Quotations and Aphorisms on Planning and Productivity

"The best performance improvement is the transition from the nonworking state to the working state."
John Ousterhout

Previous Quotations:

“What is the best use of my time right now?”
Alan Lakein – How To Get Control of Your Time and Your Life

The Law of Forced Efficiency - This law says that, 'There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing.'
Brian Tracy

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One of my firmest beliefs...

A common mistake people make when trying to design something foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
- Douglas Adams, author, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Douglas Adams on deadlines

If you're going to start quoting Douglas Adams on a forum where productivity is a big topic, you have to include this one:

I love deadlines. Especially the whooshing sound they make as they pass by." - Douglas Adams

-Kenny

Towel Day!

Don't forget, International Towel day is May 25th!

...Which also happens to be my 18th Birthday.

threadjacking!

OK, now that we've got completely off topic... HitchHikers' Guide to the Galaxy was the first sci-fi I remember ever reading, and still one of my favorites. That could explain a lot about my sense of humor. I've owned multiple copies of the whole series, mostly due to lending it out and then not getting it back :-(

I've also managed to miss Towel Day every single year. I'll read about it coming up, and then read about it the day after it happens when someone writes about it on their website or more recently on their blog. Although, now that I'm more organized, I can put it in my planner. I think I'll do that right now... Done. Happy birthday over a month early!

There's one thing I remember reading soon after it hit the news that Douglas Adams was dead. He died at 49. Someone pointed out that he really should've died at 42, but he was just late. For most people, that would've been a horrifying thing to say. But knowing Douglas Adams' sense of humor, I think he'd find that comment amusing.

-Kenny

That restaurent

Someone said

HitchHikers' Guide to the Galaxy

so I thought I'd just mention that that restaurent was only a couple of miles from where I'm now sitting typing that I'm only a couple of miles from where the restaurent was. Well okay so it wasn't really a restaurent and it wasn't at the end --- rather it was in the middle. Sadly now a clothes shop but there are cafes in the vicinity.

still my favorite

this one is still my personal favorite. :)
i've used it many times in the past at various jobs.

/innowen

another Douglas Adams quote

Now that you've got me on a role, I have to toss this one in.

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so. -Douglas Adams

Maybe now, someone should post some real productivity quotes.

-Kenny

Kenny, you have challenged me >:)

Another problem with the net is that it’s still ‘technology’, and ‘technology’, as the computer scientist Bran Ferren memorably defined it, is ‘stuff that doesn’t work yet.’ We no longer think of chairs as technology, we just think of them as chairs. But there was a time when we hadn’t worked out how many legs chairs should have, how tall they should be, and they would often ‘crash’ when we tried to use them. Before long, computers will be as trivial and plentiful as chairs (and a couple of decades or so after that, as sheets of paper or grains of sand) and we will cease to be aware of the things. In fact I’m sure we will look back on this last decade and wonder how we could ever have mistaken what we were doing with them for ‘productivity.’
-- Douglas Adams, "How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet", The Sunday Times, August 29th 1999

The whole article is worth the read.

Share & Enjoy !!
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

My favorite "goal" quote

This one is from my archery coach ( I used to shoot competitively):
"If you aim at nothing, you will hit it."

sporter
"To fly, we must have resistance."

And a link for Planning...

Planning
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

In case anyone has trouble

In case anyone has trouble with the link.
"Planning: Much work remains to be done before we can announce our total failure to make any progress."
www.despair.com

Ygor,
Thanks for reacquainting me with despair.com. A good friend sent me a link to their site some time ago and I spent an hour or so scrolling through their "motivational" materials, especially the corporate stuff. I howled with laughter.
~Cath

It appeals to me...

I sometimes get sick of all the imbecilic "positive" motiviationals.

I believe a virtual brick in the face can do a lot of good.

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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

despair.com "demotivators"

Ygor,
If, as Richard Kemph said "Quotes are nothing but inspiration for the uninspired." then perhaps Despair.com's demotivators are for the uninspirable.

Here's a quote that seems to me inspiring and demotivating at the same time:

"There are people who make things happen, those who watch what happens, and those who wonder what happened."
Unknown.
~Cath

Love that quote

I love that quote

"There are people who make things happen, those who watch what happens, and those who wonder what happened."

Have been thinking about reflectivity recently --- it's a major part of the way sign interpreters are taught however as a computing scientist of 30+ years experience all this reflection stuff leaves me cold.

What I'm trained to do as a computing scientist is spend 80% of my time on design (i.e. thinking) and then 20% on implementation. During design I go through the possibilities, what may work what may not, think about interactions. And select the best solution, which because I've thought about it in great depth is then easy to translate into program code. Some people try to invert that and spend 20% of the time thinking and 80% implementing, which means they spend longer putting things right that have gone wrong. Overall I exert less effort because my 100% is at least 50% shorter than their 100%.

So I'm very much a member of that first group and hope never ever to be in the latter.

If anyone can identify the source of CathMac's quote I'd really appreciate it.

Google is your friend

I said:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22There+are+people+who...

and the link at the top was:
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/jamesalov202153.h...
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Ygor is your friend

Reepicheep,
Thanks to Ygor it looks like we can attribute the quote, and we now have a more complete version:

There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen..
James A. Lovell
~Cath

Possibly

Uh, maybe. The Google search that ygor suggested also gives attribution of that quote to some ex-hunk-of-wood-swinging "motivational" speaker. (Can you tell I'm no fan of such games. ;-) )

Might need a question posing to the BBC Radio show "Quote Unquote" (sometimes broadcast on the BBC World Service) where attribution questions like this are the raison d'etre of the show. I would prefer it to be Lovell than the wood-swinger --- at least I know who he is.

