14 Quotes on Productivity to Kickstart Your Day

Being productive is every freelancer and small business owner’s dream. But sometimes it can be a little tough to get going. Here's what some of history’s most brilliant minds in design, creativity, business and more have to say about productivity.

Write down your favorite and keep it by your desk or office to give you an instant boost next time you’re looking to get things done. Motivation, here we come!

On Getting Things Done

1. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
– Stephen King

2. “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”
– Amelia Earhart

3. “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”
– Stephen Covey

4. “Lost time is never found again.”
– Benjamin Franklin

On Intention

5. “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

6. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
– Henry Ford

7. “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”
– Paul J. Meyer

8. “A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

On Starting

9. “Tomorrow becomes never, no matter how small the task, take the first step now.”
– Tim Ferriss

10. “The only thing worse than starting something and failing is not starting something.”
– Seth Godin

11. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
– Mark Twain

On Focus

12. ”What looks like multitasking is really switching back and forth between multiple tasks, which reduces productivity and increases mistakes by up to 50 percent."
– Susan Cain

13. “You can do two things at once, but you can't focus effectively on two things at once.”
– Gary Keller

14. “Less mental clutter means more mental resources available for deep thinking.”
– Cal Newport

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