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Thoughtful Quotes About Productivity to Ponder and Share

Welcome to our curated collection of productivity quotes. Everyone generally wants to be productive with their time, at work and in life in general, but what constitutes productivity? What is the best way to achieve it? And is that truly how worth should be measured?

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Quote: Can't couldn't do it and could did it all. by author Aaron Walker overlaid on photo of Aaron Walker quote; white text on black background

Can't couldn't do it and could did it all.


Quote: I even believe in helping an employer function more productively. For then, we will have a claim to higher wages, shorter hours, and greater participation in the benefits of running a smooth industrial machine. by author Sidney Hillman overlaid on photo of Sidney Hillman quote; white text on black background

I even believe in helping an employer function more productively. For then, we will have a claim to higher wages, shorter hours, and greater participation in the benefits of running a smooth industrial machine.


Quote: Writing crystallizes thought and thought produces action. by author Paul J. Meyer overlaid on photo of white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books
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Writing crystallizes thought and thought produces action.


Quote: Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law. by author Douglas Hofstadter overlaid on photo of lion on green grass during golden hour
Photo Credit: Keyur Nandaniya

Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.


Quote: Self-control, openness, the ability to engage with others, to plan and to persist -- these are the attributes that get people in the door and on the job, and lead to productive lives. by author James Heckman overlaid on photo of white wall paint with black shadow
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Self-control, openness, the ability to engage with others, to plan and to persist -- these are the attributes that get people in the door and on the job, and lead to productive lives.


Quote: Progress occurs where truths are questioned. by author Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel overlaid on photo of three people sitting in front of table laughing together
Photo Credit: Brooke Cagle

Progress occurs where truths are questioned.


Quote: Sometimes, getting it done is better than perfect. by author Anonymous overlaid on photo of Anonymous quote; white text on black background

Sometimes, getting it done is better than perfect.


Quote: Genius is the capacity for productive reaction against one's training. by author Bernard Berenson overlaid on photo of photo of author Bernard Berenson with quote

Genius is the capacity for productive reaction against one's training.


Quote: Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while. by author Corita Kent overlaid on photo of photo of author Corita Kent with quote

Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while.


Quote: Nothing is a mistake. There's no win and no fail. There's only make. by author Corita Kent overlaid on photo of photo of author Corita Kent with quote

Nothing is a mistake. There's no win and no fail. There's only make.


Quote: When we truly need to do is often what we most feel like avoiding. by author David Allen overlaid on photo of David Allen quote; white text on black background

When we truly need to do is often what we most feel like avoiding.


Quote: Sometimes the biggest gain in productive energy will come from cleaning the cobwebs, dealing with old business, and clearing the desks--cutting loose debris that's impeding forward motion. by author David Allen overlaid on photo of David Allen quote; white text on black background

Sometimes the biggest gain in productive energy will come from cleaning the cobwebs, dealing with old business, and clearing the desks--cutting loose debris that's impeding forward motion.


Quote: There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but the way out is through. by author David Allen overlaid on photo of David Allen quote; white text on black background

There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but the way out is through.


Quote: A work-only zone does wonders for your productivity. So, I prefer working at the office now. I spend 8 focused hours there, then I go home to be present with my family. by author Derek Sivers overlaid on photo of photo of author Derek Sivers with quote

A work-only zone does wonders for your productivity. So, I prefer working at the office now. I spend 8 focused hours there, then I go home to be present with my family.


Quote: Without goals our efforts may be scattered and unproductive. by author Ezra Taft Benson overlaid on photo of photo of author Ezra Taft Benson with quote

Without goals our efforts may be scattered and unproductive.


Quote: No day is wholly unproductive of good. by author Hesiod overlaid on photo of photo of author Hesiod with quote

No day is wholly unproductive of good.


Quote: If there are nine rabbits on the ground and you want to catch one, just focus on one. by author Jack Ma overlaid on photo of photo of author Jack Ma with quote

If there are nine rabbits on the ground and you want to catch one, just focus on one.


Quote: Each minute is a little thing, and yet, with respect to our personal productivity, to manage the minute is the secret of success. by author Joseph B. Wirthlin overlaid on photo of photo of author Joseph B. Wirthlin with quote

Each minute is a little thing, and yet, with respect to our personal productivity, to manage the minute is the secret of success.


Quote: The productivity of a work group seems to depend on how the group members see their own goals in relation to the goals of the organization. by author Kenneth H. Blanchard overlaid on photo of Kenneth H. Blanchard quote; white text on black background

The productivity of a work group seems to depend on how the group members see their own goals in relation to the goals of the organization.


