365 Procrastination Quotes For Every Unwasted Morning

Inspiring Quotes About Procrastination

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

“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

“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

“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

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

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

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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“Life always begins with one step outside of your comfort zone.” Shannon L. Alder

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

“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

“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 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

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

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

“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

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

“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

“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday” Don Marquis

“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

“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

“If you choose to not deal with an issue, then you give up your right of control over the issue and it will select the path of least resistance.” Susan Del Gatto

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

“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

“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

“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

“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

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

“Who says you need to wait until you ‘feel like’ doing something in order to start doing it? The problem, from this perspective, isn’t that you don’t feel motivated; it’s that you imagine you need to feel motivated. If you can regard your thoughts and emotions about whatever you’re procrastinating on as passing weather, you’ll realise that your reluctance about working isn’t something that needs to be eradicated or transformed into positivity. You can coexist with it. You can note the procrastinatory feelings and act anyway.” Oliver Burkeman

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

“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

The Procrastination Problem

Research estimates that approximately 20% of people are chronic procrastinators.[1]

If you’ve ever procrastinated on anything, you’ll know how there’s nothing about procrastination that makes you feel good about yourself.  It’s a self-defeating habit that hinders the success of many creatives.

Corralling the free flowing creative spirit into time and space can be a challenge.  To lasso the wild horse of imagination and tame the bucking bronco of the creative mind is a bumpy ride. However, once harnessed, that beauty can take you wherever you want to go.

“You will never regret the results you achieve by requiring yourself to focus and get stuff done.”~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com®


Quotes about procrastination itself

The quotes in this section provide insights into the phenomenon of procrastination itself.

“Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.”

Napoleon Hill

“The more time you have to do things, the less you are able to get done.”

Joyce Rachelle

“The greatest thief this world has ever produced is procrastination, and he is still at large.”

— Attributed to Josh Billings (the pen name of Henry Wheeler Shaw)

 “There is sometimes only a very fine line between deliberation and procrastination.”

Paul A. Walker

“Nothing so perilous as procrastination.”

John Lyly

“The greatest amount of wasted time is the time not getting started.”

Dawson Trotman

“God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.”

Attributed to St. Augustine of Hippo

“In the conduct of almost every affair slowness and procrastination are hateful.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero

“The production of a creative piece, there’s a lot of thought that has to go into it, and if we try to say that anything but brush to canvas is procrastination, then we’re undermining what it is to be creative. And so I think we have to watch that we don’t call every delay or every sort of inaction, procrastination.”

Timothy Pychyl, in “How to Be a Productive Procrastinator”, a National Public Radio (NPR) interview (2008)

“Perfectionism is the mother of procrastination.”

— Source unknown

“Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both.”

John Andrew Holms

“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 Haydon

“My evil genius Procrastination has whispered me to tarry ’til a more convenient season.”

Mary Todd Lincoln

“We can all remember a time we procrastinated and it paid off, and we hang onto that like gold because we wanna use that to fuel the self-deception that really is at the heart of procrastination. So, yes, procrastination can pay, but it’s usually harmful.”

Timothy Pychyl, in “Why We Procrastinate — And How We Can Stop”, a WBUR interview (2017)

“Sure, gathering resources and information is productive and useful but some people seem to be unable to make decisions – these are the serious procrastinators. They let others decide for them, so there is no blame for failure attributed to them. Procrastination is not waiting and it is more than delaying. It is a decision to not act.  It is very helpful and useful to gather information to make an informed decision, but when one simply continues to gather beyond the point of adequate resources, then they are being indecisive and the waiting is counterproductive.”

Joseph Ferrari, in “Psychology of Procrastination: Why People Put Off Important Tasks Until the Last Minute”, an American Psychological Association (APA) interview (2010)

“Things dreaded require double time to accomplish them.”

James Lendall Basford, in “Sparks from the Philosopher’s Stone” (1882)

“When you procrastinate and do something that makes you feel momentarily good, you get a reward. The problem is you never get to the source of the negative emotions that cause you to avoid the task in the first place.”

Fuschia Sirois, in “How To Stop Procrastinating and the Psychology Behind It”, in Balance (2018)

“What may be done at any time will be done at no time.”

Scottish Proverb

“The essence of procrastination lies in not doing what you think you should be doing, a mental contortion that surely accounts for the great psychic toll the habit takes on people. This is the perplexing thing about procrastination: although it seems to involve avoiding unpleasant tasks, indulging in it generally doesn’t make people happy.”

— James Surowiecki, in “Later: What does procrastination tell us about ourselves?”, in The New Yorker (2010)

“It’s the job that’s never started that takes longest to finish.”

J. R. R. Tolkien

Procrastination quotes about life and living

37. “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

38. “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

39. “You can dance in the storm. Don’t wait for the rain to be over before because it might take too long. You can do it now. Wherever you are, right now, you can start, right now; this very moment.”― Israelmore Ayivor

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

41. “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

42. “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

43. “The penalty for procrastination is the loss of hopes and dreams.”― Tai Lopez

44. “Sometimes”, said Miss Phillips, “the thing you dread doing the very thing you should do, just so you can stop thinking about it.”― Marci Shimoff

45. “Don’t procrastinate, start building yourself now!”― Sunday Adelaja

Stop Putting Things Off Quotes

Be honest, do you always put things off? Can’t stop hitting the snooze button on life? You’re not the only one! The following motivational overcoming procrastination quotes warn us about the dangers of putting things off. Stop procrastinating the start!

