25 Motivational Quotes To Help You Get Things Done


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I love a good quote – and motivational quotes could well be my favourite – because motivation is something we ALL need to hear A LOT!

Whether you need to get motivated to get something you’re not looking forward to done, or just want a push to get started with your TO DO list – these quotes are going to help.

25 Motivational quotes you need to hear today!

We all need a little push to get started sometimes, and this collection of motivational quotes will do just that!

If you’ve fallen into bad habits of not getting things done – and want to get your mind or body moving again (have a little success with whatever your current project may be) – then these quotes may just be all the motivation you need.

Take a look – pick one that speaks to you – and write it down somewhere you’ll see it often.

That way, you can get that boost whenever your flagging….

So – which of these will spur you into action?…

Motivational quotes to get yourself moving (when you need the help!)

“Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going” – Jim Rohn

Quote - Motivation is what gets you started

“Start where you are. Do what you can. Use what you have” – Arthur Ashe

A great motivational quote if you’re stuck on where to start when it comes to ANY project in your home or life.

Just get started where you are right now (after all – it all has to be done, so you’ll get round to everything in the end!).

You don’t need ‘all the gear’ to make a real difference to whatever you want to get done, so just get started and see where you end up. It could be fun, after all!

Quote - start where you are

“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows” – Ralph Marston

Spend a little time today making things easier and you will reap the rewards (think of those things that you put up with that need mending – get them done and you will save so much time going forward)

Quote - what you do today can improve all your tomorrows

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started” – Mark Twain

If I was given a pound every time I heard “if only I had done….. earlier” – I would be very rich!

Just get started and see where it takes you – you can always change path later if necessary.

Quote - the secret to getting ahead

“Done is better than perfect” – Unknown

This is one that I need to think about a LOT – as a recovering perfectionist!

Fantastic thing to remember for a little Monday motivation – as getting the mindset right at the start of the week means more gets done.

Quote - done is better than perfect

“A little progress each day adds up to big results” – Unknown

So very true – and one of those motivational quotes that’s always worth remembering… Small steps may not feel very life-changing – but they can create HUGE change, and THAT makes all the difference.

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Quote - a little progress each day adds up to big results

“You are only as successful as you let yourself be” – Unknown

When it comes to motivation – this has to be a favourite quote of mine – because it makes me think about the fact that when I procrastinate I am only really hurting myself.

This thinking can really help me to help myself, and that’s a good thing, right?!

Quote - you are only as successful as you let yourself be

“It’s always too early to quit” – Norman Vincent Peale

A lot of these quotes are more about motivating yourself to get started – but I like this one because it gives me a push when I’m in the midst of something and it’s getting tough.

After all – finishing things needs just as much motivation as starting them.

Quote - it's always too early to quit

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later” – Og Mandino

Possibly my favourite of all the motivational quotes – because it’s a good thing to remember that getting things done sooner rather than later is the best idea. It gives you the push you need…

Quote - always do your best

“Do something today that your future self will thank you for” – Unknown

I LOVE looking back each day and realising how much I’ve actually got done. Even better when it’s been a huge project and I can look back and see how much of a positive difference it’s made.

Focusing on how you’ll feel at the end, when it’s done and has been a success, can be all the motivation that’s needed sometimes…

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Quote - do something today that your future self will thank you for

“One thing at a time” – Unknown

A really positive quote for the tough times when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just look one step ahead, get something done – and keep moving along…

Small efforts can make HUGE changes.

Quote - one thing at a time

“If you don’t like something, change it – if you can’t change it – change the way you think about it” – Mary Englebreit

There’s a lot of motivation when it comes to changing to a more happy life if you’re feeling low.

Positive thinking is a really important thing when it comes to building up motivation, and I can’t think of a better way to think than making changes for the better…

Quote - if you don't like something, change it

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” – Lao Tzu

Quote - the journey of 1000 miles begins with 1 step

“Make today count” – Unknown

I hate getting to the end of the day and then feeling like it’s been wasted – so this is a great one if you feel like this too.

Focus on how you’ll feel when it’s done – and that will give you the push you’re looking for.

Quote - make today count

“You can always do more than you think” – John Wooden

Quote - you can always do more than you think

“Do the best you can until you know better, then when you know better – do better” – Unknown

Quote - do the best you can until you know better

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now” – Chinese Proverb

Quote - the best time to plant a tree

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it” – Lou Holtz

Quote - ability is what you're capable of

“remember why you started” – Unknown

Quote - remember why you started

“I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday” – Unknown

Quote - I might not be there yet... but

“One day or Day 1 – it’s your call…” – Unknown

This is a really powerful way to think about getting a boost when you need it – because it really shows up that procrastination thinking alongside how powerful it is to just get moving and have a little success along the way.

One day or day one - it's your call

“Run the day. Don’t let the day run you” – Unknown

Whether in work or in life – this is a great way to motivate yourself. You will feel much more of a success when you take control a little more.

Don’t let things just happen. Don’t be reactive. Get things done and be PROactive – works a treat!

Quote - run the day, don't let it run you

“Slow progress is STILL progress” – Unknown

All too often we can beat ourselves up for not moving fast enough. We can feel like a failure instead of a success – and that can stop us in our tracks.


So – it’s time to stop that – and concentrate on the small steps we ARE making instead. Focus on what you ARE doing rather than what you’re not, and your motivation will sky rocket.

You’re doing great, you know!

Quote - slow progress is still progress

“Set your goals high and don’t stop til you get there” – Bo Jackson

Quote - set your goals high and don't stop til you get there

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.” – C.S. Lewis

QUOTE - Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.
25 Motivational quotes you need to hear today!

And that’s your lot! – some of the best motivational quotes I think you can find.

I really hope you like them, and they inspire you with a little inspiration to get things done when things get a little hectic and crazy.

I’m sure that once you get started, you’ll do amazing things!

I may well print these out and add them to the front of my diary or above my desk in my office for a little boost each day.

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This article was written by Chrissy

Hi - I'm Chrissy... Having run my own business for 12 years as a Professional Organiser and Interior Designer, I know what works (and what doesn't!) when it comes to setting up a home that works both functionally and aesthetically. Now you can mostly find me in a coffee shop or at home, working full time on (which I setup back in 2011) sharing all my tips and ideas. My mission is to help you create a home that you love to live in every day...


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