280 Quotes About Optimizing Productivity

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Maximizing your productivity gives you a competitive edge.

Our carefully curated list of inspirational quotes about optimizing productivity is a toolkit for transformation. These insights from legendary thinkers and successful leaders provide strategies and wisdom to fuel your professional journey.

Dive into this treasure trove of quotes and discover how to harness efficiency, creativity, and focus in your work life, turning everyday challenges into stepping stones for success.

  1. “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” – Aristotle
  2. “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary
  3. “No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.” – Warren Buffett
  4.  “If there are nine rabbits on the ground, if you want to catch one, just focus on one.” – Jack Ma
  5. “You may delay, but time will not.” – Benjamin Franklin
  6. “Both good and bad days should end with productivity. Your mood affairs should never influence your work.” – Greg Evans
  7. “You can do anything, but not everything.” – David Allen
  8. “Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, and carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the ‘someday I’ll’ philosophy.” – Denis Waitley
  9.  “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
  10. “Focus on being productive instead of busy.” – Tim Ferriss
  11. “Time is the school in which we learn, time is the fire in which we burn.” – Delmore Schwartz
  12.  “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” – Paul J. Meyer
  13. “If you manage employees, one of the best things you can do to increase productivity is to be sure they know you appreciate their hard work. Appreciation can be anything from verbally acknowledging the great job they did to taking them out to lunch to celebrate a job well done. Employees who feel valued in their positions are happier at work and work hard to do their best for you.” – Emily Price
  14. “Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.” – Peter Drucker
  15. “Time is not refundable; use it with intention.” – Unknown
  16. “You don’t get paid for the hour, you get paid for the value you bring to the hour.” – Jim Rohn
  17. “Don’t confuse activity with productivity. Many people are simply busy being busy.” – Robin Sharma
  18. “If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” – Thomas Edison
  19. “When one has much to put into them, a day has a hundred pockets.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  20. “There is never enough time to do it right, but there is always enough time to do it over.” – John W. Bergman
  21. “Lost time is never found again.” – Benjamin Franklin
  22. “Think of many things; do one.” – Portuguese proverb
  23. “You don’t need a new plan for next year. You need a commitment.” – Seth Godin
  24. “Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker
  25. “Where your attention goes, your time goes”. – Idowu Koyenikan
  26. “I always had the uncomfortable feeling that if I wasn’t sitting in front of a computer typing, I was wasting my time – but I pushed myself to take a wider view of what was ‘productive.’ Time spent with my family and friends was never wasted.” – Gretchen Rubin
  27. “Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.” – Caterina Fake
  28. “There is no substitute for hard work.” – Thomas Edison
  29. “Never mistake motion for action.” – Ernest Hemingway
  30. “Multitasking is a lie” – Gary Keller
  31. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin
  32. “The key to productivity is to rotate your avoidance techniques.” – Shannon Wheeler
  33. “While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.” – Henry C. Link
  34. “Work hard, have fun, and make history.” – Jeff Bezos
  35. “One of the most insidious of time vampires is Mr. Have-you-got-a-minute. He disarms you with ‘have you got a minute?,’ ‘I just need a couple minutes of your time,’ or ‘I just have one quick question.” – Dan. S. Kennedy
  36. “Time management is about life management.” – Idowu Koyenikan
  37. “What looks like multitasking is really switching back and forth between multiple tasks, which reduces productivity and increases mistakes by up to 50 percent.” – Susan Cain 
  38. “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.” – Dan S. Kennedy
  39. “Sameness leaves us in peace but it is contradiction that makes us productive.” – Johnann Wolfgang von Goethe
  40. “Over the long run, the unglamorous habit of frequency fosters both productivity and creativity.” – Gretchen Rubin
  41.  “Knowledge is the source of wealth. Applied to tasks we already know, it becomes productivity. Applied to tasks that are new, it becomes innovation.” – Peter Drucker
  42. “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.” – Tom Rath
  43. “I do not equate productivity to happiness. For most people, happiness in life is a massive amount of achievement plus a massive amount of appreciation. And you need both of those things.” – Tim Ferriss
  44. “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.” – Robert Sutton
  45.  “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.” – Janet Yellen
  46. “If you want something done, give it to a busy man.” – Preston Sturges
  47. “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, and productivity. You can be, too.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  48. “The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.” – Thomas Sowell
  49. “The only way around is through.” – Robert Frost
  50. “Life’s gardeners pluck the weeds and care only for the productive plants.” – Bryant McGill
  51. “Improved productivity means less human sweat, not more.” – Henry Ford
  52. “It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less.” – Nathan W. Morris
  53. “You must remain focused on your journey to greatness.” – Les Brown
