If you have twenty-five priorities, you have none. And if you don’t know it, your customers do.
Jan Carlzon, Swedish businessman, airline executive (b. 1941)
There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
Peter Drucker, US management author (1909-2005)
Suppose you were taking a course in parachuting and there were 100 things to learn to do successfully. You correctly identified 99 of these 100 items on the written test. But on your first jump, you couldn’t remember how to pull the rip cord, which was the item you missed. You’d probably earn a posthumous A for the course from most teachers, but it wouldn’t bring you back from the dead. If you want to jump safely, worry less about your test score and worry about what’s important and what’s not. Then learn and do the important things.
Wess Roberts, US author (b. 1946)
Those who cannot tell what they desire or expect, still sigh and struggle with indefinite thoughts and vast wishes.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, US essayist, poet (1803-1882)
Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment.
Robert Benchley, US humorist (1889-1945)