You might know all there is about how to beat procrastination. And still, what you really need are some inspiring quotes about procrastination to help you put your knowledge to good use.
I got you covered! To motivate you I collected 10 of the best inspiring quotes about procrastination. Enjoy!
Quotes about procrastination: Number 1
Michael Luther King Jr. advised us to “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.”
By saying this, he alludes to one of the main causes of procrastination: fear. Often, we hold back from starting because we don’t know how everything is going to turn out. But that’s a mind trap. We don’t actually need to know how things are going to look at the end of the journey. We only need to know how to start. So do it!
Quotes on procrastination: Number 2
“A year from now, you will wish you started today.”
Sometimes all the motivation you need to finally get started is to picture ourselves a year from now. What does it look like if you did start that thing today? What does it look like if you didn’t?
Quotes about procrastination: Number 3
“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being excited about what could go right!”
This procrastination quote hits right home. When we avoid doing “the thing”, we usually focus on our worries. We think of all the things that could go wrong, all the mistakes we could make.
Instead, opt for a positive visualization. Imagine as vividly as you can what it looks like when you managed to do whatever you are procrastinating. See it, feel it, taste it.
Quotes on procrastination: Number 4
“Everyone wants to go back in time to fix things. Why not fix it today for your future self?”
This thought makes me see procrastination in a completely different light. Have you ever wished to go back in time to do things better this time around? Theoretically, you are traveling into the future every single day. All the decisions you are taking today, shape your future.
So if you stop procrastinating and simply start living a life your future self would be grateful for – you’re all set! If that’s not motivating, I don’t know what is!
Quotes about procrastination: Number 5
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone!”
This one is a little harsher but perfect for those moments when you need a little kick in the behind. What if there is no tomorrow? Would you be fine looking back at your life having procrastinated everything? Never having done the things you want to do?
I didn’t think so. Get to it!
Quotes about procrastination: Number 6
“The best time to start was yesterday. The next best time is now.”
I have a love-hate relationship with this quote. Because I am a perfectionist, I want to start at the perfect time. And this quote tells me that the perfect time is already over. Therefore, I guess, I won’t do it! Just kidding.
Obviously, this quote is talking about that if you don’t get moving now, you’ll miss the perfect time again. So stop looking for the perfect moment, the perfect occasion or whatever you are telling yourself you need.
Do. It. Now.
Quotes about procrastination: Number 7
“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.”
Another quote about procrastination to put a little pressure on you. Can you afford to lose success? Are you willing to give it up? Or maybe you can just sit yourself down and finally start!
Quotes about procrastination: Number 8
“In delay, there lies no plenty.”
This quote comes directly out of a comedy by no other than William Shakespeare. And he is right. Delay will never get you what you want. No plenty, no luxury, nothing.
So give up the delay and stop procrastinating!
Quotes about procrastination: Number 9
“When there is a hill to climb, don’t think that waiting will make it smaller.”
Another common misconception we have when we go for procrastination instead of action. For some reason, we trick ourselves into believing that waiting things out is easier than to actually do something.
Spoiler alert: It never is. You’ll only end up either regretting the missed chance or having to do all the work in a very short amount of time. None of these things are easier than to actually take the first step.
Quotes about procrastination: Number 10
“Procrastination is like a credit card; it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.”
My parents taught me to not take a credit I cannot pay back. Unfortunately, procrastinating is pretty much the same thing as taking a credit. But we don’t really think about who we are borrowing from, do we?
Because we only borrow from our future self who will have to pay everything back – with interest!
What is your favorite quote about procrastination?
Did you know all of these quotes already or did you find a new favorite? And do you have any great ones to add to this collection? Let me know in the comments and pin your favorites to your “inspirational quotes” board on Pinterest!