoln 

36) Half our time is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.”   

37) “You can have it all. Just not all at once.”  

Oprah Winfrey

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

Brian Tracy


40) “A plan is what, a schedule is when. It takes both a plan and a schedule to get things done.”   

Peter Turla

41) “It’s very important to take care of yourself. Everyone’s lives are so busy. Take at least an hour a day to recharge and do whatever makes you better. For grown-ups, whether it’s a spa, sitting in a park with a book, or coffee, take time for yourself.” 

Ana Ivanovic 

42) “When you get into your car, shut the door and be there for just half a minute. Breathe, feel the energy inside your body, look around at the sky, the trees. The mind might tell you, ‘I don’t have time.’ But that’s the mind talking to you. Even the busiest person has time for 30 seconds of space.”

Eckhart Tolle 

43) “Practice self-rescue first before you ‘help’ someone else.” 

Maureen Joyce Connolly 

44) “Taking care of yourself is part of taking care of others.” 

Jennifer Williamson 

45) “In my own deepening understanding of myself I find my capacity to serve others is deepened as well. The better I am at self-care the more genuinely nurturing of others I am able to be.” 

Mary Anne Radmacher 

46) “My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do.”

Francine Jay 

47) “Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.”  

Leo Babauta


49) It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.   

 Bruce Lee 

50) 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 

If you enjoyed these quotes then you might be interested in these positive affirmations list as well. I often combine them both to show my soul the kindness it deserves 

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 50 Morning Affirmations To Start An Amazing Day – The Insignificant Soul (thebeautyinbeinginsignificant.com)

5 Brutally Honest Ways To Be Kind To Yourself – The Insignificant Soul (thebeautyinbeinginsignificant.com)

If you need some extra inspiration. Here are a couple of extra sources that I personally use on a daily basis.

50 Short Inspirational Quotes We Love – Best Positive Inspiring Sayings (goodhousekeeping.com)

Inspirational Quotes (60704 quotes) (goodreads.com)

Inspirational Quotes | Keep Inspiring Me

What do you think? Did your recognize any of these inspirational quotes on priorities? Which ones spoke to you the most? Let me know in the comments below, I’m curious. 

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