Over 300 Best Procrastination Quotes

Don’t let procrastination destroy your creativity and productivity. These Procrastination Quotes will help you leap into action!

Are you looking to spring into action?

There’s no question that procrastination can be a huge drain on your productivity and motivation. But what is less clear is how to break the habit and get started on your work.

The good news is that there are plenty of techniques and strategies for overcoming procrastination, and once you get into the swing of things, it’s actually pretty easy to keep up the momentum.

One of the best ways to get moving is to read some inspiring quotes about procrastination and taking action. So without further ado, here are over 300 of the best procrastination quotes that will help you get started and stay motivated:

Motivational Quotes for Procrastination

The time to begin most things is ten years ago.

– Mignon McLaughlin

When there is a hill to climb, don’t think that waiting will make it smaller.

– H. Jackson Brown

I’d be more frightened by not using whatever abilities I’d been given. I’d be more frightened by procrastination and laziness.

– Denzel Washington

He who every morning plans the transactions of that day and follows that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life.

– Victor Hugo

It is only by working the rituals, that any significant degree of understanding can develop. If you wait until you are positive you understand all aspects of the ceremony before beginning to work, you will never begin to work.

– Lon Milo DuQuette

The more time you have to do things, the less you are able to get done.

– Joyce Rachelle

You may not be punished for your procrastination, but for sure you will be punished by your procrastination.

– Debasish Mridha

There are a million ways to lose a work day, but not even a single way to get one back.

– Tom DeMarco

I am a person who works well under pressure. In fact, I work so well under pressure that at times, I will procrastinate in order to create this pressure.

– Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

The real difference between those who want to write and those that do, is that those that do get up every day and do it.

– Leonard Wolf

The greatest amount of wasted time is the time not getting started.

– Dawson Trotman

You may delay, but time will not.

Benjamin Franklin

You may delay, but time will not. - Benjamin Franklin

He who hesitates is a damned fool.

– Mae West

This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live.

– General Omar Bradley

Someday is not a day of the week.

– Janet Dailey

Someday is not a day of the week. - Janet Dailey

To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.

– Eva Young

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Inspirational Quotes about Procrastination

He who postpones the time for right-living resembles the rustic who’s waiting until the river’s passed by: yet it glides on, and will roll on, gliding forever.

– Horace

By one delay after another they spin out their whole lives, till there’s no more future left for them.

– Robert L’Estrange

My evil genius Procrastination has whispered me to tarry ’til a more convenient season.

– Mary Todd Lincoln

All things come to those who wait, but when they come they’re out of date.

– Anonymous

Delay is the deadliest form of denial.

– C. Northcote Parkinson

If you procrastinate when faced with a big difficult problem… break the problem into parts, and handle one part at a time.

– Robert Collier

Follow effective actions with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.

– Peter Drucker

A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.

– Greg S. Reid

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work

– Stephen King

The certainty that life cannot be long, and the probability that it will be much shorter than nature allows, ought to awaken every man to the active prosecution of whatever he is desirous to perform. It is true, that no diligence can ascertain success; death may intercept the swiftest career; but he who is cut off in the execution of an honest undertaking has at least the honour of falling in his rank, and has fought the battle, though he missed the victory.

– Samuel Johnson

Don’t wait for your ship to come in, and feel angry and cheated when it doesn’t. Get going with something small.

– Irene Kassorla

Time wasted is existence; used is life.

– Edward Young

Time wasted is existence; used is life. - Edward Young

Stop killing and wasting time. Get something done today.

– Sunday Adelaja

Work is the greatest thing in the world, so we should always save some of it for tomorrow!

– Don Herold

Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the someday I’ll” philosophy”

– Denis Waitley

Your Life Is Happening Right Now: Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Be brave and take risks. Your life is happening right now.

Roy T. Bennett

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The best possible way to prepare for tomorrow is to concentrate with all your intelligence, all your enthusiasm, on doing today’s work superbly today. That is the only possible way you can prepare for the future.

