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101 Kick-Ass Productivity Quotes To Get You Inspired

Productivity quotes.

Yawn, right?

Not really.

Motivational quotes, be it about productivity, weight loss, waking up early, gardening, or any other topic, are quite powerful. Trivial and overused, sure, but you see them everywhere and on all topics for one simple reason – they work. When you are down, when nothing seems to be going your way and you are just about ready to throw in the towel and give up on the task at hand, or even on your entire day, a single act of motivation can spark you back up and turn everything around.

It’s not discipline and habits that get you going. Discipline is an illusion. Motivation is the cornerstone of all productivity.

You do things voluntarily because you have a motive to do so. When that motivation is depleted, no amount of force, productivity techniques and apps, can make you perform, at least not at your highest levels.

Simply put, no (or low) motivation equals lack of productivity.

How can you make sure you keep your motivation high?


Inspiration is one of the best motivators. And while you can certainly draw inspiration from a variety of sources around you such as people, nature, books and magazines, it is not that easy to get your daily dose when you work in a traditional setting such as an office, or even from your home. If you are surrounded by nature and you can take long walks and admire the beauty around you every day, that would be great, but few people live in such a setting, or have the time. So what can you do to get inspired on a consistent basis?

Enter motivational productivity quotes.

They are great for providing you with your daily dose of inspiration to help keep you motivated and productive, even in the slowest of days, or weeks. When you are feeling down, when you are running on “motivation fumes” turn to this list, start skimming through the quotes and one of them will do the trick and spark you back up. It might be the 1st one, it might be the 52nd one, but one will get you inspired, it is almost practically guaranteed.

