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Published on September 27, 2018

Looking for Motivation? 30 Procrastination Quotes That Will Definitely Help

Looking for Motivation? 30 Procrastination Quotes That Will Definitely Help

What do your 3pm fridge raid and perfectly alphabetised bookshelf have in common?

You most likely did both of them when you should have been doing work.

Procrastination is one of the most human behaviours. We’re all guilty of putting off what we know is important from time to time, and it seems the more pressing the task at hand, the better we are at avoiding it.

Sure, it means that every time we have an important deadline we end up with a spotlessly clean house and a completely empty inbox, but the real work gets left until the very last minute and is finished in a frenzy of stress and caffeine.

But we can gain control over procrastination by noticing it as soon as possible and stopping it in its tracks. On the contrary, you know you have a bad habit when you’re aware you’re putting something off, and you continue avoiding it anyway.

To start you off with combating procrastination, here are a few quotes to get you in a motivated frame of mind, because if procrastination has any enemies, it’s motivation to work harder.

A few home truths

    “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”

    ― Mark Twain

    “It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”

    ― Leonardo da Vinci

    “Someday is not a day of the week.”

    ― Janet Dailey

    “Success is not obtained overnight. It comes in instalments; 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.”

    ― Israelmore Ayivor

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    “The man who waits to know everything is the man who never does anything.”

    ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

    “Procrastination is like going to a fancy restaurant and filling up on bread and not leaving enough room for dinner.”

    ― Richie Norton, The Power of Starting Something Stupid: How to Crush Fear, Make Dreams Happen, and Live without Regret

    “Procrastination is the lazy cousin of fear. When we feel anxiety around an activity, we postpone it.”

    ― Noelle Hancock, My Year with Eleanor

    “Doing things at the last minute reminds us of the importance of doing things at the first minute.”

    ― Matshona Dhliwayo

    “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

    ― Abraham Lincoln

    “A day can really slip by when you’re deliberately avoiding what you’re supposed to do.”

    ― Bill Watterson, There’s Treasure Everywhere

    “By what right do I, who have wasted this day, make claims on tomorrow?”

    ― Alain-Fournier, Le Grand Meaulnes

    “If you want to get ahead in life, I’ve found that perhaps the most useless word in the world is “tomorrow.”

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    ― José N. Harris

    Some practical advice

      “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

      “Thinking too much leads to paralysis by analysis. It’s important to think things through, but many use thinking as a means of avoiding action.”

      ― Robert Herjavec, The Will To Win: Leading, Competing, Succeeding

      “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”

      ― Pablo Picasso

      “It is only by working the rituals, that any significant degree of understanding can develop. If you wait until you are positive you understand all aspects of the ceremony before beginning to work, you will never begin to work.”

      ― Lon Milo DuQuette, The Magick of Aleister Crowley: A Handbook of the Rituals of Thelema

      “Do first what you don’t want to do most.”

      ― Clifford Cohen

      “How often do you find yourself saying, “In a minute”, “I’ll get to it” or “Tomorrow’s good enough” and every other possible excuse in the book? Compare it with how often you decide it’s got to be done, so let’s get on and do it! That should tell you just how serious your procrastinating problem really is.”

      ― Stephen Richards, The Secret of Getting Started: Strategies to Triumph over Procrastination

      “How to stop procrastinating starts with believing you can overcome procrastination.”

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      ― Robert Moment, How to Stop Procrastinating

      “Never put things off…you will wake up and find them gone.”

      ― James Jones

      And some tough love

        “Do something instead of killing time. Because time is killing you.”

        ― Paulo Coelho, Aleph

        “If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you’ll find you’ve done it.”

        ― George Bernard Shaw

        “If you want to get ahead in life, I’ve found that perhaps the most useless word in the world is “tomorrow.”

        ― José N. Harris

        “What is deferred is not avoided.”

        ― Thomas More

        “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work”

        ― Chuck Close

        “If you always do what is easy and choose the path of least resistance, you never step outside your comfort zone. Great things don’t come from comfort zones.”

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        ― Roy Bennett

        “Your ideas have legs and just as they run through your head, they could be running through someone else’s head and it’s just a matter of who gets to the finish line first. Nothing is new under the sun so act on your ideas.”

        ― Sanjo Jendayi

        “You may not be punished for your procrastination, but for sure you will be punished by your procrastination.”

        ― Debasish Mridha

        Finally, for when you need pulling out of procrastination

          “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

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

          ― Karen Lamb

          Now your turn

          Print these quotes out, stick them on the wall in front of your desk – do whatever it takes to remember why you shouldn’t be putting your work off, or getting distracted by a desire to rearrange your socks into colour order.

          It won’t be easy, but being aware of how detrimental procrastination is to your longer-term goals is the first step towards overcoming it.

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          How to Stop Information Overload

          How to Stop Information Overload

          Information overload is a creature that has been growing on the Internet’s back since its beginnings. The bigger the Internet gets, the more information there is. The more quality information we see, the more we want to consume it. The more we want to consume it, the more overloaded we feel.

          This has to stop somewhere. And it can.

          As the year comes to a close, there’s no time like the present to make the overloading stop.

          But before I explain exactly what I mean, let’s discuss information overload in general.