Dale Carnegie

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

– Marthe Troly-Curtin

Procrastination is not Laziness”, I tell him. It is fear. Call it by its right name, and forgive yourself.

– Julia Cameron

In delay there lies no plenty.

– William Shakespeare

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.

– Hunter S. Thompson

You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

– Martin Luther King

Procrastination and excuses are sour spices that spoil the sweet taste of an effective work. They must hence, not be prompted under desire, partly because they are strictly time-stripping and also because they have no known essence.

– Israelmore Ayivor

The fact that I procrastinate and still get the job done is the reason I still procrastinate.

– Unknown

Hold every hour in your grasp. Lay hold of to-day’s task, and you will not need to depend so much upon to-morrow’s. While we are postponing, life speeds by.

– Seneca

Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.

– Dale Carnegie

The habit of always putting off an experience until you can afford it, or until the time is right, or until you know how to do it is one of the greatest burglars of joy. Be deliberate, but once you’ve made up your mind -jump in.

– Charles R. Swindoll

It is an undoubted truth, that the less one has to do, the less time one finds to do it in.

– Earl of Chesterfield

Don’t fool yourself that important things can be put off till tomorrow; they can be put off forever, or not at all.

– Mignon McLaughlin

Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.

– Wayne Gretzky

The follies which a man regrets most, in his life, are those which he didn’t commit when he had the opportunity.

– Helen Rowland

Best Procrastination Quotes

Don’t procrastinate. Putting off an unpleasant task until tomorrow simply gives you more time for your imagination to make a mountain out a possible molehill. More time for anxiety to sap your self-confidence. Do it now, brother, do it now.

– Science Digest

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.

Charles Darwin

The assumption of time is one of humanity’s greatest follies. We tell ourselves that there’s always tomorrow, when we can no more predict tomorrow than we can the weather. Procrastination is the thief of dreams.

– Richard Paul Evans

Doing things at the last minute reminds us of the importance of doing things at the first minute.

– Matshona Dhliwayo

How often do you find yourself saying, In a minute”, I’ll get to it” or Tomorrow’s good enough” and every other possible excuse in the book? Compare it with how often you decide it’s got to be done, so let’s get on and do it! That should tell you just how serious your procrastinating problem really is.

– Stephen Richards

If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.

– Lee Iacocca

By thinking of procrastination as the result of a human tendency to live too much in the moment, we can devise better strategies for overcoming it. If the problem is weighing present versus future costs and benefits, we need to find a way to either bring future benefits closer to the present or to magnify the costs of delayed action.

– Ray Fisman

Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.

– David Allen

Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them. - David Allen

It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.

Leonardo da Vinci

Procrastination is the kidnapper of souls and the recruiting-officer of hell.

– Edward Irving

On ACTION: Stop talking;start DO-ing.

– Nanci McGraw

Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder.

– Mason Cooley

He who thinks too much about every step he takes will always stay on one leg.

– Chinese Proverb

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone

– Pablo Picasso

Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.

– Denis Waitley

This one makes a net, this one stands and wishes. Would you like to make a bet which one gets the fishes.

– Chinese Rhyme

Stop Procrastinating Quotes

Procrastination is the lazy cousin of fear. When we feel anxiety around an activity, we postpone it.

– Noelle Hancock

One of these days, is none of these days.

– Proverb

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

– Unknown

We can all remember a time we procrastinated and it paid off, and we hang onto that like gold because we wanna use that to fuel the self-deception that really is at the heart of procrastination. So, yes, procrastination can pay, but it’s usually harmful.

– Timothy Pychyl

So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don’t sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.

– Lee Iacocca

If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.

– Olin Miller

Whatever you want to achieve, you have to keep on working on it continuously, setting and achieving targets. There should be no procrastination for whatever reason.

– Chitesh Bhat

Yesterday is a cancelled check; Tomorrow is a promissory note; Today is the only cash you have, so spend it wisely.

