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110 Powerful Quotes On Productivity To Master Your Life

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Everyone wants to be more productive, but this does not happen on its own. Sometimes, an uplifting quote might be just what you need to get started on the right track. Here's a roundup of the best quotes on productivity to give you that extra nudge in getting stuff done.

Employees that are motivated outperform their pleased counterparts in terms of performance. And nowadays, the web is the first place most of us seek inspiration.

Nothing beats a great collection of quotes on productivity to lift you up when you're feeling down. But the internet is rife with random quotes that can't really be called inspiring.

That's why we have decided to note down some of the most motivating quotes on productivity that our team seems to love.

From modern legends like Mark Zuckerberg to classical ones like Aristotle – we have gathered them all. They will inspire you to not only work hard but to work smart as well. Let's get started!

110 Motivational Quotes On Productivity You Can’t Afford To Miss

Both, self and employee productivity, are difficult to tackle. Here are 110 quotes on productivity that'll definitely help to get you pumped up about whatever task you're facing.

1. Stephen King

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration; the rest of us get up and go to work.

2. Franz Kafka

Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.

3. Oprah Winfrey

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.

4. Henry David Thoreau

It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?

5. Benjamin Franklin

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.

6. Muhammad Ali

Don’t count the days. Make the days count Don’t think “I’ve got this many days to achieve this”, but instead “How much can I do in each of these days.

7. Warren Buffett

You’ve gotta keep control of your time, and you can’t unless you say no. You can’t let people set your agenda in life.

8. Francine Jay

Surfaces are not for storage. Rather, surfaces are for activity, and should be kept clear at all other times.

9. Einstein

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

10. Mahatma Gandhi

Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.

11. Tony Robbins

It’s not knowing what to do; it’s doing what you know.

12. Seth Godin

You don’t need a new plan for next year. You need a commitment.

13. Aristotle

It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.

14. Bruce Lee

If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.

15. Bill Gates

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.

16. Frank Sinatra

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 the talent and know-how to use it.

17. Tim Ferriss

What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.

18. David Allen

Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.

19. Michael Jordan

Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.

20. Mark Twain

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

21. Walt Disney

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

22. Pablo Picasso

Action is the foundational key to all success.

23. Martha Stewart

Life is too complicated not to be orderly.

24. Stephen Covey

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

25. Earnest Hemingway

Never mistake motion for action.

26. Margaret Bonnano

Being reach is having money; being wealthy is having time.

27. Robert Quillen

Discussion is an exchange of knowledge, an argument, and an exchange of ignorance.

28. Peter Block

Why do anything unless it is going to be great?

29. Stephen Hawking

Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.

30. Nolan Bushnell

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It's as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today.

31. Shia LaBeouf

There's a tendency to mistake preparation for productivity. You can prepare all you want, but if you never roll the dice you'll never be successful.

32. Brian Tracy

No matter how many personal productivity techniques you master, there will always be more to do than you can ever accomplish in the time you have available to you, no matter how much it is.

33. Denis Waitley

Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes in a day.

34. Martin Luther King

You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

35. Will Durant

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

36. Barack Obama

If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.

37. David Ogilvy

Big ideas come from the unconscious. But your unconscious has to be well informed, or your idea will be irrelevant. Stuff your conscious mind with information, then unhook your rational thought process.

38. Mark Zuckerberg

People can be really smart or have skills that are directly applicable, but if they don’t really believe in it, then they are not going to really work hard.

39.Usain Bolt

Worrying gets you nowhere. If you turn up worrying about how you’re going to perform, you’ve already lost.

40. Peter Drucker

Knowledge is the source of wealth. Applied to tasks we already know, it becomes productivity. Applied to tasks that are new, it becomes innovation.

41. Tom Rath

Don't worry about breaks every 20 minutes ruining your focus on a task. Contrary to what I might have guessed, taking regular breaks from mental tasks actually improves your creativity and productivity. Skipping breaks, on the other hand, leads to stress and fatigue.

42. John W. Bergman

There is never enough time to do it right, but there is always enough time to do it over.

43. Jerry West

You can’t get much done in life if you only work on days when you feel good.

44. Steve Jobs

Remembering you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There’s no reason not to follow your heart.

45. Karen E. Quinones Miller

When someone tells me “no,” it doesn't mean I can't do it, it simply means I can't do it with them.

46. Craig D. Lounsbrough

Tomorrow’ is the thing that’s always coming but never arrives. ‘Today’ is the thing that’s already here and never leaves. And because that’s the case, I would much prefer to invest in today than sit around waiting for an arrival that’s not arriving.

47. Richard Branson

My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of every day. I never do anything with a feeling of, “Oh God, I’ve got to do this today.

48. Paul J. Meyer

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.

49. Neil Strauss

In life, people tend to wait for good things to come to them. And by waiting, they miss out.

50. Saint Francis of Assisi

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

51. Sir Edmund Hillary

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.

52. H. Jackson Brown

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.

53. Gary Keller

Multitasking is a lie

54. Bryant McGill

Life's gardeners pluck the weeds and care only for the productive plants.

55. Thomas Edison

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.

56. Gretchen Rubin

Over the long run, the unglamorous habit of frequency fosters both productivity and creativity.

