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100 Procrastination Quotes To Get You Through The Day

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Can you relate to the feeling of having many things to do but not being motivated to get up? If so, then this list of procrastination quotes is definitely for you!

If you are an avid procrastinator you must have found yourself wondering why you procrastinate. Let's begin with the what before we examine the whys.

Procrastination is rather an act of unnecessarily postponing or delaying actions. In other words, it is the inaction motivated by fear or lack of motivation.While laziness can be one of the reasons behind procrastination, there may be other mental blocks such as suffering from ADHD.

But don't be too hard on yourself. Everybody has bad days. Begin overcoming your procrastination by starting your day with these anti-procrastination quotes that will motivate you to complete your tasks on time.

Let us look at some procrastination quotes from experts in various fields who had little time for procrastination because they were busy getting things done.

100 procrastination quotes to help you conquer your fear of inaction -


1. Edward Young

Procrastination is the thief of time
- Edward Young

2. Anonymous

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.
- Anonymous

3. Dawson Trotman

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

4. Martin Luther King,Jr.

You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
- Martin Luther King, jr.

5. Anonymous

Procrastination is like a credit card, it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.

6. Hunter S Thompson

A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him.
-Hunter s Thompson

7. Anonymous

Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder.

8. Neeraj Agnihotri

A pursuit for perfection is the most leading cause of procrastination.
-Neeraj Agnihotri

9. Steve Palvina

The momentum of continuous action fuels motivation, while procrastination kills motivation.
-Steve Pavlina

10. Anonymous

Procrastinate now and panic later.

11. Leura Alderson

Procrastination is a dream slayer, slavemaker, and life taker that shadows your mind and obscure your goals. Action is a superpower, take it.
- Leaura Alderson

12. Wayne Gretzky

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

13. Anonymous

Today stop making excuses why you can’t get it done and start focusing on all the reasons why you must make it happen.
- Anonymous

14. Mark Twain

Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.
-Mark Twain

15. Benjamin Franklin

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

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16. Abraham Lincoln

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

17. Janet Dailey

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

18. Stephen King

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

19. Napoleon Hill

Don’t wait the time will never be right.
- Napoleon Hill

20. Charles Dickens

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

21. Victor Kiam

Procrastination is opportunity’s natural assassin.
- Victor Kiam

22. William Arthur Ward

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

23. Pandora Poikilos

Procrastination is the pandora of all disasters.
- Pandora Poikilos

24. Martin Uzochukwu Ugwu

Delay negates purpose, procrastination adds pressure.
- Martin Uzochukwu Ugwu

25. Debashish Mridha

The breeding ground of fear is procrastination and inaction. We overcome them by not preparation but by taking action.
- Debashish Mridha

26. Anonymous

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
- Anonymous

27. Barbara Corcoran

Stop putting it off! Procrastination breeds guilt, guilt breeds depression, and depression breeds failure.
- Barbara Corcoran

28. Arthur Godfrey

Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.
- Arthur Godfrey

29. Alexander Graham Bell

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

30. Anonymous

Stop getting afraid of what you can do wrong and start getting excited about what you can do right.
- Anonymous

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31. Amelia Earhart

The most effective way to do is to do it.
-Amelia Earhart

32. George H Lorimer

Putting off an easy task makes it hard and putting off a hard task makes it impossible.
- George h Lorimer

33. Rita Emmett

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

34. Paulo Coelho

Do something instead of killing time. Because time is killing you.
-Paulo Coelho

35. Eric Thomas

Once I finished, I got that procrastination monkey off my back and I started seeing doors opening.
-Eric Thomas

36. Erica Jong

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

37. Steve Shallenberger

Remember action today can prevent a crisis tomorrow.
- Steve Shallenberger

38. Amelia Mysko

The scary thing is the more I slack off the more it piles up and the more it piles up, the more I slack off.
- Amelia Mysko

39. Kunal Jain

Sometimes the best way of going ahead with life is doing what is necessary, instead of procrastinating. Often a joyful patch is just a few hours away.
- Kunal Jain

40. Anonymous

When there is a hill to climb don’t think that waiting will make it smaller.
- Anonymous

41. Master Yoda

Do or do not. There is no try.
- Master Yoda

42. Donovar King

Potential is an excuse to procrastinate, ambition is a means to thrive.
- Donovar King

43. Denzel Washington

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

44. Craig D Lounsbrough

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

45. Noelle Hancock

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

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46. Bill Watterson

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

47. Jose N Harris

If you want to get ahead in life, I’ve found that the most useless word is tomorrow.
- Jose N Harris.

