Productivity Quotes: 47 Quotations To Inspire & Motivate Your Team |

47 Work Productivity Quotes To Inspire & Motivate Your Team

 Productivity can have several different definitions, depending on who is defining it. 

How do you help your team know what productivity is, while also motivating them at the same time? 

The quotations below come from Tim Ferris, Dale Carnegie, Albert Einstein, and other leading experts from business, tech, science, and finance. 

Keep your team focused, provide them with a different angle on productivity, and give them that extra dose motivation they need with these productivity quotes.

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  1. “Focus on being productive instead of busy.”
    – Tim Ferriss, American entrepreneur
  2. “What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.”
    – Tim Ferriss, American entrepreneur
  3. “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.”
    – Dale Carnegie, American writer
  4.  “Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.”
    – Franz Kafka, novelist
  5.  “There is little that the human mind can conceive that is not possible of accomplishment."
    – Charles Schwab, famous business leader
  6. “It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less.”
    – Nathan W. Morris, author
  7.  “Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all.”
    – Nathan W. Morris, author
  8.  “My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do.”
    – Francine Jay, author
  9.  “Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.”
    – Leo Babauta, productivity blogger
  10.  “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
    – Albert Einstein, Theoretical physicist
  11.  “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
    – Albert Einstein, Theoretical physicist
  12.  “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
    – Albert Einstein, Theoretical physicist
  13.  “Sometimes, things may not go you're way, but the effort should be there every single night.”
    – Michael Jordan, American basketball player
  14.  “The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”
    – Benjamin E. Mays, American Civil Rights Leader
  15.  “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”
    – Bruce Lee, actor
  16.  “Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.”
    Peter Drucker, management consultant
  17. “Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.”
    Peter Drucker, management consultant
  18.  “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
    – Walt Disney, American entrepreneur
  19.  “Lost time is never found again.”
    – Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father of the United States
  20. “Drive thy business or it will drive thee.”
    – Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father of the United States
  21.  "It's not knowing what to do, it's doing what you know."
    – Tony Robbins, motivational speaker
  22.  "The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities."
    – Stephen Covey, productivity expert
  23.  "Ordinary people think merely of spending time, great people think of using it."
    – Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher
  24.  "If you don't pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves."
    – David Allen, American productivity consultant
  25.  "Action is the foundational key to all success."
    – Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter
  26.  "Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort."
    – Paul J. Meyer, Self-Improvement Writer
  27.  "Life is too complicated not to be orderly."
    – Martha Stewart, American retail businesswoman
  28.  "Great acts are made up of small deeds."
    – Lao Tzu, ancient Chinese philosopher
  29.  "Don't wait. The time will never be just right."
    – Napoleon Hill, American self-help author
  30.  "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, American business magnate
  31. “It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results.”
    – Warren Buffett, American business magnate
  32.  "Effective performance is preceded by painstaking preparation"
    – Brian Tracy, motivational public speaker
  33.  "You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win."
    – Zig Ziglar, American author
  34.  “People often say that motivation doesn’t last long. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
    – Zig Ziglar, American author
  35.  "There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction."
    – John F. Kennedy, 35th president
  36.  "Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work."
    – Stephen King, American horror of author
  37.  "Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it."
    – Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president
  38.  "To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way."
    – Corita Kent, Roman Catholic religious sister
  39.  “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.”
    – Oprah Winfrey, American host
  40.  “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”
    – Coco Chanel, French fashion designer
  41.  “The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.”
    – Thomas Sowell, American economist
  42.  “Never mistake motion for action.”
    – Ernest Hemingway, American novelist
  43.  “The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.”
    – Tom Peters, American writer
  44.  “Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.”
    – Stephen Hawking, English theoretical physicist
  45. "To do two things at once is to do neither."
    Publius Syrus, ancient philosopher
  46. “The true price of anything you do is the amount of time you exchange for it.”
    – Henry David Thoreau, American naturalist
  47.  “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
    – Muhammad Ali, American professional boxer

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