80 Inspirational Quotes on Getting Work Done

Work is an integral part of our lives and has a huge impact on our well-being. It can provide us with a sense of purpose, direction, and financial security, as well as a way to build relationships with others.

Work can also help us stay physically active and connected to the world. It is a great way to stay motivated and engaged, as well as to learn new skills and explore new ideas. Moreover, it can provide us with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, which is vital for our mental health.

Let’s start with some inspirational quotes about work, as well as how to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

“Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.”

Franz Kafka

“Efficiency is doing better what is already being done.”

Peter Drucker

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

Paul J. Meyer

“Focus on being productive instead of busy.”

Tim Ferriss

“If there are nine rabbits on the ground, if you want to catch one, just focus on one.”

Jack Ma

“If you are interested in balancing work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable.”

Donald Trump

“Lost time is never found again.”

Benjamin Franklin

“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”

Oprah Winfrey

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

Walt Disney

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”

Albert Einstein

“We cannot solve problems with the kind of thinking we employed when we came up with them.”

Albert Einstein

“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”

Thomas Jefferson

“Developing a good work ethic is key. Apply yourself at whatever you do, whether you’re a janitor or taking your first summer job because that work ethic will be reflected in everything you do in life.”

Tyler Perry

“Don’t count the days, make the days count.”

Muhammad Ali

“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.”

Abraham Lincoln

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”

Alexander Graham Bell

“When you change your thoughts, remember to also change your world.”

Norman Vincent Peale

“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you’re willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.”

Lou Holtz

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

George Lorimer

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

Henry David Thoreau

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”

Alexander Graham Bell

“Learn as if you will live forever, live like you will die tomorrow.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.”

Peter Drucker

“The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.”

Tricia Cunningham

“You get to decide where your time goes. You can either spend it moving forward, or you can spend it putting out fires. You decide. And if you don’t decide, others will decide for you.”

Tony Morgan

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”

Henry Ford

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

“Someday is not a day of the week.”

Janet Dailey

“Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.”

Chris Grosser

“Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.”

Zig Ziglar

“Either you run the day or the day runs you.”

Jim Rohn

“When someone tells me ‘no,’ it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them.”

Karen E. Quinones Miller

“If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.”

Mario Andretti

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”


“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.”

Dalai Lama

“Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.”

Denis Waitley

“Nature has given us all the pieces required to achieve exceptional wellness and health, but has left it to us to put these pieces together.”

Diane McLaren

“When you give joy to other people, you get more joy in return. You should give a good thought to happiness that you can give out.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”

Tony Robbins

“Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.”

Louis Pasteur

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”

Earl Nightingale

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal. Nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong attitude.”

Thomas Jefferson

“Build your own dreams or someone else will hire you to build theirs.”

Farrah Gray

“To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.”

Eva Young

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”

Theodore Roosevelt

“Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.”

Thomas Carlyle

“Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.”

Dale Carnegie

“One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully, we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.”

Viggo Mortensen

“Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.”

Pablo Picasso

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

Paulo Coelho

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”

Conrad Hilton

“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.”

Robert Collier

“Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.”


“It’s not about better time management. It’s about better life management”

Alexandra of The Productivity Zone

“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.”

Isabel Allende

“Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.”

William Patten

“It is only when we take chances when our lives improve. The initial and the most difficult risk that we need to take is to become honest.”

Walter Anderson

“Stay away from those people who try to disparage your ambitions. Small minds will always do that, but great minds will give you a feeling that you can become great too.”

Mark Twain

“Make each day your masterpiece.”

John Wooden

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

Will Rogers

“Light tomorrow with today.”

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.”

Roseanne Barr

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”

Bruce Lee

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.”


“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

Thomas Edison

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”

David Brinkley

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”

Napoleon Hill

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

Steve Jobs

“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”

Margaret Thatcher

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

Steve Jobs

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

Olin Miller

“The more I want to get something done the less I call it work.”

Richard Bach

“You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind.”

Irish Proverb

“Don’t be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don’t let others discourage you or tell you that you can’t do it. In my day I was told women didn’t go into chemistry. I saw no reason why we couldn’t.”

Gertrude B. Elion

“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.”

Stephen R. Covey

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”

Beverly Sills

“Plenty of men can do good work for a spurt and with immediate promotion in mind, but for promotion you want a man in whom good work has become a habit.”

Henry L. Doherty

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”

Roy T. Bennet
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Why Is It So Important to Have a Job?

Having a job can give us structure for our day and provide us with the opportunity for social interaction. This can be especially beneficial for those who are isolated or lonely. Furthermore, work can give us something to look forward to each day and provide us with a sense of purpose in life.

In addition, having a job can help us manage our stress levels as it gives us something to focus on outside of our worries. It also provides us with the opportunity to use our strengths and skills in a constructive way. This sense of accomplishment can be incredibly beneficial in boosting our self-confidence and self-esteem, which are essential for good mental health.

Finally, having meaningful work can be beneficial for our overall well-being as it gives us something to strive for and challenges us to reach new heights. It also provides us with a sense of control over our lives, which helps to promote feelings of happiness and satisfaction.

Why Is It Important to Maintain a Healthy Work-Life Balance?

Overall, work is an important part of our lives and can contribute significantly to our well-being. It can help us stay physically active, provide structure for our days, give us the opportunity to use our skills and strengths in a constructive way, and offer us a sense of achievement and satisfaction. Therefore, it is essential that we find meaningful work that we enjoy doing in order to improve our overall well-being.

In today’s world, achieving a good work-life balance is essential for feeling fulfilled and having a successful career. With so many demands on our time, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and feel like you can’t keep up. However, there are steps you can take to ensure that you are making time for both your professional and personal obligations.

How To Maintain a Healthy Work-Life Balance

work-life balance

Here are some tips on how to maintain a good work-life balance:

1. Prioritize

It’s important to take the time to prioritize your tasks and responsibilities and determine which ones need your immediate attention. This will help you focus your energy on what is most important, instead of wasting it on tasks that can wait.

2. Set Boundaries

Establishing boundaries between work and personal life is critical for developing a healthy work-life balance. Let your employer know which hours are off-limits for work-related activities and try to stick to those limits as much as possible.

3. Make Time for Yourself

Take some time each day to do something just for yourself. Whether it’s reading a book, going for a walk, or taking a yoga class, make sure you are carving out time in your schedule to relax and de-stress.

4. Schedule Breaks

Taking breaks throughout the day can help you stay energized and focused. Try taking a few minutes every hour or two to just step away from your work and stretch, take a quick walk, or meditate.

5. Get Organized

Staying organized can help reduce your stress levels and give you more control over your life. Prioritize tasks, use a planner or calendar to stay on top of deadlines, and create checklists to make sure you don’t miss important details.

6. Take Vacations

It’s important to take regular breaks from work in order to recharge and come back feeling refreshed and motivated. Take the time off that you are entitled to and make sure it is quality downtime, away from all work-related tasks.

Wrapping Up

We hope you enjoyed our inspirational quotes and that these tips can help you achieve a much healthier balance between your professional and personal obligations. With a little bit of organization and effort, you can start making time for both and begin feeling more fulfilled in all aspects of your life.


I am a writer and a teacher of rhetoric, international humanitarian law, and entrepreneurship. As a writer, I specialize in writing about history, politics, and finding quirky ways to elevate all the great selling points of a product/service. I obtained my bachelor's degree in International Relations at the University of Montenegro and completed my master' s studies at the Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary where I studied diplomacy. I believe studying diplomacy and politics sets you up for knowing how to craft a sentence, how to fill it with content and ensure that your audience understands the message.