  54. “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right!” – Henry Ford
  55. “Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.” – Unknown
  56. “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
  57. “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel
  58. “The true price of anything you do is the amount of time you exchange for it.” – Henry David Thoreau
  59. “Ordinary people think merely of spending time, great people think of using it.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  60. “Drive thy business or it will drive thee.” – Benjamin Franklin
  61. “Nothing is particularly hard when you divide it into small jobs.” – Henry Ford
  62. “Soon is not as good as now.” – Seth Godin
  63. “Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.” – Michael Jordan 
  64. “Stressing output is the key to improving productivity, while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite.” – Paul Gauguin
  65. “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King
  66. “If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.” – David Allen
  67. “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” – Sam Levenson
  68. “All our productivity, leverage, and insight comes from being part of a community, not apart from it. The goal, I think, is to figure out how to become more dependent, not less.” – Seth Godin
  69. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King
  70. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin
  71. “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” – Alexander Graham Bell
  72. “Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.” – Mark Twain
  73. “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.” – Dale Carnegie
  74. “Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone.” – Robert Allen
  75. “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks, but I do fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” – Bruce Lee
  76. “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” – Zig Ziglar
  77. “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” – Bruce Lee
  78. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Rohn
  79. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale
  80. “Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.” – Peter Drucker
  81. “Plans are nothing; planning is everything.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
  82. “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” – Malcolm Gladwell
  83. “Successful people are simply those with successful habits.” – Brian Tracy
  84. “The key is to not prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey
  85. “What gets measured gets managed.” – Peter Drucker
  86. “Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.” – Stephen Hawking
  87. “Work like there is someone working twenty-four hours a day to take it all away from you.” – Mark Cuban
  88. “You can’t have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic.” – Stephen Hogan
  89. “You don’t need more time in your day. You need to decide.” – Seth Godin
  90. “Fall in love with the process, and the results will come.” – Eric Thomas
  91. “Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.” – David Allen
  92. “Don’t expect to find you’re doing everything right — the truth often hurts. The goal is to find your inefficiencies in order to eliminate them and to find your strengths so you can multiply them.” – Tim Ferriss
  93. “Effective performance is preceded by painstaking preparation.” – Brian Tracy
  94. “Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – Francis of Assisi
  95. “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in getting up every time we do.” – Confucius
  96. “To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.” – Goethe
  97. “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan
  98. “Consistency of performance is essential. You don’t have to be exceptional every week but as a minimum, you need to be at a level that even on a bad day you get points on the board.” – Sean Dyche
  99. “It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” – Henry David Thoreau
  100. “The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost
  101. “Use your mind to think about things, rather than think of them. You want to be adding value as you think about projects and people, not simply reminding yourself they exist.” – David Allen
  102. “Don’t be a robot, build the robot.” – Wade Foster
  103. “You can’t get much done in life if you only work on days when you feel good.” – Jerry West
  104. “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.” – Mark Zuckerberg
  105. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Picasso
  106. “Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.” – Thomas A. Edison
  107. “Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.” – Leo Babauta
  108. “Saying ‘I don’t have time’ really means ‘it’s not a priority.’ If someone offered you a ton of cash to do whatever you claim you don’t have time for…you’d probably find the time!” – Laura Vanderkam
  109. “Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.” – Franz Kafka
  110. “‘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.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough
  111. “If you have time to whine then you have time to find solution.” – Dee Dee Artner
  112. “My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do.” – Francine Jay
  113. “Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year-and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!” – Tony Robbins
  114. “Busy is a decision.” – Debbie Millman
  115. “Just do what works for you because there will always be someone who thinks differently.” – Michelle Obama
  116. “Pick a problem that hurts enough for enough people and go solve it – execution is much more important than the perfect idea.” – Cristina Junqueira
