I searched online for quotes to help keep some of my clients on track and productive. I list them here and hope that one will resonate with you to keep your productivity in the place it needs to be.

It’s frustrating, isn’t it. Incredibly frustrating. The time you have allocated to do your important work gets taken from you. Stolen by distraction, by procrastination, by others or by laziness. Your important work gets stunted, gets shafted or gets put on the back-burner. And our important work never gets done.

I have a small note on my computer that simply says: “Who you are is how you live” It came about from a conversation I had with Steve Maraboli and helps me stay focused when needing to get stuff done. I use it as a gauge for when distraction happens. I get fascinated with human behaviour and this leads to “study” on behaviour on YouTube, which distracts me from my important work. Once distracted the gauge gets me back to work.

Good luck, stay focused, the world needs your work.


“Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.”
― Leo Babauta

“You don’t actually do a project; you can only do action steps related to it. When enough of the right action steps have been taken, some situation will have been created that matches your initial picture of the outcome closely enough that you can call it “done.”
― David Allen

“When we truly need to do is often what we most feel like avoiding.”
― David Allen

“Shovel today’s challenges for your tomorrow’s freedom.”
― Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

“If you have time to whine then you have time to find solution.”
― Dee Dee Artner

“The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.”
― Tom Peters

“Because, as we all know, it’s easier to do trivial things that are urgent than it is to do important things that are not urgent, like thinking. And it’s also easier to do little things we know we can do than to start on big things that we’re not so sure about.”
― John Cleese”

“Productivity is about looking forward. Looking back too much, or trying to be too much of a perfectionist, can destroy that productivity. So keep going. Keep creating. Keep building.”
― Audrey Moralez

“There’s usually more than one way to complete a task. I will not stay stuck in my ways. I will remain motivated and open-minded.”
― Izey Victoria Odiase

“We can live forever even with an impactful shorter-life.”
― Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

“Productivity—true productivity—will never be better or stronger than the foundation you build it upon.”
― Tim Challies

“Instead of a to-do list, you need a success list – a list that is purposefully created around extraordinary results.”
― Gary Keller

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

“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”
― Coco Chanel

“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.”
― Steve Maraboli

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.”
― Vince Lombardi Jr.

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”
― Abraham Lincoln

“You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying. To the best you can do everyday.”
― Jason Mraz

“Don’t mistake activity with achievement.”
― John Wooden

“Persistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane.”
― Criss Jami

“Success is a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired. You
quit when the gorilla is tired.”
― Robert Strauss

Remember that now is the only thing we control, if it needs to get done today, get it done today. Our world is complicated enough, stay on track and to fulfill your greatest self, remember that:

“Each day is filled with promise, potential and possibility.”
― Tony Curl

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