Why and Why not?

I love Despair.com. I have been going there for years whenever I need a boost. My favorite is "Not everyone gets to be an astronaut." With the picture of the french fries! Ha!

My contribution to "Productivity Quotes":

Some people see things that are
and ask, Why?

Some people dream of things that never were
and ask, Why not?

Some people have to go to work
and don't have time for all that...

~George Carlin

Here's one that appeals without being too harsh...

Use it or lose it. I'm using what's left of my mind and I enjoy it very much and it seems to keep my mind productive.
-- Buddy Ebsen

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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Like a puppy...

The poet Billy Collins wrote this line, which could be a motto for GTD...

"The mind can be trained to relieve itself on paper."

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." Alan Kay

~Cath

Henry Ford quotation

"Whether you think that you can or that you can't, you are usually right."
Henry Ford

~Cath

Jedi wisdom

Try not.
Do.
Or do not.
There is no try.
-- Yoda, from "The Empire Strikes Back"

Smart words these are. Mmmmm, yes. :)
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Action cures fear, inaction creates terror. Doug Horton

Sounds about right to me.
~Cath

Love the quote, but who is he?

Great quote, but interestingly, when I did a search on him, all I got were quote sites. Not even Wikipedia has an entry for him. Any clue as to who he is? (I'm assuming he's not the sports guy with the same name. lol)

Do you mean Doug Horton?...

Doug Horton was a Professor of Divinity at Harvard. Not sure if he played sports though. ;)

Google found it.

Google is your friend
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Since someone broke trump with Yoda...

On reading the Harry Potter series to my kids, I stumbled across this item. It's in relation to a "Pensieve" -- a magical basin for storing thoughts...

I sometimes find, and I am sure you know the feeling, that I simply have too many thoughts and memories crammed into my mind. [...] At these times [...] I use the Pensieve. One simply siphons the excess thoughts from one's mind, pours them into the basin, and examines them at one's leisure. It becomes easier to spot patterns and links, you understand, when they are in this form.

Dumbledore to Harry, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

It looks like a derivation of the word "pensive"

I think DA would approve of Pensieves, depending upon the definition of "excess thoughts".

I may now have a nick name for my planner.
~Cath

Agreed

J.K. Rowling throws a lot of pretend-words-that-aren't in the stories. Good for literate parents re-reading the series out loud for the third time in a row. :-)

I like the name too, though I'm torn between that and a "one ring to rule them all" joke for my base-station Circa notebook. The One True Rings?

Funny: Pensieve contains the word "sieve"

I just realized that "pensieve" contains the word "sieve". As in "mind like a sieve".

On the other hand, a sieve can be used for sifting or refining which could be a useful part of a mind dump.
~Cath

"If you do what you've always done, ..." Anthony Robbins

"If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten."
Anthony Robbins

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, ... Helen Keller

"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble."
Helen Keller

Scottish Proverb

"What may be done at any time will be done at no time."
Scottish Proverb

... Action always generates inspiration. ... Frank Tibolt

We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.
Frank Tibolt.

"Plans are only good intentions unless ... " Peter Drucker

"Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work" Peter Drucker

From despair.com

"Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now."

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I am but a simple caveman.

"Anyone can do any amount of work ... " Robert Benchley

"Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment."
Robert Benchley

Thag,
Thanks for the demotivator from despair.com.
~Cath

Great Quote!

Well Cath, it's a shame no one else seems to have the plethora of quotes handy that you do, but I appreciate your efforts here.

This Benchley quote is great!

The Reester
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I never finish anyth

The Reester, thanks for your comment

Thanks for your comment.

I hope others are finding some motivation and inspiration here. I know I am. Although I keep coming back to one of the earlier quotations I put here: "Quotes are inspiration for the uninspired" (can't remember the source right now). I can't tell if that's a knock on people that look for inspiration in quotations or not.

In any case, at the end of the day a person's productivity ultimately depends upon whatever they have "within" even if it is sparked by something from outside themselves.

I think the humorous quotations and "demotivators" are equally inspiring to the extent that they give insight into Planning and Organization obstacles.

I especially appreciated the "Pensieve" quotation from Harry Potter and was hoping for some discussion on the whole idea of an excess thought vessel as a "sieve." But maybe my comment is as far as you can take that concept.

Perhaps over time we'll see other creative quoatations that aren't obviously related to Planning and Organization as well as some quotations from the well recognized gurus, such as Allen and Covey. Maybe quotations from those gurus will spark more participation from those camps.
~Cath

... and/or the verbe "pense" (french)

As I recall, "je pense" would stand for "I think", in French. Which is also in line with thoughts, thinking, etc.

Or a combo of both words (pense, sieve)?

"Pensive" Etymology

Dictionary Link

According to the etymology, it derives from the same root as the French word. Makes sense as the definition is "thoughtful"

You look most pensive. Are you pondering what I'm pondering ?
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

We are what we are...

I started making notes in my planner when I run across quotes I like or books that catch my attention - sortof a short, running commentary on where my head is on any given day. Yesterday these two caught my attention:

"We are what and where we are because we first imagined it." - Donald Curtis

"Eagles may soar but weasles don't get sucked into jet engines." - unknown

Hmm...wonder what it says about my state of mind when THOSE two statements are the relevant ones for the day??

