Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on time management

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Time is the currency of life.


You don't need more time, you need more focus.


So much advantage in life comes from being willing to look like an idiot over the short term.


The biggest generator of long term results is learning to do things when you don't feel like doing them. If you let excuses or emotion drive behavior, you're cheating yourself. Put aside the excuses and start doing what you need to do.


You can disagree without saying anything. Not needing to win trivial arguments saves you time, energy, and friends.


Invest the best hours of your day on the biggest opportunity, not the biggest problem.


The ultimate status symbol is time.


If you're focused on the outcome, you're not focused on the process. Sustained success comes from a fanatical focus on process. You don't need to be perfect, just better than yesterday.


The 80/20 rule for meaningful accomplishment: Spend 20 percent of your time exploring broadly and 80 percent of your time relentlessly digging in.


Time is not money. You can lose money and make it back. If you lose time, it's gone forever. Two implications: 1. Get to a point where you can trade money for time, not time for money. 2. Don't wait, start today. Tell someone how you feel. Start *that* project. ...


If a decision is reversible, make it as soon as possible. If a decision is irreversible, make it as late as possible. When the stakes are low, inaction hurts you. When the stakes are high, speed can kill you.


If you wait until you're ready, you'll be waiting the rest of your life.


99.99 percent of the time waiting for the right moment to do something hard is how you rationalize not doing that hard thing you know you needs to be done. There is no perfect moment. All we have is now. Stop waiting.


We waste years because we cannot waste hours.


People who arbitrage time will almost always outperform. The first order thought of instant gratification is a crowded path, ensuring mediocre results at best. Delayed gratification, which requires second order thinking, is less crowded and more likely to get results.


Compounding works with consistency over time. While eating healthy once is easy, doing it for a year is transformational. It's easy to get one win. It's hard to get a lot of wins. Boring progress makes for exceptional results.


In the moment some choices seem small: we eat the chocolate bar, take a shortcut, or cancel a date. However, the accumulation of those tiny decisions adds up over months and years and makes a huge difference. Today’s choices become tomorrow’s reality.


If you play short term games, you win short term prizes.


The longer the time frame for results, the less you need intensity and the more you need consistency.


How we spend our time is the best test of intelligence.


The smarter you are, the more likely you decide as late as possible.


Learning to be ok with being uncomfortable and not having an immediate need to resolve that uncomfort is a superpower. In situations like this, most of the time we make suboptimal decisions to make us feel better in the moment.


You can't get long term outcomes with short term people.


The longer you delay that thing you know you should do, the more difficult it gets. The easier thing in the short run is often the harder thing in the long run. Pain today, gain tomorrow.


Three things that put you on the path to positive non-linear results: clarity, focus, and time. Simple but not easy.


If you’ve been leading people in an organization for more than a year or two and you know how to do their job better than them, you’re the problem.


The best time to have a difficult conversation is when you first feel it. The second best time is now. Difficult conversations don’t get easier if you wait to have them. The sooner you open up about hard things the better. The longer you wait, the harder it gets.


Results are the compound interest of: 1. Consistent effort in a focused direction 2. Constant incremental progress 3. A long period of time Consistency matters more than intensity.


Showing up is the first step. Every. Single. Day.


The interruptions and resulting small chunks of time are why you need to work 60 hour weeks to get 35 hours of actual work done.


People who don’t have time to learn always find time to make the same mistakes over and over. They go fast but they never get anywhere.


We spend far more time trying to control people than understand them.


People who don’t have time to learn always find time to make the same mistakes again and again. They go fast but not far.


In the short run, lying is easy and honesty is hard. In the long run, honesty is easy and lying is hard. What you choose today makes your tomorrow.


Reversible decisions should be made as soon as possible. Irreversible decisions should be made as late as possible.


Don't speak about what you've done in the past. Don't speak about what you're going to do in the future. Only speak about what you're doing now.


Only in challenging times do you discover the difference between leaders and actors.


A simple insight that’s under-appreciated: Most results come at the end, not the beginning.


Confidence is less about what you’ve done in the past and more about how you talk to yourself in the present.


So much of our time is spent worrying about the opinions of people that don’t ultimately matter to us.


The best in any field share: attention to detail, a commitment to perfection they will never attain, and a relentless drive.


Ignore people who spend their days selling predictions about things that can't be predicted.


Small sacrifices today prepare you to handle whatever tomorrow throws at you. Proactive people intelligently prepare for the future. * Learn before you have to. * Save money so it's there when you need it. * Face small adversities so you can handle bigger ones.


Some people listen when they need to; people that get ahead listen all the time.


Outcomes are a function of ordinary actions performed repeatedly over a long period of time. If you find yourself chasing secrets, shortcuts, or complicated you’re on the wrong track.


You don't want a job where someone new can do it as effectively as you with 6 months of training.


It's not how long it's going to take, it's that you took the first step today.


Live in a way that makes time your friend, not your enemy.


Disorder is not a mistake; it is our default. Order is always artificial and temporary.


Vacations are an expensive way to schedule time to pause and reflect.

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