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Last Updated on December 27, 2020

40 Powerful Productivity Quotes From Highly Successful People

40 Powerful Productivity Quotes From Highly Successful People

Looking for motivation to stay productive and achieve your goals and dreams? Get inspired by the words from these highly successful people and their motivational productivity quotes!

Below is a list of 40 powerful productivity quotes from some of the highly successful people. Learn from the words and work on your mind:

Productivity Quotes to Keep You Motivated

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” -Francis Of Assisi

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    “Start with good people, lay out the rules, communicate with your employees, motivate them and reward them. If you do all those things effectively, you can’t miss.” -Lee Lacocca

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      “All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else.” -Plato

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

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          “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” -Steve Jobs

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            “People often remark that I’m pretty lucky. Luck is only important in so far as getting the chance to sell yourself at the right moment. After that, you’ve got to have talent and know how to use it.” -Frank Sinatra

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

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                “Infinite striving to be the best is man’s duty; It is its own reward. Everything else is in god’s hands.” -Mahatma Gandhi

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

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

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

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                        “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

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                          “How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?” -William Shakespeare

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

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

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

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

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

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                                      “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” -Mark Twain

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                                        “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” -Zig Ziglar

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                                          “Learning never exhausts the mind.” -Leonardo da Vinci

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                                            “Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” -John D. Rockefeller

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                                              “Our incomes are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and to trip.” -John Locke

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                                                “Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.” -Sigmund Freud

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                                                  “Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1.” -Warren Buffett

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

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

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                                                        “Never neglect details. When everyone’s mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant.” -Colin Powell

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                                                          “Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.” -Bertrand Russell

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                                                            “He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year.” -Leonardo da Vinci

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                                                              “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.” -Zig Ziglar

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                                                                “Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

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                                                                  “Discussion is an exchange of knowledge an argument an exchange of ignorance.” -Robert Quillen

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                                                                    “Maintain your car, home, and other personal belongings you rely on.”

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

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

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

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

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

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                                                                                “Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.” -John Wayne

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                                                                                  The Bottom Line

                                                                                  These productivity quotes may help you get started, but in order to achieve true success through motivation and determination, you’ll need to set the right goals and move toward them every day through specific action steps[1].

                                                                                  In the meantime, write down a few of these productivity quotes, and hang them near your workspace to give you the extra boost you may need to get going on your projects today.

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                                                                                  The Art of Taking a Break So You Will Be Productive Again

                                                                                  The Art of Taking a Break So You Will Be Productive Again

                                                                                  Think of yourself as a cup. Each day, you wake up full. But as you go about your day—getting tasks done and interacting with people—the amount in your cup gradually gets lower. And as such, you get less and less effective at whatever it is you’re supposed to be doing. You’re running out of steam.

                                                                                  The solution is obvious: if you don’t have anything left to pour out, then you need to find a way to fill yourself up again. In work terms, that means you should take a break—an essential form of revitalizing your motivation and focus.

                                                                                  Taking a break may get a bad rap in hustle culture, but it’s an essential, science-based way to ensure you have the capacity to live your life the way you want to live it.

                                                                                  In the 1980s, when scientists began researching burnout, they described this inner capacity as “resources.” We all need to replenish our resources to cope with stress, work effectively, and avoid burnout.[1]

                                                                                  When the goal is to get things done, it may sound counterproductive to stop what you’re doing. But if you embrace the art of taking a break, you can be more efficient and effective at work.

                                                                                  Here are five ways on how you can take a break and boost your productivity.

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                                                                                  1. Break for the Right Amount of Time, at the Right Time

                                                                                  When I started my first job out of college, I was bent on pleasing my boss as most entry-level employees do. So, every day, I punched in at 9 AM on the dot, took a 60-minute lunch break at noon, and left no earlier than 5 PM.

                                                                                  As I’ve logged more hours in my career, I’ve realized the average, eight-hour workday with an hour lunch break simply isn’t realistic—especially if your goal is to put your best foot forward at work.

                                                                                  That’s why popular productivity techniques like the Pomodoro advocate for the “sprint” principle. Basically, you work for a short burst, then stop for a short, five-minute break. While the Pomodoro technique is a step forward, more recent research shows a shorter burst of working followed by a longer pause from work might actually be a more effective way to get the most out of stepping away from your desk.