Pam

Dilbert?

I'm pretty sure I've seen that second quote in Dilbert. I'm not sure if that's where it originated or not.

-Kenny

"If you think it, ink it" Unknown Franklin Quest trainer

"If you think it, ink it"
Unknown Franklin Quest trainer

I stumbled across this little nugget in a 3/12/07 post by Roberto-Notecardo. He attributes it to an unknown trainer at a Franklin Quest training seminar that he sent an employee to.
~Cath

"Put the Pressure on Yourself" Brian Tracy

"Eat That Frog" by Brian Tracy
Chapter 14 - "Put the Pressure on Yourself"
Opening Paragraph: "The world is full of people who are waiting for someone to come along and motivate them to be the kind of people they wish they could be. The problem is that no one is coming to the rescue."

For those not familiar with the book, the title is based on a Mark Twain quote:
“If you eat a frog first thing in the morning, the rest of your day will be wonderful.” -Mark Twain

Another relevant quote from Mark Twain:
“If you have to eat a frog, don’t look at it for too long.” -Mark Twain

Brian Tracy expands on this idea by saying that if you have more than one frog, eat the ugliest one first.

Eating frogs

Hi.

I like frogs fried in butter. They're very like chicken that way. Just the legs, though, I don't need the entrails.

shris

Better

Fried in olive oil and lot's of garlic, but I don't think they taste like chicken. They taste like frogs.

Frog cuisine...

They taste like frogs.

True, there again so does America chicken. :P

*snort*

I vote for the anthropological explanation.

Evolution of the taste of chicken. ?!?!!

I can't believe that I read the whole thing.

Maybe it's just Kentucky frogs.

Hi.

Maybe it's just the Kentucky frogs that taste like chicken. The family likes to gig their own and fry them with a little seasoned flour. Haven't had any in a coon's age, but I remember them vividly.

shris

"There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently ..." Anonymous

"There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all."
Anonymous

Very old quote

I am sure I remember seeing a poster in the office of my church when I was kid. If my memory is correct then that quote is at least as old as the early 1980's. :-) Not that old right, but I sure feel like an old man.

Thinks

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!

Procrastination Quote

My favorite comes from Neil Fiore's book The Now Habit...

"Keep starting and the finishing will take care of itself."

This is a good reminder as I am currently procrastinating by looking at my favorite websites!

procrastination via time management

That is a great quote! Made a big difference today. There was an issue at work I'd been putting off looking into for 2 months because I thought I'd have to learn a whole new technology to fix it. I looked into it today. Turned out if was really easy and took less than 20 minutes to figure out how to fix the issue.

That being said, I spend WAY too much time on lifehacker.com, 43folders.com, and lifehack.org along with a couple others. I've said it before: the irony of procrastinating by reading about time management is almost too much to take!

-Kenny

Wasting time!

Rambling around http://thinkexist.com I stumbled on a few gems. Not researched, but they must be true 'cause I found 'em on the Internet!

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”
-- Albert Einstein

"It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.”
-- Dale Carnegie

“Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans”
-- John Lennon

“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will themselves not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.”
-- Daniel H. Burnham

“Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.”
-- Isaac Asimov

“It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly”
-- Isaac Asimov

"The only menace is inertia." St. John Pearse

~Cath

Ready For Anything - Chapter 49 - David Allen

Ready For Anything - Chapter 49
Small things, done consistently, create major impact

"It's not about new skills or new behaviors. It's about instigating those behaviors on the front end instead of the back and taking charge of the mundane aspects of life and work as they show up."
David Allen

In the front of my planner

We are what we repeatly do. Excellance then is not an act, but a habit

From Aristotle (who in addition to being the father of biology could be, with necomian ethics, the father of self-help)

Aristotle on the topics of Excellence and Habit

McHall,
Here are a few more quotations from Aristotle, one on Excellence and three on Habit. These do tend to suggest that he was one of the earliest self-help philosophers.

"With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it."

"Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way ... you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions."

"The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature or against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit."

"We are what we repeatedly do."

~Cath

Citations?

Cath,

A Love those aphorisms. Any clue as to where Aristotle wrote them down and who the translator might have been. I'm finishing up a dissertation for my interpreter training course and a couple of those sayings would fit with my ramblings beautifully.

Sorry, but no idea as to the written Sources and Translators

Reepicheep,
Oops, I just noticed the typo in the fourth quotation ... too late to edit it.

Sorry I have no idea as to the written Sources and Translators.

It's interesting that you should ask since I recently stumbled across a proverb, quoted by Aristotle, and it got me to thinking about the artistry --in some cases poetry-- of translations. This one rhymes:

"Well begun is half done."
Aristotle - attributed to a proverb.

I especially appreciate it since it is pithy.

~Cath

Follow my own advice

Thanks Cath,

Aristotle was clearly an optimist of the half-full school. :-)

I will have to follow my own advice (and ygor's too) and intone "Google is your friend". Was just being lazy as I'm almost done with this dissertation and didn't want to expend any more energy on than I needed to.

