221+ Best Procrastination Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Inspirational procrastination quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

Powerful Collection of Most Famous Procrastination Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Busy not yourself in looking forward to the events of to-morrow; but whatever may be those of the days Providence may yet assign you neglect not to turn them to advantage. – Horace

Procrastination is like a credit card; it’s a lot fun until you get the bill. – Christopher Parker

It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end. – Leonardo da Vinci

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

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. – Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

Stop procrastinating, stop feeling guilty and just do it! – Bastiaan Blikman

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

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

How soon ‘not now’ becomes ‘never.’ – Martin Luther

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

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

Procrastination can guard against making the wrong choice too soon. Or it could just be mental laziness. – Pepper Hume

Procrastination is my sin. It brings me naught but sorrow. I know that I should stop it. In fact, I will–tomorrow – Gloria Pitzer

Procrastination is something best put off until tomorrow. – Gerald Vaughan

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

The man who waits to know everything is the man who never does anything. – Craig D. Lounsbrough

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

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

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

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

Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin. – Victor Kiam

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

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

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

Think of many things; do one. – Portuguese proverb

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. – Baltasar Graci

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

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

Don’t put off until tomorrow what can be done today. Procrastination is a sign of weak character. – Carol Cox

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

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

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

If you want to get ahead in life, I’ve found that perhaps the most useless word in the world istomorrow. – José N. Harris

The best way to get something done is to begin. – Author Unknown

Following-through is the only thing that separates dreamers from people that accomplish great things. – Gene Hayden

The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action. – Alexander Graham Bell

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

Procrastination is the soul rebelling against entrapment. – Nassim N. Taleb

He who hesitates is last. – Mae West

Procrastination is a sign of a perfectionist. – P. J. Kennedy

It’s easy to get distracted and procrastinate sometimes, but you can make it happen. – Danny Yann

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. – Jim Rohn

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. – Pablo Picasso

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Be brave and take risks. Your life is happening right now. – Roy Bennett

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

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

Don’t postpone joy until you have learned all of your lessons. Joy is your lesson. – Alan Cohen

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

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

Procrastination is the thief of time. – Edward Young

Procrastination is also a subtle act of corruption †it corrupts valuable time – Amit Abraham

Vagueness and procrastination are ever a comfort to the frail in spirit. – John Updike

Procrastination may not take up a lot of effort physically but without you knowing it, it takes over the mind. – Stephen Hall

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

The problem with procrastination is it’s been around since the beginning of time it seems. – Stephen Richards

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

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

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

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

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

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. – Denis Waitley

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

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

Following-through is the only thing that separates dreamers from people that accomplish great things. ~ Gene Hayden

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

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

Begin to weave and God will give you the thread. – German Proverb

Putting off an easy thing makes it hard, and putting off a hard one makes it impossible. – George H. Lorimer

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

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

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

Procrastination is the foundation of all disasters. – Pandora Poikilos

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 greatest amount of wasted time is the time not getting started. – Dawson Trotman

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

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday – Don Marquis

Happy soul and a hardcore procrastinator seeking truth. – Pallav Gautam

Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him. – Charles Dickens

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

Great acts are made up of small deeds. – Lao Tzu

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

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

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

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

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

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

Begin while others are procrastinating. Work while others are wishing. – William Arthur Ward

Often greater risk is involved in postponement than in making a wrong decision. – Harry A. Hopf

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

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

There is nothing so fatal to character as half finished tasks. – David Lloyd George

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

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

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. – Sydney Smith

Procrastination is opportunity’s natural assassin. – Victor Kiameval

He who is begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin. – Horace

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

Procrastination is opportunity’s natural assassin. – Victor Kiam

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

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

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

I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow. – Margaret Mitchell

Procrastinate now, don’t put it off. – Ellen DeGeneres

Procrastination is opportunity’s natural assassin. – Victor Kiam

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

The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action. – Alexandre Graham Bell

Stop talking. Start walking. – L.M. Heroux

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

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

Delay not to seize the hour! – Aeschylus

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

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

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

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. – Proverbs

Begin doing what you want to do now. – Marie Beynon Ray

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. – John-Roger and Peter McWlliams

If and When were planted, and Nothing grew. – Proverb

Anything worth putting off is worth abandoning altogether. – Epictetus

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

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

Time drinketh up the essence of every great and noble action, which ought to be performed, and is delayed in the execution. – Vishnu Sarma

Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense. – Proverbs

One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys. – Proverbs

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

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

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

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

A year from now you may wish you had started today. – Karen Lambeval

Faith in tomorrow, instead of Christ, is Satan’s nurse for man’s perdition. – George B. Cheever

If you believe you can accomplish everything bycramming 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

A perfect method for adding drama to life is to wait until the deadline looms large. – Alyce P. Cornyn-Selby

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

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried. – Author 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

How soon not now, becomes never. ~ Martin Luther

One of these days, is none of these days. – Proverb

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

As adults most of us at least recognize that we are procrastinating. Even if we are unsure of what to do to get on track and working efficiently.

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

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 McWlliams and John-Roger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How often do you find yourself saying,In a minute,I’ll get to it orTomorrow’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

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

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

Do something instead of killing time. Because time is killing you. – Paulo Coelho, Aleph

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

It was my fear of failure that first kept me from attempting the master work. 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. – Paulo Coelho

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is no avoidance in delay. – Aeschylus

Delay is the deadliest form of denial. – C. Northcote Parkinson

If you are always saying I’ll do it to tomorrow, than your tomorrow will than turn into another day and so on, and so, etc. etc. – Victoria Addino

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

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

Never postpone until tomorrow what you can postpone until the day after. – Raoul Wallenberg

Procrastinators are the painters of tomorrow. – Rick Rotante

Procrastination is a ring on every man’s finger. – Trebonianus Gallus

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

In delay there lies no plenty. – William Shakespeare

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

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. – Seneca

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 thesomeday I’ll philosophy. ~ Denis Waitley

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

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

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. – Author Unknown

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

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

What is deferred is not avoided. – Thomas More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Procrastination is, hands down, our favorite form of self-sabotage. – Alyce P. Cornyn-Selbyeval

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

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

He who hesitates is a damned fool. – Mae West

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

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

If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done. – Rita Mae Brown

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

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

Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week. – Spanish Proverb

I remember reading somewhere about an organization called Procrastinators Anonymous. I think they had been in existence for some years but had never gotten around to having a meeting. – Unknown

One of these days, is none of these days. – Unknown

How soon not now, becomes never. – Martin Luther

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

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. – Jim Rohn

Begin while others are procrastinating. Work while others are wishing. – William Arthur Wardeval

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

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