50+ Powerful Motivational Quotes For Productivity (Updated)

Last updated on October 7th, 2020

Best quotes for productivity

Here is my list of the top motivational quotes for productivity I came across over the years. 

I split up the list in four parts:
1. Quotes For Productivity At Work
2. Leadership and Productivity Quotes
3. Inspirational Quotes and
4. Famous quotes by Steve Jobs 

Why these quotes anyway? 

  • No matter if you work from home or at the office and let’s say you have your perfect personal productivity method all up and running, a quote can still go a long way to get you going or back on track.
  • You may also start your next team meeting with one of the motivational quotes below.  
  • And don’t forget the right quote can also be the heart of a compelling blog post. 
  • Last but not least, good quotes have the ability to enhance the credibility of a statement or speech and leave a lasting impact.

Let’s start with the best productivity quotes at work:

  1. “Focus on being productive instead of busy.” – Tim Ferriss
  2. “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done” – Bruce Lee
  3. “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.” – Dale Carnegie
  4. “Ordinary people think merely of spending time, great people think of using it.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  5. “If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.” -David Allen
  6. “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” -Paul J. Meyer
  7. “It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less.” – Nathan W. Morris
  8. “Great acts are made up of small deeds.” -Lao Tzu
  9. “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” – Napoleon Hill
  10. “There’s a tendency to mistake preparation for productivity. You can prepare all you want, but if you never roll the dice you’ll never be successful.” — Shia LaBeouf

10 Productivity Quotes To Get You Started

  1. “Effective performance is preceded by painstaking preparation” – Brian Tracy
  2. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” -Walt Disney
  3. “There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction.” – John F. Kennedy
  4. “Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.” -Leo Babauta
  5. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” -Stephen King
  6. “Reflect on what you do in a day. You may have never realized how some simple, harmless activities rob you of precious time.” – Vivek Naik
  7. “There is no substitute for hard work.” – Thomas Edison
  8. “You don’t get paid for the hour, you get paid for the value you bring to the hour.” -Jim Rohn
  9. “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” – Sam Levenson
  10. “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.” – Will Durant

15 Quotes To Work Smarter And More Productively

  1. “Productivity is the deliberate, strategic investment of your time, talent, intelligence, energy, resources, and opportunities in a manner calculated to move you measurably closer to meaningful goals.” – Dan S. Kennedy
  2. “Over the long run, the unglamorous habit of frequency fosters both productivity and creativity.” – Gretchen Rubin
  3. “If you want an easy job to seem mighty hard, just keep putting if off.” – Richard Miller
  4. “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
  5. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin
  6. “Multitasking is a lie” – Gary Keller
  7. “If there are nine rabbits on the ground, if you want to catch one, just focus on one.”  – Jack Ma
  8. “Efficiency is doing better what is already being done.” – Peter Drucker
  9. “Don’t confuse the urgent with the important.” – Preston Ni
  10. “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” – Paul J. Meyer
  11. ‘The secret of getting ahead is getting started’ – Mark Twain
  12. ‘If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first’ – Brian Tracy
  13. “The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.” – Thomas Sowell
  14. “You can do anything, but not everything.” – David Allen
  15. “Surfaces are not for storage. Rather, surfaces are for activity, and should be kept clear at all other times.” – Francine Jay

2. Best Leadership and Productivity Quotes

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10 Quotes on Leadership and Productivity

  1. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso
  2. “The best way out is always through.” –Robert Frost
  3. “Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.” – Peter Drucker
  4. “Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year–and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!” – Tony Robbins
  5. “When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that in itself is a choice.” –William James
  6. “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” -Zig Ziglar
  7. “Plans are nothing; planning is everything.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
  8. “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Martin Luther King
  9. “Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  10. “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.” – Henry Ford