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

60. “I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.” ― Margaret Mitchell

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

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

63. “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

64. “Procrastinate now, don’t put it off.” ― Ellen DeGeneres

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

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

67. “Kill the darlings in your life. Laziness, wishful thinking, procrastination; kill them” ― Bangambiki Habyarimana

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

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

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

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

Some Tough Love

“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

“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

“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

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

― Debasish Mridha

“A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.”

― Hunter S. Thompson, The Proud Highway

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

― Abraham Lincoln

“You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again.”

― Damon Zahariades

“If you wait until the wind and the weather are just right, you will never plant anything and never harvest anything.”

― Bible

“The assumption of time is one of humanity’s greatest follies. We tell ourselves that there’s always tomorrow, when we can no more predict tomorrow than we can the weather. Procrastination is the thief of dreams.”

― Richard Paul Evans

“How soon not now, becomes never.”

― Martin Luther

“The problem with tomorrow is that I have never seen a tomorrow. Tomorrow does not exist. Tomorrow only exist in the mind of dreamers and losers.”

― Robert Kiyosaki

Procrastination is Just Being Busy Quotes

Are you being productive or just being busy? There’s a difference. These motivational stop procrastinating quotes remind us that sometimes we put things off by occupying ourselves with tasks that do not matter. Are you guilty of this?

103. “Just because we’re busy doesn’t mean we’re being productive. Working is one of the most dangerous forms of procrastination.” ― Gretchen Rubin

Continuous learning is the new procrastination.” ― Maciej Aniserowicz

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

106. “I believe that 99 percent of what anyone does can effectively be postponed.” ― Amy Hempel

107. “Those who are wise won’t be busy, and those who are too busy can’t be wise.” ― Lin Yutang

108. “I wanted to figure out why I was so busy, but I couldn’t find the time to do it.” ― Todd Stocker

It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” ― Henry David Thoreau

110. “One of the very worst uses of time is to do something very well that need not to be done at all.” ― Brian Tracy

111. “I see procrastination and research as part of my artistic process.” ― Lynn Nottage


Quotes about the benefits of procrastination

The quotes in this section view procrastination in a relatively positive light, and often suggest that it may have some benefits or advantages, sometimes in a humorous manner.

“Procrastination is the soul rebelling against entrapment.”

Nassim N. Taleb, in “The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms” (2010)

“Procrastination. Because every problem deserves a chance to solve itself.”

Neil Thomas Stacey

“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

“We’re doing all these things so we can squeeze things together so we can save time, and I don’t know about you, but I don’t have anymore time, I have less time. But let’s just say we could save up a whole chunk of time and set it aside, you know what we’d do with it? Nothing. Nothing at all. Isn’t that the point, to be able to do nothing at all? We’re not guaranteed that later-on chunk of time, all we have is here and now, and that’s why procrastination feels so right. Procrastination is not the problem, it is the solution. It is the universe’s way of saying, ‘Stop, slow down. You move too fast’… Procrastinate now, don’t put it off.”

Ellen DeGeneres, in “Here and Now” (2003 TV special)

“If you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute to do.”

The Stock-Sanford corollary to Parkinson’s law

Read more quotes about procrastination

  1. “Spiritual practice is allowing the temple (your body) to be full of light and to live life as a total celebration.” — Tony Samara
  2. “Procrastination is the best friend of depression.” — Debasish Mridha
  3. “Satisfaction doesn’t come from needs and desires or fulfilling them, it comes from being yourself, being true.” — Tony Samara
  4. “There is absolutely no worse death curse than the humdrum daily existence of the living dead.” — Anthon St. Maarten
  5. “Procrastination is a form of punishment” — Jill Badonsky
  6. “Tomorrow is red with the blood of murdered resolutions.” — Charles H. Spurgeon
  7. “The problem with a lot of people is that they procrastinate as if tomorrow doesn’t have some tasks of its own.” — Edmond Mbiaka
  8. “Never wait till tomorrow to attend to the urgent demands of today.” — Edmond Mbiaka
  9. “Try not to attract stress in your life through procrastination; the future already has its challenging demands.” — Edmond Mbiaka
  10. “It is always easier to edit what has been written than to write what has not been started.” — Cody Mclain
  11. “Where there is no sense of urgency, there is usually a strong habit of procrastination.” — Edmond Mbiaka
  12. “Vagueness and procrastination are ever a comfort to the frail in spirit.” — John Updike

A Powerful Tool

If you still need more reinforcement and a great tip on a super simple powerfully transformative tool to end procrastination, check out these Mel Robbins Quotes. Be sure to also tune into her video interview with Tom Bilyeu of Impact Theory for the “stupid simple” tool Mel discovered and uses and teaches in her books, that ended her procrastination forever. You’ll find that interview at the very end of that article of Mel’s quotes.