July 17 - (5 Min Read)
For some Monday mornings are really enjoyable, maybe because they don’t have to wake up early or go to work or simply because they’re a hummingbird and are ready to start the week. However, for the majority of us, no matter how much we enjoy our work, going back to the office on a Monday, after a weekend of relaxation or partying, isn’t that enticing. It’s no wonder that even the best of us are dragging our feet back to work on a Monday. Talk about Monday blues!
So to kickstart your week, we’re going to share with you 10 productivity quotes with the aim of stimulating efficiency and boosting your productivity for the week ahead!
1. “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”
Don’t procrastinate. We’re all guilty of doing this, but by putting off starting on a project you’ll only be adding to your workload. Why? Well, along the week the workload is only going to increase. So always keep in mind that what you do today will improve your tomorrow.
2. “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you’re doing the impossible.”
Rome wasn’t built in a day and this applies to your daily grit. You’re not expected to comprehend and do the impossible. So start slow, ask questions along the way, and you’ll see that in no time, you’ll master everything down to a T and be able to make sense of what you didn’t understand in the beginning. Simply, “believe you can, and you’re halfway there” (Theodore Roosevelt).
3. “Focus on being productive, instead of busy.”
Busy doesn’t necessarily mean you’re being productive. Most often than not you’re so overwhelmed with your workload that you’re not really focusing on what you’re doing, leaving more room for mistakes. So set goals, prioritize your tasks, focus on one thing at a time, avoid distractions and most importantly give yourself a break.
4. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
Okay, so he is the creative mind behind all our favorite childhood movies, but I’m pretty sure that not even Walt believed that chanting to oneself and waving a wand or sprinkling some pixie dust would get the work done! So quit stalling and start working, prioritize your tasks and get your most dreaded tasks out of the way so that you don’t walk around with a pit in your stomach for the rest of the week!
5. “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused planning.”
You don’t simply stumble across productivity, but you need to work at it. What does that mean? For starters, your attitude towards work needs to be a positive one, in the sense that you show interest that you want to learn, constantly striving for excellence and delivering nothing else than brilliant work.
6. “Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.”
As the 34th US president, who was also in charge of orchestrating the Allied Invasion of Europe during World War II, I believe that this guy knew a thing or two about planning ahead. So don’t just go with the flow as you never know what obstacles you might encounter along the way. Have a planning process in place, know what you have to do and why you’re doing it, how you’re going to execute it and ultimately everything will fall into place.
7. “Hard work isn’t enough, and more work isn’t the answer.”
Through most of our childhood and early teen years, I’m pretty sure that most of us have heard the message – “Work hard and you’ll be rewarded”. Not so, says LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, who believes that climbing that famous ladder of success relies on “determination, ingenuity, and laziness.” Yes, you heard right, laziness! Ok, so not laziness in that sense, but more like you’d be conserving your energy in order to focus it on the things that really matter.
8. “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”
Knowing what you want in life is just the starting point of it all, but at least you’ve got the driving force sorted. But that’s not all, as Ziglar says that’s only the first stepping stone. You also need to prepare to win, so again we’re touching on planning here, and last but not least expect to win – believe that you can eventually achieve what you put your mind to.
9. “Always deliver more than expected.”
Going the extra mile can speak a thousand words. Don’t just simply give what you’re asked for, just for the sake of getting the work done, but add value to it and you’ll see that at the end of the day you’ll be rewarded for it.
10. “The key to productivity is to rotate your avoidance techniques.”
We all have those tasks that we dread doing and constantly avoid them saying that we’ll tackle them the next day. However, we tend to keep brushing these off from day to day! Bad call, as at some point we need to tackle them. So the next time around, why not get those out of your way and boost your productivity.
We know Monday is the day we all love to dread, but we do hope that these productivity quotes will motivate and inspire you to kick your productivity into high gear!
And of course, we offer Ellp to help you not only on a Monday but throughout the whole week! If you haven’t downloaded Ellp yet, download it now and let it do all the small yet important tasks on your PC, so that you can focus on what matters most! We know you want to – after all you are on the lookout for productivity boost (which is Ellp’s middle name)! And yes, Ellp is still free for you to enjoy.
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Have a productive week!