Work can be demanding, stressful and exhausting. There may be times when you really don’t know how you’ll make it until the end of the day, let alone get everything done by then. Sometimes you need to find external inspiration to get a mental energy boost or to change your perspective on things.
Scrolling through social media on a break can often uncover various inspirational quotes and memes. However, you might deviate from your original intentions and get sucked into the quicksand that social media has to offer. Below are some productive week quotes you may find helpful and inspirational.
Steve Jobs offers a great place to start when analyzing our place in life and, more specifically, how we earn a living in this productive week quote:
“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.”
The truth is, we’ve all had to settle at one time or another. Maybe it was taking a job you didn’t want as a stepping stone to another, or maybe it was simply about paying your bills. The point is, you didn’t give up. Always keep trying and always keep looking until you know you’ve found what you want. Inspiration has to come from within, but we all can use a spark externally from time to time.
A quote’s ability to inspire is highly subjective. It isn’t always what’s said, but how it’s said and who’s saying it that may or may not give us inspiration. Here’s a collection of productive week quotes. Which ones resonate with you?
“Stay true to yourself, yet always be open to learn. Work hard, and never give up on your dreams, even when nobody else believes they can come true but you. These are not clichés but real tools you need no matter what you do in life to stay focused on your path.” — Phillip Sweet
“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” — George Lorimer
“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” — Karen Lamb
“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 achieveing his goal. Nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong attitude.” — Thomas Jefferson
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” — Pele
“Success only comes to those who dare to attempt.” — Mallika Tripathi
“Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” — Joyce Brothers
“ Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” — Dale Carnegie
“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” — Truman Capote
“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.” — Thomas J. Watson
“While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.” — Henry C. Link
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan and guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” — Jim Rohn
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” — Benjamin Franklin
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” — Stephen King
“Don’t ever, ever, believe anyone who tells you that you can just get by by doing the easiest thing possible. Because there’s always somebody behind you who really wants to do what you’re doing. And they’re going to work harder than you if you’re not working hard.” — Maria Bartiromo
“Belive you can and you’re halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt
“Someday is not a day of the week.” — Janet Dailey
“Our contribution purely depends on our consciousness and our willingness to support those in need, to show vulnerability and accept the support of others, to share without expecting the credit, to give it our all and allow our hard work to decide the outcome, to understand that control can only be achieved with a shared responsibility.” — Yehuda Berg
“We are constituted so that simple acts of kindness, such as giving to charity or expressing gratitude, have a positive effect on our long-term moods. The key to the happy life, it seems, is the good life: a life with sustained relationships, challenging work, and connections to community.” — Paul Bloom
“Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.” — Arthur Christopher Benson
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That last one is another way of saying, “Wherever you go, there you are.” Lots of people have said that, but Confucious is often credited with saying it first. Another way to say it is that you can’t run from your problems if the problem is you.
Are you giving yourself the best chance to be inspired, to be motivated? We all have bad habits. We all can do better for ourselves in many ways. Some of those quotes may have piqued your interest or made you think, maybe even inspired you to act. But if you aren’t taking care of yourself, quotes and memes aren’t going to do you any good.
Here are a few ideas to keep you productive and happy so that you can put quotes into action.
Get Good Sleep
Many of us stay up too late watching TV or scrolling through social media or other internet offerings. All this does is make us start our day tired and irritable. That’s not in any recipe for success. If you don’t get enough sleep, you can’t focus, your mood suffers and your ability to interact effectively with coworkers will be compromised.
Give yourself a chance by committing to a bedtime routine that gives you a good eight hours of sleep, or however much time you’ve determined is adequate for you. Happy quotes are no substitute for good sleep!
Exercise and Eat Well
You are what you eat. Garbage in, garbage out. There are lots of sayings about this. Enjoy your treats now and then, but eat a balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables. Exercise is not only good for your body — it’s also good for your mind. Exercise is a good stress reliever, and it will give you more energy throughout the day.
Also, when you exercise, your brain releases a group of hormones that make you feel good physically and mentally. Starting off a workday full of energy will make you better able to meet your daily challenges.
Some of the quotes talked about having the right attitude and being confident. Thinking you can win is the first step to winning. It’s about having a positive attitude and meeting challenges without hesitation. Acting confident and succeeding will give you more real confidence in the future.
Be aware of your body language. Stand up and sit up straight. Maintain eye contact when speaking to others and speak with a clear, audible voice. Maintain personal hygiene and always look your best. Dress for success, as they say. Your company may have a dress policy that allows casual attire. Try to dress a little better than that or at least dress in clothes you like which are flattering for you.
Productivity, good habits, motivation and inspiration all start with you. Find what makes you tick and pursue it vigorously. Maybe you aren’t where you want to be right now, but you can still maintain a positive attitude and demonstrate what a capable, reliable employee you are. This will inevitably lead to better opportunities and even prepare you to leave in pursuit of another position.
The quotations in this post are from people with a wide range of life experiences. Hopefully, what they have had to say will inspire you to achieve success and offer inspirational quotes of your own to others.
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