"Dogpile" could be your best friend

Reepicheep,
Ygor may be right and Google may be your friend but have you ever tried a "Meta Search" engine such as Dogpile or Surfwax that plows through multiple search engines, including Google, at the same time?
~Cath

Search engines

Yup I've tried a few. But because of my background (as a computing scientist writing search engine !!!) I can't stand to use many of these thngs. Google, for all its faults --- and they are many and serious --- has a clean almost unobtrusive interface. DOgpile last time I looked at it was aptly named.

I tried

I tried to find them by searching his works in English on this site: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu, but it didn't give results. Maybe they have other translations than the ones these are from.
I am a classicist so I could search the greek, but I didn't have time for it this morning. (maybe this is the problem, the Greek word for habit is the same as the word for character, and there are more problems like these with the words in these quotes.)
But Aristotle's works are interesting enough to read them, if you have time. The translations on the site I mentioned are free. (and while you are at it, read PLato and Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus, maybe even more inspirin).
Ok, I'll stop now, I could talk about these people all day....

found in a book on my 'cut up' shelf

"The ancestor of every action is a thought"

Emerson

"Men are born to succeed, not to fail."

Henry David Thoreau

"When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece."

John Ruskin

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quotes in my journal from college

Sara, your quotes reminded me I have some great quotes in one of my journals. To my knowledge, they are originally by my friends, but I may end up googling to find out if that is true or not.

You are only defeated when you give into the morass of conformity...

Sande

Always keep your faith no matter how incorrect or nebulous, or strange it may seem. Faith is always blind, in some respects but should never be ignorant. Know what you believe and you are already stronger

Sande

Do not fill your life with dreams. Fill your dreams with life

- Stormfeather

If you strive to conform, you strive to be nothing

Sarah (whom I have been married to over 6 years now!)

Sadly, I've lost touch with Sande and Stormfeather.

-Kenny

I'll have to dig up the

I'll have to dig up the attribution, but here's one of my faves:

Don't be a sheep. People hate sheep. People eat sheep.

:D

sheeeeps

This one is also in my book... ~Margo Kaufman.

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On the lighter side

From one of my all time favorite movies:

"Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life".

--Dean Wermer, from the movie "Animal House"

"It's not enough to be busy. The question is: ... " Thoreau

"It's not enough to be busy. The question is: What are we busy about? "
Henry David Thoreau

"All my life I wanted to be someone; I guess ..." Jane Wagner

"All my life I wanted to be someone; I guess I should have been more specific." Jane Wagner

This is a variation of the better known quotation below:

"If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice."
Neil Peart

Rush

Cath,

Totally missed the Rush quote. Awesome!

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I am but a simple caveman.

Wisdom...

I have all my wisdom teeth, two up top, two beneath. Yet, sometimes I realize, my mouth says things that aren't so wise.

Brad Roberts/Crash Test Dummies

Too true.

Reese
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I never finish anyth

"Learning is not compulsory ... " W. Edwards Deming

"Learning is not compulsory ... neither is survival."
W. Edwards Deming

Weiler's Law: "Nothing is impossible ... " Unknown

Weiler's Law: "Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself."
Unknown

Variations on "Nothing is..."

Nothing is foolproof because fools are so ingenious

Nothing is impossible for anyone impervious to reason

Nothing is more dangerous than an idea...if it's the only one you've got

Nothing is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity

Author(s) unknown.
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

A Related French one

Impossible n'est pas Français.

-- Napoléon Bonaparte

???

"Impossible is not French"

Referring to the language or the people ?
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Both

It's a pun.

"It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy." -- Steve Jobs

Ahhh

Are you sure that was Napoleon that said it and not Judy Moe ? (Jeu de Mot)
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Napoléon and a jeu de mot

Hihihihihi!

Ygor, along the lines of "if it's the only one you've got"

“He that is good with a hammer tends to think everything is a nail.”
Abraham Maslow

“If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”
Abraham Maslow

“It is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”
Abraham Maslow

In the same spirit...

If brute force does not work,
it is only because
it is being applied
in an insufficient quantity.

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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. ..." Mark Twain

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
Mark Twain quotes

That reminds me...

...of an old German proverb I learned in college. It was a bit over 20 years ago, and I wouldn't _dare_ try to write it in German, but it translates well to English

"Well begun is half done."

-Jon

BabelFish says...

Der angefangene Brunnen wird beinahe getan

Close ?

http://babelfish.altavista.com/
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

First posted 5/10, attributed to a proverb quoted by Socrates

Jonglass,
"Well begun is half done." I originally posted this on 5/10/07 with an attribution to a proverb quoted by Socrates.

I'm curious, can you recall what the German source was?
~Cath

Sorry (at many levels!)

Sorry, Cath, it was just my German teacher!

And since ygor tried so valiantly, here is my closest rendition:
"Gut begönnen, half gewönnen". I've got a German friend. Maybe I'll ask him!

And it may have been Socrates originally! I wouldn't know! And sorry, I missed it the first time around!

-Jon

It's just my idle curiosity

Jon,
I wouldn't put yourself out. It's just my idle curiosity. It's interesting to see the twists and turns some quotations take.

For instance I recently saw one attributed to Donald Trump, but I'm sure I've seen a substantially similar quotation from a lesser known historical figure. Someday when I have the time I'll track that down.

I appreciate your contribution.
~Cath

Churchill quote - oft misquoted

Here's the original of the oft-misquoted Churchill quote:

“Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.”

— Winston Churchill, address at Harrow School, October 29, 1941

The quote is from his first autobiography. :)

(At least that's what I have written down. Maybe I'm misquoting... lol)

Seen at a local ReMax office

"A house without a bathroom is very uncanny."

