67 Productivity Quotes To Be More Effective

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Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been writing and collecting quotes since 2004. He's also into personal development and productivity. Most of all, he's dedicated to help you live a simpler and more peaceful life. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 67 of the best productivity quotes I could find. To be honest, it’s one of the most important article I’ve created. Indeed, your ability to produce at a high rate, consistenly, can change your life and bring you in the top %1 of your field. Please enjoy the best thoughts from the most successful people in the world (Einstein, Gary Keller, James Clear, Jeff Bezos, and more).
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The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. Stephen Covey

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Productivity is more the product of focus than time. Mark Manson

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The secret to being productive is to work on the right thing — even if it’s at a slow pace. James Clear (Source)

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Productivity is the art of subtraction. Josh Spector

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Ruthlessly protect your time. Anthony Pompliano


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The greatest productivity hack is the willingness to turn people down. Mark Manson

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There is nothing quite so useless, as doing with great efficiency, something that should not be done at all. Peter Drucker

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If you did 4 hours of focused work every day you’d be ahead of 99% of people who multitask for 8 hours. Dan Go

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Do less. Keep returning to one thing and continue to refine it. James Clear

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Extraordinary results deemed that you set a priority and act on it. Gary Keller


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The most important habit is saying no. Shane Parrish (Source)

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Until your one thing is done – everything else is a distraction. Gary Keller

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Success is about doing the right thing, not about doing everything right. Gary Keller

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Choosing the priority is as important as working on it. James Clear

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Stop seeking gratification and you’ll start doing the right things. Maxime Lagacé

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A few thoughts on productivity…

Being productive is not the end goal of life.


it’s difficult to lead a good and successful life if you’re not at least a little productive.

So, how do you become productive?

There are many productivity hacks out there and if we summarize them, it would be something like:

  1. Prioritize the most important thing
  2. Work on it until it’s done
  3. Say no to everything else (distractions, messages, notifications, phones, people, other tasks, etc.)

Those who can’t prioritize and who succumb to distractions will indeed feel like victims.

The other ones will feel like masters of their time.

Be the latter.

Life will reward you ten fold.



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Productivity isn’t about working nonstop, it’s about being smarter with how you allocate your time. Thibaut Click to tweet

No telephones, no responsibilities, absolute tranquility…I am lying on the shore like a crocodile, allowing myself to be roasted by the sun, never see a newspaper, and do not give a hoot about the so-called world. Albert Einstein

Keep in mind that besides the eight hours of work, each day also has eight hours for fooling around, and then there’s also Sunday. Albert Einstein

Productivity: the art of doing the highest impact thing, consistently. Maxime Lagacé

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Time spent has nothing to do with job done. Naval Ravikant

What is the highest leverage action I can execute on right now? James Clear

The price of productivity is creativity. Naval Ravikant

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Those who only know what they do, work harder. Those who know why they do what they do, work smarter. Simon Sinek

How you should spend your time: Say no to everything. Delete emails without responding and without flinching. Walking meetings only. Keep meetings short. Ask people to do it by email and text instead. Naval Ravikant

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For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned. Benjamin Franklin Click to tweet

Prioritize that which compounds. Jack Butcher

The most effective people have filtering mechanisms that allow them to quickly sift through the noise and zero in on what matters. Shane Parrish (Source)

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A happy team is not always productive, however a productive team is almost always happy. Brian Norgard Click to tweet

Focus is the art of knowing what to ignore. James Clear

Fun is productive. Josh Spector

4 hours of focused work and 8 hours of sleep enable you to do whatever you want with the other 12 hours of the day. Joey Justice (Source)

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Productive people are masters of their schedule. Average people are mastered by it. Maxime Lagacé

The best productivity app on your phone is called airplane mode. Dan Go (Source)

To be productive you’ve got to overcome the fear of how what you produce will be received. Josh Spector

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Don’t ever be afraid to end the meeting early. Chris Sacca

Amplify what works, discard what doesn’t. Gal Shapira

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The majority of what you want will come from the minority of what you do. Gary Keller Click to tweet

