Procrastination Quotes

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Procrastination Quotes Index

About Procrastination
Benefits of Action
Comebacks to Procrastinator’s Excuses
Consequences of Procrastination
Do It Now
EFT Video to Clear Procrastination
Funny Video on Procrastination
Good Advice
How to Stop Procrastination
Insightful
Inspirational
Jaded
Procrastination and Deadlines
Procrastination and Time
Procrastination Jokes
Procrastinator’s Excuses
Profound
Proverbs
Tomorrow
Value of Time

About Procrastination

"Procrastination is opportunity’s natural assassin."
~ Victor Kiam

"Procrastination is the thief of time."
~ Edward Young

"Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday and avoiding today."
~ Wayne Dyer

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

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

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Benefits of Action

"He who puts off nothing till tomorrow has done a great deal."
~ Baltasar Graci

"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

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Comebacks to Procrastinator’s Excuses

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

"Someday is not a day of the week."
~ Unknown

"One of these days is none of these days."
~ Attributed to both Henri Tubach and H.G. Bohn

"Stop talking. Start walking."
~ L.M. Heroux

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Consequences of Procrastination

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

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

"In delay there lies no plenty."
~ William Shakespeare

"Procrastination is, hands down, our favorite form of self-sabotage."
~ Alyce P. Cornyn-Selby

"Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried."
~ Unknown

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

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"Procrastination has robbed us of too many opportunities."
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

"The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to a close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences."
~ Winston Churchill

"Those who are late will be punished by life itself."
~ Mikhail Gorbachev

"Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable."
~ Sydney Harris

"Procrastination is the kidnapper of souls and the recruiting-officer of hell."
~ Edward Irving

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"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

"Avoid delays: procrastination always does harm."
~ Lucanus

"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

"Depression turned my body, mind and soul into concrete; procrastination turned my heart into a block of dirty ice."
~ Dolly Sen

"The greatest thief this world has ever produced is procrastination, and he is still at large."
~ Henry Wheelter Shaw

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Do It Now

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

"The two rules of procrastination:
1) Do it today.
2) Tomorrow will be today tomorrow."
~ Unknown

"Don’t procrastinate. Putting off an unpleasant task until tomorrow simply give 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."
~ Unknown

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

"The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day."
~ Abraham Lincoln

"Kabeer, that which you have to do tomorrow - do it today instead; and that which you have to do now - do it immediately! Later on, you will not be able to do anything, when death hangs over your head."
~ Hagat Kabeer Ji

"During a very busy life I have often been asked, "How did you manage to do it all?" The answer is very simple. It is because I did everything promptly."
~ Richard Tangye

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Funny Video on Procrastination

Just thought you might enjoy a good laugh as you watch Ellen DeGeneres do a little skit on procrastination.

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Good Advice

"Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today."
~ Benjamin Franklin

"Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves."
~ Dale Carnegie

"If you wait until all the lights are “green” before you leave home, you'll never get started on your trip to the top."
~ Zig Ziglar

"Don't wait for someone to take you under their wing. Find a good wing and climb up underneath it."
~ Frank C. Bucaro

"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, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

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

"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.

"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

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"Begin while others are procrastinating. Work while others are wishing."
~ William Arthur Ward

"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

"Initiative – take it, rather than procrastinate."
~ Catherine Pulsifer

"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

"You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good."
~ Jerry West (LA Lakers).

"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.

"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

"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

"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

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

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

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How to Stop Procrastination

"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."
~ Mark Twain

"You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

"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

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."
~ Walt Disney

"Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today."
~ Thomas Jefferson

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

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Insightful

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

And someone rightly commented:
The worst form of procrastination is reading a procrastination quote, feeling the guilt and not doing anything about it.
~ Unknown

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

"Every duty which is bidden to wait returns with seven fresh duties at its back."
~ Charles Kingsley

"It is an undoubted truth, that the less one has to do, the less time one finds to do it in."
~ Earl of Chesterfield

"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

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

"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

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"When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that in itself is a choice."
~ William James.

"Every thing in human character goes to wreck, under the reign of procrastination, while prompt action gives to all things a corresponding and proportional life and energy."
~ William A. Alcott

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

"Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity."
~ Jean de La Bruyère

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

"Perhaps the most valuable result of al 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

"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 Robert Haydon

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"...who waits until circumstances completely favor his undertaking, will never accomplish anything."
~ Martin Luther

"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

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

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

"When you say, "Wait a moment," you are bound by your karma; when you say "Yes I will," you are free."
~ Shunryu Suzuki

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Inspirational

"He who begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin."
~ Horace

"Yes, you can be a dreamer and a doer too, if you will remove one word from your vocabulary: impossible."
~ Robert Schuller.

