18 Quotes to Boost Your Productivity Right Now

We all need a boost sometimes.

These quotes provide a little extra push to help you get through the day. Apply them, and you’ll be surprised how your work changes for the better.

1. “In trying to find who you are, be less destructive and more constructive. Look at art or whatever your passion is and be productive.” Nirrimi Joy Hakanson

2. “While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.” Henry C. Link

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

4. “The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity. Thomas J. Peters

5. “When you waste a moment, you have killed it in a sense, squandering an irreplaceable opportunity. But when you use the moment properly, filling it with purpose and productivity, it lives on forever.” Menachem Mendel Schneerson

6. “So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear. That there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.” Milton Friedman

7. “I have a lot of nervous energy. Work is my best way of channelling that into something productive unless I want to wind up assaulting the postman or gardener.” Ben Stiller

8. “Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.” Warren Buffett

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

10. The productivity of a work group seems to depend on how the group members see their own goals in relation to the goals of the organization.” Ken Blanchard

11. “Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.” Thomas A. Edison

12. “Don’t allow idleness to deceive you, for while you give him today, he steals tomorrow from you.” H. Croccoquill

13. “You need a plan to build a house. To build a life, it is even more important to have a plan or goal.” Zig Ziglar

14. “Happen to things, don’t let things happen to you.” Stephen Covey

15. “In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create.” Raoul Vaneigem

16. “Productivity growth is the only possible way to achieve prosperity.” Mario Draghi

17. “Are your office policies in sync with employee needs and desires? Knowing what keeps your employees happy will not only increase productivity and morale, but will also make employees less likely to quit.” Neil Lebovits

18. “A worker without genius is better than a genius who won’t work.” Leopold Auer

 

-Courtesy: Inc.com

Being an Entrepreneur Means That Sometimes, You Just Have to Say No

A while back, I met with an employee to do an interim performance review. I was excited because I was about to surprise her with a significant pay increase in recognition of extra responsibilities she had taken on. Giving raises is one of the greatest pleasures for a business owner (at least it should be), and I had been looking forward to it all week. At the end of the review I told her what her new salary would be, and the entirety of her expressionless response was: “I thought this would come much sooner.”

You know that “wah, waah, waaah” cartoon sound when something ends in excruciating disappointment? Yeah, that.

Then there was the supplier who asked if we could pay him a month early for a big production run, “just this one time.” Having been on the other side of that situation a few times myself–and given that this was a friend, not to mention our key supplier, whose terms were a critical part of our inventory turnover and cash flow–I obliged.

When the next production run came around, I got the same request, with the promise: “This is really the last time I’ll ask.” Not wanting to let my pal down, I helped out again, though any experienced businessperson–and common sense–will tell you that repeated requests of this kind are a warning sign.

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Moving Beyond Same-Day Bookings, HotelTonight Launches Its 7-Day Reservation System

HotelTonight is moving beyond the same-day hotel bookings that it’s known for.

TechCrunch’s Jordan Crook reported earlier this week that this move was in the works, but HotelTonight is confirming the news, and the updated apps offering hotel booking up to seven days in advance are scheduled to go live … now.

Co-founder and CEO Sam Shank told me that HotelTonight is expanding its model “from a position of strength,” with the existing business already profitable on-track to be profitable and growing 100 percent year-over-year. At the same time, he said this is a natural way “to bring the HotelTonight approach to hotel booking to more people and more times.”

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What You Can Really Learn from a Bad Boss

Not all former bosses are gems. But there’s a saving grace–the bad ones can provide invaluable lessons on how not to run a company.

It’s common to want to identify the qualities you dislike most in your anti-mentors, then pour a bunch of energy into making sure you never ever exhibit those qualities yourself.

Unfortunately, this strategy can completely backfire, according to Lauren Bacon who co-founded Raised Eyebrow Web Studio, a Vancouver-based design nonprofit. Prior to her life as an entrepreneur, Bacon had one bad boss in particular that left his mark on her. She told the story in a recent post on Quartz.

“He got under my skin so badly that his ghost haunted me years after I’d quit working for him and started my own company. I didn’t realize how thoroughly he’d occupied my unconscious mind,” Bacon wrote.

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44 Apps That Turn Your Smartphone Into a Productivity Powerhouse (Infographic)

In today’s mobile landscape, where unfocused pedestrians regularly walk into walls and a majority of Americans prize their beloved gadgets above sex, smartphones have come to serve for many as dangerous agents of distraction. But when optimally harnessed, they can serve as powerful productivity tools.

From to-do lists to time management to goal-tracking to file storage, here’s a look at 44 of the best apps to help entrepreneurs systematize the unwieldy process of building a business, as compiled by British IT company Conosco.

Among our favorites? HabitRPG, a task manger that gamifies your habits and accomplishments, and Focus@will, which combines background music and neuroscience to purportedly boost productivity by up to 400 percent.

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Microsoft Brings MSN Back By Shifting Windows Phone’s Bing Apps To A New, Old Moniker

Microsoft, in an effort to bring MSN back to mainstream prominence, is shifting its Bing-labeled Windows Phone and Windows apps under that brand’s aegis.

You are forgiven if you forgot that MSN is still a thing, or that a number of Windows Phone and Windows apps that have little to do with search are in fact still branded under the Bing name. Continue reading

8 Habits of Exceptionally Resilient People

One day I walked into my house to find our cat playing gleefully with a baby lizard. He would pick up the lizard in his mouth, give it a little playful toss, and then paw at it.

Cute? Not really.

I picked up the lizard gently, his cold lifeless body sagging in my hand, and put him on the outside wall. I figured he was a goner. About an hour later, I checked on the little guy expecting to see his dead remains, and to my amazement, he was gone.

What that little lizard showed to me that day was great resilience. He got caught in a tough place that forced him to take action–in this case he played dead. He remained in his I’m deadrole until all fear was removed, and then he bounced right back and carried on with his lizard life.

There are people in life who show exceptional resilience, too. They have the strength and the passion to go on even in the face of tragedy. Below are eight habits of extremely resilient people. Start with one and continue to add on as you go, but at least begin down the path of increasing your resilience. Resilient people lead happier and more successful lives–and perhaps longer, in the case of the lizard. Don’t you want that, too?

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