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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
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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.”

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

                                                                      “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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                                                                                  Robert Locke

                                                                                  Author of Ziger the Tiger Stories, a health enthusiast specializing in relationships, life improvement and mental health.

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                                                                                  The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

                                                                                  The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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                                                                                  No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

                                                                                  Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

                                                                                  Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

                                                                                  A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

                                                                                  Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

                                                                                  In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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                                                                                  From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

                                                                                  A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

                                                                                  For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

                                                                                  This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

                                                                                  The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

                                                                                  That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

                                                                                  Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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                                                                                  The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

                                                                                  Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

                                                                                  But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

                                                                                  The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

                                                                                  The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

                                                                                  A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

                                                                                  For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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                                                                                  But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

                                                                                  If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

                                                                                  For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

                                                                                  These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

                                                                                  For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

                                                                                  How to Make a Reminder Works for You

                                                                                  Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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                                                                                  Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

                                                                                  Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

                                                                                  My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

                                                                                  Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

                                                                                  I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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