If you find yourself in one of those dreary days, feeling uninspired or extra lazy in the morning, where even your jet black coffee doesn’t seem to produce the energy you need to move from the kitchen table to the shower, then this list is for you. Great people who do things that are great can’t afford to sleep late. It rhymes for a reason.
The perfect way to resist against your sleepiness is to find some motivation to trigger the productive day that you need. Amy Poehler kills it with the inspirational life quotes; and until Amy comes out with a daily affirmations book, or one of those quote-a-day calendars, we just have to scour the Internet for her pebbles of wisdom.
Here are some of her most productivity-sparking quotes:
Be a strong woman, admire strong women: “I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind leading.”
Love is worth the wait: “You deserve love and you’ll get it.”
Do it first, the confidence to follow: “Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it.”
Taking yourself too seriously is overrated: “There’s power in looking silly and not caring that you do.”
Don’t talk about it, just do it: “I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things.”
Carpe diem, Poehler-style: “The great thing about taking big chances when you’re younger is you have less to lose, and you don’t know as much. So you take big swings.”
Be your own best friend: “Sticking up for ourselves in the same way we would one of our friends is a hard but satisfying thing to do.”
Support your friends, your time will come: “'Good for her! Not for me.' That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again.”
Teamwork is dream work: “As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you. Spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.”
Dance like no one is watching: “Dancing is a great equalizer. It gets people out of their heads and into their bodies. I think if you can dance and be free and not embarrassed, you can rule the world.”
An eloquent way of saying “You do you”: “You have to care about your work, but not about the result. You have to care about how good you feel, but not about how good people think you are or good people think you look.”
Get in touch with your creative side: “Creativity is connected to your passion, that light inside you that drives you. That is the juicy stuff that lubricates our lives and helps us feel less alone in the world.”
It’s time to ask yourself: WWAPD (What Would Amy Poehler Do)? Now get out there and slay!