Are there were any advice on time management in Suttas

Hello Good being, I want to develop my time management skills, so that I can be more organised, spen time with my family and kid.
I am wondering are there any suttas inspire on time management or planning. I am sure Buddha and Sangha were traveling, going to alms, invitations etc. Are there any suttas on theme of planning?

Are you asking about planning as something different than simply fulfilling householder duties?

The things that come to my mind are anti-planning:

“Here I will stay for the rains;
here for winter, here the summer”;
thus the fool thinks,
not realizing the danger.


I don’t have citation memorized or written down, but the advised antidote to sloth is to contemplate death – there is no forever. In DN 16 the Buddha laments for his followers to practice hard as life is short. That sentiment is also peppered all over the Sutta Pitaka. In the Sigolva Sutta the Buddha encourages workers to be at work before their bosses and not to leave until after their bosses are gone.

If you want a solution overall, instead of just a Buddhist solution I recommend
“How To Get Control Of Your Time And Your Life” by Alan Lakein.
It is a classic and a classic for reasons. It is short, you can read it in an afternoon. It is very old so you can get a copy from your library or a cheap copy through used book venues.

AN 3.19 is a good one.


Six Drawbacks of Laziness in the Sigalovada Sutta, DN31:

“Some are just drinking buddies,
some call you their dear, dear friend,
but a true friend is one
who stands by you in need.

Sleeping late (=sleeping past dawn/sleeping until dawn), adultery,
making enemies, harmfulness,
bad friends, and avarice:
these six grounds ruin a person.

With bad friends, bad companions,
bad behavior and alms-resort,
a man falls to ruin
in both this world and the next.

Dice, women, drink, song and dance;
sleeping by day and roaming at night;
bad friends, and avarice:
these six grounds ruin a person.

They play dice and drink liquor,
and consort with women loved by others.
Associating with the worse, not the better,
they diminish like the waning moon.

A drunkard, broke, and destitute,
thirsty, drinking in the bar,
drowning in debt,
will quickly lose their way.

When you’re in the habit of sleeping late,
seeing night as time to rise,
and always getting drunk,
you can’t keep up the household life.

‘Too cold, too hot,
too late,’ they say.
When the young neglect their work like this,
riches pass them by.

But one who considers heat and cold
as nothing more than blades of grass—
he does his duties as a man,
and happiness never fails.”