          How Serious Is Information Overload?

          The sole fact that there’s more and more information published online every single day is not the actual problem. Only the quality information becomes the problem.

          This sounds kind of strange…but bear with me.

          When we see some half-baked blog posts we don’t even consider reading, we just skip to the next thing. But when we see something truly interesting — maybe even epic — we want to consume it.

          We even feel like we have to consume it. And that’s the real problem.

          No matter what topic we’re interested in, there are always hundreds of quality blogs publishing entries every single day (or every other day). Not to mention all the forums, message boards, social news sites, and so on.

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          The amount of epic content on the Internet these days is so big that it’s virtually impossible for us to digest it all. But we try anyway.

          That’s when we feel overloaded. If you’re not careful, one day you’ll find yourself reading the 15th blog post in a row on some nice WordPress tweaking techniques because you feel that for some reason, “you need to know this.”

          Information overload is a plague. There’s no vaccine, there’s no cure. The only thing you have is self-control.

          Luckily, you’re not on your own. There are some tips you can follow to protect yourself from information overload and, ultimately, fight it.

          But first, admit that information overload is really bad for you.

          Why Information Overload Is Bad for You

          Information overload stops you from taking action. That’s the biggest problem here.

          When you try to consume more and more information every day, you start to notice that even though you’ve been reading tons of articles, watching tons of videos and listening to tons of podcasts, the stream of incoming information seems to be infinite.

          Therefore, you convince yourself that you need to be on a constant lookout for new information if you want to be able to accomplish anything in your life, work and/or passion. The final result is that you are consuming way too much information, and taking way too little action because you don’t have enough time for it.

          The belief that you need to be on this constant lookout for information is just not true.

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          You don’t need every piece of advice possible to live your life, do your work or enjoy your passion.

          How to Stop Information Overload (And Start to Achieve More)

          So how to recognize the portion of information that you really need? Start with setting goals.

          1. Set Your Goals

          If you don’t have your goals put in place, you’ll be just running around grabbing every possible advice and thinking that it’s “just what you’ve been looking for.”

          Setting goals is a much more profound task than just a way to get rid of information overload. Now by “goals” I don’t mean things like “get rich, have kids, and live a good life”. I mean something much more within your immediate grasp. Something that can be achieved in the near future — like within a month (or a year) at most.

          Basically, something that you want to attract to your life, and you already have some plan on how you’re going to make it happen. So no hopes and dreams, just actionable, precise goals.

          Then once you have your goals, they become a set of strategies and tactics you need to act upon.

          2. Know What to Skip When Facing New Information

          Once you have your goals, plans, strategies and tasks, you can use them to decide what information is really crucial.

          First of all, if the information you’re about to read has nothing to do with your current goals and plans, then skip it. You don’t need it.

          If it does, then ask yourself these questions:

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          • Will you be able to put this information into action immediately?
          • Does it have the potential to maybe alter your nearest actions/tasks?
          • Is it so incredible that you absolutely need to take action on it right away?

          If the information is not actionable in a day or two, then skip it.

          (You’ll forget about it anyway.)

          And that’s basically it. Digest only what can be used immediately. If you have a task that you need to do, consume only the information necessary for getting this one task done, nothing more.

          You need to be focused in order to have clear judgment, and be able to decide whether some piece of information is mandatory or redundant.

          Self-control comes handy too. It’s quite easy to convince yourself that you really need something just because of poor self-control. Try to fight this temptation, and be as ruthless about it as possible – if the information is not matching your goals and plans, and you can’t take action on it in the near future, then SKIP IT.

          3. Be Aware of the Minimal Effective Dose

          There’s a thing called the MED – Minimal Effective Dose. I was first introduced to this idea by Tim Ferriss. In his book The 4-Hour BodyTim illustrates the minimal effective dose by talking about medical drugs.

          Everybody knows that every pill has a MED, and after that specific dose, no other positive effects occur, only some negative side effects if you overdose big.

          Consuming information is somewhat similar. You need just a precise amount of it to help you to achieve your goals and put your plans into life.

          Everything more than that amount won’t improve your results any further. And if you try to consume too much of it, it will eventually stop you from taking any action altogether.

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          4. Don’t Procrastinate by Consuming More Information

          Probably one of the most common causes of consuming ridiculous amounts of information is the need to procrastinate. By reading yet another article, we often feel that we are indeed working, and that we’re doing something good – we’re learning, which in result will make us a more complete and educated person.

          This is just self-deception. The truth is we’re simply procrastinating. We don’t feel like doing what really needs to be done – the important stuff – so instead we find something else, and convince ourselves that “that thing” is equally important. Which is just not true.

          Don’t consume information just for the sake of it. It gets you nowhere.

          The focus of this article is not on how to stop procrastinating, but if you’re having such issue, I recommend you read this:

          Procrastination – A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating

          Summing It Up

          As you can see, information overload can be a real problem and it can have a sever impact on your productivity and overall performance.

          I know I have had my share of problems with it (and probably still have from time to time). But creating this simple set of rules helps me to fight it, and to keep my lizard brain from taking over.

          I hope it helps you too, especially as we head into a new year with a new chance at setting ourselves up for success.

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