"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.

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Jaded

"Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow."
~ Mark Twain

"Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment."
~ Robert Benchley

"Eventually, time takes care of everything. The trouble with procrastination is that people give up on it too soon."
~ Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

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Procrastination and Deadlines

"If it weren't for the last minute, I wouldn't get anything done."
~ Unknown

"I do my work at the same time each day - the last minute."
~ Unknown

"I love deadlines. Especially the whooshing sound they make as they pass by."
~ Douglas Adams

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Procrastination and Time

"You may delay, but time will not."
~ Benjamin Franklin

"Yesterday is a cancelled cheque. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is the only cash you have, so spend it wisely."
~ Kim Lyons.

"The trouble is that you think you have time."
~ Jack Kornfield

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Procrastination Jokes

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

"I’m going to stop putting things off, starting tomorrow!"
~ Sam Levenson

"Do you know what happens when you give a procrastinator a good idea? Nothing!"
~ Donald Gardner

"Procrastination is something best put off until tomorrow."
~ Gerald Vaughan

"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, www.robertbrault.com

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

"Procrastination is like masturbation. At first it feels good, but in the end you're only screwing yourself."
~ Unknown

"Procrastination is suicide on the installment plan."
~ Unknown

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Procrastinator’s Excuses

"One of the greatest labor-saving inventions of today is tomorrow."
~ Vincent T. Foss

"Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday."
~ Unknown

"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

"Work is the greatest thing in the world, so we should always save some of it for tomorrow!"
~ Don Herold.

"I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours."
~ Jerome K. Jerome (Three Men in a Boat, 1889).

"My evil genius Procrastination has whispered me to tarry 'til a more convenient season."
~ Mary Todd Lincoln

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Profound

"Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion."
~ C. Northcote Parkinson, 1958

"Putting off an easy thing makes it hard. Putting off a hard thing makes it impossible."
~ George Claude Lorimer

"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

"There are a million ways to lose a work day, but not even a single way to get one back."
~ Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister

"The best way to get something done is to begin."
~ Unknown

"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

"To be always intending to make a new and better life but never find time to set about it is as…to put off eating and drinking and sleeping from one day to next until you’re dead."
~ Oq Mandino

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"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

"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

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

"Lose this day loitering; t'will be the same old story tomorrow, and the next day more dilatory … Each indecision brings its own delays and days are lost lamenting o'er lost days."
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Delaying gratification is a process of scheduling the pain and pleasure of life in such 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

"It's a job that's never started that takes the longest to finish."
~ J. R. R. Tolkien

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Proverbs

"Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week."
~ Spanish Proverb

"What may be done at any time will be done at no time."
~ Scottish Proverb

"If and When were planted, and Nothing grew."
~ Proverb

"What can be done at any time is never done at all."
~ English Proverb

"Postpone not a good action."
~ Irish Proverb

"Anger is the only thing to put off till tomorrow."
~ Slovakian proverb

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Tomorrow

"Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week."
~ Spanish Proverb

"Tomorrow is the day when idlers work, and fools reform."
~ Edward Young

"Tomorrow is the only day in the year that appeals to a lazy man."
~ Jimmy Lyons

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Value of Time

"Work while it is called today, for you know not how much you may be hindered tomorrow. One today is worth two tomorrows; never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today."
~ Benjamin Franklin

"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."
~ Lord Chesterfield

"The greatest amount of wasted time is the time not getting started."
~ Dawson Trotman

"Time wasted is existence; used is life."
~ Edward Young

By one delay after another they spin out their whole lives, till there's no more future left for them."
~ Robert L'Estrange

"Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of."
~ Benjamin Franklin

"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 Kǔbler-Ross

"Well arranged time is the surest mark of a well arranged mind."
~ Sir Isaac Pitman

"Think of all the years passed by in which you said to yourself "I'll do it tomorrow," and how the gods have again and again granted you periods of grace of which you have not availed yourself. It is time to realize that you are a member of the Universe, that you are born of Nature itself, and to know that a limit has been set to your time. Use every moment wisely, to perceive your inner refulgence, or 'twill be gone and nevermore within your reach."
~ Marcus Aurelius (Meditations, 2.4)

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