20 Quotes to Boost Your Productivity

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There are very few people in the world who want to do less with their day. Sure there are those who want to work less in terms of time invested, but very few who want to lessen their contribution. In the modern work world, we are starting to see a shift from  the “time is money” mantra and a greater focus on doing less to produce more.

Which is why productivity is so crucial. Our time is precious and our most valuable resource. It’s finite, so we must do what we can to spend it wisely.

So whenever you’re feeling stuck or less than motivated to stay on task, here are 20 quotes to pump your productivity game up so you make the mos of your time.

“A worker without genius is better than a genius that won’t work.”
– Leopold Auer


“Think of many things; do one.”
– Portuguese proverb


“Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.”
– Peter Drucker


“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
– Martin Luther King Jr


“In my life, it’s been a lot about hard work and focus and study and very concentrated study, not about – you know – lots of interruptions, I’m guilty as anyone — but I turn my phone off or turn the buzzer off and make it unavailable for a good six hours a day. And I work — I still work. I like programming, I like doing things that are productive.”
– Jim Clark


“Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.”
– Warren Buffet


“Go slow to go fast.”
– Unknown


“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 Edison


“Focus on being productive instead of busy.”
– Tim Ferriss


“Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.”
– Dwight D. Eisenhower


“Happen to things. Don’t let things happen to you. “
– Stephen Covey


“Your goal is not to stick to a given schedule at all costs; it’s instead to maintain, at all times, a thoughtful say in what you’re doing with your time going forward—even.”
– Cal Newport


“He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year.”
– Leonardo Da Vinci


“Infinite striving to be the best is man’s duty; It is its own reward. Everything else is in god’s hands.”
– Gandhi


“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


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


“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
– Thomas Edison


“Being rich is having money. Being wealthy is having time.”
– Margaret Bonnano


“It’s not that I’m so smart. It’s that I stay with problems longer. ”
– Albert Einstein


“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


Remember, doing more and working more are two different things. Productivity is as much about how much you get done and how much time you invest into each task. By prioritizing and working smarter, you can get more done than working hard with no plan.

Action is important, planning said action is infinitely more so.

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