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

"My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do." - Francine Jay

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

"Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus." - Alexander Graham Bell

"Improved productivity means less human sweat, not more."-  Henry Ford

"If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves." - David Allen

"Never mistake motion for action." - Earnest Hemingway

"Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest." - Leo Babauta

"If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it." - Olin Miller


"It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had." - Elisabeth-Kubler Ross


"Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves." - Dale Carnegie

"Think of many things; do one." - Portugese Proverb

"To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing." - Eva Young

Personal productivity can be a roller coaster of ups and downs ebbing and flowing in ways that seem out of our control. We are constantly in the struggle of trying to achieve more with less. Each of us could use a little inspiration in those times of frustration, hesitation, and procrastination. The quotes below are for those moments when you need that extra push!