  117. “Perfection is the death of all good things, perfection is the death of pleasure, it’s the death of productivity, it’s the death of efficiency, it’s the death of joy.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
  118. “When we want to feel courageous more than we want to check accomplishments off our list … When we want to feel free more than we want to please other people … When we want to feel good more than we want to look good … then we’ve got our priorities in order.” – Danielle LaPorte
  119. “The opposite of fear is love – love of the challenge, love of the work, the pure joyous passion to take a shot at our dream and see if we can pull it off.” – Steven Pressfield
  120. “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford
  121. “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker
  122. “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.” – Dale Carnegie
  123. “The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.” – Ronald Reagan
  124. “You can fool everyone else, but you can’t fool your own mind.” – David Allen
  125. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
  126. “Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.” – Leo Babauta
  127. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein
  128. “The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.” – Benjamin E. Mays
  129. “No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.” – Warren Buffett
  130. “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
  131. “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” – Oprah Winfrey
  132. “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein
  133. “Gentleness doesn’t get work done unless you happen to be a hen laying eggs.” – Coco Chanel
  134. “The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.” – Oscar Wilde
  135. “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali
  136. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Picasso
  137. “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey
  138. “We have a strategic plan. It’s called doing things.” – Herb Kelleher
  139. “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.” – Tony Robbins
  140. “If there are nine rabbits on the ground, if you want to catch one, just focus on one.” – Jack Ma
  141. “Why do anything unless it is going to be great?” – Peter Block
  142. “Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!” – Tony Robbins
  143. “Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.” – Pablo Picasso
  144. “Efficiency is doing better what is already being done.” – Peter Drucker
  145. “Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is specifically your own.” – Bruce Lee
  146. “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” – Napoleon Hill
  147. “Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument is an exchange of ignorance.” – Robert Quillen
  148. “When you combine ignorance and leverage, you get some pretty interesting results.” – Warren Buffett
  149. “Set out with some definite purpose in life and accomplish that purpose. There is little that the human mind can conceive that is not possible of accomplishment. The thing to do is to make up your mind what you are going to drive for, and let nothing stand in the way of its ultimate accomplishment.” – Charles Schwab
  150. “A cluttered life means a cluttered brain. And with a cluttered brain, you can’t get stuff done. I prefer simple work and living environments. A desk, a laptop, and a notebook. Keep it simple. You don’t need any fluff.” – Darius Foroux
  151. “Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all.” – Nathan W. Morris
  152. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last long. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar
  153. “It’s not knowing what to do, it’s doing what you know.” – Tony Robbins
  154. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein
  155. “Life is too complicated not to be orderly.” – Martha Stewart
  156. “Great acts are made up of small deeds.” – Lao Tzu
  157. “To do two things at once is to do neither.” – Publius Syrus
  158. “Effective performance is preceded by painstaking preparation” – Brian Tracy
  159. “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” – Zig Ziglar
  160. “There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction.” – John F. Kennedy
  161. “What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.” – Tim Ferriss
  162. “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.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  163. “To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.” – Corita Kent
  164. “The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.” – Tom Peters
  165. “Words may show a man’s wit but actions will show his meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin
  166. “You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.” – Warren Buffett
  167. “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.” – Nolan Bushnell
  168. “People often remark that I’m pretty lucky. 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
  169. “Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition–in having put forth the best within you.” – Henry J. Kaiser
  170. “The real value in setting goals is not in their achievement. The acquisition of the things you want is strictly secondary. The major reason for setting goals is to compel you to become the person it takes to achieve them.” – Jim Rohn
  171. “When we truly need to do is often what we most feel like avoiding.” – David Allen
  172. “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.” – Joshua Foer
  173. “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.” – Menachem Mendel Scheerson
  174. “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.” – Zig Ziglar
  175. “Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.” – John Wayne
  176. “Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  177. “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.” – Will Durant
