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Procrastination Quotes - Why You Shouldn't Procrastinate

Updated on February 9, 2012
Two people not procrastinating and doing what needs to be done.
Two people not procrastinating and doing what needs to be done.

Working late by ljleavell,

In the quotes that I have found about the evils of procrastination, it has been variously described as a grave, a deadly disease, an assassin and a form of self-sabotage. Rather harsh words, but for those of us who have lost a job, a career or perhaps even a spouse over this bad habit, those words ring true.

The following are quotes about procrastination which I have gathered from around the web. They may or may not apply to you, but if you see yourself in them, do take a minute to reflect and ponder, and resolve to make a change.

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. ~ Napoleon Hill
I think this one applies to the perfectionist in all of us. Too often we'd wait for the perfect time, whether it is getting all the facts, or getting everything just right, or having all the required information...the list goes on. Most of the time, it would be better to just do as much as you can in the time available, and then take a calculated risk and go ahead. You can always adjust and adapt on the fly, and there is nothing more priceless than experience gained doing the real thing.

One of the greatest labor-saving inventions of today is tomorrow. ~ Vincent T Foss
This is really a great excuse to delay any project until tomorrow. After all, there's always tomorrow, right? And when tomorrow becomes today, there's still another tomorrow. And another...and another. But then, one day, there will be no more tomorrows left, because it is time to die...and we would have done nothing with our lives.

One day I'm going to get help for my procrastination problem. ~ Unknown
Let's face it, we all procrastinate. But mostly, we do get going when we need to. But for a few of us, it is a major problem that is taking a serious toil on our lives - and we are so blind that we do not even recognize it as a problem.

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
One reason why people procrastinate is that they can't find a sufficiently large block of time to finish a task. So they put it off from one day to the next, hoping that enough time will open up in their schedule so that they can complete the task. It would probably be much better to split the task up into smaller tasks, which makes the task more manageable. And anyway, you can always leave a task half done when you run out of time and come back to it when you next have time.

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
We get comfortable where we are. We do the same things, say the same words and think the same thoughts everyday and it's comforting as we know what to do and what will happen. Deep down, we know we are capable of so much more. But we continually procrastinate or sabotage our own efforts at success because at some subconscious level, we do not want to succeed. It is the fear of the unknown.

I gotta work out. I keep saying it all the time. I keep saying I gotta start working out. It's been about two months since I've worked out. And I just don't have the time. Which odd. Because I have the time to go out to dinner. And uh..and watch tv. And get a bone density test. And uh.. try to figure out what my phone number spells in words. ~ Ellen DeGeneres
I have to say that I love that girl. And I don't think I need to add to what she said, which basically is that procrastination is an excuse, pure and simple.


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      David Lim 6 years ago from Singapore

      Katharella - You know, I don't think so. It has been 13 months since he promised to be back and I'm still waiting. :(

      Procrastination is like doing your laundry - the more you put it off, the more it piles up. When you finally get around to doing it, you find that you actually save time by doing a big load once instead of 2 smaller loads.

      Wow, that's actually pro-procrastination. :)

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      Katharella 6 years ago from Lost in America

      wandererh, :) I think quicksand was joking with you! :)

      I LOVE the Ellen quote, you are right, nothing to add to that one! :) She is so funny and so witty! Smart as well!

      The thing about procrastination is, the moment you realize you might being doing that, is the time to GET UP AND GO DO IT! :) Because the longer you put things off, the worse a problem can be!

      If I say, I'll do laundry later, then I have a few more items to that laundry pile! I guess I don't need to mention, I am constantly doing laundry so that it does not pile up! :) Great hub!

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      erik - not exactly how I would put it, but what ever works for you. :)

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      erik 7 years ago

      procrastination is like masturbation... at first it feels good, be in the end you are only screwing yourself!

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Sigh! And so it goes. Another one lost to procrastination. :(

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      quicksand 7 years ago

      This is real luck indeed! I was looking for a remedy for my procrastination when I spotted your article. Thanks a lot for writing it. I shall come back later and read it. :)