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47 Work Productivity Quotes To Inspire & Motivate Your Team

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.

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

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“Focus on being productive instead of busy.”

– Tim Ferriss, American entrepreneur

“Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.”

– Franz Kafka, novelist

“There is little that the human mind can conceive that is not possible of accomplishment."

– Charles Schwab, famous business leader

“Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all.”

– Nathan W. Morris, author

“My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do.”

– Francine Jay, author

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

– Leo Babauta, productivity blogger

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

– Albert Einstein, Theoretical physicist

“Sometimes, things may not go you're way, but the effort should be there every single night.”

– Michael Jordan, American basketball player

“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

"If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”

– Bruce Lee, actor

“Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.”

Peter Drucker, management consultant

“It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less.”

– Nathan W. Morris, author

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last long. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”

– Zig Ziglar, American author

“Drive thy business or it will drive thee.”

– Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father of the United States

"It's not knowing what to do, it's doing what you know."

– Tony Robbins, motivational speaker

 "The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities."

– Stephen Covey, productivity expert

 "Ordinary people think merely of spending time, great people think of using it."

– Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher

"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

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

– Albert Einstein, Theoretical physicist

"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

"Life is too complicated not to be orderly."

– Martha Stewart, American retail businesswoman

"Great acts are made up of small deeds."

– Lao Tzu, ancient Chinese philosopher

“Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.”

Peter Drucker, management consultant

"Don't wait. The time will never be just right."

– Napoleon Hill, American self-help author

"Effective performance is preceded by painstaking preparation"

– Brian Tracy, motivational public speaker

"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

"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

"Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work."

– Stephen King, American horror of author

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

– Tim Ferriss, American entrepreneur

"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

"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

“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

“Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”

– Coco Chanel, French fashion designer

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

– Albert Einstein, Theoretical physicist

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

– Thomas Sowell, American economist

“The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.”

– Tom Peters, American writer

“Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.”

– Stephen Hawking, English theoretical physicist

"To do two things at once is to do neither."

Publius Syrus, ancient philosopher

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

– Henry David Thoreau, American naturalist

"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

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”

– Muhammad Ali, American professional boxer

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