77 Productivity Quotes to Keep You Motivated (2024 Update)

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Whether you’re in an office or working from home, there’s no doubt you could benefit from a little productivity boost!

With all of our daily distractions, at times it can feel overwhelming to tune in and focus on the task 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. Post them on your socials, send them to your colleagues, or simply enjoy the inspiration they bring.

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

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Quotes About Productivity

Create with the heart; build with the mind. ― Criss Jami

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

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

If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves. David Allen

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein

Plans are nothing; planning is everything. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

The best way out is always through. – Robert Frost

Time is not refundable; use it with intention. – Anonymous

Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. – Coco Chanel

Remember that failure is an event, not a person. – Zig Ziglar

“What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.” – Tim Ferriss

“You don’t need a new plan for next year. You need a commitment.” – Seth Godin

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

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“Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso

“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

“Creativity isn’t about wild talent as much as it’s about productivity. To find new ideas that work, you need to try a lot that don’t. It’s a pure numbers game.” – Robert Sutton

“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

“To do two things at once is to do neither.” ― Publius Syrus

“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” ― Sir Edmund Hillary

“Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all.”
– Nathan W. Morris

“When we truly need to do is often what we most feel like avoiding.” – David Allen

“Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.” – Leo Babauta

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

“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

“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

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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

“When everything is a priority, nothing is a priority.” – Simon Fulleringer

“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well.” – Louisa May Alcott

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Micheal Altshuler

“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made of.” – Bruce Lee

“The shorter way to do many things is to only do one thing at a time.” – Mozart

“The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.” – Stephen R. Covey

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“If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I would spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Realize that now, in this moment of time, you are creating. You are creating your next moment, that is what’s real.” – Sara Paddison

“Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.” – Anonymous

“One of the very worst uses of time is to do something very well that need not to be done at all.” ― Brian Tracy

“Time is the most valuable coin in your life. You and you alone will determine how that coin will be spent. Be careful that you do not let other people spend it for you.” ― Carl Sandburg

“Maybe you will be able to rebuild everything you have lost. But time, my friend, is always ticking. And remember, no matter what you do, you will never be able to win it back again.” ― Neeraj Agnihotri

“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

“There is only now. And look! How rich we are in it.” ― Vanna Bonta

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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

“Life is too complicated not to be orderly.” – Martha Stewart

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

“You get to decide where your time goes. You can either spend it moving forward, or you can spend it putting out fires. You decide. And if you don’t decide, others will decide for you.” – Tony Morgan

“Time = life; therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life.” – Alan Lakein

“The best time to start was last year. Failing that, today will do.” – Chris Guillebeau

“The essence of self-discipline is to do the important thing rather than the urgent thing.” – Barry Werner

“One can find time for everything if one is never in a hurry.” – Mikhail Bulgakov

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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

“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” – Chinese Proverb

“Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow.” – Anonymous

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, at this point, you’ve taken a little breather, gleaned some wisdom from these quotes, and are feeling mentally fuelled up to face the challenges of your day! Productivity is so important, and our hope is that these inspired words will help you create your perfect workflow.

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