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Quotes About How To Be Productive in a Healthy Way

Hard work undoubtedly has its merits: It cultivates discipline, achievement, and a sense of personal pride. But without a mindful, balanced approach, we can easily get swept up in hustle culture, which can lead to burnout, injury, or a decline in health.

While it’s great to have goals, constantly striving for a singular idea of success can be to our detriment. Not only do we run the risk of stretching ourselves too thin, but the goalposts often find a way to keep shifting, trapping us on a treadmill of never-ending work.

Finding ways to be more productive — which doesn’t necessarily mean doing more, but rather working smarter, more efficiently, and more purposefully — certainly helps, and so does finding balance. Resting is not a sign of weakness; it’s a prudent investment in our physical and emotional well-being.

These quotes honor the value to be found in hard work while also reminding us of the need for a healthy work-life balance.

You can't do a good job if your job is all you do.
Katie Thurmes

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This is what ultimately matters: where you end up, not the speed at which you get there, or the number of people you impress with your jittery busyness along the way.
Cal Newport

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The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
Stephen Covey

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Being selective — doing less — is the path of the productive. Focus on the important few and ignore the rest.
Timothy Ferriss

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Don't get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.
Dolly Parton

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Hard work spotlights the character of people: Some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.
Sam Ewing

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The time to relax is when you don't have time for it; when you get the time, you are generally too exhausted to enjoy it. The way to relax … is to spread it out during the week.
Sydney J. Harris

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Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning.
Malcolm Gladwell

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Always take some of the play, fun, freedom and wonder of the weekend into your week and your work.
Rasheed Ogunlaru

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I always had the uncomfortable feeling that if I wasn’t sitting in front of a computer typing, I was wasting my time — but I pushed myself to take a wider view of what was “productive.” Time spent with my family and friends was never wasted.
Gretchen Rubin

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Position yourself to succeed by doing the other things in your life that rejuvenate you.
Jeff VanderMeer

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Don’t worry about breaks every 20 minutes ruining your focus on a task … Taking regular breaks from mental tasks actually improves your creativity and productivity. Skipping breaks, on the other hand, leads to stress and fatigue.
Tom Rath

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Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.
Peter Drucker

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This lesson, that doing less can enable better results, defies our contemporary bias toward activity.
Cal Newport

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Don’t confuse activity with productivity. Many people are simply busy being busy.
Robin Sharma

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Nicole Villeneuve
Nicole is a writer, thrift store lover, and group-chat meme spammer based in Ontario, Canada.
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