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If you are looking for the 100 best and most inspirational HOW TO BE PRODUCTIVE QUOTES then you have come to the right place!


We all have the same amount of hours in one day – you, me, Oprah and every other celebrity, politician and ordinary person in this world.

However we don’t all use this precious time the same way.

Some days we use this time WISELY, other times we are wasteful and unproductive.

The secret is to not stay busy but aim to be PRODUCTIVE.

So how does one do this? Read ahead to find out!


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Without further ado here they are: the TOP 100 most inspirational HOW TO BE PRODUCTIVE QUOTES


1 – Always deliver more than expected. Larry Page

2 – Focus on being productive instead of busy. Tim Ferriss

3 – The secret of getting ahead is getting started. Mark Twain

4 – Productivity is less about what you do with your time and more about how you run your mind. Robin S. Sharma

5 – Happiness inspires productivity. Shawn Achor

6 – Productivity is NEVER an accident – it’s the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort. Paul Meyer

7 – Just do it. Nike

8 – If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first. Brian Tracy

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

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



11 – Creativity produces productivity. Mike Vance

12 – Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can. Unknown

13 – You always have time for the things you put first. Unknown

14 – Productivity is not just about doing more. It is about creating more impact with less work. Mohamed Dekkak

15 – The only way you are going to have success is to have lots of failures first. Sergey Brin

16 – Big ideas come from the unconscious – stuff your conscious mind with information, then unhook your rational thought process. David Ogilvy

17 – The most effective way to do it is to do it. Amelia Earhart

18 – Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. St. Francis of Assisi

19 – Nothing will work unless you do. John Wooden

20 – The path to success is to take massive determined action. Tony Robbins



21 – Never confuse activity with productivity. Rick Warren

22 – It is no good getting furious if you get stuck…keep thinking about the problem but work on something else. Steven Hawking

23 – Ordinary people think merely of spending time; great people think of using it. Arthur Schopenhauer

24 – The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. Walt Disney

25 – High productivity comes from leveraging your time by doing only the most important things.

26 – Work smarter, not harder.

27 – Motivation is what gets you started; habit is what keeps you going. Jim Rohn

28 – If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results. Jack Dixon

29 – A year from now you’ll wish you had started today. Karen Lamb

30 – You have the same number of hours in your day as Oprah or any celebrity or politician.


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31 – Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be. Elizabeth Gilbert

32 – Perform the dreaded task now and the unpleasant activity will soon be over. Delayed action will nag at you infinitely.

33 – Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods.

34 – The key to productivity is to rotate your avoidance techniques. Shannon Wheeler

35 – Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before. Franz Kafka

36 – Know your limitations and then defy them.

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

38 – Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard then succeed on purpose.

39 – Improved productivity means less human sweat, not more. Henry Ford

40 – It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer. Albert Einstein



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

42 – Plans are nothing; planning is everything. Dwight D. Einsenhower

43 – Remembering you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There’s no reason not to follow your heart. Steve Jobs

44 – 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

45 – It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less. Nathan W. Morris

46 – Simplicity boils down to two steps: identify the essential. Eliminate the rest. Leo Babauta

47 – What we truly need to do is often what we most feel like avoiding. David Allen

48 – Why do anything unless it is going to be great? Peter Block

49 – Touch paper only once. Robert Allen

50 – You’ve gotta keep control of your time, and you can’t unless you say no. You can’t let people set your agenda in life. Warren Buffet



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51 – If you want to increase productivity, cut the timeline in half. Richie Norton

52 – There is no substitute for hard work. Thomas A. Edison

53 – If you commit to giving more time than you have to spend, you will constantly be running from time debt collectors. Elizabeth Grace Saunders

54 – What looks like multi-tasking is really switching back and forth between multiple tasks, which reduces productivity and increases mistakes by up to 50%. Susan Cain

55 – Objects in motion tend to stay in motion. Find a way to get started in less than two minutes. James Clear

56 – Knowing and doing are entirely different things. Roy H. Williams

57 – It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth and wisdom. Aristotle

58 – If you don’t have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer. Zig Ziglar

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

60 – Start doing something, you’ll continue…why? Because motivation doesn’t cause action. Action causes motivation. Neil Pasricha



61 – I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity. Oprah Winfrey

62 – Never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.

63 – Productivity = Discipline + Planning + Quality. Hareesh Sippy

64 – Never mistake motion for action. Ernest Hemingway

65 – Go through obstacles. Never let them prevent you from getting things done.

66 – We need space to be productive; we need places to go to be free. Laure Lacornette

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

68 – Your addiction to daily distraction denies you of effectiveness. Bernard Kelvin Clive

69 – The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities. Stephen Covey

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



71 – Refuse to allow a weakness or a lack of ability in any area to hold you back. Everything is learnable. And what others have learned, you can learn as well. Brian Tracy

72 – Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is specifically your own. Bruce Lee

73 – It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about? Henry David Thoreau

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

75 – Distractions can make a day feel like an hour. Mokokoma Mokhonoana

76 – A wind that blows aimlessly is no good to anyone. Rick Riordan

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

78 – Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves. Dale Carnegie

79 – You’re only as successful as you are prepared. Monika Kristofferson

80 – Worrying gets you nowhere. If you turn up worrying about how you’re going to perform, you’ve already lost. Usain Bolt



81 – The desire for perfection prevents you from working more by arousing fear and shame within you. Vishal Ostwal

82 – Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things. Peter Drucker

83 – Stop measuring days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence. Alan Watts

84 – We would rarely waste time if it were earned. Mokokoma Mokhonoana

85 – Writing crystallizes thought and thought produces action. Paul J. Meyer

86 – Good well-bring promotes good productivity. Lailah Gifty Akita

87 – If you have time to whine then you have time to find a solution. Dee Dee Artner

88 – The way we measure productivity is flawed. People checking their Blackberry over dinner is not the measure of productivity. Timothy Ferriss

89 – You don’t need a new plan for next year. You need a commitment. Seth Godin

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



91 – Concentration is the job keeps quality in the work. Amit Kalantri

92 – Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed. Peter Drucker

93 – Effective performance is preceded by painstaking preparation. Brian Tracy

94 – Starve your distraction and feed your focus.

95 – Be strategic about productivity. Do less exceptionally well, instead of doing more in an average way. Laurie Buchanan

96 – Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard. Caterina Fake

97 – If there are nine rabbits on the ground, if you want to catch one, just focus on one. Jack Ma

98 – Someday is not a day of the week. Janet Dailey

99 – Think of many things; do one. Portuguese Proverb

100 – Being lazy does not mean that you do not create. In fact, lying around doing nothing is as important, nay crucial, part of the creative process. It is meaningless bustle that actually gets in the way of productivity. All we are really saying is: give peace a change. Tom Hodgkinson



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