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Last Updated on August 1, 2018

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!

Here are 40 powerful productivity quotes from some of the highly successful people. Learn from the words and work on your mind:

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 Iacocca

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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 change 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.

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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 honhonor, 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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                                                                      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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                                                                                  16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

                                                                                  16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

                                                                                  The same old motivational secrets don’t really motivate you after you’ve read them for the tenth time, do they?

                                                                                  How about a unique spin on things?

                                                                                  These 16 productivity secrets of successful people will make you reevaluate your approach to your home, work, and creative lives. Learn from these highly successful people, turn these little things they do into your daily habits and you’ll get closer to success.

                                                                                  1. Empty your mind.

                                                                                  It sounds counterproductive, doesn’t it?

                                                                                  Emptying your mind when you have so much to remember seems like you’re just begging to forget something. Instead, this gives you a clean slate so you’re not still thinking about last week’s tasks.

                                                                                  Clear your mind and then start thinking only about what you need to do immediately, and then today. Tasks that need to be accomplished later in the week can wait.

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                                                                                  2. Keep certain days clear.

                                                                                  Some companies are scheduling “No Meeting Wednesdays,” which means, funnily enough, that no one can hold a meeting on a Wednesday. This gives workers a full day to work on their own tasks, without getting sidetracked by other duties or pointless meetings.

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                                                                                  This can work in your personal life too, for example if you need to restrict Facebook access or limit phone calls.

                                                                                  3. Prioritize your work.

                                                                                  Don’t think every task is created equal! Some tasks aren’t as important as others, or might take less time.

                                                                                  Try to sort your tasks every day and see what can be done quickly and efficiently. Get these out of the way so you have more free time and brain power to focus on what is more important.

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                                                                                  4. Chop up your time.

                                                                                  Many successful business leaders chop their time up into fifteen-minute intervals. This means they work on tasks for a quarter of an hour at a time, or schedule meetings for only fifteen minutes. It makes each hour seem four times as long, which leads to more productivity!

                                                                                  5. Have a thinking position.

                                                                                  Truman Capote claimed he couldn’t think unless he was laying down. Proust did this as well, while Stravinsky would stand on his head!

                                                                                  What works for others may not work for you. Try to find a spot and position that is perfect for you to brainstorm or come up with ideas.

                                                                                  6. Pick three to five things you must do that day.

                                                                                  To Do lists can get overwhelming very quickly. Instead of making a never-ending list of everything you can think of that needs to be done, make daily lists that include just three to five things.

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                                                                                  Make sure they’re things that need to be done that day, so you don’t keep putting them off.

                                                                                  7. Don’t try to do too much.

                                                                                  OK, so I just told you to work every day, and now I’m telling you to not do too much? It might sound like conflicting advice, but not doing too much means not biting off more than you can chew. Don’t say yes to every work project or social engagement and find yourself in way over your head.

                                                                                  8. Have a daily action plan.

                                                                                  Don’t limit yourself to a to-do list! Take ten minutes every morning to map out a daily action plan. It’s a place to not only write what needs to be done that day, but also to prioritize what will bring the biggest reward, what will take the longest, and what goals will be accomplished.

                                                                                  Leave room for a “brain dump,” where you can scribble down anything else that’s on your mind.

                                                                                  9. Do your most dreaded project first.

                                                                                  Getting your most dreaded task over with first means you’ll have the rest of the day free for anything and everything else. This also means that you won’t be constantly putting off the worst of your projects, making it even harder to start on it later.

                                                                                  10. Follow the “Two-Minute Rule.”

                                                                                  The “Two-Minute Rule” was made famous by David Allen. It’s simple – if a new task comes in and it can be done in two minutes or less, do it right then. Putting it off just adds to your to-do list and will make the task seem more monumental later.

                                                                                  11. Have a place devoted to work.

                                                                                  If you work in an office, it’s no problem to say that your cubicle desk is where you work every day.

                                                                                  But if you work from home, make sure you have a certain area specifically for work. You don’t want files spread out all over the dinner table, and you don’t want to feel like you’re not working just because you’re relaxing on the couch.

                                                                                  Agatha Christie never wrote at her desk, she wrote wherever she could sit down. Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up. Thomas Wolfe, at 6’6″ tall, used the top of his refrigerator as a desk. Richard Wright wrote on a park bench, rain or shine.

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                                                                                  Have a space where, when you go there, you know you’re going to work. Maybe it’s a cafe downstairs, the library, or a meeting room. Whenever and wherever works for you, do your works there.

                                                                                  12. Find your golden hour.

                                                                                  You don’t have to stick to a “typical” 9–5 schedule!

                                                                                  Novelist Anne Rice slept during the day and wrote at night to avoid distractions. Writer Jerzy Kosinski slept eight hours a day, but never all at once. He’d wake in the morning, work, sleep four hours in the afternoon, then work more that evening.

                                                                                  Your golden hour is the time when you’re at your peak. You’re alert, ready to be productive, and intent on crossing things off your to-do list.

                                                                                  Once you find your best time, protect it with all your might. Make sure you’re always free to do your best uninterrupted work at this time.

                                                                                  13. Pretend you’re on an airplane.

                                                                                  It might not be possible to lock everyone out of your office to get some peace and quiet, but you can eliminate some distractions.

                                                                                  By pretending you’re on an airplane, you can act like your internet access is limited, you’re not able to get something from your bookcase, and you can’t make countless phone calls.

                                                                                  Eliminating these distractions will help you focus on your most important tasks and get them done without interruption.

                                                                                  14. Never stop.

                                                                                  Writers Anthony Trollope and Henry James started writing their next books as soon as they finished their current work in progress.

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                                                                                  Stephen King writes every day of the year, and holds himself accountable for 2,000 words a day! Mark Twain wrote every day, and then read his day’s work aloud to his family to get their feedback.

                                                                                  There’s something to be said about working nonstop, and putting out continuous work instead of taking a break. It’s just a momentum that will push you go further./

                                                                                  15. Be in tune with your body.

                                                                                  Your mind and body will get tired of a task after ninety minutes to two hours focused on it. Keep this in mind as you assign projects to yourself throughout the day, and take breaks to ensure that you won’t get burned out.

                                                                                  16. Try different methods.

                                                                                  Vladimir Nabokov wrote the first drafts of his novels on index cards. This made it easy to rearrange sentences, paragraphs, and chapters by shuffling the cards around.

                                                                                  It does sound easier, and more fun, than copying and pasting in Word! Once Nabokov liked the arrangement, his wife typed them into a single manuscript.

                                                                                  Same for you, don’t give up and think that it’s impossible for you to be productive when one method fails. Try different methods until you find what works perfectly for you.

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