– Kim Lyons

You, as a person who wants to be successful, need to make ‘I’m doing it now’ a part of your daily vocabulary. Not, ‘I’ll do it after this email,’ or ‘I’ll do it tonight’.

– Jacob Reimer

Who says you need to wait until you ‘feel like’ doing something in order to start doing it? The problem, from this perspective, isn’t that you don’t feel motivated; it’s that you imagine you need to feel motivated.

– Unknown

If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination.

– Thomas de Quincey

The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.

– Thomas Sowell

The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action.

– Alexandre Graham Bell

It is not really work if you are having fun.

– Pierre Omidyar

It is not really work if you are having fun. - Pierre Omidyar

A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.

– George S. Patton

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.

– Alexander Graham Bell

Procrastination Inspiration

Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.

– Michael Landon

The man who waits to know everything is the man who never does anything.

– Craig D. Lounsbrough

Procrastination is the soul rebelling against entrapment.

– Nassim N. Taleb

Putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future. The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today. You are arranging what lies in Fortune’s control, and abandoning what lies in yours. What are you looking at? To what goal are you straining? The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.

– Seneca

Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.

– Spanish Proverb

Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

– nan

My advice is, never do to-morrow what you can to-day. Procrastination is the thief of time. Collar him.

Charles Dickens

Neither a wise nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.

– Dwight D. Eisenhower

You probably only have 4 or 5 hours a day of good quality concentration time… what are you doing with those five hours? I find if I work hard for those five hours, when I’m at my top, I can goof off for the rest of the day.

– Piers Steel

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

Walt Disney

True it is: all men procrastinate and are sorry for it. I think, however, that even the most active find as much to be sorry for as the laziest; for those who do more also see more that might have been done, and see it more clearly.

– Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

– Unknown

If you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute to do.

– Unknown

Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.

– Michael Landon

Perfectionism is the mother of procrastination.

– Unknown

Putting off an easy thing makes it hard. Putting off a hard thing makes it impossible.

– George Claude Lorimer

Quotes about Not Procrastinating

Procrastination is illogical from every viewpoint. It is like the man who wanted to cross the stream, so he sat on the bank to wait for all the water to run by.

– Vernon Howard

I do my work at the same time each day — the last minute.

– Unknown

Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.

Mark Twain

Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well. - Mark Twain

We’re our own hardest critics and it’s easy to let ourselves down. Sleeping too late. Procrastinating.

– Marina Keegan

Don’t wait for someone to take you under their wing. Find a good wing and climb up underneath it.

– Frank C. Bucaro

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

– C. Northcote Parkinson

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. - C. Northcote Parkinson

We must be diligent today. To wait until tomorrow is too late. Death comes unexpectedly. How can we bargain with it?

– Gautama Buddha

Never put things off…you will wake up and find them gone.

– James Jones

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.

– Seneca

A year from now you may wish you had started today.

– Karen Lamb

A year from now you may wish you had started today. - Karen Lamb

You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.

– Unknown

Lack of confidence, sometimes alternating with unrealistic dreams of heroic success, often leads to procrastination, and many studies suggest that procrastinators are self-handicappers: rather than risk failure, they prefer to create conditions that make success impossible, a reflex that of course creates a vicious cycle.

– James Surowiecki

Never put off for tomorrow, what you can do today.

– Thomas Jefferson

To do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.

– Syndey Smith

Procrastination is the thief of time: Year after year it steals, till all are fled, and to the mercies of a moment leaves the vast concerns of an eternal scene.

– Edward Young

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.

– Dale Carnegie

Quotes to Stop Procrastinating

If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.

– Ivan Turgenev

Procrastinating does nothing more than add to your do list. Do it, be done with it!

– Catherine Pulsifer

Space we can recover, time never.

– Napoleon Bonaparte

The really happy people are those who have broken the chains of procrastination, those who find satisfaction in doing the job at hand. They’re full of eagerness, zest, productivity. You can be, too.

