45 Quotes About Procrastination


There are various ways to tackle and delay your projects. These quotes about procrastination capture the common behaviors of those that tend to accomplish things at the last moment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Great acts are made up of small deeds.”

“How soon ‘not now’ becomes ‘never.'”

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

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

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

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

“In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”

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

“It is not really work if you are having fun.”

“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.”

“Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”

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

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

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

“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.”

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

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

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

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

“One of these days, is none of these days.”

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

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

“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.”

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

“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 a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the ‘someday I’ll’ philosophy.”

“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.”

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

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

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

“Think of many things; do one.”

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

“Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.”

“What mood is that? Last-minute panic.”

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

“You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.”

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

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

“Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.”

There are various reasons to why we procrastinate and strategies we can follow to improve the way we tackle projects.