  178. “Starve your distraction and feed your focus.” – Unknown
  179. “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey
  180. “Reflect on what you do in a day. You may have never realized how some simple, harmless activities rob you of precious time.” – Vivek Naik
  181. “If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.” – Barack Obama
  182. “Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes in a day.” – Denis Waitley
  183. “To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  184. “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: hard work, stick-to-itiveness, and common sense.” – Thomas Edison
  185. “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.” – Calvin Coolidge
  186. “The merit in action lies in finishing it to the end.” – Genghis Khan
  187. “If you want an easy job to seem mighty hard, just keep putting if off.” – Richard Miller
  188. “To Eat that Frog, is a time management term that means to do your worst task first. Every morning organize your tasks, and choose the biggest and worst tasks to do first. By doing this you will eliminate the opportunity to push it back throughout the day and not complete it.” – Brian Tracy
  189. “It’s fine to decide not to decide about something. You just need a decide-not-to-decide system to get it off your mind.” – David Allen
  190. “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.” – Shia LaBeouf
  191. “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 sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
  192. “Actually, the most productive time I’m in is when I have the freedom to make a creative mess; you too. I need room to be crazy, to make some mistakes, to brainstorm, to be chaotic, to go a little off the edge. That is going to be your most productive time.” – David Allen
  193. “Worrying gets you nowhere. If you turn up worrying about how you’re going to perform, you’ve already lost.” – Usain Bolt
  194. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain
  195. “The 90/90/1 rule helps you create vast amounts of productivity. It’s a simple rule – for the next 90 days, spend the first 90 minutes of your work day on the single most game changing opportunity. Nothing else. Zero distractions.” – Robin Sharma
  196. “In coaching hundreds of business owners and executives, we found 3 common drains on our productivity – we are overworked, we multitask, and we procrastinate.” – Margaret H. Greenberg and Senia Maymin
  197. “When I talk about productivity, I talk about effectiveness. Because productivity doesn’t suggest that you get the right things done. It just means that you get a lot of stuff done. But that’s not what matters. Effectiveness, however, refers to getting the right things done.” – Darius Foroux
  198. “Productivity is not about eureka moments, your big break, pulling off all-nighters, and drinking Red Bull all day. If you want to achieve things in life, it’s about aiming for daily progress. You want to exercise, work, read, learn, study, every single day.” – Darius Foroux
  199. “If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster. We may be very busy, and we may be very efficient, but we will also be truly effective only when we begin with the end in mind.” – Stephen Covey
  200. “There is surely nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency what should not be done at all.” – Peter Drucker 
  201.  “You cannot mandate productivity, you must provide the tools to let people become their best. ” – Steve Jobs
  202. “When things pop into your head that you’re going to need to think about, deal with, do something about, you need to make sure you get those out of your head and capture them because your head is a terrible office. So you need capture tools. So, mine are low tech for the most part. No batteries, no Wi-Fi required. A pen and a little pad.” – David Allen
  203. “Scientists now know that the brain is incapable of paying attention to two things at the same time. What looks like multitasking is really switching back and forth between multiple tasks, which reduces productivity and increases mistakes by up to 50 percent.” – Susan Cain 
  204. “Effectively delegating to others is perhaps the single most powerful high leverage activity there is. Transferring responsibility to other skilled and trained people enables you to give your energies to other high leverage activities. Delegation means growth, both for individuals and organizations.” – Stephen Covey
  205. “Inevitably we find ourselves tackling too many things at the same time, spreading our focus so thin that nothing gets the attention it deserves. This is commonly referred to as “being busy.” Being busy, however, is not the same thing as being productive.” – Ryder Carroll
  206. “So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.” – Caterina Fake
  207. If you don’t measure your time, it’s tough to stop procrastination or improve your productivity. Because if you want to manage your time better, you have to know where it goes first. How do you know your time? Keep an activity log. An activity log is exactly what you imagine – an hour by hour record of what you’re doing throughout the day.” – Darius Foroux
  208. “Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!” – Tony Robbins
  209. “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 existence in the same time, but also increases the measure.” – Caleb Colton
  210. “Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.” – Jim Rohn
  211. “Determine never to be idle… It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.” – Thomas Jefferson
  212. “Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose.” – Thomas Edison
  213. “If you want to be productive, the most important thing is consistency.” – Darius Foroux