– Norman Vincent Peale

Great acts are made up of small deeds.

Lao Tzu

Think of many things; do one.

– Portuguese proverb

Think of many things; do one. - Portuguese proverb

Waiting is a trap. There will always be reasons to wait. The truth is, there are only two things in life, reasons and results, and reasons simply don’t count.

– Robert Anthony

The next day is never so good as the day before.

– Publilius Syrus

We should recognise there’s a closing window of productivity every day and you have to make best use of it because after that, your efforts are going to be feeble and probably guilt-ridden…

– Piers Steel

Chances are there are some things that trigger your tendencies to procrastinate. It is important you identify these things. And if possible, get rid of them.

– John Morgan

Things dreaded require double time to accomplish them.

– James Lendall Basford

No task is a long one but the task on which one dare not start. It becomes a nightmare.

– Charles Baudelaire

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.

– Douglas Adams

Do you know what happens when you give a procrastinator a good idea? Nothing!

– Donald Gardner

If I had to sum up in a word what makes a good manager, I’d say decisiveness. You can use the fanciest computers to gather the numbers, but in the end you have to set a timetable and act.

– Lee Iacocca

If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves

– David Allen

Famous Quotes About Procrastination

Dates on this calendar are closer than they appear.

– Unknown

Dates on this calendar are closer than they appear.

The most dangerous way we sabotage ourselves is by waiting for the perfect moment to begin. Nothing works perfectly the first time, or the first fifty times. Everything has a learning curve. The beginning is just that—a beginning. Surrender your desire to do it flawlessly on the first try. It’s not possible. Learn to learn. Learn to fail. Learn to learn from failing. And begin today. Begin now. Stop waiting.

– Vironika Tugaleva

Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.

– Napoleon Hill

A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.

– Mark Twain

I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.

– Jerome K. Jerome

What is deferred is not avoided.

– Thomas More

What is deferred is not avoided.

If you have goals and procrastination you have nothing. If you have goals and you take action, you will have anything you want.

– Thomas J. Vilord

Your ideas have legs and just as they run through your head, they could be running through someone else’s head and it’s just a matter of who gets to the finish line first. Nothing is new under the sun so act on your ideas.

– Sanjo Jendayi

Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.

– Christopher Parker

Procrastination is something best put off until tomorrow.

– Attributed to Gerald Vaughan

Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.

– Peter Drucker

Don’t procrastinate, life is way too short. Do things as they come to you, live your life like a high-speed sport.

– Julie Hebert

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If a thing’s worth doing, it’s worth doing late.

– Frederick Oliver

If a thing’s worth doing, it’s worth doing late. - Frederick Oliver

It’s the job that’s never started that takes longest to finish.

– J. R. R. Tolkien

Success is not obtained overnight. It comes in instalments; you get a little bit today, a little bit tomorrow until the whole package is given out. The day you procrastinate, you lose that day’s success.

– Israelmore Ayivor

Whilst we deliberate how to begin a thing, it grows too late to begin it.

– Quintilian

Overcoming Procrastination Quotes

It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth—and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up—that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.

– Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.

– Abraham Lincoln

Life, as it is called, is for most of us one long postponement.

– Henry Miller

Your competition isn’t other people. Your competition is your procrastination. Your ego. The unhealthy food you’re consuming, the knowledge you neglect. The negative behavior you’re nurturing & your lack of creativity. Compete against that.

– Unknown

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God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.

– Attributed to St. Augustine of Hippo

Procrastination is a way for us to be satisfied with second-rate results; we can always tell ourselves we’d have done a better job if only we’d had more time. If you’re good at rationalizing, you can keep yourself feeling rather satisfied this way, but it’s a cheap happy. You’re whittling your expectations of yourself down lower and lower.

– Richard O’Conner

Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.

– William Shakespeare

We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost opportunity. The ‘tide in the affairs of men’ does not remain at the flood; it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residue of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: ‘Too late.’ There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect.

