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Last Updated on September 1, 2021

80 Best Procrastination Quotes to Get You Back to Work

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80 Best Procrastination Quotes to Get You Back to Work

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 30 procrastination 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

“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.”

― José N. Harris

“In delay there lies no plenty.”

― William Shakespeare

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.”

― Robert Moment, How to Stop Procrastinating

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

― James Jones

“Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows.”

― Michael Landon

“If you procrastinate when faced with a big difficult problem… break the problem into parts, and handle one part at a time.”

― Robert Collier

“Chances are there are some things that trigger your tendencies to procrastinate. It is important you identify these things. And if possible, get rid of them.”

― John Morgan, 100% Active and Productive

“Whatever you want to achieve, you have to keep on working on it continuously, setting and achieving targets. There should be no procrastination for whatever reason.”

― Chitesh Bhat, Everybody is Genius

“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.”

― Napoleon Bonaparte

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

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“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.”

― 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

“A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.”

― Hunter S. Thompson, The Proud Highway

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

― Abraham Lincoln

“You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again.”

― Damon Zahariades

“If you wait until the wind and the weather are just right, you will never plant anything and never harvest anything.”

― Bible

“The assumption of time is one of humanity’s greatest follies. We tell ourselves that there’s always tomorrow, when we can no more predict tomorrow than we can the weather. Procrastination is the thief of dreams.”

― Richard Paul Evans

“How soon not now, becomes never.”

― Martin Luther

“The problem with tomorrow is that I have never seen a tomorrow. Tomorrow does not exist. Tomorrow only exist in the mind of dreamers and losers.”

― Robert Kiyosaki

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

“If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.”

― Lee Iacocca

“If you put off everything till you’re sure of it, you’ll never get anything done.”

― Norman Vincent Peale

“What may be done at any time will be done at no time.”

― Scottish Proverb

“You, as a person who wants to be successful, need to make ‘I’m doing it now’ a part of your daily vocabulary. Not, ‘I’ll do it after this email,’ or ‘I’ll do it tonight’.”

― Jacob Reimer, Entrepreneurship

“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

A Little Bit of Humor

“Warning: dates on this calendar are closer than they appear.”

― Unknown

“Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.”

― Christopher Parker

“When there is a hill to climb, don’t think that waiting will make it smaller.”

― H. Jackson Brown

“Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.”

― Spanish Proverb

“The worst form of procrastination is reading a procrastination quote, feeling the guilt, and not doing anything about it.”

― Unknown

“How does a project get to be a year behind schedule? One day at a time”.

― Fred Brooks

“Begin while others are procrastinating. Work while others are wishing”.

― William Arthur Ward

“Neither a wise nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.”

― Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Procrastination is illogical from every viewpoint. It is like the man who wanted to cross the stream, so he sat on the bank to wait for all the water to run by.”

― Vernon Howard

“The time to begin most things is ten years ago.”

― Mignon McLaughlin

“Great matter-days remain on the day stone balance, affecting your life on the day the occur and every day thereafter. So the earlier they happen, the better; waiting means potentially sacrificing years or even decades of benefit.”

― Ron Lizzi

Wake up calls

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”

― Alexander Graham Bell

“Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.”

― William Shakespeare

“He who thinks too much about every step he takes will always stay on one leg.”

― Chinese Proverb

“Yesterday is a cancelled check; Tomorrow is a promissory note; Today is the only cash you have, so spend it wisely.”

― Kim Lyons

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“Stop killing and wasting time. Get something done today.”

― Sunday Adelaja

“On ACTION: “Stop talking;start DO-ing.”

― Nanci McGraw

“Procrastinating does nothing more than add to your do list. Do it, be done with it!”

― Catherine Pulsifer

“Doubt increases with inaction. Clarity reveals itself in momentum. Growth comes from progress. For all these reasons, BEGIN.”

― Brendon Burchard

“Don’t procrastinate, life is way too short. Do things as they come to you, live your life like a high-speed sport.”

― Julie Hebert, How To Live To One Hundred

“The real difference between those who want to write and those that do, is that those that do get up every day and do it.”