  214. “If you look at B performers or C producers, they really don’t pay much attention to their environment and get easily distracted. There are phones going off, maybe there’s lots of noises, maybe there’s news in the background, or maybe there’s a messy environment all around. It’s important to install tight bubbles of total focus to x100 productivity.” – Robin Sharma
  215. “Both good and bad days should end with productivity. Your mood affairs should never influence your work.” – Greg Evans
  216. “Productivity is the sum product of hard work, discipline and intelligence.” – Anonymous
  217. “Over the long run, the unglamorous habit of frequency fosters both productivity and creativity.” – Gretchen Rubin
  218. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the unsuccessful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs
  219. “If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do.” – Samuel Butler
  220. “Success is the sum of small things done day in and day out.” – Robert Collier
  221. “I take time blocking seriously, dedicating 10 to 20 minutes every evening to building my schedule for the next day. Sometimes people ask why I bother with such a detailed level of planning. My answer is simple: it generates a massive amount of productivity. A 40 hour time-blocked work week, I estimate, produces the same amount of output as a 60+ hour work week pursued without structure.” – Cal Newport
  222. “First, one tries to identify and eliminate the things that need not be done at all, the things that are purely a waste of time without any results whatsoever. To find these time wasters, one asks of all activities in the time records: ‘What would happen if this were not done at all?’ And if the answer is, ‘Nothing would happen,’ then obviously the conclusion is to stop doing it.” – Peter Drucker
  223. “When you let the meeting dictate your flight, you often end up taking a flight at an inconvenient time that throws off your schedule and productivity. While it won’t work for every situation, try to find the flight that fits within your schedule best and then set up your meetings around the flight rather than the other way around.” – Emily Price
  224. “There’s a large body of research that proves working long hours is counterproductive. Working too much and the stress that goes along with it can lead to depression, sleep problems, impaired memory and even heart disease.” – Darius Foroux
  225. “Understanding your employee’s perspective can go a long way towards increasing productivity and happiness.” – Kathryn Minshew
  226. “I began to discover that by focusing deeply on just one important thing at a time – hyperfocusing – we become the most productive version of ourselves. I began to view attention as the most important ingredient we can add if we’re to become more productive, creative, and happy.” – Chris Bailey
  227. “If there are nine rabbits on the ground, if you want to catch one, just focus on one.” – Jack Ma
  228. “If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.” – David Allen
  229. “How you want to spend your time is your business. But please don’t tell me you don’t want to be 26% more productive by just changing one unimportant thing in your life: Your smartphone behavior.” – Darius Foroux
  230. “The best people on the planet in terms of creativity and productivity are not spending their finest hours addicted to distraction. They are doing work that matters.” – Robin Sharma
  231. “Where your attention goes, your time goes.” – Idowu Koyenikan
  232. “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.” – Tom Rath
  233. “When people think of ways that work to enhance employee productivity, their first thought often goes to sophisticated tools and platforms . . . However, I believe there is a tool with a much lower barrier to entry that may improve employees’ productivity by enhancing their well-being. That tool is mindfulness.” – Suzanne Taylor
  234. “Meditation brings many benefits: It refreshes us, helps us settle into what’s happening now, makes us wiser and gentler, helps us cope in a world that overloads us with information and communication, and more. But if you’re still looking for a business case to justify spending time meditating, try this one: Meditation makes you more productive. How? By increasing your capacity to resist distracting urges.” – Peter Bregman
  235. “If you are able to become 30% more mindful and focused because of your 20-minute daily meditation, you can focus on what’s in front of you for about 69% of the day instead of 53%, the average. If your work day is 8 hours long, your meditation practice will save you over 76 minutes each day, because you will be focused that much more in a day.” – Chris Bailey
  236. “One skill that everyone should master to be more productive is morning meditation. Out of all the world-class performers that I’ve interviewed, 80 plus percent have some type of mindfulness or meditation practice, whether that is sitting down with palms on lap and meditating, running for 10/20/30 miles, or listening to the same song. These are all forms of mindfulness training and it’s a prerequisite foundational skill I think for operating at a very very high level.” – Tim Ferris 
  237. “Meditation is a tool – remember, it’s like exercising the brain. I’m working to teach myself the ability to constantly be present in the moment – to turn off all the distractions and be able to focus singularly on what is happening now.” – Ramsey Robertson
  238. “I have designed my entire workplace to be practically and psychologically supportive. I won’t name each of the 50 + objects, knick knacks, little signs, etc. . .  Each of them is there to trigger productivity and performance bolstering thoughts. I think that you can surround yourself deliberately with things selected to reinforce positive and productive responses.” – Dan S. Kennedy
  239. “We’re designing environments that make us crazy. It’s not just our quality of life that suffers. It’s our health, our social behavior, and our productivity as well.” – Julian Treasure