– Martin Luther King

Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity.

– Jean de La Bruyère

By what right do I, who have wasted this day, make claims on tomorrow?

– Alain-Fournier

The production of a creative piece, there’s a lot of thought that has to go into it, and if we try to say that anything but brush to canvas is procrastination, then we’re undermining what it is to be creative. And so I think we have to watch that we don’t call every delay or every sort of inaction, procrastination.

– Timothy Pychyl

The opportunity often slips away while we deliberate on it.

– Publilius Syrus

How does a project get to be a year behind schedule? One day at a time.

– Fred Brooks

If and When were planted, and Nothing grew.

– Proverb

Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both.

– John Andrew Holms

I’m going to stop putting things off, starting tomorrow!

– Sam Levenson

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

― J.R.R. Tolkien

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

Quotes on Procrastination

Thinking too much leads to paralysis by analysis. It’s important to think things through, but many use thinking as a means of avoiding action.

– Robert Herjavec

We all sorely complain of the shortness of time, and yet have much more than we know what to do with. Our lives are either spent in doing nothing at all, or in doing nothing to the purpose, or in doing nothing that we ought to do. We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end of them.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.

– Napoleon Bonaparte

What may be done at any time will be done at no time.

– Scottish Proverb

If we accept and internalize the fact of our own mortality, then, by definition, we have to deal with the essential questions of how we live and spend our allotted time. We have to stop procrastinating, pretending that we have forever to do what we want to do and be what we long to be.

– Surya Das

One of the greatest labor-saving inventions of today is tomorrow.

– Vincent T. Foss

I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument, while the song I came to sing remains unsung.

– Rabindranath Tagore

Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.

– M. Scott Peck

Tomorrow is the only day in the year that appeals to a lazy man.

– Jimmy Lyons

You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.

– Unknown

The essence of procrastination lies in not doing what you think you should be doing, a mental contortion that surely accounts for the great psychic toll the habit takes on people. This is the perplexing thing about procrastination: although it seems to involve avoiding unpleasant tasks, indulging in it generally doesn’t make people happy.

– James Surowiecki

Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today because if you enjoy it today, you can do it again tomorrow.

– James A. Michener

Life always begins with one step outside of your comfort zone.

– Shannon L. Alder

You shall find that delay breeds danger, & that procrastination in perils is but the mother of mishap.

– Robert Greene

Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand—and melting like a snowflake.

– Francis Bacon

In the conduct of almost every affair slowness and procrastination are hateful.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Do not procrastinate quotes

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.

Abraham Lincoln

Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.

– Steven Wright

The forces of procrastination, self-doubt, worry, cultural expectations, even family and friends, can hold your life in place, like Gravity.

– Matt Gersper

How to stop procrastinating starts with believing you can overcome procrastination.

– Robert Moment

It was my fear of failure that first kept me from attempting the masterwork. Now, I’m beginning what I could have started ten years ago. But I’m happy at least that I didn’t wait twenty years.

Paul Coehlo

Do not put your work off till to-morrow and the day after; for a sluggish worker does not fill his barn, nor one who puts off his work: industry makes work go well, but a man who puts off work is always at hand-grips with ruin.

– Hesiod

Often greater risk is involved in postponement than in making a wrong decision.

– Harry A. Hopf

Sure, gathering resources and information is productive and useful but some people seem to be unable to make decisions – these are the serious procrastinators. They let others decide for them, so there is no blame for failure attributed to them. Procrastination is not waiting and it is more than delaying. It is a decision to not act. It is very helpful and useful to gather information to make an informed decision, but when one simply continues to gather beyond the point of adequate resources, then they are being indecisive and the waiting is counterproductive.

– Joseph Ferrari

If you always do what is easy and choose the path of least resistance, you never step outside your comfort zone. Great things don’t come from comfort zones.

– Roy Bennett

To procrastinate seems inherent in man, for if you do to-day that you may enjoy to-morrow it is but deferring the enjoyment; so that to be idle or industrious, vicious or virtuous, is but with a view of procrastinating the one or the other.

