Procrastination Quotes to Get You Going

Young student day dreamingWe’ve all been there. You’ve got a task to do. But first, you’ll just quickly check your email. Then you have to see what people are up to on Facebook. And Twitter. And LinkedIn. You’re not quite ready to start working so you flip on the TV quickly. That actress looks familiar…you’ve seen her somewhere before and it’s driving you crazy, so you go to IMDB to find out where. Oh, that new movie is coming out! You’ve got to watch the trailer. Before you know it, an hour is gone and you’ve made zero progress on the task at hand.

Everyone procrastinates in some way. The reasons vary but the results are always the same: Your work goes unfinished. To provide some inspiration to get out of this rut, we’ve compiled a list of procrastination quotes. Some are motivational while others are contemplative and insightful, sharing wisdom about the cost of procrastination.

Procrastination Quotes

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

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

“Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin.”
– Victor Kiam

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

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

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

“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

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

“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

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

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

“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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

“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

We hope you enjoyed this list of procrastination quotes – now go get to work!

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