We have compiled a list of what we think are the best famous productivity quotes for motivation and inspiration.
Being productive was (and still is) a key personal attribute that helped many great leaders and inspirational figures to achieve their goals and push themselves further.
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”— Bruce Lee
Also used to help illustrate Our Story, this quote from the inspirational martial artist Bruce Lee is simple but powerful. It’s great and can be productive to think, but don’t overdo it otherwise you will never execute.
“To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult.”— Johann Wolfgang Von Goeth
The influential German novelist clearly identified the difference between the “thinking” and the “doing”, in that the “doing” is where you take your efforts to the next level.
“It is hopeless trying to go forward when you are looking backward.”— Nancy Astor
Nancy Astor was a British politician and the first (seated) female Member of Parliament. Nancy’s productive mindset of looking ahead and being positive, enabled her to push boundaries and reach goals most would have deemed impossible at the time.
“Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.”— Peter Drucker
Management consultant, author and educator, Peter Drucker, touches on an important part of our day-to-day which many of us have a large tendency to do – focusing a lot of our time on tasks that are not necessary to complete.
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”— Walt Disney
A pioneer of the American animation industry, Walt Disney emphasized the need to get on with it if you want to make progress. A lot of us are guilty of spending too much time communicating during our working day; whether that’s in needless meetings, small talk around the office (or via video calls in today’s world), or instant messaging with friends.
“Improved productivity means less human sweat, not more.”— Henry Ford
Henry Ford, an American business magnate, highlighted the importance of less is more when it comes to being more productive. This resonates seamlessly with our mindset that being less busy and doing less hours on the job, equates to increased productivity.
“Life is too complicated not to be orderly.”— Martha Stewart
The American businesswomen and writer identified the reality of needing solid structure in our day-to-day lives, and this relates heavily to our professional activities too. If we are to be efficient and get ahead, we need to support our efforts with routines and process.
“It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results.”— Warren Buffett
Business tycoon, Warren Buffett mentioned that all of us not need to be extraordinary to achieve our goals. By breaking down a large/challenging workload or problem into small and simplified tasks, that goal which seemed so far away can be realized more easily.
“Ordinary people think merely of spending time, great people think of using it.”— Arthur Schopenhauer
German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer, compared the outlook on time between ordinary and extraordinary people. Use your time wisely, don’t waste it on the unnecessary.
“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”— Albert Einstein
The theoretical physicist is arguably being modest with this statement, yet it holds a strong relevance with many of us. We have a tendency to focus on the easier/less important tasks and problems, therefore delaying the most important or challenging ones or even leaving them entirely.
There you have it – our best famous productivity quotes, and ones which will never get old.