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50 Handpicked Quotes On Productivity From Successful People Around The World

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Last Updated on 03 June, 2021
50 Handpicked Quotes On Productivity From Successful People Around The World

Given more tools and technology, improving productivity can still be a challenge at work. It is because productivity requires an extra kick, which we know as inspiration.

Inspired employees are more productive than their satisfied counterparts. And nowadays, for most of us, online is the first place to look for inspiration. The internet is full of random quotes, but not every piece can start your spirits. But there is nothing like some selected quotes on productivity that can pull you up when you feel down.

Here are 50 of the best quotes on productivity – from modern legends like Mark Zuckerberg to classical ones like Aristotle – which will inspire you to do your things right. Because, after all, your limitations are your imagination. Let's get started.

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

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. Tony Robbins

You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.

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. Stephen Covey

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

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.

And the last one is my personal favorite.

50. Saint Francis of Assisi

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

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

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