10 Proverbs to Jumpstart Your Productivity

Image of phrase, "10 Proverbs to Jumpstart Your Productivity"Have you ever heard of something called a proverb?

A proverb is a collection of words, or a saying, with a practical lesson to be learned or heeded.

While proverbs are not as popular as they were years ago, the lessons they teach are priceless; they truly provide practical instruction when it comes to getting things done!

In this post I unravel several famous proverbs…who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired in your work today by some words of yesterday…

A stitch in time saves nine.

This is one of my favorite proverbs. If you catch a problem or a situation at the right point in time and take care of it promptly, and you’ll save yourself from lots of work and/or headaches in future.

A watched pot never boils.

The more time you spend focusing intently over something, the more time it will take (or at least seem to take) for said item to be resolved. Sometimes you have to let things take care of themselves…and do something else in the meantime.

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

You’ve got to make the most of what you have in your life right here, right now. The value of what you do have right now is of much greater value than that which is slightly out of or completely out of your reach.

Don’t put the cart before the horse.

It doesn’t make sense to try to do things out of sequence; your results won’t be very fruitful. There is a certain order that must be followed whether you’re dealing with carts and horses, or data and presentations.

Make hay while the sun shines.

There’s a time and a place for everything. You should take advantage of the conditions of certain situations because…you know what? Things change…fast!

Haste makes waste.

Work quickly and sloppily, and you’ll not only waste your time and effort, but you might also waste money, materials or other people’s time.

Don’t put off to tomorrow what you can do today.

What’s the difference between doing something today versus tomorrow? Perhaps procrastination, resentment or delays… Whatever it may be, time is of the essence. After all, tomorrow will be today before you know it.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

It’s tempting to put all your energies and efforts into one main container, project or basket, but should there be a problem, well, you’re in for a bit of rude awakening. Consider making a contingency plan or two in case things don’t go as planned.

The squeaking wheel gets the oil.

If there’s a problem that needs to be solved, or something that needs to be fixed, well, that thing should, and will, definitely receive attention and care! It doesn’t make sense to fix something that isn’t broken.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

If you do nothing, you get nothing. You might as well get out there and make, do, or create something. You’ll never know how things might turn out if you don’t give it a try…

How about you? Have any ideas for 21st century based proverbs? Maybe “A computer that’s not backed up is doomed to break down….” Perhaps you have a favorite proverb you’d like to share with others? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!

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  2. Thea

    Rashelle, your ability to give such great advice and wisdom in regards to time management and organizing is brilliant. I really enjoyed this comparison to proverbs. Well done!

    • Rashelle

      Thanks so much Thea! I’m really glad you enjoyed the post. Proverbs are just another example of how much we can learn from the past…