– Benjamin Haydon

The worst form of procrastination is reading a procrastination quote, feeling the guilt, and not doing anything about it.

– Unknown

We’re doing all these things so we can squeeze things together so we can save time, and I don’t know about you, but I don’t have anymore time, I have less time. But let’s just say we could save up a whole chunk of time and set it aside, you know what we’d do with it? Nothing. Nothing at all. Isn’t that the point, to be able to do nothing at all? We’re not guaranteed that later-on chunk of time, all we have is here and now, and that’s why procrastination feels so right. Procrastination is not the problem, it is the solution. It is the universe’s way of saying, ‘Stop, slow down. You move too fast’… Procrastinate now, don’t put it off.

– Ellen DeGeneres

I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.

– Pearl S. Buck

Procrastination is, hands down, our favorite form of self-sabotage.

– Alyce P. Cornyn-Selby

The trouble is that you think you have time.

– Jack Kornfield

The trouble is that you think you have time. - Jack Kornfield

In putting off what one has to do, one runs the risk of never being able to do it.

– Charles Baudelaire

Motivation for Procrastination

If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.

– Rita Mae Brown

There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today.

– Mignon McLaughlin

Nothing so perilous as procrastination.

– John Lyly

There is sometimes only a very fine line between deliberation and procrastination.

– Paul A. Walker

A day can really slip by when you’re deliberately avoiding what you’re supposed to do.

– Bill Watterson

If I am not for myself, who is for me? When I am for myself, what am I? If not now, when?

– Rabbi Hillel

Procrastination has robbed us of too many opportunities.

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

Procrastination has robbed us of too many opportunities.

Doing just a little bit during the time we have available puts you that much further ahead than if you took no action at all.

– Byron Pulsifer

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday and avoiding today.

– Wayne Dyer

If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.

– Hilary Mantel

Getting an idea should be like sitting on a pin; it should make you jump up and do something.

– E.L. Simpson

He who awaits much can expect little.

– Gabriel Garcia Marquez

My mother always told me I wouldn’t amount to anything because I procrastinate. I said, ‘Just wait.

– Judy Tenuta

We are so scared of being judged that we look for every excuse to procrastinate.

– Erica Jong

Great matter-days remain on the day stone balance, affecting your life on the day the occur and every day thereafter. So the earlier they happen, the better; waiting means potentially sacrificing years or even decades of benefit.

– Ron Lizzi

Procrastination gives you something to look forward to.

– Joan Konner

Get it done quotes

If you want to get ahead in life, I’ve found that perhaps the most useless word in the world is tomorrow.

– José N. Harris

Often just by taking action, by doing something about the situation can relieve the stress and help correct the situation.

– Catherine Pulsifer

If you wait for things to be perfect, you walk away with nothing. Just jump in and get started.

– Unknown

Delay not to seize the hour!


Procrastination usually results in sorrowful regret. Today’s duties put off until tomorrow give us a double burden to bear; the best way is to do them in their proper time.

– Ida Scott Taylor

I think of myself as something of a connoisseur of procrastination, creative and dogged in my approach to not getting things done.

– Susan Orlean

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.

– Napoleon Hill

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. - Napoleon Hill

You must not procrastinate. Rather, you should make preparations so that even if you did die tonight, you would have no regrets. If you develop an appreciation for the uncertainty and imminence of death, your sense of the importance of using your time wisely will get stronger and stronger.

– Dalai Lama

A task left undone remains undone in two places — at the actual location of the task, and inside your head. Incomplete tasks in your head consume the energy of your attention as they gnaw at your conscience.

– Brahma Kumaris

The scholar’s greatest weakness: calling procrastination research.

– Stephen King

The problem with tomorrow is that I have never seen a tomorrow. Tomorrow does not exist. Tomorrow only exist in the mind of dreamers and losers.

