Even with the best intentions, there are so many ways we thwart our efforts to be more productive. Even when we’re managing projects flawlessly, meeting delivery dates, exhibiting perfect teamwork, there always seems to be something we can refine. Productivity is a part habit, science, and art.
To get you inspired, here are 12 productivity quotes for a fresh new year—from productivity experts to inventors and a martial arts legend. Don’t forget to give yourself a high-five for a job well done. Most of us are usually more productive then we give ourselves credit for.
“Focus on being productive instead of busy.” – Tim Ferriss
“Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.”
“To be successful you have to enjoy doing your best while at the same time contributing to something beyond yourself.”
“Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker
“There is no substitute for hard work.” – Thomas Edison
“If you commit to giving more time than you have to spend, you will constantly be running from time debt collectors.” – Elizabeth Grace Saunders
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” – Bruce Lee
“If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.” – David Allen
“The key to productivity is recognizing that you’ll never get everything done, but you certainly can get the most important things done.”
– Laura Vanderkam
“Never mistake motion for action.” – Ernest Hemingway
“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey
“Of all the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating those who work with me and aiming their efforts at a certain goal.” – Walt Disney
“It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?” – Henry David Thoreau
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