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Quotes About Procrastination

Ankana Dey Choudhury Jul 21, 2020

If you are as drawn to procrastination, understand that you aren't alone. Relish these expressions on procrastination, understand that no man, no matter how great, is above it.
Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.
―Napoleon Hill
That can be regarded as the perfect, albeit sarcastic, definition of procrastination that you will come across. If you seek a more formal lexicon definition of 'procrastination', then the Merriam-Webster dictionary phrases it as,

to put off intentionally and habitually; to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done

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Do you think limiting the act of procrastination in these words alone is appropriate? In other words, do these set definitions do full justice to the glorious word that 'procrastination' really is?
Over the ages, great people have come up with their own versions to attempt and capture the magic of this nirvana-imbued state of being.

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Read these famous quotations on procrastination to know that you share something with the acclaimed geniuses of this world.

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Famous Procrastination Quotes

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.
―Don Marquis

Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday.

Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.
―Ancient Spanish proverb

Tomorrow is the only day in the year that appeals to a lazy man.
―Jimmy Lyons
The two rules of procrastination: 1) Do it today. 2) Tomorrow will be today tomorrow.
You know you are getting old when it takes too much effort to procrastinate.

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
―Douglas Adams

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
―Will Rogers

I do my work at the same time each day―the last minute.
I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.
―Jerome K. Jerome
Procrastinate now, don't put it off.
―Ellen DeGeneres

There's nothing to match curling up with a good book when there's a repair job to be done around the house.
―Joe Ryan

My evil genius 'procrastination' has whispered me to tarry 'til a more convenient season.
―Mary Todd Lincoln
Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.
―Mark Twain
Indulge in procrastination, and in time you will come to this, that because a thing ought to be done, therefore you can't do it.
―Charles Buxton

Work is the greatest thing in the world, so we should always save some of it for tomorrow!
―Don Herold
Procrastination is my sin. It brings me naught but sorrow. I know that I should stop it. In fact, I will―tomorrow!
―Gloria Pitzer
But with these delightful takes on procrastination, comes the glowering looks from bosses, moms, and other people who believe in breathing down the neck and pushing you to excel, whether you want to or not. They say things like, If and When were planted, and Nothing grew.  So arises a mentality to criticize the act of piling things up for tomorrow.

Critical Quotes About Procrastination

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

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

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

How soon 'not now' becomes 'never'.
―Martin Luther

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

Don't wait. The time will never be just right.
―Napoleon Hill
If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.
―Olin Miller
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
―C. Northcote Parkinson

Procrastination is opportunity's natural assassin.
―Victor Kiam

The time to begin most things is ten years ago.
―Mignon McLaughlin in 'The Second Neurotic's Notebook'
Procrastination usually results in sorrowful regret. Today's duties put off tomorrow give us a double burden to bear; the best way is to do them in their proper time.
―Ida Scott Taylor

It is an undoubted truth, that the less one has to do, the less time one finds to do it in.
―Earl of Chesterfield

Someday is not a day of the week.
To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.
―Eva Young
You may delay, but time will not.
―Benjamin Franklin

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

No task is a long one but the task on which one dare not start. It becomes a nightmare.
―Charles Baudelaire
All the procrastination quotes are compilation describing your disposition, you can cultivate your talents by swearing solemnly to abide by the values of the 'Procrastinator's Creed' which are as follows,

► I believe that if anything is worth doing, it would have been done already.

► I shall never move quickly, except to avoid more work or find excuses.
► I will never rush into a job without a lifetime of consideration.

► I shall meet all of my deadlines directly in proportion to the amount of bodily injury I could expect to receive from missing them.

► I firmly believe that tomorrow holds the possibility for new technologies, astounding discoveries, and a reprieve from my obligations.
► I truly believe that all deadlines are unreasonable regardless of the amount of time given.

► I shall never forget that the probability of a miracle, though infinitely small, is not exactly zero.

► If at first I don't succeed, there is always next year.

► I shall always decide not to decide, unless, of course, I decide to change my mind.

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► I shall always begin, start, initiate, take the first step, and/or write the first word, when I get around to it.

► I obey the law of inverse excuses which demands that the greater the task to be done, the more insignificant the work that must be done prior to beginning the greater task.
► I know that the work cycle is not plan/start/finish, but is wait/plan/plan.

► I will never put off until tomorrow, what I can forget about forever.

► I will become a member of the ancient Order of Two-Headed Turtles (the Procrastinator's Society) if they ever get it organized.