– Robert Kiyosaki

The best way to get something done is to begin.

– Unknown

The best way to get something done is to begin.

You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood. What mood is that? Last-minute panic.

– Bill Watterson

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.

– Unknown

We shall never have more time. We have, and have always had, all the time there is. No object is served in waiting until next week or even until tomorrow. Keep going day in and day out. Concentrate on something useful. Having decided to achieve a task, achieve it at all costs.

– Arnold Bennett

Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.

– William James

Quotes on Taking Action

My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.

Charles Dickens

Delay always breeds danger; and to protract a great design is often to ruin it.

– Miguel De Cervantes

The greatest thief this world has ever produced is procrastination, and he is still at large.

– Attributed to Josh Billings

There is nothing so fatal to character as half-finished tasks.

– David Lloyd George

Do first what you don’t want to do most.

– Clifford Cohen

Do first what you don’t want to do most. - Clifford Cohen

Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment.

– Robert Benchley

You know you are getting old when it takes too much effort to procrastinate.

– Unknown

How soon not now, becomes never.

Martin Luther

Procrastination is the seed of self-destruction.

– Matthew Burton

Procrastination is the seed of self-destruction. - Matthew Burton

Believe me, ‘I shall live’ is not the saying of a wise man. Tomorrow’s life is too late: live today.

– Martial

Following through is the only thing that separates dreamers from people that accomplish great things.

– Gene Hayden

For true procrastinators, nothing gets done without a deadline. As we say in journalism: The deadline is your friend. And when that deadline looms too near to procrastinate any longer, you need to take care of business. Crank it out, baby.

– Seth Stevenson

Procrastination has been called a thief—the thief of time. I wish it were no worse than a thief. It is a murderer; and that which it kills is not time merely, but the immortal soul.

– William Nevins

Procrastination. Because every problem deserves a chance to solve itself.

– Neil Thomas Stacey

In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do. The worst thing you can do is nothing.

– Theodore Roosevelt

The sooner I fall behind, the more time I have to catch up.

– Unknown

Quotes on Avoiding Procrastination

Today’s technology can help us not procrastinate if we use it wisely. We don’t have to surf the Web for hours on irrelevant tasks. We can get systems that time us out after 10 minutes. We don’t have to have a Blackberry with us at all times. Use technology as a tool, not as a means of delay.

– Joseph Ferrari

Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started.

– David Allen

Begin to weave and God will give you the thread.

– German Proverb

Perhaps the most valuable result of an education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not.

– Thomas Huxley

Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.

– Calvin Coolidge

Procrastination taught me how to do 30 minutes of work in 8 hours and 8 hours of work in 30 minutes.

– Unknown

Don’t wait for extraordinary circumstance to do good; try to use ordinary situations.

– Charles Richter

The search for the perfect venture can turn into procrastination. Your idea may or may not have merit. The key is to get started.

– Unknown

If you put off everything till you’re sure of it, you’ll never get anything done.

– Norman Vincent Peale

A primary reason people don’t do new things is because they want to do them perfectly – first time. It’s completely irrational, impractical, not workable – and yet, it’s how most people run their lives. It’s called The Perfection Syndrome.

– Peter McWilliams and John Roger

I’ve been looking over the list of spring chores I made up last fall, and darned if they aren’t fall chores, after all.

– Robert Brault

If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you’ll find you’ve done it.

– George Bernard Shaw

Begin while others are procrastinating. Work while others are wishing.

– William Arthur Ward

Do something instead of killing time. Because time is killing you.

– Paulo Coelho

Perfection’ is man’s ultimate illusion. It simply doesn’t exist in the universe…. If you are a perfectionist, you are guaranteed to be a loser in whatever you do.

– David D. Burns

Remember how long you’ve been putting this off, how many extensions the gods gave you, and you didn’t use them. At some point you have to recognize what world it is that you belong to; what power rules it and from what source you spring; that there is a limit to the time assigned you, and if you don’t use it to free yourself it will be gone and will never return.