Habit and routine ..." Henri De Lubac

Habit and routine have an unbelievable power to waste and destroy."
Henri De Lubac

~Cath

"We first make our habits, ..." John Dryden

"We first make our habits, and then our habits make us."
John Dryden

~Cath

Consistency

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I had originally encountered only the first half of this quote in an abridged form (Cconsistency is the hobgoblin of little minds) and it never made sense. It was only recently that I rediscovered the whole quote. It makes so much more sense.

Too many times I have encountered the "But that's the way we always do it" mentality. I call it Bureaucratic Inertia.

If I am going to be consistent about something, I'm going to have a dang good and well thought-out reason for it.
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Consistency versus foolish consistency

Ygor,
The difference between consistency and foolish consistency is as important as the difference between "money" and the "love of money" (as in "For the love of money is the root of all evil.")

~Cath

Theodore Roosevelt

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

-- Theodore Roosevelt
26th U.S. President

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Work and Credit

My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people; those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there.

Indra Gandi
Former Indian PM

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"When a man tells you he got rich ... " Don Marquis

"When a man tells you he got rich through hard work, ask him, 'Whose?'"
Don Marquis

~Cath

A few more

"The one that claims that it cannot be done should not interrupt the one who is doing it."
-unknown

"Time is a drug. Too much of it kills you."
- Terry Pratchett

Perhaps most dangerously, "Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely."
- Rodin

"A capsule of human 'progress': by the time you learn how to do it, it's too late. (But often it turns out that what you have learned applies to some new problem. Or we would still be swinging from trees.)"
- L. Long (R. A. Heinlen character)

"If one does not know to which port one is sailing, ..." Seneca

"If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable."
Seneca

~Cath

woot 100th post in this thread

A wise man is not afraid to admit he doesn't know everything...

(many sources in many forms) :D

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Ah, Lazarus Long

This is my favorite:

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

Moderation is for monks

Moderation is for monks
Everything to excess.

>:D
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

luck

I don't know who first said it, but E says in the film The Incredibles:

Luck favors the prepared.

-Edna Mode, The Incredibles

-Jon

Luck ?

A bit more cynical, but I like the way this Heinlein quote impacts the brain and ego.

Luck is a tag given by the mediocre to account for the accomplishments of genius. – Robert A. Heinlein, "The Puppet Masters", 1951

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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

"Cultivate only the habits ... " Elbert Hubbard

"Cultivate only the habits that you are willing should master you."
Elbert Hubbard

~Cath

This one's better

I did some crusing driven by the thought that your Hubbard was a someone else. Stumbled on this quote from the Elbert one

"A failure is a man who has blundered but is not able to cash in on the experience."

"It does not take much strength to do things ..." Elbert Hubbard

"It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide on what to do."
Elbert Hubbard

~Cath

"...careful if you don't know where you're going..." Yogi Berra

"You got to be very careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there."
Yogi Berra

~Cath

Here's one from FTF

Doing more things faster is no substitute for doing the right things

This is my first reading of "First Things First" and I like what I am reading so far.
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

"Self-mastery depends upon ... " Epictetus A.D 55-135

"Self-mastery depends upon self-honesty." Epictetus A.D 55-135

~Cath

"Putting off an easy thing makes it hard, ..." George H. Lonmer

"Putting off an easy thing makes it hard, and putting off a hard one makes it impossible."
George H. Lonmer

~Cath

"Great minds have purposes, ..." Washington Irving

"Great minds have purposes, others have wishes." Washington Irving

~Cath

"A real decision is measured by ... " Anthony Robbins

"A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken a new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided." Anthony Robbins

~Cath

"The palest ink is better than the best memory."

"The palest ink is better than the best memory."
Chinese Proverb

~Cath

"There are three ways to get something done ... " Monta Crane

"There are three ways to get something done: do it yourself, hire someone, or forbid your kids to do it."
Monta Crane

~Cath

"Official Project Stages: (1) Uncritical Acceptance ..." Unknown

"Official Project Stages: (1)Uncritical Acceptance. (2)Wild Enthusiasm. (3)Dejected Disillusionment. (4) Total Confusion. (5) Search for the Guilty. (6) Punishment of the Innocent. (6) Promotion of the Non-participants. "
Unknown

This reminds me of a pithy "demotivator" submitted by Ygor earlier:
"Planning: Much work remains to be done before we can announce our total failure to make any progress."
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"That which does not kill us

"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."
Friedrich Nietzsche

One of my favorites. And I always thought it was a Marine Corp saying.

Sometimes kids have difficulty putting the brakes on their mouths. I am always saying to my kids;

"Wisdom is knowing what not to say."
Unknown

(Yes, Ygor, I tried google.)

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I am but a simple caveman.

I get diplomacy instead of wisdom

Here

Diplomacy is the art of knowing what not to say.
Matthew Trump, in Mother Earth News

And here's how I Googled it

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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

" 'Tis better to be silent ... " Lincoln, Twain, Engel, et al

Thag,
"Wisdom is Knowing what not to say" might be the latest variation of an ever evolving quote that may have originated from the bible. Unfortunately I couldn't find the biblical reference. There are several versions that have been alternately attributed to Lincoln, Twain, Engel and probably others as well.

"'Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt."

ETA - This was something my Mom would say on occasion.

