41 Productivity Quotes That Will Make You More Effective

What have successful people figured out about productivity?

Dan Silvestre
20 min readApr 29, 2020


Productivity quotes are all over the internet. I always like tips that give insight into someone’s success. But they need to be actionable too.

So, I picked out the best advice and put it all in one place.

Right here.

Reading random productivity quotes from a bunch of sources doesn’t give you much context. It’s hard to take lessons and apply them to your work. So I’ve made categories for the super helpful snippets and explained why they matter.

I’ve included lessons that will make you a more productive person.

There are hacks for finding inspiration, managing time, and working hard for longer.

Productivity Quotes From Successful People

Let’s start with some lessons for living a successful and productive life — from people who have done just that.

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

Productivity doesn’t magically happen. You can’t expect great results without preparing for them.

There’s work that goes into becoming productive.

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

This covers goal setting, scheduling, good habits, and effective time management.

Consider these your foundation for improving productivity.

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



Dan Silvestre

Performance coach helping leaders get the right things done with less effort than anything they've tried before. Join 20k+ readers: newsletter.dansilvestre.com