27 Productivity Quotes You Need When You're Busy But Yet Achieve Few Career Results

So, you're one quite busy guy.
But you can't really measure what you have achieved through your busyness.
Being busy is good, but being productive is great. When your busyness leads to productivity, then you’re managing your time as well as you can.
Productivity is a subjective word. Its definition depends on who’s defining it and what frame of reference they’re using.
If you achieve all the goals you set for the day, that could be a good way to measure productivity. What is the expectation at your workplace for a day of work? Did you meet them?

Or what if your frame of reference is your competitor? Are you outdoing them in the key areas? Because if you're not, how busy you are will mean nothing.

In this post, I’m going to share 27 quotes that talk about productivity. What it means and how you should approach it.
  1. “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” -Paul J. Meyer
  2. “Stressing output is the key to improving productivity, while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite.” -Paul Gauguin
  3. “If you commit to giving more time than you have to spend, you will constantly be running from time debt collectors.” -Elizabeth Grace Saunders
  4. “Never mistake motion for action.”
    -Ernest Hemingway
  5. "Start by doing what is necessary, then do what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible." -Saint Francis of Assisi
  6. "Ordinary people think merely of spending time, great people think of using it." -Arthur Schopenhauer
  7. “'Tomorrow’ is the thing that’s always coming but never arrives. ‘Today’ is the thing that’s already here and never leaves. And because that’s the case, I would much prefer to invest in today than sit around waiting for an arrival that’s not arriving.”
    -Craig D. Lounsbrough

Ernest Hemingway Quote

  1. "Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else." -Peter Drucker
  2. "No matter how many personal productivity techniques you master, there will always be more to do than you can ever accomplish in the time you have available to you, no matter how much it is." -Brian Tracy
  3. “Focus on being productive instead of busy."
    – Tim Ferriss
  4. “Your daily choices and actions should be rational and productive."
    – Sunday Adelaja
  5. “Productivity - the amount of output delivered per hour of work in the economy - is often viewed as the engine of progress in modern capitalist economies. Output is everything. Time is money. The quest for increased productivity occupies reams of academic literature and haunts the waking hours of C.E.O.s and finance ministers.” - Tim Jackson
  6. "Productivity is the deliberate, strategic investment of your time, talent, intelligence, energy, resources, and opportunities in a manner calculated to move you measurably closer to meaningful goals." -Dan S. Kennedy
  7. "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
  8. “While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.” –Henry C. Link
  9. “Cell phones, mobile e-mail, and all the other cool and slick gadgets can cause massive losses in our creative output and overall productivity.” - Robin S. Sharma
  10. "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
  11. “Productivity and the growth of productivity must be the first economic consideration at all times, not the last. That is the source of technological innovation, jobs, and wealth.” - William E. Simon
  12. “It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?"
    – Henry David Thoreau
  13. "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 Scheerson
  14. "Reflect on what you do in a day. You may have never realized how some simple, harmless activities rob you of precious time." -Vivek Naik
  15. "The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It's as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today." -Nolan Bushnell
  16. "Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year--and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!" -Tony Robbins

Vivek Naik Quote

  1. "There's a tendency to mistake preparation for productivity. You can prepare all you want, but if you never roll the dice you'll never be successful." -Shia LaBeouf
  2. "Creativity isn't about wild talent as much as it's about productivity. To find new ideas that work, you need to try a lot that don't. It's a pure numbers game." -Robert Sutton
  3. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover." -H. Jackson Brown, Jr .'s mother
  4. "The really happy people are those who have broken the chains of procrastination, those who find satisfaction in doing the job at hand. They're full of eagerness, zest, productivity. You can be, too." - Norman Vincent Peale
Reading quotes may feel good and make you energetic, but the main benefit you can gain is to take action based on these quotes.
To know more about how you can get optimum productivity by managing your time effectively, check out this post on tips to improve your productivity in 2018 or how these 7 successful people manage their time.
How do you achieve optimum productivity? I'd love to hear your views in the comments!
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