41 Productivity Quotes That Will Make You More Effective

What have successful people figured out about productivity?

Productivity Quotes From Successful People

1. “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” — Paul J. Meyer

You have to show intent to do great work, develop a plan, and execute.

2. “Luck is only important in so far as getting the chance to sell yourself at the right moment. After that, you’ve got to have talent and know how to use it.” — Frank Sinatra

Success comes from converting opportunities when they arise. If you’re good at that, it won’t take much luck at all.

3. “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” — Bruce Lee

When in doubt, just do the thing. Get it started, work on solutions as you go.

4. “It’s not knowing what to do; it’s doing what you know.” — Tony Robbins

Your skills, talents, and interests are unique. You will get way more out of your time if you focus on work that suits you.

5. “The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.” — Oprah Winfrey

You need goals, and you have to be willing to do the work.

6. “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” — Coco Chanel

Don’t make this mistake. Instead, presume success is inevitable.

7. “The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.” — Thomas Sowell

Personal Productivity Quotes

1. “Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.” — Peter Drucker

You need to eliminate unnecessary, inefficient, low priority work first.

2. “Simplicity boils down to two steps: identify the essential, eliminate the rest.” — Leo Babauta

Think about the goals that are the reason you want to be productive.

3. “You can do anything, but not everything.” — David Allen

There is no limit on what you can do. You just have to choose.

4. “You don’t need a new plan for next year. You need a commitment.” — Seth Godin

5. “Never mistake motion for action.” — Ernest Hemingway

Are you doing work that’s valuable, and moving you closer to your goals? This is real action.

6. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” — Pablo Picasso

7. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” — Stephen King

There’s no room to wait for magical forces like inspiration if you are going to be productive. You have to accomplish things when your schedule says.

8. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” — Walt Disney

Talking about doing work is not the same as getting it done.

9. “Surfaces are not for storage. Rather, surfaces are for activity, and should be kept clear at all other times.” — Francine Jay

10. “Life is too complicated not to be orderly.” — Martha Stewart

11. “Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.” — David Allen

You can’t be productive if you are keeping all of your tasks in your brain. Record them externally so that they don’t weigh you down.

12. “Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all.” — Nathan W. Morris

You need to evaluate how successful your current efforts have been. During this, identify what has and hasn’t worked. Keep making plans to improve results.

13. “The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.” — Tom Peters

Inspirational Quotes For Productivity

1. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” — Steve Jobs

2. “All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else.” — Plato

Don’t worry about doing lots of things well. Do the things you are best at and do them better than anyone else. Use your talents and your experience.

3. “Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.” — Franz Kafka

Gradual and consistent improvement leads to new possibilities. Through consistent productivity, outcomes that you once couldn’t have imagined come true.

4. “It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results.” — Warren Buffett

Extraordinary results come from consistent steps in the right direction.

5. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last long. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar

6. “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” — Theodore Roosevelt

7. “Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.” — Stephen Hawking

Instead of working on things as a means to an end, look for things that give a sense of purpose. Then be excited about getting to do them.

Productivity Quotes About Time Management

1. “Time management is not a peripheral activity or skill. It is the core skill upon which everything else in life depends.” — Brian Tracy

2. “The true price of anything you do is the amount of time you exchange for it.” — Henry David Thoreau

When you give time to a task, that’s time you could have spent doing any number of other things.

3. “Ordinary people think merely of spending time, great people think of using it.” — Arthur Schopenhauer

You should be using the transaction to seek better outcomes. Otherwise, you really are just spending it.

4. “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” — Stephen Covey

A foundational key to productivity is to work on the things that matter. Therefore, those are the tasks that go on your schedule.

5. “Drive thy business or it will drive thee.” — Benjamin Franklin

You need to control what tasks you take on, and how much of your time they get.

Motivational Quotes About Hard Work

1. “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” — Albert Einstein

2. “Nothing is particularly hard when you divide it into small jobs.” — Henry Ford

The key is to get started. Do this by separating big projects into small jobs. Achievable jobs.

3. “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The Sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus” — Alexander Graham Bell

Give a task your full attention and effort until it’s done. Don’t multitask or compromise yourself.

4. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” — Albert Einstein

Embrace errors, acknowledging that successful people have failed as often (actually, way more often) than everyone else.

5. “While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.” — Henry C. Link

6. “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” — Muhammad Ali

Having the courage to take the leap is mandatory for accomplishing your goals.

7. “Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.” — Michael Jordan

Judging yourself on effort focuses on things you can control rather than outcomes you can’t.

8. “What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.” — Tim Ferriss

If something is scary or stressful, that’s probably because it’s important.

9. “Soon is not as good as now.” — Seth Godin

The best way to stop procrastinating is to avoid it. Nip it in the bud before it grabs hold and becomes laziness.

Key Lessons From Productivity Quotes

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