Many people struggle to remain productive in the afternoon. After lunch, they become sluggish and begin putting off the tasks they need to do. Their mind wanders and they often find unimportant things to do, like searching Facebook or playing a game. Posting these 25 quotes may inspire people to stay focused and increase productivity.


1. "If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it."  --Olin Miller
2. "A year from now you may wish you had started today." --Karen Lamb
3. "Procrastination is the thief of time." --Edward Young
4. "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die left undone." --Pablo Picasso
5. "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." --Anne Frank
6. "Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the 'someday I'll' philosophy." --Denis Waitley
7. "Don't wait. The time will almost never be just right." --Napoleon Hill
8. "When you waste a moment you have killed it in a sense, squandering an irreplaceable opportunity. But when you use the moment properly, filling it with purpose and productivity, it lives on forever." --Menachem Mendel Schneerson
9. "Think of many things. Do one." --Portuguese proverb

Decision Making

10. "In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do. The next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing." --Theodore Roosevelt
11. "You don't have to see the whole staircase, just the first step." --Martin Luther King
12. "To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing." --Eva Young
13. "To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult." --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Keeping Focused

14. "If you don't pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves." --David Allen
15. "Much of the stress that people feel doesn't come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started." --David Allen
16. "Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought into focus." --Alexander Graham Bell
17. "You cannot eat every tadpole and frog in the pond, but you can start with the biggest and ugliest one, and that will be enough, at least for the time being." --Brian Tracy
18. "Each minute is a little thing, and yet, with respect to our personal productivity, to manage the minute is the secret of success." --Joseph B. Wirthlin
19. "Don't confuse the urgent with the important." --Preston Ni


20. "Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going." --Jim Rohn
21. "Nothing in the world will take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent." --Calvin Coolidge
22. "How many seconds does it take to win second? As many as it takes to win first--if you don't use them properly." --Jarod Kintz
23."The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It's as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do anything about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today." --Nolan Bushnell
24. "The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they cannot do." --Denis Waitley
25. "Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable." --Coco Chanel

These 25 inspirational quotes can help keep anyone motivated to be more productive throughout the day.

Published on: Jan 28, 2015
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