– Marcus Aurelius

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Quotes on getting focused

If you choose to not deal with an issue, then you give up your right of control over the issue and it will select the path of least resistance.

– Susan Del Gatto

There’s nothing to match curling up with a good book when there’s a repair job to be done around the house.

– Joe Ryan

When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that in itself is a choice.

– William James

Procrastination is like going to a fancy restaurant and filling up on bread and not leaving enough room for dinner.

– Richie Norton

The dread of doing a task uses up more time and energy than doing the task itself.

– Rita Emmett

If you believe you can accomplish everything by cramming” at the eleventh hour, by all means, don’t lift a finger now. But you may think twice about beginning to build your ark once it has already started raining.

– Max Brooks

Procrastinator? No. I save all my homework until the last minute because then I’ll be older, and therefore wiser.

– Unknown

When you procrastinate and do something that makes you feel momentarily good, you get a reward. The problem is you never get to the source of the negative emotions that cause you to avoid the task in the first place.

– Fuschia Sirois

Every seasoned procrastinator loves to tell himself that, amid his flurry of avoidance strategies—rearranging the furniture in his office, pitching himself into a YouTube rabbit hole, surrendering to a fit of self-Googling—his brain is secretly marinating ideas and hatching plans.

– Jessica Winter

He who puts off nothing till tomorrow has done a great deal.

Baltasar Gracián

Procrastination is opportunity’s natural assassin.

– Victor Kiam

Do nothing by halves which can be done by quarters.

– F. R. Scott

Stop talking. Start walking.

– L.M. Heroux

Stop talking. Start walking.

Avoid delays: procrastination always does harm.

– Lucan

He who begun has half finished. Dare to be wise; begin.

– Horace

A perfect method for adding drama to life is to wait until the deadline looms large.

– Alyce P. Cornyn-Selby

Procrastination Quotes and Proverbs

Procrastinators are tremendously great excuse makers. They always have a reason. They never take the responsibility on themselves. It’s why working on time management doesn’t provide relief for procrastinators. They will have their ready excuse. It’s never their fault.

– Joseph Ferrari

Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work

– Chuck Close

No more excuses or procrastination! Stop allowing your days to be stolen by busy nothingness and take calculated steps towards your goals.

– Steve Maraboli

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

– Anne Frank

Indecisiveness and procrastination are the chosen ways of life for most people. They follow the course of least resistance, which is to do nothing. This provides a security blanket of never being wrong, never making mistakes, never being disappointed and never failing. But they will also never succeed.

– David Peoples

Too many people spend too much time trying to perfect something before they actually do it. Instead of waiting for perfection, run with what you go, and fix it as you go.

– Paul Arden

Doubt increases with inaction. Clarity reveals itself in momentum. Growth comes from progress. For all these reasons, BEGIN.

– Brendon Burchard

Delaying gratification is a process of scheduling the pain and pleasure of life in such a way as to enhance the pleasure by meeting and experiencing the pain first and getting it over with. It is the only decent way to live.

– M. Scott Peck

Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.

– James Baldwin

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What is a quote for procrastination?

A short but to the point quote all procrastinators can remember is: “The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll finish.”

What are the 4 types of procrastinators?

There are 4 types of procrastinators: the perfectionist, the independent, the avoidant, and the undecided.

Do geniuses procrastinate?

Some believe that geniuses often procrastinate because they are perfectionists and want to make sure that their work is perfect. However, others believe that procrastination can actually be a sign of creativity, and that geniuses often take their time in order to come up with the best ideas.

Final thoughts

Procrastination is the thief of time. It’s a common problem that can have many causes, but the end result is always the same – wasted time and opportunities.

The good news is that there are ways to overcome procrastination and get things done. The bad news is that it takes effort and determination. But it’s worth it, because the rewards are great.

Do you have any tips on overcoming procrastination, or being more effective with a very busy life? If so, please share them in the comments below.

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