Quote: To focus is to ignore. by author Mokokoma Mokhonoana overlaid on photo of three people sitting in front of table laughing together
Photo Credit: Brooke Cagle

To focus is to ignore.


Quote: Stressing output is the key to improving productivity, while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite. by author Paul Gauguin overlaid on photo of photo of author Paul Gauguin with quote

Stressing output is the key to improving productivity, while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite.


Quote: Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort. by author Paul J. Meyer overlaid on photo of Paul J. Meyer quote; white text on black background

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.


Quote: Productivity is less about what you do with your time. And more about how you run your mind. by author Robin Sharma overlaid on photo of photo of author Robin Sharma with quote

Productivity is less about what you do with your time. And more about how you run your mind.


Quote: If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do. by author Samuel Butler overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Butler with quote

If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do.


Quote: I think the most productive thing to do during times of change is to be your best self, not the best version of someone else. by author Seth Godin overlaid on photo of photo of author Seth Godin with quote

I think the most productive thing to do during times of change is to be your best self, not the best version of someone else.


Quote: The most powerful productivity tool ever invented is simply the word No. by author Shane Parrish overlaid on photo of photo of author Shane Parrish with quote

The most powerful productivity tool ever invented is simply the word No.


Quote: Smart vacations lead to greater happiness and energy at work and, therefore, greater productivity, intelligence, and resilience. by author Shawn Achor overlaid on photo of photo of author Shawn Achor with quote

Smart vacations lead to greater happiness and energy at work and, therefore, greater productivity, intelligence, and resilience.


Quote: Someone once asked Somerset Maugham if he wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration. I write only when inspiration strikes, he replied. Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o'clock sharp.
That's a pro. by author Steven Pressfield overlaid on photo of photo of author Steven Pressfield with quote

Someone once asked Somerset Maugham if he wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration. I write only when inspiration strikes, he replied. Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o'clock sharp.
That's a pro.


Quote: A good marriage is like an incredible retirement fund. You put everything you have into it during your productive life, and over the years it turns from silver to gold to platinum. by author Willard Scott overlaid on photo of photo of author Willard Scott with quote

A good marriage is like an incredible retirement fund. You put everything you have into it during your productive life, and over the years it turns from silver to gold to platinum.


Quote: What is OK is to spend money for productivity. What is not OK is just to light money on fire. by author Sam Altman overlaid on photo of photo of author Sam Altman with quote

What is OK is to spend money for productivity. What is not OK is just to light money on fire.


Quote: My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do. by author Francine Jay overlaid on photo of Francine Jay quote; white text on black background

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


Quote: It is not really work if you are having fun. by author Pierre Omidyar overlaid on photo of photo of author Pierre Omidyar with quote

It is not really work if you are having fun.


Quote: Building mental strength is about learning to regulate your thoughts, manage your emotions, and behave productively despite whatever circumstances you find yourself in. by author Amy Morin overlaid on photo of Amy Morin quote; white text on black background

Building mental strength is about learning to regulate your thoughts, manage your emotions, and behave productively despite whatever circumstances you find yourself in.


Quote: Productivity growth, however it occurs, has a disruptive side to it. In the short term, most things that contribute to productivity growth are very painful. by author Janet Yellen overlaid on photo of photo of author Janet Yellen with quote

Productivity growth, however it occurs, has a disruptive side to it. In the short term, most things that contribute to productivity growth are very painful.


Quote: Individual income can grow only as fast as productivity rises. by author Alex Berenson overlaid on photo of Alex Berenson quote; white text on black background

Individual income can grow only as fast as productivity rises.


Quote: Money doesn't have anything have anything to do with the magnificence of a person. It doesn't. What matters is what you make. Whether it's a cake for bingo night or a costume for a saint or a wall of water-whatever you pour into this life is what makes you rich. by author Adriana Trigiani overlaid on photo of photo of author Adriana Trigiani with quote

Money doesn't have anything have anything to do with the magnificence of a person. It doesn't. What matters is what you make. Whether it's a cake for bingo night or a costume for a saint or a wall of water-whatever you pour into this life is what makes you rich.


Quote: You don't have to get things done all the time to be productive. by author David Harsanyi overlaid on photo of David Harsanyi quote; white text on black background

You don't have to get things done all the time to be productive.


Quote: Making the jump between knowing and doing is what productivity is all about. by author Chris Bailey overlaid on photo of Chris Bailey quote; white text on black background

Making the jump between knowing and doing is what productivity is all about.


