91 Procrastination Quotes to Get You Into Action

Are you prone to delaying tasks? These insightful procrastination quotes will inspire you to take action immediately.

Ironically, reading quotes rather than diving into a task can be a form of procrastination itself.

However, after perusing a few thought-provoking quotes, you might find yourself feeling motivated and prepared to tackle your responsibilities.

Procrastination Quotes to Get You Into Action

Here is a collection of some of the most compelling procrastination quotes to kickstart your productivity, as well as a few that will make you ponder whether a little postponement might not always be detrimental.

You should embrace these words of wisdom and let them guide you towards a more proactive approach to your tasks and goals.

Procrastination Quotes


Don’t let your want for perfection become procrastination. ~ Danielle LaPorte.


Procrastination is hardly more evil than grasping impatience. ~ Immanuel Kant.

Procrastination is a lazy man’s apology. ~ Chinua Achebe.

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

Anything worth putting off is worth abandoning altogether. ~ Epictetus.

I’m going to stop putting things off, starting tomorrow! ~ Sam Levenson.

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

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

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

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

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


If you ask me, reincarnation is just another way to procrastinate. ~ Chuck Palahniuk.

Procrastination is attitude’s natural assassin. There’s nothing so fatiguing as an uncompleted task. ~ William James.

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Best Procrastination Quotes

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.

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


Tomorrow is the only day in the year that appeals to a lazy man. ~ Jimmy Lyons.

Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days. ~ Zig Ziglar.

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

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

Procrastination is not the problem. It is the solution. Procrastinate now, don’t put it off. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.


Action will destroy your procrastination. ~ Og Mandino.

Clear, written goals have a wonderful effect on your thinking. They motivate you and galvanize you into action. They stimulate your creativity, release your energy, and help you to overcome procrastination as much as any other factor. ~ Brian Tracy.

Do not act as if you had a thousand years to live. ~ Marcus Aurelius.

Famous Procrastination Quotes

The scholar’s greatest weakness: calling procrastination research. ~ Stephen King.

At thirty, man suspects himself a fool; Knows it at forty, and reforms his plan. ~ Edward Young.


Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder. ~ Mason Cooley.

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.

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

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


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

Addiction, self-sabotage, procrastination, laziness, rage, chronic fatigue, and depression are all ways that we withhold our full participation in the program of life we are offered. When the conscious mind cannot find a reason to say no, the unconscious says no in its own way. ~ Charles Eisenstein.

If only I could master that demon of procrastination that goes about like a roaring lion and devours all my good intentions, I should become the most punctual man in the world. ~ Henrik Ibsen.

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


Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried. ~ Unknown.

Do not call procrastination laziness. Call it fear. ~ Julia Cameron.

Wise Procrastination Quotes

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

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.

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. ~ Muhammad Ali.


Procrastination gives you something to look forward to. ~ Joan Konner.

The old saying that success breeds success has something to it. It’s that feeling of confidence that can banish negativity and procrastination and get you going the right way. ~ Donald Trump.

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

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

One of the great challenges of our age, in which the tools of our productivity are also the tools of our leisure, is to figure out how to make more useful those moments of procrastination when we’re idling in front of our computer screens. ~ Joshua Foer.

Insightful Procrastination Quotes

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


Think of many things; do one. ~ Portuguese Proverb.

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

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

Yes, you can be a dreamer and a doer too, if you will remove one word from your vocabulary: impossible. ~ Robert H. Schuller.


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

The mind of a writer can be a truly terrifying thing. Isolated, neurotic, caffeine-addled, crippled by procrastination, consumed by feelings of panic, self-loathing, and soul-crushing inadequacy. And that’s on a good day. ~ Robert De Niro.

After all, tomorrow is another day. ~ Margaret Mitchell.

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.

Meaningful Procrastination Quotes

The best cure for procrastination is to have so much on your plate that procrastination is no longer an option. ~ Tavi Gevinson.


Pay now, play later; play now, pay later. ~ John C. Maxwell.

The problem with tomorrow is that I have never seen a tomorrow. Tomorrow does not exist. Tomorrow only exists in the mind of dreamers and losers. ~ Robert T. Kiyosaki.

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

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

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


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

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

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

Thought-Provoking Procrastination Quotes

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


Procrastination is a sign of a perfectionist. ~ Patrick J. Kennedy.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing. ~ Proverbs 20:4, ESV.

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

Procrastination is the thief of time: Year after year it steals, till all are fled. ~ Edward Young.


Procrastination is another form of resistance. ~ Louise Hay.

Procrastination is the longest word in the language, but there’s only one letter between its ends when they occupy their proper places in the alphabet. ~ George Horace Lorimer.

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

Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin. ~ Victor Kiam.

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

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

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


He who puts off nothing till tomorrow has done a great deal. ~ Baltasar Gracián.

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

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

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

Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things. ~ Miyamoto Musashi.

God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination. ~ Saint Augustine.

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