25 Inspirational Quotes About Productivity

Are you having trouble getting out of your own way today? Depending on which productivity expert you ask, you're either in need of a lifestyle overhaul or a new perspective. There's a quote here for everyone from nap enthusiasts to committed list makers.

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1. The perfect is the enemy of the good. -- Voltaire

2. There is no substitute for hard work. -- Thomas A. Edison

3. The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings. -- Thomas Sowell

4. 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

5. If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done. -- Bruce Lee

6. Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all. -- Peter Drucker

7. If you commit to giving more time than you have to spend, you will constantly be running from time debt collectors. -- Elizabeth Grace Saunders

8. There is no waste in the world that equals the waste from needless, ill-directed, and ineffective motions. -- Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Sr.

9. Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. -- Stephen King

10. My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do. -- Francine Jay

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

12. It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about? -- Henry David Thoreau

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

14. Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus. -- Alexander Graham Bell

15. We need space to be productive, we need places to go to be free. -- Laure Lacornette

16. Being lazy does not mean that you do not create. In fact, lying around doing nothing is an important, nay crucial, part of the creative process. It is meaningless bustle that actually gets in the way of productivity. All we are really saying is, give peace a chance. -- Tom Hodgkinson

17. It [money] doesn't have anything have anything to do with the magnificence of a person. It doesn't. What matters is what you make. Whether it's a cake for bingo night or a costume for a saint or a wall of water -- whatever you pour into this life is what makes you rich. -- Adriana Trigiani

18. The way we measure productivity is flawed. People checking their BlackBerry over dinner is not the measure of productivity. -- Timothy Ferriss

19. The society based on production is only productive, not creative. -- Albert Camus

20. Improved productivity means less human sweat, not more. -- Henry Ford

21. You don't actually do a project; you can only do action steps related to it. When enough of the right action steps have been taken, some situation will have been created that matches your initial picture of the outcome closely enough that you can call it 'done.' -- David Allen

22. Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough. Sometimes you have to give up the fight and walk away, and move on to something that's more productive. -- Donald Trump

23. 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

24. It's not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less. -- Nathan W. Morris

25. I enjoy writing, I enjoy my house, my family and, more than anything I enjoy the feeling of seeing each day used to the full to actually produce something. The end. -- Michael Palin

Sources: BrainyQuote.com, Goodreads.com, The Quotables Blog

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  1. 1 Dave 01 Sep

    My favourite quote about productivity comes from General George S. Patton:

    "A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week."

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