~Cath

"Act the way you'd like to be and soon ... " Dr. George Crane

"Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you act."
Dr. George Crane

~Cath

Talking fool reference

Proverbs 17:28 (New International Version)

Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent,
and discerning if he holds his tongue.

LisaPT, Thanks for the NIV reference.

LisaPT, Thanks for the NIV reference. It seems likely to me that is the original source of this common quotation.
~Cath

Searching for "fool"

You are welcome.

I went to:

Link

and did a keyword search on "fool" in the book of Proverbs. I got a lot of hits...

"Nothing is as far away as one minute ago." Jim Bishop

~Cath

"Regret for wasted time is more wasted time." Mason Cooley

~Cath

Just Do It!

"But, as ever, if you’re fussing and thinking and fiddling and wondering about this stuff, you aren’t doing it, and dammit, that’s what this is all about. Turn messages and papers and notes and ideas into actual or potential actions as quickly and efficiently as possibly, then just retire the digital or physical corpse to the archive graveyard (or, better yet, just pitch it). Doing too much else is a recipe for procrastination and inaction."

Merlin Mann of 43 FOlders

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I am but a simple caveman.

Not quite a productivity quotation but definitely a planning one

"The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word "crisis". One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger - but recognize the opportunity."
John F. Kennedy

~Cath

"It's the constant and determined effort ... " Claude M. Bristo

"It's the constant and determined effort that breaks down resistance, sweeps away all obstacles."
Claude M. Bristo

~Cath

"If one does not know to which port one is sailing, ... " Seneca

"If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable."
Seneca

~Cath

"Procrastination is the art of ... " Don Marquis

"Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday." Don Marquis

~Cath

"Many an opportunity is lost because ..." Anonymous

"Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers."
Anonymous

~Cath

Alternate Seneca

Odd, I know this quote in slightly different version:
"If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind."

Which, although it contains the same semantic elements, says quite a different thing, indeed.

This quote I recall is attributed to Seneca too, but I have no confidence that my version is correct one - I don't know.

But at least, I find the difference in perspective from versions of the 'same' quote rather delicious.

The Ferengi know best

44th Rule of Acquisition: Never confuse wisdom with luck.

Ferengi Rules of Acquisition

More than one of the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition could be applied to planning and productivity

And this group can certainly identify with the Five Ferengi Stages of Acquisition -- at least Stage Four (((^_^)))
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

"Success is not the result of ... " Reggie Leach

"Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire."
Reggie Leach

~Cath

Are we irrational about organizing tools, (toys)?

And if so there is much fun to it. :)

I not really fond of quotes, I'd rather read/hear the whole speech or work.

Some famous people were not very kind and their quotes do reflect their self centered lives.

They seem to be the perfect inspiration for Ferengi society.

Planning quote.

"What you don't know may not hurt you, but what you don't remember always does."

-Gerald M. Weinberg

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I am but a simple caveman.

"By making waves, he finds where his course lies…" R. Armstrong

"When fog prevents a small-boat sailor from seeing the buoy marking the course he
wants, he turns his boat rapidly in small circles, knowing that the waves he makes will rock the buoy in the vicinity. Then he stops, listens and repeats the procedure until he hears the buoy clang. By making waves, he finds where his course lies… Often the price of finding these guides is a willingness to take a few risks, to 'make a few waves.' A boat that stays in the harbor never encounters dangers--but it also never gets anywhere."
Richard Armstrong

~Cath

"They can because they think they can." Virgil

Three more recent versions:

"He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't."
Orison Swett Marden

"He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't. This is an inexorable, indisputable law."
Henry Ford
(Perhaps quoting Marden, above?)

"If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right."
Mary Kay Ash
(Perhaps paraphrasing Marden or Ford, above?)

And, for the younger crowd:

"I think I can. I think I can. I think I can."
Watty Piper, George Hauman, and Doris Hauman
from the book, "The Little Engine That Could"

Does anyone know of any other similar quotations?

~Cath

"Do what you can, where you are, ... " Robert Schuller

"Do what you can, where you are, with what you have."
Robert Schuller

~Cath

Excuses, excuses: Arlen Price, Jim Rohn, & Donald Trump

"Where the heart is willing, it will find a thousand ways. Where it is unwilling, it will find a thousand excuses."
Arlen Price

"If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse."
Jim Rohn

"If you want something done you'll find a way. If you don't want something done you'll find an excuse."
Donald Trump

~Cath

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Love it
Love it
Love it

No excuses !!
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

"We cannot solve our problems with ... " Albert Einstein

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." Albert Einstein

~Cath

"Do what you can, with what you have, ..." Theodore Roosevelt

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
Theodore Roosevelt

Levenger had Roosevelt's version of this quotation on their website today.
~Cath

great David Allen quote

"Never leave anything in an infinite loop in your head."

-Kenny

"There is a time in the life of every problem ..." Mike Leavitt

"There is a time in the life of every problem wehen it is big enough to see, yet small enough to solve."
Mike Leavitt

~Cath

On the road to a clear mind

On the road to a clear mind - think I may have taken a wrong turn.

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I've lost myself and gone to find me, if I get back before I get here, please ask me to wait. -author unknown

"The real issue is how to

"The real issue is how to make appropriate choices about what to do at any point in time."

Example - stay in bed or get up and write my morning pages? :)

I have no idea who said the above quote. I googled but couldn't find it. Anyone know?

