No matter what walk of life you are from, whether successful or not, every now and then, everyone needs some inspiration to keep pushing forward and stay on top of their goals. Sometimes, reading the right words at the right time can provide the necessary motivation to remain focused on what needs to be done. Isn’t that the recipe for productivity, and therefore success?
Because quotes can be powerful teachers, let’s take a look at 5 quotes from some of our favorite experts on what productivity means to them and their secrets to achieving it.
“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”
Before tackling any task, it is important to know what tasks need to be completed. This is where prioritizing comes into play. Stephen Covey, author of the popular book 7 habits of Highly Successful People, which is on our list of the top 5 books to read, knew the importance of handling priorities the right way, so as to avoid working with the same habits that do not work.
“Focus on being productive instead of busy.”
With our multiple recommendations on the Tim Ferris Show and his various books, this “life guru” is no longer a stranger to you. No matter how much we think that being ‘busy’ doing a lot of work is equivalent to being productive, this is not the case. That is the reason why Tim always emphasizes on the importance of understanding the difference between quality and quantity when you are working.
“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.”
Running after time is a never-ending journey. There will always be some tasks left undone on your daily, or even weekly, to-do list. To Tony Robbins, who is the most famous life and business coach on the planet, this is completely normal. Instead of focusing on the daily to-do list, learn to look at the big picture.
“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
How do you stay productive? What does it actually require? If you wonder about these questions, have a look at what Dan S. Kennedy has to say. He is a Business guru and a master Marketer. He is also the author of the No B.S. series of guides on Marketing.
“Simplicity boils down to two steps. Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.”
Leo Babauta, the creator of the blog Zen Habits and author of numerous books, focuses on three core principles: how to be mindful and zen while living a simple and minimalistic life. How does simplicity matter to productivity? Developing healthy habits helps maintain a level of willpower and discipline that, in turn, contribute to getting you closer to your goals.
Quotes have a way of providing the necessary therapy to help you get your priorities back on top. Speaking of priorities, did you know that, with Julie, you can give priorities to some of your contacts so that you never miss an important or urgent meeting ever again!