Quote: The faster we work, the harder it becomes to work deliberately. by author Chris Bailey overlaid on photo of Chris Bailey quote; white text on black background

The faster we work, the harder it becomes to work deliberately.


Quote: Doing mindless stuff at work or at home is not only unproductive but also a sign you don't have enough important work. by author Chris Bailey overlaid on photo of Chris Bailey quote; white text on black background

Doing mindless stuff at work or at home is not only unproductive but also a sign you don't have enough important work.


Quote: The happier you are, the more productive you will become. by author Chris Bailey overlaid on photo of Chris Bailey quote; white text on black background

The happier you are, the more productive you will become.


Quote: You cannot carry on forever squeezing the productive bit of the economy in order to fund an unprecedented engorgement of the unproductive bit. by author Daniel Hannan overlaid on photo of photo of author Daniel Hannan with quote

You cannot carry on forever squeezing the productive bit of the economy in order to fund an unprecedented engorgement of the unproductive bit.




Quote: When people come together, they become much more productive. by author Geoffrey West overlaid on photo of photo of author Geoffrey West with quote

When people come together, they become much more productive.


Quote: People who never have any time on their hands are those who do the least. by author Georg Christoph Lichtenberg overlaid on photo of photo of author Georg Christoph Lichtenberg with quote

People who never have any time on their hands are those who do the least.


Quote: It feels good to be productive. by author Jason Fried overlaid on photo of people walking on grey concrete floor during daytime
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It feels good to be productive.


Quote: You're headed in the right direction when you realize the customer viewpoint is more important than the company viewpoint. It's more productive to learn from your customers instead of about them. by author John Romero overlaid on photo of photo of author John Romero with quote

You're headed in the right direction when you realize the customer viewpoint is more important than the company viewpoint. It's more productive to learn from your customers instead of about them.


Quote: Understanding your employee's perspective can go a long way towards increasing productivity and happiness. by author Kathryn Minshew overlaid on photo of photo of author Kathryn Minshew with quote

Understanding your employee's perspective can go a long way towards increasing productivity and happiness.


Quote: Even though worker capacity and motivation are destroyed when leaders choose power over productivity, it appears that bosses would rather be in control than have the organization work well. by author Margaret J. Wheatley overlaid on photo of Margaret J. Wheatley quote; white text on black background

Even though worker capacity and motivation are destroyed when leaders choose power over productivity, it appears that bosses would rather be in control than have the organization work well.


Quote: 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. by author Mary Garden overlaid on photo of photo of author Mary Garden with quote

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.


Quote: Productivity growth is the only possible way to achieve prosperity. by author Mario Draghi overlaid on photo of photo of author Mario Draghi with quote

Productivity growth is the only possible way to achieve prosperity.


Quote: Human nature demands recognition. Without it, people lose their sense of purpose and become dissatisfied, restless, and unproductive. by author Ricardo Semler overlaid on photo of Ricardo Semler quote; white text on black background

Human nature demands recognition. Without it, people lose their sense of purpose and become dissatisfied, restless, and unproductive.


Quote: In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create. by author Raoul Vaneigem overlaid on photo of Raoul Vaneigem quote; white text on black background

In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create.


Quote: Lack of sleep makes me less productive. I need a good seven or eight hours a night. by author Sandra Lee overlaid on photo of photo of author Sandra Lee with quote

Lack of sleep makes me less productive. I need a good seven or eight hours a night.


Quote: Productivity = Discipline + Planning + Quality. by author Haresh Sippy overlaid on photo of person using laptop
Photo Credit: John Schnobrich

Productivity = Discipline + Planning + Quality.


Quote: Plans are only as good as the actions behind them. by author Todd Stocker overlaid on photo of photo of author Todd Stocker with quote

Plans are only as good as the actions behind them.


Quote: When it is important you get it done no matter the situation. by author Chinmai Swamy overlaid on photo of Chinmai Swamy quote; white text on black background

When it is important you get it done no matter the situation.


Quote: One small distraction can set you back hours of productivity. Protect your focus to enjoy your results. by author Chinmai Swamy overlaid on photo of Chinmai Swamy quote; white text on black background

One small distraction can set you back hours of productivity. Protect your focus to enjoy your results.


Quote: If you're listening consciously, you can take control of the sound around you. It's good for your health and for your productivity. If we all do that, we move to a state that I like to think will be sound living in the world. by author Julian Treasure overlaid on photo of Julian Treasure quote; white text on black background

If you're listening consciously, you can take control of the sound around you. It's good for your health and for your productivity. If we all do that, we move to a state that I like to think will be sound living in the world.


