Procrastination Quotes We Can All Relate To

By: Stephanie Kirby

Updated February 07, 2020

Medically Reviewed By: Whitney White, MS. CMHC, NCC., LPC


Sometimes, there's nothing more difficult than taking that first step. We get a project from our boss or a homework assignment, or maybe it's something as simple as washing dishes or doing the laundry. Whatever it is, we just don't want to do it, and we will find any excuse not to, from watching TV to playing a computer game or going out with friends.

Here are some quotes to help you chew up some more time.

Quotes About Waiting Until Your Deadline

Nothing quite kicks you into gear like knowing you have a looming deadline. Some people work better under pressure. This is fine if you spend most of your days living a carefree life up until the last minute when you crank out the work. When this is not fine is when you allow your work to loom over your head like the Sword of Damocles when you could just finish it and get it out of the way.

Consider the following quotes about procrastination as it pertains to feeling that fire lighting up underneath you.


"You can't just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood. What mood is that? Last-minute panic." - Bill Watterson

"If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done." - Rita Mae Brown

"Don't wait. The time will never be just right." - Napoleon Hill

"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

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

"A perfect method for adding drama to life is to wait until the deadline looms large." - Alyce P. Cornyn-Selby

"If you believe you can accomplish everything by "cramming" at the eleventh hour, by all means, don't lift a finger now. But you may think twice about beginning to build your ark once it has already started raining." - Max Brooks

Being Fine With Procrastination

Some people know they are procrastinators, and they are perfectly fine with it. Why waste time doing what you don't enjoy when you could be out living your life? That thing that needs to get done will get done eventually, right? So, put it off until tomorrow, and just enjoy today. If you are one of those people, then you may find that the following quotes sum up your life in a nutshell:

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

"Procrastinate now, don't put it off." - Ellen DeGeneres

"I never put off till tomorrow what I can do - the day after." - Oscar Wilde

"I'm a big believer in putting things off; In fact, I even put off procrastinating." - Ella Varner

"My mother always told me I wouldn't amount to anything because I procrastinate. I said, "Just wait." - Judy Tenuta

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

"A good procrastination should feel like you're inserting lots and lots of commas into the sentence of your life."- Ze Frank

Regretting Procrastination


Some people hate the fact that they procrastinate, but they just can't help themselves. You could say it's a personality flaw. You try, and you try, but you just can't focus when you know that something is not due right this second.

So, after trying for a while, or thinking about it all day, you finally just resign yourself to it. The problem is, when the deadline rolls around, you find yourself working twice as hard. You hate it, but try as you might, you can't change it. The following quotes are for you:

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

"My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time. Collar him!" - Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

"A day can slip by when you're deliberately avoiding what you're supposed to do." - Bill Watterson, There's Treasure Everywhere

"If you choose to not deal with an issue, then you give up your right of control over the issue, and it will select the path of least resistance." - Susan Del Gatto

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

"Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable." - Sydney Harris

Existential Quotes About Procrastination


Sometimes, when we procrastinate, we are forced to confront the very essence of why we're here on Earth, and what we should be doing with our lives in the limited time that we're given. We certainly shouldn't be wasting our time, but if we're enjoying what we're doing (even if we should be doing something else), then is it ever truly a waste?

Consider the following quotes, which take the act of procrastination to a much deeper level:

"We all sorely complain of the shortness of time, and yet have much more than we know what to do with. Our lives are either spent in doing nothing at all, or in doing nothing to the purpose, or in doing nothing that we ought to do. We are always complaining that our days are few and acting as though there would be no end of them." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"To do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger but jump in and scramble through as well as we can." - Syndey Smith

"If and When were planted, and Nothing grew." - Proverb

"We shall never have more time. We have and have always had, all the time there is. No object is served in waiting until next week or even until tomorrow. Keep going day in and day out. Concentrate on something useful. Having decided to achieve a task, achieve it at all costs." - Arnold Bennett

Tips For Avoiding Procrastination


Some folks have done the same thing: waited until the last minute, then regretted it horribly. They offer advice to those who may be in a similar position, to help them avoid making a similar mistake that may lead to worse consequences. For these situations, the following quotes may apply:

"If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to ­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don't just stick there scowling at the problem. But don't make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people's words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient." - Hilary Mantel

"Your life is happening right now. Don't let procrastination take over your life. Be brave and take risks." - Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

"…the best possible way to prepare for tomorrow is to concentrate with all your intelligence, all your enthusiasm, on doing today's work superbly today. That is the only possible way you can prepare for the future." - Dale Carnegie, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

"Life always begins with one step outside of your comfort zone." - Shannon L. Alder

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

"Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder." - Mason Cooley

"The habit of always putting off an experience until you can afford it, or until the time is right, or until you know how to do it is one of the greatest burglars of joy. Be deliberate, but once you've made up your mind, jump in."- Charles R. Swindoll

Do you find yourself procrastinating often? Do you find it difficult to focus most of the time? Consider reaching out to one of our BetterHelp counselors for tips on how to get your work done promptly so you can avoid the stress that comes from procrastination.


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