Productivity, on a financial and economic standpoint, is measured by output per unit of input. In our earthly lives, success is highly dependent on how productive we are in terms of exerting energy and converting those into reached milestones.

Our productivity has a lot to do with our state of mind. Feeling mentally exhausted? Here are seven quotes from influential people that can help fire you up and rekindle your motivation.

“Don’t think, just do.”

– Horace

During Augustus’ time, Horace was the chieftain in the Roman lyric poetry field. No wonder it is through this productivity principle that he was able to publish his major works like Odes, Epodes, Epistles, and ArsPoetica.

But what does it really entail? It doesn’t mean that you must act like an irrational beingthat just gets by with life by merely doing things. You have to contemplate and ponder too, but don’t let overthinking lock you away.

So what’s the catch? Never let any distractions or excuses drag you down. Set your eyes on the real prize. Sometimes we let negative thoughts bug us before the actual event could even happen, rendering us unmotivated.

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”

– Paul Meyer

This one’s kind of lengthy, so we have to partition each element.

First up, commitment. When you feel like giving up or slacking off, remember why you even bothered starting. Is it for that elusive job appraisal, business expansion, or widening your customer reach? Whatever it is, consistency will always be key.

Meanwhile, intelligent planning involves achieving goals within realistic boundaries. One thing that can discourage you is setting goals that are long shot instead of a feasible target. Set realistic daily goals. Once you’ve achieved them, the rest you do is a rejuvenating bonus.

The last stop is focus. Minimize your distractions (e.g., smart phones, nonsense chitchats, social media glancing, etc.). Direct your energy intothings that you’d thank yourself for doing,after a few years. Again, set your eyes on the real prize of success.

Yes, productivity is never an accident. Certain mishaps and disappointments can happen, but you can always choose to bounce back and be productive.

“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.”

– Albert Einstein

Mr. Theory of Relativity wouldn’t be hailed as one of the greatest scientists if he’dsuccumbed to the perceived limits of science.

You may think that this is a contradiction to one principle of intelligent planning I just mentioned, but it’s not. As discussed earlier, your workload should be realistic, and the rest you accomplish is bonus.

This one’s about embracing our limits and genuinely trying to surpass them. It’s a question of how badly youwant to reach your goal.Heck, the Cavaliers waited for eternity to bring back sports glory to Ohio, so what’s keeping you from punching your ceiling as a person?

“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”

– George Horace Lorimer

Getting up feeling ecstatic is a fantasy to majority of people. The mere thought of having to do something productive again may seem a daunting idea that can send you back to bed. That, however, is not the case for highly successful individuals. They shrug off any form of complacency and lethargy.

Waking up undetermined? Acold shower is a very effective quick fix. You can also put personal mantras on your closet that you can read when you feel sluggish.

What’s the worst thing in life? It’s never knowing what could have been. It’s the worst kind of nightmare. You’ll never know if asingle day you abstain from being productive could be your breakout, unless you try.

“Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow.”

–Robert Kiyosaki

When procrastination hits you hard, you fight back. The longer you give into binge watching Netflix movies or sleeping majority of the day, the harder it is to get back into your productivity groove.

Thefuture is an accumulation of the things we did–and missed. You can’t expect it to be fully satisfactoryif you have poor work ethic. Take baby steps every single day. Consider everyday as an investment.

“You miss 100%of the shots you don’t take.”

– Wayne Gretzky

If Jordan succumbed to pressure and deferred to his teammates in the dying seconds of Game 6 in the 1998 NBA Finals, it would’ve been a different result (a rubber match at least). Big risks like your energy could go either way, but when you decide not to exert it, you already lost.

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

– Winston Churchill


Winston Churchill proved to be an effective leader as he spearheaded Britain’s fight against Germany in World War II. Though manifesting bipolar disorder, he still lived a productive life, or at least inspired his compatriots to be.

Our living hell is failures, insecurities, terminal diseases, or devastating tragedies. You can’t control all of these, but it’s your response that you can. For instance, when you receive the sixth straight rejection from investors about your marketing idea, you’re likely to stop the ‘damn thing.’

There’s no straight path to success. You’ll be faced with lots of loops and hurdles along the way. The only way to overcome fear of failure is to face it. Facing it means trying to be productive.

Again, productivity largely hinges on your state of mind. Even if you’re clinically depressed or battling some other forms of mental issues, you have more control on your productivity –and life – than you do realize. You can never turn back the hands of time to buy you extra time, so treat every minute as on opportunity to do something.

How hungry are you?

How badly do you want it? How hungry are you for the good life? Always ask yourself these questions. This objective world puts emphasis on end results, so make sure you always walk the talk.

Author Bio: Wade is an essayist at He incorporates nature’s beauty in his writing. Besides excellence, he puts his lovely wife and two kids at the center of his craft. He is fond of physical contact sports and considers South America as a haven for tourists.