"...if one advances confidently..." Henry David Thoreau

"I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
Henry David Thoreau

~Cath

:D

--------------- bruisedpeach has this as his/her tagline and I LOVE IT!!! This is how I feel most days! :)

I've lost myself and gone to find me, if I get back before I get here, please ask me to wait. -author unknown

Easy to say, hard to do.

Experience has taught me that proper planning and real productivity cannot be accomplished in one giant burst, running around like your hair is on fire....

Therefore, my normal tag line is posted several places in my world to remind me that:
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"We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act,
but a habit."
-Aristotle

I like both quotes.

Is the first one yours ?
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

hair on fire

Is the first one yours ?

Yes, that's my way of explaining how I often (unfortunately) expect to accomplish things.

-D.
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"We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act,
but a habit." - Aristotle

Fling

If the artist does not fling himself, without reflecting, into his work, as
Curtis flung himself into the yawning gulf, as the soldier flings himself
into the enemy's trenches, and if, once in this crater, he does not work
like a miner on whom the walls of his gallery have fallen in; if he
contemplates difficulties instead of overcoming them one by one...he is
simply looking on at the suicide of his own talent.

- Honore de Balzac

LisaPT
My Blog

Greeting Card approach to goal setting

"A goal is just a wish until it's written down."

At a local card store I found this sentiment on a "Goals Jar" that resembles the novelty ceramic jars for saving for things like: Retirement, Vacation, Golfing, etc. It comes with small paper stars for writing your wishes/goals on. It's made by a company called "Our Name Is Mud".

The Manufacturer's tag on the jar includes a quotation. and a follow up sentiment:
"When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get them, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either."
Leo Burnett

"Focusing on your desires is the first step to achieving your goals."

It's a little hokey but I could almost see it as a useful way for someone to really start committing some of their goals to writing. Unfortunately it costs about $23.00. Also, it has the added disadvantage of inviting scrutiny, since there's nothing subtle about it.
~Cath

Available Online

LINK
Looks nice. Maybe for a Christmas present.

Additional Note: This one, while a few bucks more, appeals to me more.
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Dare to be wise; begin. Follow up on an Aristotelian aphorism

Well Begun is half done.
Aristotle - quoting a proverb,
originally posted here on 5/10/07

He may have been paraphrasing the quotation below:
"He who begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin."
Horace

~Cath

scripting random quotes into the planner pages

This is a great stream of quotes. A little something for everybody I should think. I'll add one of my favorites, attributed to Helen Keller

"I am only one; but still I am one.
I cannot do everything; but still I can do something.
I will not refuse to do the something I can do."

Now onto my question:

Has anybody scripted a way to pull quotes into their planner pages? This is one of the main things that I miss from my FC days. Ygor? Could it be part of your dynamic template?

I keep my own file of quotes, things that personally motivate me, or make me stop and think and I'd like to be able pull from that. What motivates some may demotivate others. So being able to pull from my own file would be even better than what I used to get from FC pages. But, before I started seriously looking into a way to script it, thought I'd ask if someone here has already done it.

-kmorris

try mail merge

I haven't tried anything like this yet, but I'd think a mail merge would work. Print out the calendar pages you want from Ygor's dynamic template. Figure out where on the page the quote would need to be for things to look right. Once you get one page figured out, copy it as many times as you need. Put the quotes you want in a file and mail merge into the areas of the pages you have set up for quotes. You could then print just the quote onto the calendar pages.

I realize you'll still need to create the list of quotes yourself, but at least this is a step in the right direction for what you want. If you've got a Linux system available and feel like messing with it, you could do something with the "fortune" command which does print out random quotes from a database of quotes. Apple did not include fortune with OS/X, at least not 10.4. Too bad.

-Kenny

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan. E. Roosevelt

"It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan."
Eleanor Roosevelt

~Cath

"Technological progress is like an axe ..." Albert Einstein

This quotation is not directly productivity related but it reminded me of Ygor's quotation from Douglas Adams, posted on 4/17/07.

"Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal."
Albert Einstein.

"Another problem with the net is that it’s still ‘technology’, and ‘technology’, as the computer scientist Bran Ferren memorably defined it, is ‘stuff that doesn’t work yet.’ ... In fact I’m sure we will look back on this last decade and wonder how we could ever have mistaken what we were doing with them for ‘productivity.’"
-- Douglas Adams, "How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet", The Sunday Times, August 29th 1999

~Cath

"If you want to do something, do it." Plautus

~Cath

Killing Time

"Think, also, of the ladies of the land weaving toilet cushions against the last day, not to betray too green an interest in their fates! As if you could kill time without injuring eternity."

Henry David Thoreau - Walden

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I am but a simple caveman.

Earliest Nike wearer

Plautus wore Nikes. 'Just Do It'.

Love it!

Eleanor, always an inspiration!

Ok, I dont know if anyone

Ok, I dont know if anyone posted this one yet but i went cross-eyes half way down the page so i'm posting this anyway. so there!

"What is more dull than a discreet diary? One might as well have a discreet soul."
Henry Channon (British politition and diarist) *yay for brits!*

and on a different note, this is my first post!!! woo!
greetings from the little island over the pond!!!!

Welcome

from an Anglophile Yank Admin
(I fixed some missing spaces in your post)
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

thank you

The result of bad speed typing i suppose.

"... the day's resolutions, not the years'." Henry Moore

"I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the years'." Henry Moore

~Cath

A few more

"Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people." Admiral Hyman G. Rickover.

