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The Smartest Things Ever Said About Productivity

CJ Chilvers
CJ Chilvers
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“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone.” – Lin Yutang

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” - Lao Tzu

“Taking your dog for a walk is usually better than whatever alternative use of your time you were considering.” - Seth Godin

“Never waste any time you could spend sleeping.” – Frank Knight

“Creativity is the residue of time wasted.” – Albert Einstein

“Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.” – Lao Tzu

“The problem with Americans isn’t that we work too hard. It’s that we work too hard on things we don’t care about.” - Kevin Werbach

“Any job that can be measured by productivity is a job humans should not be doing. Productivity is for robots.” - Kevin Kelly

“Chase two rabbits and they’ll both get away.” – Anonymous

“People who keep themselves busy all of the time are generally not creative. So I am not ashamed of being idle.” – Freeman Dyson

“A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.” – Herbert Simon

“You won’t believe how much time you have until you stop filling it up with shit to do.” – Pat Dryburgh

“If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.” – Lin Yutang

"Let go of your long to-do lists and goal lists. They are a futile attempt to keep from missing out. You will miss out, but in striving to do everything, you’ll miss out on the wonder of the thing you are doing right now. What you’re doing right now is all that matters. Let the rest go, and enjoy the fish you’ve already caught.” - Leo Babauta, Zen Habits

“There is no money, inherently, in being productive.” - Stever Robbins

“No more yes. It’s either HELL YEAH or no.” – Derek Sivers

“My dream is to have people working on useless projects. These have the germ of new concepts.” - Charles Eames

“Work expands to the time allowed.” - Parkinson’s Law

“The goal of productivity is to do less.” - Unknown

“It’s hard to get it any simpler than this: Keep meaningful stuff out of your head. Make action and outcome decisions about the stuff sooner than later. Organize reminders of those items in easy to view places. Review it all and keep it current. Any one of those elements without the others won’t really produce that much value.” – David Allen