  240. “I like to ensure that I have music and art all around me. My personal favorite is old maps. These maps, or art pieces, serve as something to inspire both humility and achievement. This simple environmental factor helps my productivity and the overall quality of my work.” – Evan Thomsen
  241. “A positive work environment is the foundation for productivity and employee well-being.” – Dax Bamania
  242. “Man can work anywhere and under any condition, but working in a very beautiful place under very beautiful conditions will surely create superior things!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan
  243. “You may think having a cluttered desk isn’t that big of a deal. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Disorganization can stunt your professional growth and decrease your productivity.” – John Rampton
  244. “A work-only zone does wonders for your productivity. So, I prefer working at the office now. I spend 8 focused hours there, then I go home to be present with my family.” – Derek Sivers
  245. “Tech companies are famous for providing freedom for engineers to customize their environments & experiment with new tools… allowing for this freedom helps creativity and productivity.” – Alex Stamos
  246. “Tools, apps, or hacks don’t work if you lack the right mindset because productivity is a way of living.” – Darius Foroux
  247. “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” – Sam Levenson
  248. “There is no man living who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.” – Henry Ford
  249. “It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less.” – Nathan W. Morris
  250. “Focus on being productive instead of busy.” – Tim Ferriss
  251. “Never confuse movement with action.” – Ernest Hemingway
  252. “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” – Bruce Lee
  253. “Procrastination is the thief of time. Collar him!” – Charles Dickens
  254. “Starve your distraction and feed your focus.” – Anonymous
  255. “A goal properly set is halfway reached.” – Zig Ziglar
  256. “All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.” – Orison Swett Marden
  257. “It is not enough to take steps which may someday lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  258. “A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.” – Greg S. Reid
  259. “The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” – Bill Copeland
  260. “People work better when they know what the goal is and why. It’s important that people look forward to coming to work.” – Elon Musk
  261. “Set your goals – without goals you cannot measure your progress. But don’t become frustrated because there are no obvious victories. Remind yourself that striving can be more important than arriving.” – Marvin J. Ashton
  262. “One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.” – Michael Korda 
  263. “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, and productivity. You can be, too.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  264. “The only reason I’m able to do all the things I do and to keep on top of a busy schedule without getting too stressed is because I stay fit.” – Richard Branson
  265. “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.” – Dale Carnegie
  266. “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
  267. “Don’t think ‘I’ve got this many days to achieve this’, but instead ‘How much can I do in each of these days.” – Muhammad Ali
  268. “Productivity doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be easily boosted through a manageable combination of the right tools, resources, and habits to make the most of your time.” – Caroline Ghosn
  269. “Doing nothing is very hard to do. You never know when you’re finished” – Leslie Nielsen
  270.  “I can’t wait to start blaming my normal lack of productivity on it being summertime.” – Anonymous 
  271.  “Coffee has given me unrealistic expectations of my productivity.” – Darynda Jones
  272. “Nothing makes a player more productive than the last minute.” – John Kessel
  273. “The secret to productivity on Saturdays? A well-timed coffee break … or five.” – Anonymous 
  274. “Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment.” – Robert Benchley
  275. “Work is the greatest thing in the world, so we should always save some of it for tomorrow.” – Don Herold
  276. “We will continue to have more meetings until we figure out why no work is getting done.” – Anonymous 
  277. “Replace ‘just do it’ with ‘just plan it.’ You will be more productive if you build in some time to plan your work. How about 10 or 15 minutes either at the start or at the end of the day to plan?” – Margaret H. Greenberg and Senia Maymin
  278. “Save yourself from being bombarded with distracting messages from Facebook groups, Instagram posts, or Twitter updates by turning off those account notifications.” –  Emily Price
  279. “Give your brain the time it needs to identify the three to five most important things you can do in the coming week to be effective. Consider your goals, what could set up your manager or colleagues for success, and important personal activities like exercise. Schedule these priorities on your calendar for the coming week.” – Stephen Covey
  280. “Smart vacations lead to greater happiness and energy at work and, therefore, greater productivity, intelligence, and resilience.” – Shawn Achor
  281. “We all have a personal recipe for productivity. One person may need six cups of autonomy and just a pinch of collaboration. Another person may require heaps of sociability and noise, with just a teaspoon of occasional privacy.” – Neil Blumenthal
  282. “Ironically, while many of us spend hours every day using small mobile devices to increase our productivity and efficiency, interacting with these objects, even for short periods of time, might do just the opposite, reducing our assertiveness and undermining our productivity.” – Amy Cuddy

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