As the productivity queen that I am, I couldn’t not write a post about productivity quotes.

I promise you, productivity is not a swear word, and if you learn to do it the right way, you’ll be able to save yourself so much time, find a better work-life balance, and improve your overall life.

I decided to do a round-up of the best productivity quotes out there, shared from successful people of all different backgrounds and experiences, so you can truly feel inspired and motivated to get things done.

Feel free to write down your favourite ones and put them in a place where you can always see them boost your motivation daily.




50 productivity quotes for motivation and success



  1. “Focus on being productive instead of busy.” -Tim Ferriss


2. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” -Pablo Picasso


3. “It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less.” -Nathan W. Morris


4. “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


5. “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


6. “What looks like multitasking is really switching back and forth between multiple tasks, which reduces productivity and increases mistakes by up to 50 per cent.” -Susan Cain


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


8. “Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes in a day.” -Denis Waitley


9. “Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.” -Leo Babauta


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. “Don’t confuse activity with productivity. Many people are simply busy being busy.” – Robin Sharma


12. “Where your attention goes, your time goes” – Idowu Koyenikan


13. “Multitasking is a lie” – Gary Keller


14. “Over the long run, the unglamorous habit of frequency fosters both productivity and creativity.” – Gretchen Rubin


15. “Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, and carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the ‘someday I’ll’ philosophy.” – Denis Waitley


16. “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right!” – Henry Ford


17. “Nothing is particularly hard when you divide it into small jobs.” – Henry Ford


18. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King


19. “Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.” – Mark Twain


20. “Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone.” – Robert Allen


21. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin


22. “Successful people are simply those with successful habits.” – Brian Tracy


23. “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” – Bruce Lee


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


25. “You don’t need more time in your day. You need to decide.” – Seth Godin


26. “Consistency of performance is essential. You don’t have to be exceptional every week but as a minimum you need to be at a level that even on a bad day you get points on the board.” – Sean Dyche


27. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” -Walt Disney


28. “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


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


30. “Don’t think about what can happen in a month. Don’t think about what can happen in a year. Just focus on the 24 hours in front of you and do what you can to get closer to where you want to be.” ― Eric Thomas


31. “If you have time to whine then you have time to find a solution.” ― Dee Dee Artner


32. “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.” ― David Allen


33. “Anything we do that has no clarity within us, or that is not particularly fulfilling, becomes another box to tick; another “should, have to, must” of life. In this day and age, who needs a longer to-do list?” ― Aline Ra M


34. “Excuses and productivity repel each other.” ― Janna Cachola


35. “It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”– Henry David Thoreau


36. “Make each day your masterpiece.”– John Wooden


37. “Position yourself to succeed by doing the other things in your life that rejuvenate you. Exhaustion affects your quality and productivity.”– Jeff VanderMeer


38. “You can’t get much done in life if you only work on days when you feel good.”– Jerry West


39. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”– Amelia Earhart


40. “Everyday that I procrastinate, every day that I sit stagnant in fear, every day that I fail to better myself, someone else out there with the same goals and dreams as me is doing the exact opposite.”– Noel DeJesus


41. “Someday is not a day of the week.”– Janet Dailey


42. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb


43. “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”– George Lorimer


44. “Your daily choices and actions should be rational and productive.”– Sunday Adelaja


45. “Good well-being promotes good productivity.”– Lailah Gifty Akita


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


47. “Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” -Abraham Lincoln


48. “Effective performance is preceded by painstaking preparation.” -Brian Tracy 


49. “Happen to things, don’t let things happen to you.” -Stephen Covey 


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



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I hope these quotes will inspire you and motivate you. You are meant for greatness, and no matter what your goals are, if you work hard for them, you’re intentional and disciplined, you will achieve them and see the results you desire. Let me know in the comments which one was your favourite productivity quote!



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