You wake up. You get ready. You look in the mirror and think to yourself: “Self, we are going to be ultra productive today!” You leave for work with a smile on your face. You arrive. You buckle down. You work. The next thing you know, it’s 11:30am and nothing is complete. You can’t figure it out. Your nose has been buried in work all morning! From the greatest minds in the world to your screen, keep scrolling to see which inspiring quotes can help keep you at your most productive:
“I have always lived my life by making lists: lists of people to call, lists of ideas, lists of companies to set up, lists of people who can make things happen. Each day I work through these lists, and that sequence of calls moves me forward.” –Richard Branson
Richard Branson is worth over 3 billion dollars, he was named the most admired business person for five decades by the Sunday Times in 2014 and he was knighted in the year 2000 by Queen Elizabeth II. Safe to say, the man knows about success and he knows how to get things done. Making a list gives you direction and purpose. You can make lists for everything. You can keep them in an electronic device or you can write them down, whatever works for you. The point is, make them, they work!
“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” –Stephen Covey
Stephen Covey is best known for authoring The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, a book which has sold over 25 million copies. He’s counselled Bill Clinton during his presidency and although it was written in 1989, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People remains at the top of the heap of non fiction business books. The takeaway from the 15 word quote above? You can sit down and make lists, you can itemize everything you need to do and still manage to get nowhere. The key is to identify your priorities and create a list to ensure that every minute you schedule helps you reach your goal!
“You can do anything but you can’t do everything.” –David Allen
David Allen is an extremely successful productivity consultant who is best known as the creator of the time management method known as “Getting Things Done”. This quote represents a widely known fact but is rarely practiced. Let’s be honest, you aren’t good at everything. No one is! So why do we try to do everything ourselves (including the things we’re not good at)? Usually it’s because we think we have to. Focusing on leveraging your strengths means that you’re going to be at your best and your business will have a better chance at succeeding.
Identify your natural talents. You can do this by thinking about what types of tasks you enjoy the most. More often than not, the things we enjoy are also the things we are naturally good at. For the tasks you dread, think of someone who can help. Delegation can save your company and it can save your sanity! Find another person to help you or have them complete the task themselves. This enables you to spend the majority of your time working within your strengths and allows other people around you to work within theirs – the ultimate win/win.
If you want to get productive, you need to focus on getting things done. Make lists, lists that matter and then determine who can help you get it done.