best productivity quotes

A lack of productivity can occur for various reasons: lack of organization or knowhow, stress, change of work locations or hours etc. Whatever might be causing you to experience a dip in productivity, here are 39 of the best productivity quotes for all situations.

Best quotes on productivity for all situations

1. “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
Abraham Lincoln

2. “Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.”
Peter Drucker

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

4. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
Mark Twain

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

6. “If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first.”
Brian Tracy (Eat that Frog! book).

7. “Improved productivity means less human sweat, not more.”
Henry Ford

8. “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.”
Proverbs 15:22

9. “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.”
Dale Carnegie

10. “Lost time is never found again.”
Benjamin Franklin

11. “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”
Stephen Covey

12. “Don’t confuse activity with productivity. Many people are simply busy being busy.”
Robin Sharma

13. “It is necessary sometimes to take one step backward to take two steps forward.”
Vladimir Lenin

14. “There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.”
John F. Kennedy

15. “You can’t get much done in life if you only work on days when you feel good.”
Jerry West

16. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
Walt Disney

17. “Action is the foundational key to all success.”

18. “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”
George Lorimer

19. “Ordinary people think merely of spending time, great people think of using it.”
Arthur Schopenhauer

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

21. “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

22. “Someday is not a day of the week.”
Janet Dailey

23. “Over the long run, the unglamorous habit of frequency fosters both productivity and creativity.”
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. “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”
Napoleon Hill

26. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”
Earl Nightingale

27. “You don’t get paid for the hour, you get paid for the value you bring to the hour.”
Jim Rohn

28. “If you want an easy job to seem mighty hard, just keep putting if off.”
Richard Miller

29. “You can do anything, but not everything.”
David Allen

30. “Nothing is particularly hard when you divide it into small jobs.”
Henry Ford

31. “Both good and bad days should end with productivity. You mood affairs should never influence your work.”
Greg Evans

32. “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”
Bruce Lee

33. “Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.”
Caterina Fake

There you are – 33 of the best productivity quotes to give you a boost under any circumstances.

What other ones do you know or have inspired you before? Please share in the comments below.

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  1. Number four speaks to me. It is really hard to start something new or different sometimes. The quote is a great reminder to just do it. In life, we just really need to start things, be it a goal or a job or a hobby. Great list!

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