Focus and Productivity Quotes
I find that in our pursuit of excellence, we often forget to reach out to mentor who have already walked the same path. They inspire and push us back on the path. here are some of my most favorite quotes and sayings. There are wealth of quotes on Goodreads.com. Highly recommend cruising over there to get inspired. Cheers.
Quotes that move us
- “That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” –Steve Jobs
- “Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.” –Jack Canfield
- “When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance.” –Joel Osteen
- “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” –Alexander Graham Bell
- “We focus so much on our differences, and that is creating, I think, a lot of chaos and negativity and bullying in the world. And I think if everybody focused on what we all have in common – which is – we all want to be happy.” –Ellen Degeneres
- You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. –Mark Twain
- “Instead of focusing on how much you can accomplish, focus on how much you can absolutely love what you’re doing.” –Leo Babauta
- “Always focus on the front windshield and not the review mirror.” –Colin Powell
- “Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses.
Focus on your character, not your reputation.
Focus on your blessings, not your misfortunes.” –Roy T Bennett
- “Focusing is about saying No.” –Steve Jobs
- “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” –Zig Ziglar
- “Temperamentally anxious people can have a hard time staying motivated, period, because their intense focus on their worries distracts them from their goals.” – Winifred Gallagher
- “Sometimes we focus so much on what we don’t have that we fail to see, appreciate, and use what we do have!” –Jeff Dixon
- “You can’t get attention of one who focused on himself.”-Toba Beta
- “If you want to concentrate deeply on some problem, and especially some piece of writing or paper-work, you should acquire a cat. Alone with the cat in the room where you work … the cat will invariably get up on your desk and settle placidly under the desk lamp … The cat will settle down and be serene, with a serenity that passes all understanding. And the tranquility of the cat will gradually come to affect you, sitting there at your desk, so that all the excitable qualities that impede your concentration compose themselves and give your mind back the self-command it has lost. You need not watch the cat all the time. Its presence alone is enough. The effect of a cat on your concentration is remarkable, very mysterious.”- Muriel Spark
- “Bring the mind into sharp focus and make it alert so that it can immediately intuit truth, which is everywhere. The mind must be emancipated from old habits, prejudices, restrictive thought processes and even ordinary thought itself.”- Bruce Lee
- “Jobs insisted that Apple focus on just two or three priorities at a time. “There is no one better at turning off the noise that is going on around him,” Cook said. “That allows him to focus on a few things and say no to many things. Few people are really good at that.”-Walter Isaacson
- “What are the five products you want to focus on? Get rid of the rest, because they’re dragging you down. They’re turning you into Microsoft. They’re causing you to turn out products that are adequate but not great.”
― Walter Isaacson
- “Jobs’s intensity was also evident in his ability to focus. He would set priorities, aim his laser attention on them, and filter out distractions. If something engaged him- the user interface for the original Macintosh, the design of the iPod and iPhone, getting music companies into the iTunes Store-he was relentless. But if he did not want to deal with something – a legal annoyance, a business issue, his cancer diagnosis, a family tug- he would resolutely ignore it. That focus allowed him to say no. He got Apple back on track by cutting all except a few core products. He made devices simpler by eliminating buttons, software simpler by eliminating features, and interfaces simpler by eliminating options.
He attributed his ability to focus and his love of simplicity to his Zen training. It honed his appreciation for intuition, showed him how to filter out anything that was distracting or unnecessary, and nurtured in him an aesthetic based on minimalism.” ― Walter Isaacson
- “Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, focus your energy on what you can create.”
― Roy Bennett
- “Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” — George Lucas
- “Moral #1: “If you work hard, stay focused, and never give up, you will eventually get what you want in life.”Moral #2: Sometimes the things we want most in life are the things that will kill us.” — Donald Miller
- “Focus on where you want to go, not on what you fear.” — Anthony Robbins
- “People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.” — Steve Jobs
- “Before you can successfully make friends with others, first you have to become your own friend.” — Stephen Richards
- “If you are interested in something, you will focus on it, and if you focus attention on anything, it is likely that you will become interested in it. Many of the things we find interesting are not so by nature, but because we took the trouble of paying attention to them.” — Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Maximize your focus and get things done
- Turn on white noise or music to force out distractions.
- Have a clean and clear work space. Clutter is very distracting.
- Focus on solving the problems. Ignore emotions such as frustration or impatience.
- Split bigger tasks into smaller tasks and knock it out one at a time.
- Think of someone who you are close to. According to a 2003 study by University of Wisconsin, thinking about someone who you are close to helped focus.
- Get a friend or someone to hold you accountable for your task.
- Get a stress toy or a gadget and fidget with it to help focus.
- Have a visual reminder of your goal. Create a vision board for a goal you want to achieve.
- Encourage yourself. Pump yourself up positively.
- Repeat a key word or a mantra related to the task.
- Write it down. If there is a task to be done, write it down. The simple act of it gets you in the zone.
- Get a good night sleep. Lack of sleep is supposed to interfere with our ability to focus.
- Be in motion while working. Bounce on an exercise ball if you have to sit but motion can help you focus better.
- Exercise regularly.
- Watch what you eat. Avoid caffeine.
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