Quote: I have often found the most productive people appear not to be working at all. by author Jeffrey Fry overlaid on photo of Jeffrey Fry quote; white text on black background

I have often found the most productive people appear not to be working at all.


Quote: Perfection is desirable.
Yet excellence is often perfectly acceptable. by author Hrishikesh Agnihotri overlaid on photo of Hrishikesh Agnihotri quote; white text on black background

Perfection is desirable.
Yet excellence is often perfectly acceptable.


Quote: For real productivity, however, we need to prioritize people. You're a human being, not a human doing. by author Michael Hyatt overlaid on photo of Michael Hyatt quote; white text on black background

For real productivity, however, we need to prioritize people. You're a human being, not a human doing.


Quote: Productivity isn't magic. It's discipline. by author Darren Hardy overlaid on photo of photo of author Darren Hardy with quote

Productivity isn't magic. It's discipline.


Quote: A good management style will make the productivity of your employees go up which means your revenues and profits go up as well. by author Pooja Agnihotri overlaid on photo of Pooja Agnihotri quote; white text on black background

A good management style will make the productivity of your employees go up which means your revenues and profits go up as well.


Quote: It is not enough to be busy we must be productive. Everyone can account for every hour of the day but that does not mean anything was accomplished of value. by author Randall Wright overlaid on photo of Randall Wright quote; white text on black background

It is not enough to be busy we must be productive. Everyone can account for every hour of the day but that does not mean anything was accomplished of value.


Quote: A task is a burden only when it has not been tackled. by author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o overlaid on photo of photo of author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o with quote

A task is a burden only when it has not been tackled.


Quote: Creativity produces productivity. by author Mike Vance overlaid on photo of photo of author Mike Vance with quote

Creativity produces productivity.


Quote: Continuous learning is the new procrastination. by author Maciej Aniserowicz overlaid on photo of person using laptop
Photo Credit: John Schnobrich

Continuous learning is the new procrastination.


Quote: Individuals who deliberately decide not to take offense lead happier, more productive lives. by author Lloyd D. Newell overlaid on photo of photo of author Lloyd D. Newell with quote

Individuals who deliberately decide not to take offense lead happier, more productive lives.


Quote: Vision without implementation is counterproductive. by author Douglas B. Reeves overlaid on photo of person sitting on chair holding iPad
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Vision without implementation is counterproductive.


Quote: Focus all of your efforts on making every day a well-lived day by tracking your most important actions. by author Liza Wisner overlaid on photo of Liza Wisner quote; white text on black background

Focus all of your efforts on making every day a well-lived day by tracking your most important actions.


Quote: Everything that the universe places in your daily docket should be done passionately. by author Liza Wisner overlaid on photo of Liza Wisner quote; white text on black background

Everything that the universe places in your daily docket should be done passionately.


Quote: Learn something new and grow somehow, someway, every day. by author Liza Wisner overlaid on photo of man wearing watch with black suit
Photo Credit: Ruthson Zimmerman

Learn something new and grow somehow, someway, every day.


Quote: There is no point in being a dreamer if you are not a doer. by author Liza Wisner overlaid on photo of man in black pants sitting on chair
Photo Credit: Ira Ostafiichuk

There is no point in being a dreamer if you are not a doer.


Quote: You cannot begin, until you begin. by author Tony Cleaver overlaid on photo of photo of author Tony Cleaver with quote

You cannot begin, until you begin.


Quote: I believe life is a gift, and I want to live it productively. I am not into this numbers game. by author Ajith Kumar overlaid on photo of photo of author Ajith Kumar with quote

I believe life is a gift, and I want to live it productively. I am not into this numbers game.


Quote: Going back to the past is not productive. by author John L. Flannery overlaid on photo of photo of author John L. Flannery with quote

Going back to the past is not productive.


Quote: All wages are based primarily on productive power. Anything else would be charity. by author Elbert Hubbard overlaid on photo of photo of author Elbert Hubbard with quote

All wages are based primarily on productive power. Anything else would be charity.


Quote: I have to live in the richest, deepest, most productive way I can. by author Oliver Sacks overlaid on photo of photo of author Oliver Sacks with quote

I have to live in the richest, deepest, most productive way I can.


Quote: Knowledge applied is productivity. by author Peter Drucker overlaid on photo of photo of author Peter Drucker with quote

Knowledge applied is productivity.


Quote: Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night. by author Michael Jordan overlaid on photo of photo of author Michael Jordan with quote

Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.


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