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29 Inspiring Procrastination and Productivity Quotes

You know what you want to do. You certainly know what you need to be doing.

But you’re off somewhere else.

Because procrastination has once again swept into your mind and actions.

And so you escape.

Onto Facebook, into a video game or a movie or simply by doing easier and less important tasks.

I am no stranger to this. I have been there hundreds of times, especially during my early twenties when I was I college.

But what can you do about it? Well, today I won’t be sharing what has been most helpful for me to minimize my own procrastination.

Instead I’d like to offer 29 of the smartest, most motivational and insightful thoughts from the people who have come before us on procrastination and on getting things done.

And if you want simple step-by-step help to stop procrastinating then have a look at my course called Stop Procrastinating Now.

  1. “When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that in itself is a choice.”
    – William James
  2. “If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.”
    – Olin Miller
  3. “It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.”
    – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
  4. “Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.”
    – Denis Waitley
  5. “How soon ‘not now’ becomes ‘never.'”
    – Martin Luther
  6. “In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
    – Theodore Roosevelt
  7. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
    – Stephen King
  8. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
    – Karen Lamb
  9. “If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.”
    – David Allen
  10. “Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.”
    – Napoleon Bonaparte
  11. “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
    – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  12. “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.”
    – Dale Carnegie
  13. “Think of many things; do one.”
    – Portuguese proverb
  14. “Procrastination is the thief of time: Year after year it steals, till all are fled, and to the mercies of a moment leaves the vast concerns of an eternal scene.”
    – Edward Young
  15. “To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.”
    – Eva Young
  16. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
    – Jim Rohn
  17. “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”
    – Pablo Picasso
  18. “The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.”
    – Thomas Sowell
  19. “Follow effective actions with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”
    – Peter Drucker
  20. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
    – Anne Frank
  21. “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 a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the ‘someday I’ll’ philosophy.”
    – Denis Waitley
  22. “Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started.”
    – David Allen
  23. “Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.”
    – Peter Drucker
  24. “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. “
    – Alexander Graham Bell
  25. “Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.”
    – David Allen
  26. “Great acts are made up of small deeds.”
    – Lao Tzu
  27. “It is not really work if you are having fun.”
    – Pierre Omidyar
  28. “Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”
    – Calvin Coolidge
  29. “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”
    – Napoleon Hill

What is your favorite quote on procrastination and productivity? Feel free to share the best one(s) you have found in this article or in your life in the comments section below.

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  • Superlative ..

  • This is a really good website. I love quotes, they just give me some inspiration when I ask for it. It is so simple. It showes how much control you can have over your thoughts.

  • Hey Henrik,

    I’m digging your blog! I love it!
    Keep up the good work!

    My favourite #18
    Meet other people, feel important, and give the appearance of progress! All this on company time! Meeting … The practical alternative to work!

    And #29 Mr. Hill is always one of my favourite

  • Love the quotes, thank you for sharing. My favorite is #8

    “A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
    – Karen Lamb

  • Thanks for gathering all the best quotes in one. Is good to motivate ourselves through the words of the successful people.

    This quote is especially true and very motivating:

    “A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
    – Karen Lamb

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