57. Charles Darwin

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.

58. Norman Vincent Peale

The really happy people are those who have broken the chains of procrastination, those who find satisfaction in doing the job at hand. They're full of eagerness, zest, productivity. You can be, too.

59. Shannon Wheeler

The key to productivity is to rotate your avoidance techniques.

60. Preston Sturges

If you want something done, give it to a busy man.

61. Janet Yellen

Productivity growth, however it occurs, has a disruptive side to it. In the short term, most things that contribute to productivity growth are very painful.

62. Jeff VanderMeer

Position yourself to succeed by doing the other things in your life that rejuvenate you. Exhaustion affects your quality and productivity.

63. Robert Sutton

Creativity isn't about wild talent as much as it's about productivity. To find new ideas that work, you need to try a lot that don't. It's a pure numbers game.

64. Genghis Khan

The merit in action lies in finishing it to the end.

65. Jeff Bezos

Work hard, have fun, and make history.

66. Calvin Coolidge

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.

67. Richard Miller

If you want an easy job to seem mighty hard, just keep putting if off.

68. Johnann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sameness leaves us in peace but it is contradiction that makes us productive.

69. Henry Ford

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.

70. Dan S. Kennedy

Productivity is the deliberate, strategic investment of your time, talent, intelligence, energy, resources, and opportunities in a manner calculated to move you measurably closer to meaningful goals.

71. Dale Carnegie

Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.

72. Susan Cain

What looks like multitasking is really switching back and forth between multiple tasks, which reduces productivity and increases mistakes by up to 50 percent.

73. Robin Sharma

Don't confuse activity with productivity. Many people are simply busy being busy.

While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.

75. Napoleon Bonaparte

Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.

76. Sam Levenson

Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.

77. John Wayne

Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.

78. Jim Rohn

You don't get paid for the hour, you get paid for the value you bring to the hour.

79. Ernest Hemingway

Never mistake motion for action.

80. Menachem Mendel Scheerson

When you waste a moment, you have killed it in a sense, squandering an irreplaceable opportunity. But when you use the moment properly, filling it with purpose and productivity, it lives on forever.

81. Joshua Foer

One of the great challenges of our age, in which the tools of our productivity are also the tools of our leisure, is to figure out how to make more useful those moments of procrastination when we're idling in front of our computer screens.

82. Paul Gauguin

Stressing output is the key to improving productivity, while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite.

83. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult.

84. Zig Ziglar

Remember that failure is an event, not a person.

85. Saint Francis of Assisi

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

86. Vivek Naik

Reflect on what you do in a day. You may have never realized how some simple, harmless activities rob you of precious time.

87. Criss Jami

Create with the heart; build with the mind.

88. Anonymous

Starve your distraction and feed your focus.

89. Corita Kent

To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

90. Theodore Roosevelt

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.

91. William James

When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that in itself is a choice.

92. Anonymous

Time is not refundable; use it with intention.

93. Napoleon Hill

Don't wait. The time will never be just right.

94. Lao Tzu

Great acts are made up of small deeds.

95. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Plans are nothing; planning is everything.

96. John F. Kennedy

There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction.

97. Leo Babauta

Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.

98. Henry J. Kaiser

Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition--in having put forth the best within you.

99. Tom Peters

The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.

100. Dee Dee Artner

If you have time to whine then you have time to find a solution.

101. Nathan W. Morris

It's not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less.

102. Robert Frost

The best way out is always through.

103. Coco Chanel

Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.

104. Arthur Schopenhauer

Ordinary people think merely of spending time, great people think of using it.

105. C.J. Walker

There is no royal and flower strewn road to success, and if there is I have not found it for what success I have obtained is the result of many sleepless nights and real hard work.

106. Bill O' Reilly

For all of its faults, it gives most hardworking people a chance to improve themselves economically, even as the deck is stacked in favor of the privileged few. Here are the choices most of us face in such a system: Get bitter or get busy.

107. John Todd

Few ever lived to old age, and fewer still ever became distinguished, who were not in the habit of early rising.

108. Willian Pitt Chatham

I would have it inscribed on the curtains of your bed and the walls of your chamber: "If you do not rise early you can make progress in nothing."

109. Caleb C. Colton

Early rising not only gives us more life in the same number of years, but adds, likewise, to their number; and not only enables us to enjoy more of existence in the same time, but increases also the measure.

110. John W. Gardner

The cynic says, 'One man can't do anything.' I say, 'Only one man can do anything.'


When you're feeling down or unfocused and really want to give up, a jolt of motivation can turn everything around. It can either be a quote or a strategy, like the Pomodoro technique, that'll help you get your head back in the game.

You perform in certain ways because you have a motivation to do so. If you lack motivation, neither your boss nor stress will help you accomplish your job to the best of your ability.

That is exactly where this list comes into focus. So whenever you’re low on motivation, turn to this compilation of the most inspirational quotes on productivity and one of them will do the trick for you.

This article is written by Susmita Sarma, a digital marketer at Vantage Circle. She was involved with media relations before shifting her interest in research and creative writing. Apart from being a classical music buff, she keeps a keen interest in anchoring and cooking. For any related queries, contact