50 Overcoming Procrastination Quotes and Sayings


Being a procrastinator is sometimes a difficult habit to shake. These overcoming procrastination quotes and sayings are perfect for giving you the insight and encouragement to deal with completing tasks in a timely fashion.

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

“All things come to those who wait, but when they come they’re out of date.”

“Begin doing what you want to do now.”

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

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

“Delay not to seize the hour!”

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

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

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

“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.”

“He who hesitates is a damned fool.”

“How soon not now, becomes never.”

“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.”

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

“If and When were planted, and Nothing grew.”

“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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin.”

“Procrastination is the thief of time.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“The best way to get something done is to begin.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

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

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

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

“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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beating procrastination is a difficult habit to break. Being mindful of your tasks and timeframe will help you to better manage and overcome this deficiency.