“The secret of getting things done is to act.” Dante Alighieri

"First things first, but not necessarily in that order." Dr. Who

"It's easier to beg forgiveness than to get permission." unknown

2 especially apt Planning and Productivity quotations

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“The secret of getting things done is to act.” Dante Alighieri

"First things first, but not necessarily in that order." Dr. Who
...
~Cath

Rocket Jones,
These two quotations are great. The first one has a GTD feel to it and probably belongs somewhere on the continuum between Plautus' "Dare to be wise; begin" and Nike's "Just Do it."

For me, the second quotation humorously speaks to the difficulty of prioritizing, especially when it comes to balancing the urgent against the important.

~Cath

“What gets measured gets done.” Tom Peters

“What gets measured gets done.”
Tom Peters - Title of his 1986 article

This quotation has also been attributed to Peter Drucker. Does anyone know --or have an educated guess-- as to whether Peters may have borrowed this business maxim from Drucker for his article title.

Below are some variations on the original quotation:

‘What gets measured ... creates accountability and therefore gets done.’
Thomas Baskind

What gets measured gets done; what gets recognized gets done even better.
Unknown

What gets measured gets done; what gets rewarded gets repeated.
Unknown

“Measurement alone is not enough to create accountability. You also need a commitment or buy in …”
Thomas Baskind

“Beware, what gets measured might just get done.”
Title of a performance measurement article by Dr. Davida De la Harpe, Dr. Paul Kavanagh and Mark Turner

“If we measure the wrong things in the wrong way, then wrong things may get done.”
Dr. Davida De la Harpe, Dr. Paul Kavanagh and
Mark Turner

~Cath

measurement, thoughts and attributions

Indeed all of those variations on a theme are interesting, as is the question of attribution- but I can absolutely guarantee that the final quotation where we say if we measure the wrong things in the wrong way , then wrong things may get done is the result of much observation of the health care system over the last years on the part of all three authors.

"(Planning) the transactions of the day, ..." Victor Hugo

Here is a Dell home page "Daily Inspiration" that brianna221 (aka Kim) recently posted. I thought it would make a nice addition to this thread.

"He, who every morning plans the transactions of the day, and follows that plan carries a thread that will guide him through a labyrinth of the most busy life."

- Victor Hugo

"It's easier to beg forgiveness than to get permission."

that was one of the first things I learned as a young Ensign in the Navy ;-)

I write down everything I

I write down everything I want to remember. That way, instead of spending a lot of time trying to remember what it is I wrote down, I spend the time looking for the paper I wrote it down on.
-- Beryl Pfizer

Planning & Productivity quotations from Children's Literature

“Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.”
Lewis Carrol, from Alice in Wonderland

"I think I can. I think I can. I think I can."                                                                          
Watty Piper, George Hauman, and Doris Hauman?from the book, "The Little Engine That Could"

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try! Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), Author

~Cath

"Organized people are just too lazy to look for things"

This is a sentiment from a coffee mug offered by the company "Our Name Is Mud". It could just as easily say "Organized people are just too busy to look for things"

Off topic, they also have a plaque which says "Nature will improvise".

Way, way off topic, they have another mug that says "Fairy Grandmothers" on one side and "She Grants Wishes, Gives Kisses" on the other side, very cute.

~Cath

"Always do whatever's next." George Carlin

I haven't posted here in a long time but I was cleaning out a pocketbook and I found a Boston Globe newspaper clipping with this "Reflection For The Day".

~Cath

"If you do not change direction, ...

... you may end up where you are heading." -Lao Tzu

~Cath

Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.
Unknown

The above quotation is widely attributed to someone named Frank Outlaw but according to Wiki Answers that cannot be corroborated.

Someone by the name of "Elizabeth C.," claimed to have written it in 1998 and to have sent it to members of an e-mail group of people living with lupus.

Others credit Charles Reade (1814-1884) or a Thai monk named Achann Chaa of Wat Po Pong (1918-1992).

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Who_is_Frank_Outlaw#ixzz1wqKyy2q5

Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

Unknown

The above quotation is widely attributed to someone named Frank Outlaw but according to Wiki Answers that cannot be corroborated.

Someone by the name of "Elizabeth C.," claimed to have written it in 1998 and to have sent it to members of an e-mail group of people living with lupus.

Others credit Charles Reade (1814-1884) or a Thai monk named Achann Chaa of Wat Po Pong (1918-1992).

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Who_is_Frank_Outlaw#ixzz1wqKyy2q5

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. A. Einstein

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

Albert Einstein

Essentially this is a really loose but succinct paraphrase of the previous quotation.

What I like about that one is the evolution from thoughts and words, to actions and habits, and ultimately to character and destiny.

~Cath

"Get going" and "Get on it"

These are pretty self-explanatory.

The second quotation is from a Janet Jackson endorsement of NutriSystem.

~Cath

Shouldn't it be...

"Get it OFF" ?

A waist is a terrible thing to mind.

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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson) ***

Two of my Favorites

"Plan your work, work your plan". My dad told me that once, but I doubt it was originally his.

"When you think it, ink it". A presenter at the old FranklinQuest TimeQuest seminar.

Plan your work...

'Plan Yor Work: Work Your Plan' was the title of a James R Sherman book. One of those fifty minute reads from 20 odd years ago. I don't know though if that was the origin of the quote or not.

I like the Jim Rohn quote 'Either you run the day or the day runs you'. So true.

Bob H.