Say you're having a chat with someone and as they're about to leave, they mention that they're about to do a particular task.

How do you wish them a productive time, besides "Go kick some ass!"?

Or is this just something not done by English speaking folk?


"Get 'er done!" is perhaps the one I've heard most commonly. Personally, I tend to say things like "Stay off Facebook!", "Good luck!", or "Have fun!" (for irony).

  • Yeah, I've actually heard "Get 'er done!" before. Thanks! – scribu Apr 12 '12 at 1:51

I just found a possible alternative: 'Make the most of time!'. It can be seen here translated from the Spanish sentence 'Aprovecha el tiempo!' (it's perfectly suitable for your purpose).

It's also proposed 'Take advantage of every minute!' but I'm not sure of it. This sounds way too polite for your situation. Could someone verify if this is also correct please?

  • I guess that could work, but it's not really common. – scribu Apr 12 '12 at 1:51

You could just say "I hope you are productive," or "be productive," or "I hope you get a lot done."

The word that came to mind, however, that hasn't been mentioned in this post is efficient.

The OED defines this as (generally referring to a machine or a system, but it can just as well apply to a resource, such as a person):

achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense.

For example, if I accomplished much in a short period of time, I would say I was very productive with my time because I was working efficiently.

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