Best 142 Quotes & Tweets on Productivity

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If your company requires you to work nights and weekends, your company is broken. This is a managerial problem, not your problem. This is a process problem, not a personal problem. This is an ownership problem, not an individual problem.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

2

The quickest way to ruin the productivity of a small company is to have it adopt the practices of a large company.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

3

The ultimate productivity hack is saying no.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

4

Do the most important thing first each day and you'll never have an unproductive day.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

5

The productivity boost from working remotely does not come from replacing all those in-office meetings with a bunch of video calls. It comes from turning all those meetings into write-ups instead. Status updates, pitches, ideas. Write. Them. Down.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

6

The most powerful productivity tool ever invented is simply the word "no."

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

7

It’s common to have vision; it’s rare to have plans.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

8

Engineers are leveraged creatives who generate repeatable solutions to practical problems. Engineering automation increases leverage, productivity, and the scope of problems that engineers can tackle. Until we become Gods, society has unlimited demand for creative engineers.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

9

Many people work hard, but few people work on the highest and best thing. Usually, it takes no more effort to work on high leverage tasks than it does to work on low leverage ones. It's just a matter of directing your energy.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

10

Productivity is for machines, not for people. There’s nothing meaningful about packing some number of work units into some amount of time, or squeezing more into less. Think about how effective you’re being, not how productive you’re being.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

11

Annual goals are hard. Try monthly ones! Not so daunting and 12x the feeling of accomplishment. Amazing what you can get done in 12 small pieces.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

12

In an older society with few resources and mechanical work, the scheduled life is the most productive. In a modern society with permissionless leverage and creative work, the unscheduled life is the most productive.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

13

The 2-step process for exceptional results: (1) Spend a little time each day thinking about the highest leverage activity available to you. (2) Spend a little time each day working on it.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

14

How to be productive: - Don't schedule anything in the AM. Ever. - All meetings in two afternoons a week. - Use email or calls to replace most meetings. - Keep emails under 5 sentences. - Keep calls under 15 mins. - Delete emails without responding. - Take time to walk/think.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

15

Leadership is: 1) Getting results 2) Making people feel good 3) Connecting each person to a bigger mission The good leaders do one. The great leaders do two. The best leaders do all three.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

16

“Measure twice, cut once.” Avoid wasted effort. “Build once, sell twice.” Multiply your effort.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

17

One can optimize for productivity or one can optimize for creativity, but it’s hard to do both.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

18

“No” is no to one thing. “Yes” is no to a lot of things.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

19

If you consistently do something today instead of scheduling a meeting for next week, your career is likely to be far more impactful than most.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

20

How to Double Your Productivity Step 1: Stop reading articles on how to double your productivity. Step 2: Start sleeping 8 hours a night.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

21

There’s something fake about most productivity advice. Don’t bother: - completing every todo list item - responding to every email - finishing every book It’s not how productive people actually live. These proxies for productivity have little to do with getting actual results.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

22

Practice doing what you need to do even when you don't want to. Get it done first so you don't have to keep thinking about it.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

23

Working more than 40 hours a week doesn’t mean you’re working hard. It just means you are working more than 40 hours a week.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

24

People are plenty productive. It's systems that aren't. It's the process, the methods, the overbearing oversight, the absence of trust, the incessant checking-in, the lack of contiguous time, and the red tape that bog things down, not the people doing the work itself.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

25

Asking a busy person if you can hop on a call and pick their brain is like asking someone you barely know to help you move.

Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson

@awilkinson

26

Busting your ass doing what doesn’t need to be done isn’t a strong work ethic - it’s a strong waste of time.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

27

The best way to get things done is to have fewer things to do.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

28

Even fewer people are willing/able to actually execute on plans. People who have a bold vision, specific plans, and execution ability can make magic happen.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

29

To understand happiness, study how people become miserable. To understand what makes relationships work, study what makes them fail. To understand what makes people more productive than others, study what they avoid.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

30

productivity tips: work hard on stuff that matters. don't work on stuff that doesn't matter. (most people screw up the second part.)

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

31

I wonder how much productivity is lost because people can’t take afternoon naps at work

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

32

I like the concept of “fitness math.” An hour at the gym nets you more than an hour of productivity throughout the rest of your day. The same applies to meditation, getting 8 hours of sleep instead of 7 hours, reading every night, and more.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

33

Perspective comes from zooming out. Insight comes from zooming in. They’re both enhanced by zoning out for a while.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

34

If you’ve only got 3 hours of work to do on a given day, then stop. Don’t find 5 more to fill your day, just to stay busy or feel productive. Never feel bad about being done with something.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

35

Best way to run a bunch of stuff? Don’t put yourself in charge of everything.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

36

The best founders are always very responsive. I used to wonder why. It indicates decisiveness, focus, intensity, ability to get stuff done.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

37

My most potent secret to productivity, satisfaction, and wellbeing: I sleep nine hours or more every night.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

38

It would be convenient if you could do great work by working only moderately hard. Maybe there are some people who can. But I can't think of any.

Paul Graham

Paul Graham

@paulg

39

Beware of people asking to “borrow a minute of your time.” Time is never borrowed, since it can’t be given back. Time is used up.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

40

Productivity is found in what you leave undone.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

41

I really do regret ever using the word “productive” when referring to my efforts or anyone else’s efforts. Being productive is not a noble goal or pursuit. Being effective is. That’s not a function of output or time, it’s a measure of impact.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

42

It’s not about time management, it’s about obligation elimination.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

43

The most important factor in doing original work is to do it before the errands, not after.

Paul Graham

Paul Graham

@paulg

44

Book clubs are a cheat code. Every time I do one, I remember the book 5x better. It takes 20 hours to read a book, but only 2 extra hours to talk about it with friends. Better friendships. Faster learning.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

45

Here's the only productivity tip you'll ever need: do the most important thing first each day. Sounds simple. No one does it.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

46

The single best productivity hack I am aware of is just writing a list of things to do tomorrow the night before, not checking your email first thing when you wake up, and doing the list. Repeat.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

47

I used to think the world was efficient. Now that it’s older, I see that it’s wildly inefficient. We can’t coordinate big projects, smart people are bored at work, and people are not nearly as healthy as they could be. We’re 5-10% as productive as we could be. Maybe less.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

48

Productivity quirk I've noticed: If I work while listening to music with words, I get basically nothing done. If I work while listening to music without words, I can focus better when in distracting environments (airplanes, coffee shops, etc.) I generally work best in silence.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

49

Small talk builds relationships because it says “I care more about you than being productive”

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

50

Being busy and being productive aren’t the same thing

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach