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Proverbs about Productivity

"A proverb a day keeps distractions at bay" ... Okay, you caught us. That's not a real proverb. We just made it up, but it's true nonetheless. We collected 10 well-known proverbs about productivity and backed up their claims with insider business tips and facts to encourage you on those difficult work days.

Source: http://www.wrike.com/blog/03/05/2014/10-Encouraging-Productivity-Proverbs-Your-Office-Wall-Part-1

1

"It is possible to move mountains by carrying small stones."

"It is possible to move mountains by carrying small stones."

5 completed small tasks are likely to bring you more satisfaction than one big task being 50% complete.

2

"A picture is worth a thousand words."

"A picture is worth a thousand words."

Your brain is 60,000 times more productive when processing visuals. Why not visualize your plans?

3

"A dull pencil is greater than the sharpest memory."

"A dull pencil is greater than the sharpest memory."

Studies prove that if you write down your goals you are 33% more likely to achieve them.

4

"No living man all things can."

"No living man all things can."

41% of a knowledge worker's daily tasks could be handled more competently if they were delegated.

5

"A stitch in time saves nine."

"A stitch in time saves nine."

GTD methodology recommends: if a task takes less than 2 minutes, then tackle it without delay.

6

“An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening.”

“An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening.”

Only 10.2% of early birds feel overworked versus 26.7% of night owls.

7

“Any time means no time.”

“Any time means no time.”

Over 50% of employees feel that deadlines mobilize their best skills.

8

“Think of many things, do one.”

“Think of many things, do one.”

Switching between multiple tasks decreases your productivity by 40% and lowers your IQ by 10 points.

9

“Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand.”

“Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand.”

We retain 75% of what we learn by doing compared to 5% when just listening.

10

“Better an ounce of happiness than a pound of gold.”

“Better an ounce of happiness than a pound of gold.”

56.7% of people feel motivated by a good mood, while a possible reward encourages efficiency in just 42.1% of employees.