There [is] always, to our way of thinking, a connection between the things we [value] most and our personal obligations or efforts. (Clarence Thomas, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court)
Thomas seems to be suggesting that the way we use our time is largely based on what we value, what we consider to be important or essential. If we hold integrity in high regard, we spend our time in honest and upright endeavors. If we hold to a high work ethic, we will strive to do our best to pursue excellence in everything we do.
Those who obey [the king] will not be punished. Those who are wise will find a time and a way to do what is right. (Ecclesiastes 8:5)