― Leonard Wolf

Motivate Yourself

“It was my fear of failure that first kept me from attempting the masterwork. Now, I’m beginning what I could have started ten years ago. But I’m happy at least that I didn’t wait twenty years.”

― Paul Coehlo

“Following-through is the only thing that separates dreamers from people that accomplish great things.”

― Gene Hayden

“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

“Waiting is a trap. There will always be reasons to wait. The truth is, there are only two things in life, reasons and results, and reasons simply don’t count.”

― Robert Anthony

“The forces of procrastination, self-doubt, worry, cultural expectations, even family and friends, can hold your life in place, like Gravity.”

― Matt Gersper

“You must not procrastinate. Rather, you should make preparations so that even if you did die tonight, you would have no regrets. If you develop an appreciation for the uncertainty and imminence of death, your sense of the importance of using your time wisely will get stronger and stronger.”

― Dalai Lama

“During a very busy life I have often been asked, “How did you manage to do it all?” The answer is very simple. It is because I did everything promptly.”

― Richard Tangye

“If I had to sum up in a word what makes a good manager, I’d say decisiveness. You can use the fanciest computers to gather the numbers, but in the end you have to set a timetable and act.”

― Lee Iacocca

“Procrastination and excuses are sour spices that spoil the sweet taste of an effective work. They must hence, not be prompted under desire, partly because they are strictly time-stripping and also because they have no known essence.”

― Israelmore Ayivor

“Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.”

― Wayne Gretzky

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.

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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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10 Most Effective Apps to Help You Beat Procrastination

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10 Most Effective Apps to Help You Beat Procrastination

You sit down at your desk, open your computer, and set out to work on an urgent project. Just, hold on—one more Twitter notification to check before you really get started. If you don’t have a stop procrastinating app, you’ve just entered the procrastination rabbit hole.

Three hours later, you find yourself scrolling through Pinterest, color-coordinating bridesmaids’ dresses and butterfly-themed table decorations, even though you’re not getting married. Oops.

Procrastination. It is a scourge most of us struggle with—a hurdle on the way to leading a productive, fulfilling life. Especially now that many of us are confined to makeshift home offices by Covid lockdowns, we struggle to keep distractions at bay[1].

But how can you stop putting off important tasks? How can you really silence that pesky inner voice of distraction?

Fortunately, modern technology offers many apps to help you in your battle. Choose your stop procrastination app from the list below to keep you on track and eliminate distractions.

1. Focus@Will

    Based on neuroscience research, Focus@Will uses music to boost concentration and get you into a productivity flow. You can choose between different channels, ranging from Baroque piano and ambient music to Electro Bach and the funky beats of Alpha Chill.

    According to research, the app can extend your focus periods by 200-400%. It also offers a timer function and productivity tracker. A channel recommender helps you pick the right music for your needs, depending on your personality type, the kind of task you’re dealing with, and whether you’re struggling with mental health issues such as ADHD.

    Focus@Will is available for both Android and iOS and as a web app. Subscriptions start at $69 annually.

    Get the app!

    2. Focus To-Do

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      As a great stop procrastination app, Focus To-Do combines the Pomodoro technique with to-do list features. In case you haven’t come across it before, Pomodoro is one of the most effective productivity techniques. It’s built around 25-minute work sessions interspersed with 5-minute breaks.

      Focus To-Do allows you to define tasks, including subtasks and recurring tasks, and assign deadlines. You can then work through the items on your list one-by-one using the Pomodoro technique.

      The app is available on all major platforms, including smartwatches. Your tasks will be synchronized across devices. The basic app is free, and premium plans start at $2.99 per month, with a lifetime license option priced at $8.99.

      Get the app!

      3. RescueTime

        RescueTime boasts a rare 5.0 “outstanding” score by PCMag and is one of the most widely-used productivity tools popular with freelancers, designers, and developers[2]. It automatically tracks the time you spend on various websites and applications, and classifies them into categories. Using this information, you can analyze where and when you are productive and what the major threats to your productivity are.

