Sometimes, work feels like a relentless uphill battle that doesn’t seem to have a win in sight. You find yourself looking at successful people and wondering “How did they get there?” and “When will I ever get there?” If you know the life stories of many successful inspirational figures, you will learn that there is no secret to success, only hard work and the courage to take the plunge at the right opportunity. I wrote this article to share some of the most inspirational productivity quotes that I found truly helpful.
If you’re feeling down, discouraged, and can’t find the right headspace to be productive at work, below are some of Working Den’s favourite motivational quotes about productivity to give you a little push.
Productivity is working smarter
If some highly successful people seem like they have all the time in the world, while still being highly productive with their projects or business, it is because they know how to utilise their time wisely. We often mistake being busy for being productive.
However, if you have ever spent an entire day running from one meeting to another only to find that you have not accomplished anything at all at the end of the day, then you know busywork is not the same as productivity.
We all have the same 24 hours each day, but highly successful people know how to allocate their precious time to projects that yield the most results and end up being more productive than most of us. Here are some famous productivity quotes sharing their definition of a productive day.
“It is not enough to be busy… The question is: what are we busy about?”
~ American poet Henry David Thoreau
“Focus on being productive instead of busy.” ~ Best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek Tim Ferriss
“Improved productivity means less human sweat, not more.” ~ American industrialist Henry Ford
“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” ~ Bestselling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen Covey
“Never mistake motion for action.” — American novelist Ernest Hemingway
Productivity is hard work – Productivity Quotes
As American inventor said: “There is no substitute for hard work.” If you are looking for a shortcut to success, unfortunately, there is none. Productivity is about dedication and discipline, and if you want to be productive and achieve your goals, there’s simply no other way than to get to work. Fortunately, you may find comfort in knowing that many highly successful figures below had shared the same struggle.
“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” ~ American automobile executive Lee Iacocca
“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” ~ Productivity coach Paul J. Meyer
“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.” ~ American businessperson Nolan Bushnell
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” ~ Author Stephen King
“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.” — TV mogul Oprah Winfrey
“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.” ~ American entrepreneur C.J. Walker
“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
German theoretical physicist Albert Einstein
“I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.” ~ TV mogul Oprah Winfrey
Productivity is taking the plunge
You may have a brilliant idea for a new business or to improve your current job, but don’t want to take the risk because you are afraid it may not pay off.
Many successful people made their fortune simply because they knew to take the right bet at the right time, and taking action is always the first step that brings you closer towards your goal. Just take the advice of these inspirational figures:
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” ~ Actor Bruce Lee
“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.” ~ Motivational speaker Tony Robbins
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” ~ Canadian ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” ~ American entrepreneur Walt Disney
“Soon is not as good as now.” ~ Author and Marketing guru Seth Godin
“Action is the foundational key to all success.” ~ Spanish artist Pablo Picasso
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” ~ German theoretical physicist Albert Einstein
“What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.” — Best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek Tim Ferriss
Productivity is not letting perfection get you down
And of course, many of us are afraid to take action because we fear we won’t do it perfectly. The fear of not being perfect has deterred many of us from starting a new project or asking for more responsibilities at work.
What you don’t see is that many successful people have honed their crafts for thousands of hours before they become Picasso or Einstein. When you first start a project, don’t let this fear affect your productivity and get to work.
“It’s not knowing what to do, it’s doing what you know.” ~ Motivational speaker Tony Robbins
“The perfect is the enemy of the good.” ~ French Enlightenment philosopher
“It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results.” ~ American entrepreneur Warren Buffett
When you are ready to get back to work, why not check out our Pomodoro timer to enhance your productivity even further? Success is not guaranteed but is definitely in sight for those who work hard, work smart, and know how to take risks at the right time.