Sometimes the biggest gain in productive energy will come from cleaning the cobwebs, dealing with old business, and clearing the desks—cutting loose debris that's impeding forward motion.
Lost time is never found again.
Focus on being productive instead of busy.
Action is the foundational key to all success.
The more generous we are, the more joyous we become. The more cooperative we are, the more valuable we become. The more enthusiastic we are, the more productive we become. The more serving we are, the more prosperous we become.
Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.
Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.
The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.
Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
Understanding your employee's perspective can go a long way towards increasing productivity and happiness.
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
It is not by augmenting the capital of the country, but by rendering a greater part of that capital active and productive than would otherwise be so, that the most judicious operations of banking can increase the industry of the country.
To be successful you have to enjoy doing your best while at the same time contributing to something beyond yourself.
Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.
Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.
When we truly need to do is often what we most feel like avoiding.
Improved productivity means less human sweat, not more.
The society based on production is only productive, not creative.
One of the great challenges of our age, in which the tools of our productivity are also the tools of our leisure, is to figure out how to make more useful those moments of procrastination when we're idling in front of our computer screens.
So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear that there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free-enterprise system.
In motivating people, you've got to engage their minds and their hearts. I motivate people, I hope, by example - and perhaps by excitement, by having productive ideas to make others feel involved.
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