11 Quotes To Be A Productive Role Model

  1. “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.” – Calvin Coolidge
  2. “Work hard, have fun, and make history.” -Jeff Bezos
  3. “The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do.” – Dennis Waitley
  4. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin
  5. ‘Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose’ – Bill Gates
  6. You’ve gotta keep control of your time, and you can’t unless you say no. You can’t let people set your agenda in life’ – Warren Buffet
  7. ‘Tomorrow becomes never. No matter how small the task, take the first step now!’ – Tim Ferriss
  8. ‘People can be really smart or have skills that are directly applicable, but if they don’t really believe in it, then they are not going to really work hard’ – Mark Zuckerberg
  9. ‘Worrying gets you nowhere. If you turn up worrying about how you’re going to perform, you’ve already lost’ – Usain Bolt
  10. ‘Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you’ – Thomas Jefferson
  11. “Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all.” – Nathan W. Morris

3. Inspirational Productivity quotes

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10 Of The Best Inspiring Quotes To Be More Productive

  1. “You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.” -Warren Buffett
  2. “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” –Norman Vincent Peale
  3. “Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition–in having put forth the best within you.” -Henry J. Kaiser
  4. “The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.” -Tom Peters
  5. “If you have time to whine then you have time to find a solution.” – Dee Dee Artner
  6. “Create with the heart; build with the mind.” – Criss Jami
  7. “Start by doing what is necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – Saint Francis of Assisi
  8. “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.” – Zig Ziglar
  9. “Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes in a day.” -Denis Waitley
  10. “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali

10 Quotes To Motivate Yourself and Get Going

  1. “What we truly need to do is often what we most feel like avoiding.” – David Allen
  2. “When you waste a moment, you have killed it in a sense, squandering an irreplaceable opportunity. But when you use the moment properly, filling it with purpose and productivity, it lives on forever.” –  Menachem Mendel Scheerson
  3. “Never mistake motion for action.” -Ernest Hemingway
  4. “Don’t confuse activity with productivity. Many people are simply busy being busy.” – Robin Sharma
  5. “Sameness leaves us in peace but it is contradiction that makes us productive.” – Johnann Wolfgang von Goethe
  6. “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
  7. “The key to productivity is to rotate your avoidance techniques.” –Shannon Wheeler
  8. “If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” – Thomas Edison
  9. “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary
  10. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr​.’s mother
  11. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Unknown

11 Happiness And Productivity Quotes

  1. “My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do.” Francine Jay
  2. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
  3. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein
  4. “Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.” – Pablo Picasso
  5. “Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is specifically your own.” – Bruce Lee
  6. “It’s not knowing what to do, it’s doing what you know.” – Tony Robbins
  7. For all of its faults, it gives most hardworking people a chance to improve themselves economically, even as the deck is stacked in favor of the privileged few. Here are the choices most of us face in such a system: Get bitter or get busy.” – Bill O’ Reilly
  8. Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it’ – Mahatma Ghandi
  9. “Just do it!” – Shia LaBeouf
  10. “The biggest productivity boost comes neither from techniques nor theories but from an active lifestyle.” – Boris Barreck
  11. ‘In life, people tend to wait for good things to come to them. And by waiting, they miss out’ – Neil Strauss

4. Best Steve Jobs Productivity Quotes

Here are Steve Jobs‘ most famous quotes for productivity, career, simplicity and innovation.

Productivity Quotes by Steve Jobs
  1. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
  2. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”
  3. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
  4. “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”
  5. “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”
  6. “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”
  7. “If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?”
  8. “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”
  9. “We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?”
  10. “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”
  11. “My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”
  12. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”
  13. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
  14. “I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”
  15. “Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do. It’s true for companies, and it’s true for products.”
  16. “Simple can be harder than complex: you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
  17. “The way you get programmer productivity is not by increasing the lines of code per programmer per day. That doesn’t work. The way you get programmer productivity is by eliminating lines of code you have to write.
  18. The line of code that’s the fastest to write, that never breaks, that doesn’t need maintenance, is the line you never had to write.”
  19. “I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying ‘no’ to 1,000 things.”
  20. “People would confront a problem by creating a presentation. I wanted them to engage, to hash things out at the table, rather than show a bunch of slides. People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.”
  21. “Quality if much better than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”
  22. “When you grow up you, tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money.

    That’s a very limited life.

    Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.
    Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”

What is your favorite quote for productivity?

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