6 productivity quotes to inspire you at work

When productivity is falling and procrastination is slowly setting in, sometimes all that's needed is a few famous words of motivational wisdom to help break the cycle and inspire you at work.

If deadlines are approaching and sticky notes are multiplying by the day, you can guarantee that idleness isn't far behind as the mind of the stifled creative longingly searches (Google searches) for a sweet reprieve from the pressures of the day job.

These inspirational quotes could just be the boost your productivity needs to get your day back on track!

"If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it"

-Olin Miller

As true for students as it is for your office hermit, we've all come to learn that small task + time = large annoying task that just won't go away. Procrastination is the biggest cause of delay tactics in this equation with anything and everything usually seeming more worthy of your attention than that report, presentation or article (no comment). Tackling the job ASAP will prevent it from growing into this mythical, unbeatable Mario boss and will allow you to move onto the productivity crushing task.

"If you don't pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves"

-Dave Allen

Mirroring Miller's maxim, Dave Allen seems to put more focus here on concentration rather than delaying the undelayable. Time spent staring gormlessly at two or three tabs on a computer screen will only result in you needing to spend more of your precious minutes trying to do the one job. Prioritising your tasks (Facebook stalking doesn't count) and focusing your efforts appropriately is the best way of juggling your seemingly insurmountable workload.

"Either you run the day, or the day runs you"

-Jim Rohn

That's right, it's time to seize the day and stop living your life at the mercy of unreliable managers, annoying colleagues and motivational playlists. It's easy to let the hours slip from your grasps when your finger tips have so many things to hold on to; but imagine how different things could be if you were to take control of the day from the moment you heard the battle cries of Snap, Crackle and Pop. Planning, prioritising and occasionally saying 'NO!' will enable you to claw back some of your wasted time and prevent the daily grind from grinding you down.

"Challenges is what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful"

-Joshua J. Marine

While I tend to find that it's Wi-Fi and Sky Sports that makes life interesting, I would probably have to admit that challenges comes in at a solid third place. A successful career is nothing without a few challenges and overcoming these is what gives us the satisfaction and drive to roll out of bed on a Monday. Okay, so some jobs are more tedious than challenging, but even overcoming tedium is a challenge, sort of.

"Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein"

-H. Jackson Brown Jr.

It's true that you have the same amount of time as every successful person who ever lived, but perhaps this adage doesn't resonate with some of today's younger professionals. So with that in mind: Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Miley Cyrus, Will.i.am, Harry Styles, Kenan and Kel, Nicki Minaj and Joey Essex. Is that better?

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work"

-Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison was never short of a spark (spark? Get it?) and he brings to light (light? Oh come on!?) that most of us fail to recognise possibilities as they are often cunningly disguised as hard craft. Few chances arise from apathy and as much as we may hate to hear it, it's usually hard work that leads to progression and unforeseen opportunities. If only procrastination felt more like hard work.

The devil may find work for idle hands, but it seems your procrastination adventures haven't gone completely unrewarded this time as you've landed upon some wise words to help lead you back to productivity. Though we can't guarantee that your job will be more interesting than Bloons or Buzzfeed, we do know which one will keep you in Pot Noodles and Netflix.

Now get back to work!

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