48. William Shakespeare

In delay there lies no plenty.
-William Shakespeare.

49. Clifford Cohen

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

50. Robert Moment

How to stop procrastination starts with believing that you can overcome procrastination.
-Robert Moment

51. Thomas More

What is deferred is not avoided.
-Thomas More

52. Debashish Mridha

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

53. Abraham Lincoln

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

54. The Bible

If you wait for the wind and the weather is just right, you’ll never plant anything and never harvest anything.
- The Bible

55. Martin Luther

How soon not now becomes never.
- Martin Luther

56. Karen Lamb

A year from now you wish you had started today.
-Karen lamb

57. Lee Iocca

If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.
- Lee Iocca

58. Scottish Proverb

What may be done at any time may be done at no time.
-Scottish proverb

59. Spanish Proverb

Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.
-Spanish proverb

60. Unkown

The worst kind of procrastination is reading a procrastination quote, feeling guilt, and not doing anything about it.
- Unknown

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61. Fred Brooks

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

62. Dwight D Eisenhower

Neither a wise nor a brave man lies down on the track of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
- Dwight d Eisenhower

63. Chinese Proverb

He who thinks much on every step he takes will always stay on one leg.
- Chinese proverb

64. Kim Lyons

Yesterday is a canceled check, tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have, so spend it wisely.
- Kim Lyons

65. Catherine Pulsifer

Procrastination does nothing more than add to do your list. Do it, be done with it.
-Catherine Pulsifer

66. Brandon Burchard

Doubt increases with inaction. Clarity reveals itself in momentum. Growth comes from progress. For all these reasons, begin.
- Brandon Burchard

67. Gene Hayden

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

68. Robert Anthony

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

69. Julie Hebert

Don’t procrastinate, life is too short. Do things as they come to you, live your life like a high-speed sport.
-Julie Hebert

70. Alexander Graham Bell

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

71. Robert Kiyosaki

The problem with tomorrow is that I have never seen tomorrow. Tomorrow doesn’t exist. Tomorrow only exists in the mind of dreamers and losers.
- Robert Kiyosaki

72. E.L. Simpson

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

73. Peter Drucker

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

74. Epictetus

Anything worth putting off is worth abandoning altogether.

75. German Proverb

Begin to weave and God will give you the thread.
- German proverb

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76. Seneca

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

77. Thomas Sowell

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

78. Edward Young

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

79. Harry A Hopf

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

80. David Llyod George

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

81. Jerry West

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

82. Alyce P.Cornyn Selby

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

83. Matshona Dhliwayo

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

84. Author Unknown

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

85. Jim Rohn

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

86. Michael Landon

There are only so many tomorrows.
-Michael Landon

87. Ron Cooper

My biggest regret could be summed up in one word, and that's procrastination.
-Ron Cooper

88. Jenna Blum

Procrastination: as endemic to and dreaded by writers as writers' block.
-Jenna Blum

89. Jay Shetty

When it comes to procrastination and overthinking, we have to overcome our self-doubt.
- Jay Shetty

90. Francis Bacon

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

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91. Theodore Roosevelt

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

92. Thomas J Vilord

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

93. Proverbs 14:23

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
– Proverbs 14:23

94. Buddha

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

95. Proverb 12:11

Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.
– Proverbs 12:11

96. Robert Collier

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

97. Holbrook Jackson

Never put off till tomorrow the book you can read today.
-Holbrook Jackson

98. Og Mandino

Action will destroy your procrastination.
- Og Mandino

99. Nike

Just do it.

100. Anonymous

Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.
- Anonymous

Summing it up

Let us know if this collection of procrastination quotes has motivated you to act. Also, do tell us which quote did the trick for you in the comments section below.

This article is written by Neha Yasmin who is a content marketer at Vantage Circle. A selenophile with a penchant for discovering great meals and drinks. Is a self-proclaimed binge racer with a knack for cooking in her spare time. For queries, reach out to

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