101 Productivity Quotes

  1. “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
  2. “Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.” ~ Franz Kafka
  3. “Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.” ~ Peter Drucker
  4. “Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time.” ~ Margaret Bonnano
  5. “Life is too complicated not to be orderly.” ~ Martha Stewart
  6. “The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do.” ~ Dennis Waitley
  7. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” ~ Stephen King
  8. “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” ~ Bruce Lee
  9. “It’s not knowing what to do, it’s doing what you know.” ~ Tony Robbins
  10. “There is no royal, flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it. For if I have accomplished anything in life, it is because I have been willing to work hard.” ~ C.J. Walker
  11. “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.” ~ Bill O’ Reilly
  12. “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
  13. “Why do anything unless it is going to be great?” ~ Peter Block
  14. “It is not enough to be busy… The question is: what are we busy about?” ~ Henry David Thoreau
  15. “To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult.” ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goeth
  16. “Few ever lived to old age, and fewer still ever became distinguished, who were not in the habit of early rising.” ~ John Todd
  17. “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.” ~ William Pitt Chatham
  18. “It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom” ~ Aristotle
  19. “Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.” ~ David Allen
  20. “Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.” ~ Peter Drucker
  21. “I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.” ~ Donal Trump
  22. “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” ~ Coco Chanel
  23. “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” ~ Stephen Covey
  24. “Ordinary people think merely of spending time, great people think of using it.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
  25. “Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed” ~ Peter Drucker
  26. “Focus on being productive instead of busy.” ~ Tim Ferriss
  27. “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.” ~ Caleb C. Colton
  28. “The cynic says, “One man can’t do anything”. I say, “Only one man can do anything.” ~ John W. Gardner
  29. “He that rises late must trot all day” ~ Benjamin Franklin
  30. “Time is at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possessions” ~ John Randolph
  31. “Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is specifically your own.” ~ Bruce Lee
  32. “Efficiency is doing better what is already being done.” ~ Peter Drucker
  33. “I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
  34. “You’ve got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It’s called perseverance” ~ Lee Iacocca
  35. “Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
  36. “We have a strategic plan. It’s called doing things.” ~ Herb Kelleher
  37. “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
  38. “Effective performance is preceded by painstaking preparation” ~ Brian Tracy
  39.  “Think of many things; do one.” ~ Portuguese proverb
  40.  “Lost time is never found again.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
  41.  “In a society that judges self-worth on productivity, it’s no wonder we fall prey to the misconception that the more we do, the more we’re worth”  ~ Ellen Sue Stern
  42. “The desire of knowledge, like the thirst for riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.” ~ Laurence Sterne
  43. “The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas of enthusiasm.” ~ Thomas J. Watson
  44. “If you are interested in balancing work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable.” ~ Donald Trump
  45. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
  46. “Don’t confuse the urgent with the important.” ~ Preston Ni
  47. “Both good and bad days should end with productivity. You mood affairs should never influence your work.” ~ Greg Evans
  48. “Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things.” ~ Peter Drucker
  49. “You don’t need a new plan for next year. You need a commitment.” ~ Seth Godin
  50. “The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” ~ Carlos Castaneda
  51. “To the degree we’re not living our dreams; our comfort zone has more control of us than we have over ourselves.” ~ Peter McWilliams
  52. “Stressing output is the key to improving to productivity, while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite.” ~ Andrew Grove
  53. “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” ~ Paul J. Meyer
  54. “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.” ~ Bruce Lee
  55. “You may delay, but time will not.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
  56. “Long-range planning works best in the short term.” ~ Doug Evelyn
  57. “Hofstadter’s Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.” ~ Douglas R. Hofstadter
  58. “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
  59. “If there are nine rabbits on the ground, if you want to catch one, just focus on one.” ~ Jack Ma
  60. “Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” ~ Vince Lombardi
  61. “When one has much to put into them, a day has a hundred pockets.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
  62. “Surviving a failure gives you more self-confidence. Failures are great learning tools.. but they must be kept to a minimum.” ~ Jeffrey Immelt
  63. “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing” ~ George Bernard Shaw
  64. “Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.” ~ Caterina Fake
  65. “Follow effective actions with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” ~ Peter Drucker
  66. “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches.” ~ Napoleon Hill
  67. “Whoever has tasted the breath of morning knows that the most invigorating and most delightful hours of then day are commonly spent in bed; though it is the evident intention of nature that we should enjoy and profit by them.” ~ Robert Southey
  68. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” ~ Charles Darwin
  69. “Time is the school in which we learn, time is the fire in which we burn.” ~ Delmore Schwartz
  70. “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. ~ Aristotle
  71. “There is no substitute for hard work.” ~ Thomas Edison
  72. “If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.” ~ David Allen
  73. “Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.” ~ Thomas Watson
  74. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” ~ Picasso
  75. “Never mistake motion for action.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
  76. “You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.” ~ Jim Stovall
  77. “While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.” ~ Henry Link
  78. “A lot of the best work I’ve ever done started out as something completely different because I gave myself permission to have space around my time and expectations.” ~ Merlin Mann
  79. “The perfect is the enemy of the good.” ~ Voltaire
  80. “The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.” ~ Thomas Sowell
  81. “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
  82. “If you commit to giving more time than you have to spend, you will constantly be running from time debt collectors.” ~ Elizabeth Grace Saunders
  83. “There is no waste in the world that equals the waste from needless, ill-directed, and ineffective motions.” ~ Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Sr.
  84. “My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do.” ~ Francine Jay
  85. “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” ~ Paul J. Meyer
  86. “The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.” ~ Tom Peters
  87. “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” ~ Alexander Graham Bell
  88. “The only way around is through.” ~ Robert Frost
  89. “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
  90. “The way we measure productivity is flawed. People checking their BlackBerry over dinner is not the measure of productivity.” ~ Timothy Ferriss
  91. “Improved productivity means less human sweat, not more.” ~ Henry Ford
  92. “The noblest search is the search for excellence.” ~ Lyndon B. Johnson
  93. “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
  94. “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
  95. “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
  96. “It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less.” ~ Nathan W. Morris
  97. “You must remain focused on your journey to greatness.” ~ Les Brown
  98. “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right!” ~ Henry Ford
  99. “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
  100. “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.” ~ Charles Richards
  101. “Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition – in having put forth the best within you.” ~ Henry J. Kaiser

Over to you know

When you are feeling low, or just need an extra dose of motivation and inspiration to kick your work and productivity in high gear, skim through these productivity quotes, get inspired, and get back to work.

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