Each year, countless articles, videos, and other content are dedicated to the pursuit of productivity. More often than not, you’d find yourself casually reading the best motivational quotes to hype you up into doing something productive.
The topic of productivity is in fact, an age-old desire by humanity and even ancient eastern as well as western philosophy skirted this topic and birthed different schools of thought.
Here, we share to you some of the best motivational quotes of writers, speakers, celebrities, and philosophers that will encourage you to be more productive in the proper dosage!
“The root of productivity is in personal priorities. Know what matters to you and why.”
― Melissa Steginus
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”
― Bruce Lee
“Avoid hyper-scheduling yourself so you have free time to do something creative or perhaps to do nothing at all.”― Melissa Steginus
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”― Stephen King
“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
“When we truly need to do is often what we most feel like avoiding.”― David Allen
“Where your attention goes, your time goes”― Idowu Koyenikan
“Too much thought into the process kills innovation and at times, the outcome altogether.”― Torron-Lee Dewar
“A few minutes wasted regularly can amount to over a year within a decade.”― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“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
“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The Sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus”― Alexander Graham Bell
“If you have time to whine then you have time to find solution.”― Dee Dee Artner
“It’s not about getting out of your comfort zone to reach your goal. It’s about widening your comfort zone so far that your goal fits comfortably inside. Once you do that, hitting your goals will be like hitting 3s for Steph Curry.”― Richie Norton
“Productivity = Discipline + Planning + Quality”― Haresh Sippy
“There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but the way out is through.”― David Allen
“The only way to do a lot of work is to make it fun.”― Meir Ezra
“You will always struggle with not feeling productive until you accept that your own joy can be something you produce. It is not the only thing you will make, nor should it be, but it is something valuable and beautiful.”― Hank Green
“Being tired is pleasant when you think what has tired you was worth the portion of your life.”― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“When it is important you get it done no matter the situation.”― Chinmai Swamy
“Knowing and doing are entirely different things.”― Roy H. Williams
“Refuse to allow a weakness or a lack of ability in any area to hold you back. Everything is learnable. And what others have learned, you can learn as well.”― Brian Tracy
“If the great ocean herself needs replenishment, what could make you think you don’t?”― Salma Farook
“You cannot begin, until you begin.”― Tony Cleaver
“If you end your day feeling like you got nothing done, it’s because you weren’t working: you were busy, not productive.”― Richie Norton
“It’s better to do something for free than to do nothing when you’re free.”― Charbel Tadros
“The quest for perfection lead down the dangerous path of procrastination.”― Salma Farook
“Time is money, and when you waste time you waste money and success you can have; if you just overcome the temptation to be distracted. Don’t waste time, be productive, and success will be one step closer.”― Jeanette Coron
“You’re only as successful as you are prepared.”― Monika Kristofferson
“Fast but calm, focused and consistent; it’s a delicate balance to maintain. A mental space to cherish.”― Innocent Mwatsikesimbe
“Anyone can talk, but not everyone can produce the results.”― Gift Gugu Mona
“Never make your fears cause you to fall but getting stronger towards advancement.”― Eihab Mahmud
“Start doing something, you’ll continue… why? Because motivation doesn’t cause action. Action causes motivation.”― Neil Pasricha
“Learning isn’t done to you; it’s something you do.”― Andy Hunt
“Be strategic about productivity—do less exceptionally well, instead of doing more in an average way.”― Laurie Buchanan
“Passion is a fuel to run your engine in order to give more productivity”― Myra Yadav
“Only be productive if you are in the right mental, physical and emotional space to do so. If you are sick, quit trying to make things happen.”― Kelly Martin
“A simple plan can be more than enough to set things right for you.”― Vishal Ostwal
“Your addiction to daily distraction denies you of effectiveness”― Bernard Kelvin Clive
“Live the Life of Your Dreams: Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.”― Roy T. Bennett
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”― Viktor E. Frankl
“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.”― Zig Ziglar
“The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.”― Arthur C. Clarke
“You are essentially who you create yourself to be and all that occurs in your life is the result of your own making.”― Stephen Richards
“Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”― William Faulkner
“Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.” ― Franz Kafka
The world view of productivity is more often than not rooted in the “worthiness” of our existence. But in thinking this way, we gradually forget what really matters in our lives.
Productivity is, after all, our response to a deep consciousness of how fleeting our lives are. We all just want to make it worthwhile. Most young adults have this perceived notion that “working smart” and “hustle culture” should now be the default attitude towards work.
And while it may be true to a degree, it’s not just a matter of consistently working every hour, every minute, of every day.
To read more about productivity, read about the 7 Daily Routines That Will Help You Win The Day.