You know the expression, “there’s nothing new under the sun“?  I am reading a book of inspirational quotes published in 1903. 
Here’s an excerpt:

Our thoughts, good or bad, are not in our command, but every one of us has at all hours duties to do, and these he can do negligently, like a slave, or faithfully, like a true servant. “Do the duty that is nearest thee” — that first, and that well; all the rest will disclose themselves with increasing clearness, and make their successive demand.  Were your duties never so small, I advise you, set yourself with double and treble energy and punctuality, to do them, hour after hour, day after day.    – T. Carlyle

Sound familiar? It does to me.  Lots of people who are writing about productivity and personal development are saying exactly the same thing, if in more modern language.

By the way, that nothing new quote is from the bible, from Ecclesiastes 1, which was written (I’m no scholar) like a long time ago.  And even back then, there was nothing new.

And speaking of ancient quotes on productivity, how about this one?

 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. Ecclesiastes 9:10

Seems like good, if a bit grim, advice to start the year.  Just do it. 

And, if you’re anything like me, quit whining about it.

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