101 Quotes to Boost Your Productivity Right Now

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Sometimes all it takes is an inspiring quote to start getting things done again. As Zig Ziglar said:

People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.

Here are 101 quotes to boost your productivity right now. Showering optional. ;-)


01. Action is the foundational key to all success. -Picasso

02. Actions prove who someone is. Words just prove who they want to be. -Unknown

03. Always carry a notebook. Write everything down… That is a million dollar lesson they don’t teach you in business school! -Aristotle Onassis

04. Always deliver more than expected. -Larry Page

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05. Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. -Stephen King

06. And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. -Abraham Lincoln

07. And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Anais Win

08. Being busy is a form of laziness—lazy thinking and indiscriminate action. -Tim Ferriss

09. By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. -Benjamin Franklin

10. Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. -Alexander Graham Bell

11. Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection. -Mark Twain

12. Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. -W. Clement Stone

13. Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most. -Abraham Lincoln

14. Do something instead of killing time. Because time is killing you. -Paulo Coelho

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15. Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves. -Dale Carnegie

16. Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. -Oprah Winfrey

17. Don’t expect to find you’re doing everything right — the truth often hurts. The goal is to find your inefficiencies in order to eliminate them and to find your strengths so you can multiply them. -Tim Ferriss

18. Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. -Suzy Kassem

19. Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. -Benjamin Franklin

20. Effective performance is preceded by painstaking preparation. -Brian Tracy

21. Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. -Benjamin Franklin

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22. Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone. -Robert Allen

23. Fall in love with the process, and the results will come. -Eric Thomas

24. Focus on being productive instead of busy. -Tim Ferriss

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25. Great acts are made up of small deeds. -Lao Tzu

26. Happen to things, don't let things happen to you. -Stephen Covey

27. Have patience. All things in life are difficult before they become easy. -Saadi

28. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. - Muhammad Ali

29. I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks, but I do fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. -Bruce Lee

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

31. If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse. -Jim Rohn

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

33. If you’re going through hell, keep going. -Winston Churchill

34. It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about? -Henry David Thoreau

35. It is vain to do with more what can be done with less. -William of Occam

36. It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently. -Tony Robbins

37. Let today be the day you give up who you’ve been for who you can become. -Hal Elrod

38. Live, love, laugh, leave a legacy. -Stephen Covey

39. Love of bustle is not industry. -Seneca

40. Luck is not chance, it’s toil; Fortune’s expensive smile is earned. -Emily Dickinson

41. Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure. -Napoleon Hill

42. Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. -Jim Rohn

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43. My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. -Steve Jobs

44. My future starts when I wake up every morning. Every day I find something creative to do with my life. -Miles Davis

45. My goal is to build a life I don’t need a vacation from. -Rob Hill, Sr. 

46. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway. -Earl Nightingale

47. Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all. -Peter Drucker

48. Nothing will work unless you do. -Maya Angelou

49. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. -Henry Ford

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50. Ordinary people think merely of spending time, great people think of using it. -Arthur Schopenhauer

51. Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you. -Oprah Winfrey

52. Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away. -Antoine De Saint-Exupery

53. Plans are nothing; planning is everything. -Dwight D. Eisenhower 

54. Practice isn’t the things you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good. -Malcolm Gladwell

55. Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before. -Franz Kafka

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

57. Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. -Albert Einstein

58. Real artists ship. -Steve Jobs

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59. Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks. -Warren Buffett

60. Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. -Warren Buffet

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

62. Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be. -Elizabeth Gilbert

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63. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. -Winston Churchill

64. Successful people are simply those with successful habits. -Brian Tracy

65. The best way to predict the future is to create it. -Alan Kay

66. The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it. -Michelangelo

67. The key is to not prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. -Stephen Covey

68. The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings. -Thomas Sowell

69. The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. -Stephen Covey

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70. The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried. -Stephen McCranie

71. The best way out is always through. -Robert Frost

72. The society based on production is only productive, not creative. -Albert Camus

73. The true price of anything you do is the amount of time you exchange for it. -Henry David Thoreau

74. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. -Walt Disney

75. There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. -Roger Staubach

76. There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction. -John F. Kennedy

77. Think of many things; do one. -Portuguese proverb

78. Try not to become a person of success, but rather a person of value. -Albert Einstein

79. Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else. -Peter Drucker

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80. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

81. What gets measured gets managed. -Peter Drucker

82. What you do today can improve all your tomorrows. -Ralph Marston

83. When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor. -Elon Musk

84. When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. -Viktor Frankl

85. When you do more than you’re paid for, eventually you’ll be paid for more than you do. -Zig Ziglar

86. Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right! -Henry Ford

87. While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior. -Henry C. Link

88. Why do anything unless it is going to be great? -Peter Block

89. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. -Stephen hawking

90. Work like there is someone working twenty-four hours a day to take it all away from you. -Mark Cuban

91. Yesterday I was clever and tried to change the world. Today I am wise and try to change myself. -Rumi

92. You can have results or excuses. Not both. -Arnold Schwarzenegger

93. You can’t have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage worth ethic. -Stephen Hogan

94. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. -Martin Luther King, Jr. 

95. You don’t need more time in your day. You need to decide. -Seth Godin

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96. You may delay, but time will not. -Benjamin Franklin

97. You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills. -Jim Rohn

98. You need to be doing fewer things for effect instead of doing more things with side effects. -Gary Keller

99. You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win. -Zig Ziglar

100. Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them. -David Allen

101. Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones. -Benjamin Franklin


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