107 Inspirational Productivity Quotes to Kick-Start Your Day

Sometimes we all need a little motivation in our lives. That’s why I put together this list of inspirational quotes about productivity.

As I was putting the list together, I found myself so inspired by some of these quotes. I actually copied one onto a sticky note and put it on the bulletin board next to my desk at work. I’m also hoping to paint one and hang it up in my home office.

Anyways, all that to say that I hope you find this list of quotes about getting things done as inspirational and motivational as I did!

Inspirational Productivity Quotes

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107 Inspirational Productivity Quotes

“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” – Tony Robbins

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Rohn

“Successful people are simply those with successful habits.” – Brian Tracy

“Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.” – Mark Twain

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne Johnson

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” – Napoleon Hill

“Each minute is a little thing, and yet, with respect to our personal productivity, to manage the minute is the secret of success.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin

“Take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.” – Lord Chesterfield

“When you waste a moment, you have killed it in a sense, squandering an irreplaceable opportunity. But when you use the moment properly, filling it with purpose and productivity, it lives on forever.” – Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Quote About Discipline by Abraham Lincoln

“Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” – Abraham Lincoln

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

“Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.” – Franz Kafka

“My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” – Steve Jobs

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

“In truth, people can generally make time for what they choose to do; it is not really the time but the will that is lacking.” – Sir John Lubbock

“Do something instead of killing time. Because time is killing you.” – Paulo Coelho

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” – H. Jackson Brown

Quote About Time by William Penn

“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” – William Penn

“Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity.” – Jean de La Bruyere

“Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose.” – Thomas Edison

“You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.” – Charles Buxton

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” – Charles Darwin

“You may delay, but time will not.” – Benjamin Franklin

“The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.” – Stephen R. Covey

“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can be done if we are always doing.” – Thomas Jefferson

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale

“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” – Steve Jobs

“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffet

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” – Rodin

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Quote - Tenacity - Amelia Earheart

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart

“The secret of getting things done is to act!” – Dante Alighieri

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney

“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” – Henry Ford

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

“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” – Tina Fey

“There is nothing permanent except change.” – Heraclitus

“Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.” – Wayne Huizenga

“While others were dreaming about it – I was getting it done.” – Nathan W. Morris

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

“While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.” – Henry Link

“We have a strategic plan. It’s called doing things.” – Herb Kelleher

“Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.” – Dale Carnegie

“Happen to things, don’t let things happen to you.” – Stephen Covey

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“A year from now you will wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb

“The best time to start was last year. Failing that, today will do.” – Chris Guillebeau

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.” – Malala Yousafzai

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” – Mother Teresa

“The future starts today, not tomorrow.” – John Paul II

“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” – Ralph Marston

“Never leave ’till tomorrow which you can do today.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” – Pablo Picasso

“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” – Simone de Beauvoir

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” – Jim Rohn

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” – Tony Robbins

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” – Julia Child

“Being busy is a form of laziness – lazy thinking and indiscriminate action.” – Tim Ferriss

“We only have so much energy for our work, for our relationships, for ourselves. A smart person understands this and guards it carefully. Meanwhile, idiots focus on marginal productivity hacks and gains while they leak out energy each passing day.” – Ryan Holiday

“There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” – Aldous Huxley

“But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

“I failed my way to success.” – Thomas Edison

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” – Bruce Lee

“The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.” – Thomas Sowell

“The more you eliminate the inefficient use of information, the better it is for productivity.” – Mitch Kapor

“There is nothing less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.” – Peter Drucker

“Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” – Albert Einstein

“One of the great challenges of our age, in which the tools of our productivity are also the tools of our leisure, is to figure out how to make more useful those moments of procrastination when we’re idling in front of our computer screens.” – Joshua Foer

“Individual income can grow only as fast as productivity rises.” – Alex Berenson

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Early rising will enhance your productivity, improve your mental outlook, and give you time to exercise, catch up on email, or just have breakfast with your family. In short, if you want to become more successful, it’s a good idea to jump out of bed earlier.” – John Rampton

“Few ever lived to old age, and fewer still ever became distinguished, who were not in the habit of early rising.” – John Todd

“My future starts when I wake up in the morning. Every day I find something creative to do with my life.” – Miles Davis

“The most efficient way to live reasonably is every morning to make a plan of one’s day and every night to examine the results obtained.” – Alexis Carrel

“He who every morning plans the transactions of that day and follows that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life.” – Victor Hugo

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” – Jim Rohn

“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” – Elon Musk

“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.” – Roger Staubach

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right!” – Henry Ford

“I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.” – Pearl S. Buck

“My goal is to build a life I don’t need a vacation from.” – Rob Hill, Sr.

“Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.” – Satchel Paige

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“All dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” – Michelangelo

Quote About Possibility by Emily Dickinson

“I dwell in possibility.” – Emily Dickinson

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

“Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” – Chris Grosser

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

“There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.” – Ray Goforth

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Just remember, you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

“At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure.” – Erin Cummings

One Last Note

Productivity is one of the most valuable skills we can learn, but also one of the most difficult. These getting things done quotes can be the inspirational kick we need to get up and get going.

I hope these inspirational productivity quotes will motivate you to tackle whatever it is you’ve been putting off.

Send me an email and let me know which quote is your favorite! (I read and reply to all of my emails.)

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