I don’t know actually where this expression originated in our family but I do know it was a favorite with my Father. He was a big one for doing things right the first time. He hated coming back to do something again if it could have been avoided by simply doing things right the first time. H also felt by doing it right the first time and taking a little extra time to do it that way saved time in the long run. He was most definitely right.
It is when we get sloppy that we find ourselves doing things again and wasting time. It is interesting that the one thing humans take so seriously is time but that we waste so much of it doing a sloppy job. Sure the sand of time are ticking but really saves time? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting things to get better with each repeat or doing things right the first time and have time to reach other goals? I prefer the later and have to conclude that my dad, wherever he got the saying, was right.
Blessings and Cheers!!!