There are those days when personal productivity levels drop. In those moments of mental fatigue, a little inspiration can go a long way. Turn to these pearls of wisdom to teach, inspire, and motivate you to succeed.

  1. "The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings." --Thomas Sowell
  2. "If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done." --Bruce Lee
  3. "Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all." --Peter Drucker
  4. "There is no waste in the world that equals the waste from needless, ill-directed, and ineffective motions." --Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Sr.
  5. "Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work." --Stephen King
  6. "In a world that's changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks." --Mark Zuckerberg
  7. "Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort." --Paul J. Meyer
  8. "Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus." --Alexander Graham Bell
  9. "We need space to be productive, we need places to go to be free." --Laure Lacornette
  10. "Being lazy does not mean that you do not create. In fact, lying around doing nothing is an important, nay crucial, part of the creative process. It is meaningless bustle that actually gets in the way of productivity. All we are really saying is, give peace a chance." --Tom Hodgkinson
  11. "The way we measure productivity is flawed. People checking their BlackBerry over dinner is not the measure of productivity." --Timothy Ferriss
  12. "Improved productivity means less human sweat, not more." --Henry Ford
  13. "I always had the uncomfortable feeling that if I wasn't sitting in front of a computer typing, I was wasting my time, but I pushed myself to take a wider view of what was 'productive.' Time spent with my family and friends was never wasted." --Gretchen Rubin
  14. "Understanding your employee's perspective can go a long way towards increasing productivity and happiness." --Kathryn Minshew
  15. "Email is familiar. It's comfortable. It's easy to use. But it might just be the biggest killer of time and productivity in the office today." --Ryan Holmes
  16. "Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them." --David Allen
  17. "Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest." --Leo Babauta
  18. "Why do anything unless it is going to be great?" --Peter Block
  19. "What we truly need to do is often what we most feel like avoiding." --David Allen
  20. "I'd rather have 1 percent of the efforts of 100 people than 100 percent of my own efforts." --J. Paul Getty
  21. "Work hard, have fun, and make history." --Jeff Bezos
  22. "Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you." --Oprah Winfrey
  23. "Screw it, let's do it." --Richard Branson
  24. "Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish." --Sam Walton
  25. "When people are placed in positions slightly above what they expect, they are apt to excel." --Richard Branson
  26. "I hire people brighter than me, and I get out of their way." --Lee Iacocca
  27. "Effective performance is preceded by painstaking preparation." --Brian Tracy
  28. "It is your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude." --Zig Zigler
  29. "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
  30. "Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." --Lao Tzu
  31. "Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out. " --Benjamin Franklin
  32. "Indecision and delays are the parents of failure." --George Canning
  33. "The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity." --Thomas J. Peter
  34. "Never mistake motion for action." --Ernest Hemingway
  35. "While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior." --Henry C. Link