149 Powerful Productivity Quotes & 5 Tips to Boost Productivity

by Dom

August 10, 2021

We all want to accomplish more during the day and produce the best work and results possible. We naturally take pride in what we do. It doesn't matter if you work in an office, on a construction site, or work from home.

But, things happen, things come up and distract us. It happens, it's part of life. Like the old saying Life Happens. 

I've gathered the best productivity quotes that have inspired people to stay focused, perform at a higher level, and achieve great results in their personal and professional lives. 

As a bonus, I have added 5 tips that are guaranteed to boost productivity. 

“Focus on being productive instead of busy.”

Tim Ferriss

“Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.”

Dale Carnegie

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

Jerry West

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

Nathan W. Morris

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

Francine Jay

“You can fool everyone else, but you can’t fool your own mind.” 

David Allen

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Wayne Gretzky

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

Leo Babauta

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

Albert Einstein

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

“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”

Benjamin E. Mays

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

Bruce Lee

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

Peter Drucker

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” 

Walt Disney

“You don’t need a new plan for next year. You need a commitment.” 

Seth Godin

“No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.” 

Warren Buffett

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

Henry David Thoreau

“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”

Oprah Winfrey

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

Albert Einstein

“Lost time is never found again.”

Benjamin Franklin

“Gentleness doesn’t get work done unless you happen to be a hen laying eggs.” 

Coco Chanel

“The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.”

Oscar Wilde

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

Muhammad Ali

“Action is the foundational key to all success.”


“Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things.”

Peter Drucker

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

Stephen King

“The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.”

Ronald Reagan

“We have a strategic plan. It’s called doing things.”

Herb Kelleher

“You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.”

Tony Robbins

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

Jack Ma

“Why do anything unless it is going to be great?”

Peter Block

 “Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!”

Tony Robbins

“Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.” 

Pablo Picasso

“Efficiency is doing better what is already being done.” 

Peter Drucker

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

Leo Babauta

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

Arthur Schopenhauer

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.”

Stephen Covey

“Discussion is an exchange of knowledge an argument an exchange of ignorance.”

Robert Quillen

“When you combine ignorance and leverage, you get some pretty interesting results.”

Warren Buffett

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

Stephen Hawking

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

“Create with the heart; build with the mind.” – Criss Jami

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

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”–Theodore Roosevelt

“Life is too complicated not to be orderly.”– Martha Stewart

“If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.”– Benjamin Franklin

“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

“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

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

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

“The best things in life make you sweaty.”– Edgar Allan Poe

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

– Henry David Thoreau

“Writing crystallizes thought and thought produces action.”– Paul J. Meyer

5 Productivity Tips

There are a few things that separate successful people and those aren't. A lot of people think the difference is hard work. The truth is, success is the result of a commitment. A commitment of getting out of your comfort zone, the simple act of time management, and creating achievable action steps. By doing these things will go a long way to being more productive with greater ease. At the very least it'll get you started in the right direction.

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About the author 

Dom went from foster child, turned disabled veteran, to network marketing 7 figure earner, and blogger. Read more about my story here: From Broken & Broke To 7 Figures

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