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Quotations about Procrastination


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Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task. ~William James, letter to Carl Stumpf, 1886 January 1st


A task left undone remains undone in two places — at the actual location of the task, and inside your head. Incomplete tasks in your head consume the energy of your attention as they gnaw at your conscience. ~Brahma Kumaris


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


Things dreaded require double time to accomplish them. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882


True it is: all men procrastinate and are sorry for it. I think, however, that even the most active find as much to be sorry for as the laziest; for those who do more also see more that might have been done, and see it more clearly. ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799), translated by Norman Alliston, 1908


Folks who tell you, "Putting it off won't make it any easier," presume there's a point where you plan to stop putting it off. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Every duty which is bidden to wait returns with seven fresh duties at its back. ~Charles Kingsley


The sooner I fall behind, the more time I have to catch up. ~Author Unknown


If it weren't for the last minute, I wouldn't get anything done. ~Author Unknown


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


There are a million ways to lose a work day, but not even a single way to get one back. ~Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister


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


I am too much harassed by a variety of correspondence, together with gout and gravel, which induce me to postpone doing what I often fully intend to do, and particularly writing, where the urgent necessity of business does not seem to require its being done immediately, my sitting too much at the desk having already almost killed me... ~Benjamin Franklin, letter to William Carmichael, 1783 December 15th


My dear Sir,—Before you read any more, I wish you would take those tablets out of your drawer, in which you have put a black mark against my name, and erase it neatly.... I have again and again and again said, "I'll write to‑morrow," and here I am to‑day full of penitence—really sorry and ashamed, and with no excuse but my writing-life, which makes me get up and go out, when my morning work is done, and look at pen and ink no more until I begin again.... This is a poor return (I look down and see the end of the paper) for your letter, but in its cordial spirit of reciprocal friendship, it is not so bad a one if you could read it as I do, and it eases my mind and discharges my conscience.... If you can spare me a scrap of your handwriting in token of forgiveness, do; if not, I'll come and beg your pardon [later]. ~Charles Dickens, letter to Edward Tagart, 1847 January 28th


You may delay, but time will not. ~Benjamin Franklin


To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing. ~Eva Young


Don't fool yourself that important things can be put off till tomorrow; they can be put off forever, or not at all. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. ~C. Northcote Parkinson, 1958


Procrastination is opportunity's assassin. ~Victor Kiam


If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it. ~Olin Miller


What may be done at any time will be done at no time. ~Scottish Proverb


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


I've been looking over the list of spring chores I made up last fall, and darned if they aren't fall chores, after all. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


The best way to get something done is to begin. ~Author Unknown


      It always does seem to me that I am doing more work than I should do. It is not that I object to the work, mind you; I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. I love to keep it by me: the idea of getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart.
      You cannot give me too much work; to accumulate work has almost become a passion with me: my study is so full of it now, that there is hardly an inch of room for any more....
      And I am careful of my work, too. Why, some of the work that I have by me now has been in my possession for years and years, and there isn't a finger-mark on it. I take great pride in my work; I take it down now and then and dust it. No man keeps his work in a better state of preservation than I do.
      But, though I crave for work, I still like to be fair. I do not ask for more than my proper share. ~Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), 1889


You know you are getting old when it takes too much effort to procrastinate. ~Author Unknown


I do my work at the same time each day — the last minute. ~Author Unknown


The time to begin most things is ten years ago. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966


Eventually, time takes care of everything. The trouble with procrastination is that people give up on it too soon. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Putting off an easy thing makes it hard. Putting off a hard thing makes it impossible. ~George Claude Lorimer


Doing, doing
getting done...
Ha, maybe later,
now's for fun.
~Terri Guillemets


Procrastination is something best put off until tomorrow. ~Gerald Vaughan


The two rules of procrastination: 1) Do it today. 2) Tomorrow will be today tomorrow. ~Author unknown


One of the greatest labor-saving inventions of today is tomorrow. ~Vincent T. Foss


Tomorrow is the day when idlers work, and fools reform. ~Edward Young


Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow. ~Mark Twain


Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week. ~Spanish Proverb


Tomorrow is the only day in the year that appeals to a lazy man. ~Jimmy Lyons


Someday is not a day of the week. ~Author unknown


Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday. ~Author unknown


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


Procrastination is like masturbation. At first it feels good, but in the end you're only screwing yourself. ~Author unknown, possibly from Monty Python?


One of these days is none of these days. ~H.G. Bohn


Procrastination is the thief of time. ~Edward Young



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