36 Productivity Quotes to Keep You Motivated

Whether you’re in an office or working from home, there’s a high chance that you could benefit from a little productivity boost!

With all of our daily distractions, it can feel overwhelming to tune in and focus on your task(s) at hand. That’s why we collected some productivity quotes to keep you motivated and shake things up a bit. These quotes will leave you feeling inspired and ready to face the day.

Before you dive in, why not give yourself a little break? Maybe take a walk around the block, grab a glass of water, and close your other tabs before you get started. Our hope is that within these quotes, you’ll find your spark to pursue a new idea. Check ’em out:

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Quotes About Productivity

“Goals are good for setting a direction, but systems are best for making progress.” – James Clear

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

“Don’t worry about breaks every 20 minutes ruining your focus on a task. Contrary to what I might have guessed, taking regular breaks from mental tasks actually improves your creativity and productivity. Skipping breaks, on the other hand, leads to stress and fatigue.” – Tom Rath

“Productivity is to create asymmetrical situations where your one good input creates many good outputs.” – Richie Norton

“Making the jump between knowing and doing is what productivity is all about.” – Chris Bailey

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

“Sometimes, getting it done is better than perfect.” – Anonymous

“A wonderful emotion to get things moving when one is stuck is anger. It was anger more than anything else that had set me off, roused me into productivity and creativity.” – Mary Garden

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

“When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that in itself is a choice.” – William James

“You may delay, but time will not.” – Benjamin Franklin

“The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.” – Thomas Sowell

“For real productivity, however, we need to prioritize people. You’re a human being, not a human doing.” ― Michael Hyatt

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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

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

Working From Home Quotes

“The ability to be alone with your thoughts is, in fact, one of the key advantages of working remotely.
Jason Fried

“The old rules of what makes a great team still apply, whether you’re a remote team or not. You can’t build a culture if you don’t have trust, accountability, and mutual respect. The best way to kill a culture is to stop trusting people and stop giving people the respect and the responsibilities they most likely want in their jobs. — Tracey Halvorsen, Fastspot

“Working from my home is worth a hundred thousand dollars just on its own – because of the freedom and because of the time-saving. — Erik Allebest

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“It’s a misconception that remote workers are lazy or not as productive or don’t get as much done. Trust is so important. If you have relationship mistrust and you require your team to be in front of you so you can stare over their shoulders and look at their computer screens, they’re also not going to operate with a level of trust. In a remote environment, you have that trust and people are generally getting more work done. They’re more productive and are able to succeed. — Greg Caplan, Remote Year

“The whole conversation is about how remote work is different, instead of being about the amazing tools we have at our disposal that remote teams and non-remote teams are able to use at any time. We have this opportunity to have a lot more freedom in our environment compared to when we had to be in an office, or even in school, 40 hours per week. — Hiten Shah, FYI

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“The only way to do a lot of work is to make it fun.” ― Meir Ezra

“Not everyone has an office, so it’s all right to work at your dining room table or couch. My advice is to try and create some space between the places you are working and the places you are relaxing. — Hailley Griffis

“Having the flexibility to work out of your home, your favorite cafe, or even an airport (provided they have the Holy Grail that is free wifi) is a workplace game-changer.” — Alina Heim

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“Suddenly my location was completely irrelevant to my ability to make a living.” – Bernard Vukas

“Remote work is the future of work.” – Alexis Ohanian, Reddit

Time Management Quotes

“Tomorrow is the thing that’s always coming but never arrives. Today is the thing that’s already here and never leaves. And because that’s the case, I would much prefer to invest in today than sit around waiting for an arrival that’s not arriving.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough

“I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.” – Golda Meir

“Time management is about life management.” – Idowu Koyenikan

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

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

“Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – Francis of Assisi

“Time management is not a peripheral activity or skill. It is the core skill upon which everything else in life depends.” – Brian Tracy

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

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“The true price of anything you do is the amount of time you exchange for it.” – Henry David Thoreau

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

“If you have time to whine then you have time to find a solution.” – Dee Dee Artner

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, you’ve taken a little breather, grabbed some inspiration from these quotes, and got mentally fuelled up to face the challenges of your day! Productivity is so important, and our hope is that these wise words will help you establish your perfect workflow.

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