                                                                                  The team at DeskTime analyzed more than 5 million records of how workers used their computers on the job. They found that the most productive people worked an average of 52 minutes, then took a 17-minute break afterward.[2]

                                                                                  What’s so special about those numbers? Leave it to neuroscience. According to researchers, the human brain naturally works in spurts of activity that last an hour. Then, it toggles to “low-activity mode.”[3]

                                                                                  Even so, keep in mind that whatever motivates you is the most effective method. It’s more about the premise—when you know you have a “finish line” approaching, you can stay focused on the task or project at hand.

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                                                                                  There are many applications and tools that can help you block distracting websites and apps (such as social media) for specific periods of the day. Similarly, you can also use some mailing apps like Mailbrew to receive all the social media content or newsletters you don’t want to miss in your inbox at a time you decide.

                                                                                  So, no matter how long you work, take a break when you sense you’re losing steam or getting bored with the task. Generally, a 10-15 minute break should reinvigorate you for whatever’s coming next.

                                                                                  2. Get a Change of Scenery—Ideally, Outdoors

                                                                                  When it comes to increasing a person’s overall mental health, there’s no better balm than nature. Research has found that simply being outside can restore a person’s mind from mental fatigue related to work or studying, ultimately contributing to improved work performance (and even improved work satisfaction).[4]

                                                                                  No lush forest around? Urban nature can be just as effective to get the most out of your break-taking. Scientists Stephen R. Kellert and Edward O. Wilson, in their book The Biophilia Hypothesis, claimed that even parks, outdoor paths, and building designs that embrace “urban nature” can lend a sense of calm and inspiration, encouraging learning and alertness for workers.

                                                                                  3. Move Your Body

                                                                                  A change of scenery can do wonders for your attention span and ability to focus, but it’s even more beneficial if you pair it with physical movement to pump up that adrenaline of yours. Simply put, your body wasn’t designed to be seated the entire day. In fact, scientists now believe that extended periods of sitting are just as dangerous to health as smoking.[5]

                                                                                  It’s not always feasible to enjoy the benefits of a 30-minute brisk walk during your workday, especially since you’ll most likely have less energy during workdays. But the good news is, for productivity purposes, you don’t have to. Researchers found that just 10 minutes of exercise can boost your memory and attention span throughout the entire day.[6]

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                                                                                  So, instead of using your break to sit and read the news or scroll your social media account, get out of your chair and move your body. Take a quick walk around the block. Do some jumping jacks in your home office. Whatever you choose, you’ll likely find yourself with a sharper focus—and more drive to get things done.

                                                                                  4. Connect With Another Person

                                                                                  Social connection is one of the most important factors for resilience. When we’re in a relationship with other people, it’s easier to cope with stress—and in my experience, getting social can also help to improve focus after a work break.

                                                                                  One of my favorite ways to break after a 30-or-so minute sprint is to hang out with my family. And once a week, I carve out time to Skype my relatives back in Turkey. It’s amazing how a bit of levity and emotional connection can rev me up for the next work sprint.

                                                                                  Now that most of us are working from home, getting some face-to-face time with a loved one isn’t as hard as it once was. So, take the time to chat with your partner. Take your kids outside to run around the backyard. If you live alone, call a friend or relative. Either way, coming up for air to chat with someone who knows and cares about you will leave you feeling invigorated and inspired.

                                                                                  5. Use Your Imagination

                                                                                  When you’re working with your head down, your brain has an ongoing agenda: get things done, and do it well. That can be an effective method for productivity, but it only lasts so long—especially because checking things off your to-do list isn’t the only ingredient to success at work. You also need innovation.

                                                                                  That’s why I prioritize a “brain break” every day. When I feel my “cup” getting empty, I usually choose another creative activity to exercise my brain, like a Crossword puzzle, Sudoku, or an unrelated, creative project in my house.

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                                                                                  And when I’m really struggling to focus, I don’t do anything at all. Instead, I let my brain roam free for a bit, following my thoughts down whatever trail they lead me. As it turns out, there’s a scientific benefit to daydreaming. It reinforces creativity and helps you feel more engaged with the world, which will only benefit you in your work.[7]

                                                                                  Whether you help your kids with their distance learning homework, read an inspiring book, or just sit quietly to enjoy some fresh air, your brain will benefit from an opportunity to think and feel without an agenda. And, if you’re anything like me, you might just come up with your next great idea when you aren’t even trying.

                                                                                  Final Thoughts

                                                                                  Most of us have to work hard for our families and ourselves. And the current world we live in demands the highest level of productivity that we can offer. However, we also have to take a break once in a while. We are humans, after all.

                                                                                  Learning the art of properly taking a break will not only give you the rest you need but also increase your productivity in the long run.

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