The Best Procrastination Quotes to Help You Stop Procrastinating

Are you a chronic procrastinator? Do you find it difficult to stay on top of things that need to be done by a certain deadline? Are you lacking the drive and willpower to move forward?

Sometimes, all you need is a bit of inspiration to get the ball rolling—in this case, inspiring, motivating, and humorous procrastination quotes!

In this list, we’ve compiled the best procrastination quotes from authors, professionals, and politicians, among others, to help you stop procrastinating today (not tomorrow). Enjoy!

Short Procrastination Quotes

Looking for a quick fix to your procrastination problems? Get encouragement from these short quotes about procrastination and break your bad habit.

Inspiring Procrastination Quotes

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

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

“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

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

“I’d be more frightened by not using whatever abilities I’d been given. I’d be more frightened by procrastination and laziness.” — Denzel Washington

“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

“Time wasted is existence; used is life.” — Edward Young

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

“Begin to weave and God will give you the thread.” — German Proverb

“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

“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” — James Baldwin

“Procrastination is not Laziness”, I tell him. “It is fear. Call it by its right name, and forgive yourself.” — Julia Cameron

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

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

“Great acts are made up of small deeds.” — Lao Tzu

“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

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” — Marthe Troly-Curtin

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

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

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

“Action will destroy your procrastination” — Og Mandino

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

“Think of many things; do one.” — Portuguese Proverb

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

“If I am not for myself, who is for me? When I am for myself, what am I? If not now, when?” — Rabbi Hillel

“How to stop procrastinating starts with believing you can overcome procrastination.” ― Robert Moment

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

Humorous Procrastination Quotes

“Procrastination is, hands down, our favorite form of self-sabotage.”— Alyce P. Cornyn-Selby

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

“I do my work at the same time each day — the last minute.” — Author Unknown

“Procrastinator? No. I save all my homework until the last minute because then I’ll be older, and therefore wiser.” — Author Unknown

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

“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

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

“Work is the greatest thing in the world, so we should always save some of it for tomorrow!” — Don Herold

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” — Douglas Adams

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

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

“I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.”— Jerome K. Jerome

“My mother always told me I wouldn’t amount to anything because I procrastinate. I said, ‘just wait.’” — Judy Tenuta

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

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

“I’m going to stop putting things off, starting tomorrow!” — Sam Levenson

“The scholar’s greatest weakness: calling procrastination research.” — Stephen King

“I think of myself as something of a connoisseur of procrastination, creative and dogged in my approach to not getting things done.” — Susan Orlean

“One of the greatest labor-saving inventions of today is tomorrow.” — Vincent T. Foss

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

Procrastination Quotes to Get You Moving

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.”— Author Unknown

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

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

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

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

“Do first what you don’t want to do most.” ― Clifford Cohen

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

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

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

“Procrastination is the thief of time.” — Edward Young

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

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

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

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

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

“Someday is not a day of the week.” ― Janet Dailey

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

“If you want to get ahead in life, I’ve found that perhaps the most useless word in the world is “tomorrow.” ― José N. Harris

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

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

“It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

“Stop talking. Start walking.” — L.M. Heroux

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Do something instead of killing time. Because time is killing you.” ― Paulo Coelho

“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

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

“Procrastination has robbed us of too many opportunities.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach

“What is deferred is not avoided.” ― Thomas More

“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

“Procrastination is opportunity’s natural assassin.”— Victor Kiam

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

Long Procrastination Quotes

If you need something more, check out these longer quotes to help you beat procrastination. These quotes will definitely inspire and motivate you to stop thinking and start doing!

Inspiring Procrastination Quotes

“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

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Author Unknown

“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

“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

“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

“Indecisiveness and procrastination are the chosen ways of life for most people. They follow the course of least resistance, which is to do nothing. This provides a security blanket of never being wrong, never making mistakes, never being disappointed and never failing. But they will also never succeed.” — David Peoples

“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

“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

“Lack of confidence, sometimes alternating with unrealistic dreams of heroic success, often leads to procrastination, and many studies suggest that procrastinators are self-handicappers: rather than risk failure, they prefer to create conditions that make success impossible, a reflex that of course creates a vicious cycle.” — James Surowiecki

“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

“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

“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

“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

“By thinking of procrastination as the result of a human tendency to live too much in the moment, we can devise better strategies for overcoming it. If the problem is weighing present versus future costs and benefits, we need to find a way to either bring future benefits closer to the present or to magnify the costs of delayed action.” — Ray Fisman

“Your Life Is Happening Right Now: Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Be brave and take risks. Your life is happening right now.” — Roy T. Bennett

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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 Quotes to Inspire & Motivate You

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“Success is not obtained overnight. It comes in installments; 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

“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

“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

“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.” — Max Brooks

“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

“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

“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

“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

“How often do you find yourself saying, “In a minute”, “I’ll get to it” or “Tomorrow’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

“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

Our Final Piece of Advice

It can be hard to stop procrastinating, especially when things start piling up on your plate. However, with the right mindset and enough effort, you can definitely get out of that slump!

We hope the quotes above inspired you to beat procrastination once and for all. Feel free to share your thoughts and comments down below, and don’t forget to share this article if you enjoyed it!

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