Wandering is an essential counter-balance to efficiency. You need to employ both. Jeff Bezos

Productivity comes easily when you have as much respect for your future self as your current self. David Perell

Divided attention makes for slow results. Shane Parrish (Source)

People who squander time on the unessential tend to have no time for the essential. Shane Parrish

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Achievers always work from a clear sense of priority. Gary Keller

The truest way to decline is just to say, “it doesn’t feel right to me.” No explanation is necessary. Naval Ravikant

Blocking off space in your calendar and treating it as sacred time is the only way to consistently do creative work. David Perell

Better than a to-do list is a now or never mindset. Sahil Lavingia (Source)

Productivity isn’t about being a workhorse. Keeping busy or burning the midnight oil… It’s more about priorities, planning, and fiercely protecting your time. Margarita Tartakovsky

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Dividing your attention divides your results. Shane Parrish Click to tweet

To save time, stop looking for shortcuts. Shane Parrish

Task switching exacts a cost few realize they’re even paying. Gary Keller

When you say yes to something it’s imperative that you understand what you’re saying no to. Gary Keller

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Clarity is the magic pill that takes you from laziness to productivity. Cory Arnold (Source)

You don’t have eight creative, problem-solving hours in the day – you have two. Spend your time wisely. Naval Ravikant

There is magic in knocking down your most important domino day after day. Gary Keller

Our ability to achieve extraordinary results in the future lies in stringing together powerful moments, one after the other. Gary Keller

Spend the best hours of your day on the biggest opportunity, not the biggest problem. Shane Parrish

Related: How I ONLY Work 4 Hours a Day – How to Stay Focused (10-minute YouTube video by Ali Abdaal)

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The biggest risk to productivity is always the same: working on the wrong thing. James Clear Click to tweet

My favorite productivity technique is deciding something is not worth doing anymore. Daniel Vassallo

“Yes” takes time away from what matters. “No” creates time for what matters. Every time you say yes, you create an obligation. Shane Parrish

In the short term, you are as good as your intensity. In the long term, you are only as good as your consistency. Shane Parrish

Being busy is cheap, focus is expensive. Brian Norgard

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There are no busy people only people who suck at prioritization. Kunal Shah Click to tweet

One of the most freeing days in your life is the day you realize you don’t need to respond to everyone that emails, calls, texts, and messages you. Anthony Pompliano (Source)

The single greatest meeting productivity tool is to kindly ask attendees to put their phones away. Brian Norgard

You’re not running out of time, you’re running out of energy working on the wrong stuff. Sahil Lavingia

Most time management problems are actually attention management problems. Josh Spector

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Productive people value what they want tomorrow more than what they want today. Josh Spector Click to tweet

A busy schedule hides the inability to prioritize. Shane Parrish

Think in decades, act in days. Anthony Pompliano (Source)

To get something new done, you have to be stubborn and focused, to the point that others might find unreasonable. Jeff Bezos

Busy and productive are not the same thing. It’s easy to be busy. It’s hard to be productive. Busyness is doing something. Productivity is going somewhere. Busyness is a virus that infects productivity. Shane Parrish

Quotes about Productivity: The Conclusion

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Infinite things to care about, finite time and energy to apply. Jack Butcher

Let’s recap:

  • Productivity is the art of focusing and doing one impactful thing on a consistent basis.
  • What you work on is more important than working fast.
  • Remember: you create value by finishing what you start.
  • Saying no and being indistractable are superpowers.
  • The benefits of being productive?
    • You’ll be ahead of people who get distracted easily
    • You’ll feel proud of yourself
    • You’ll create a better world


Call to action: Read The Productivity Guide: Time Management Strategies That Work (jamesclear.com)

or The ONE Thing by Gary Keller (best productivity book I’ve read so far)

or Positive Quotes That Will Brighten Your Day (wisdomquotes.com)


Hope you enjoyed these great productivity quotes. If you did like, please share them with a friend today who could benefit from them!

What was your favorite quote? Please let us know in the comment section below!

Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, SEO, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

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Last update

March 10, 2022

Originally published

November 22, 2021

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