        More importantly, RescueTime allows you to summarily block out distractions, which is excellent for Pomodoro sessions. You can also set goals, such as spending less time on your emails or social media, and RescueTime will automatically assist you in reaching them.

        The app is available on all major platforms and offers a free lite version, and its premium plans start at $6.50/month (billed annually). It also integrates with a variety of other productivity tools, such as calendar apps and Slack.

        Get the app!

        4. Forest

          As a gamified stop procrastinating app, Forest is a great way to motivate yourself to stay focused. Each time you start a focus session, you plant a tree in the app. While you work, it will grow on your screen. However, if you leave the app during the session, your tree dies off.

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          The goal is to motivate you to not use your phone, removing a significant source of distraction.

          By completing your focus sessions, you can grow an entire forest over time. This isn’t just visually appealing, but an uplifting representation of how much work you’ve managed to get done. Your forest has a real-life impact as well. The larger you grow it, the more “coins” you can earn in the app. And using those, the app team plants actual trees.

          Forest is available on iOS, Android, and as a Firefox extension. It’s $1.99, with optional in-app purchases.

          Get the app!

          5. Rocket 135

            For those overwhelmed by to-do lists, Rocket 135 allows you to prioritize your tasks. Rather than having to face multiple stressful, anxiety-inducing tasks per day, you pick one important project, three of medium importance, and five of low importance to complete.

            This app lets you customize basic list types, archive tasks, assign them to themes, and collaborate with other users. It synchronizes across devices and offers a limited free version. The premium version is available at $2.50 monthly or $25 annually.

            Get the app!

            6. CARROT To-Do

              Like Forest, CARROT To-Do is an iOS app that turns productivity into a game to beat procrastination.

              You can set yourself a simple to-do list and get rewarded with “fortune cookies” and several hundred unique rewards for completed tasks. But beware! Fail to complete your tasks, and you will lose your rewards or be leveled down. A unique feature of CARROT’s is that it is branded as having a personality, with an attitude to match. “I am your new taskmaster,” it declares.

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              The app comes at a one-time cost of $2.99, with some in-app purchases for different themes and icons.

              Get the app!

              7. Freedom

                If gamification isn’t your style, Freedom is a stop procrastinating app that offers a somewhat harsher approach to battling procrastination. It will block distracting apps and websites—synced across all your devices. It’s even possible to shut the internet out entirely if you have to focus on an offline project.

                The app can be downloaded for Mac and Windows, or installed as an extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. iOS and Android apps are also available. Premium plans start at $2.42/month (billed annually).

                Get the app!

                8. Momentum

                  With an aesthetic approach to productivity, Momentum is sure to keep you focused. This browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Edge combines beautiful nature wallpapers, a distraction-free time display, inspirational quotes, and a prioritized to-do list.

                  In the free version of the app, you can set yourself daily priorities and other tasks. The premium option, at $3.33/month, also includes a Pomodoro timer and syncs with popular task managers.

                  Momentum is perfect for arriving at work after a stressful commute, or for creating an atmospheric setting in your (home) office.

                  Get the app!

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                  9. Take a Five

                    Breaks are essential. Unfortunately, they are also procrastination pitfalls. A quick five-minute breather can only too easily turn into an hour wasted on Facebook.

                    This stop procrastinating app, Take a Five, helps you avoid that. You set a timer for however long you want your break to be and open a tab. Once your time is up, the app will automatically close this tab and remind you to go back to work. No more going down scrolling rabbit holes.

                    Take a Five is available for free as a web app.

                    Get the app!

                    10. Mindly

                      If a single look at your growing, deadline-laden to-do list sends you into a cold sweat, Mindly is the solution for you. This app helps you organize the deadlines, lists, and reminders cluttering your mind in a three-dimensional manner.

                      You can create an infinite number of circles that connect related ideas and projects. Each circle can be color-coded, tagged with summaries, and annotated with emojis. Harnessing the power of associations, you can keep your inner universe organized.

                      Mindly syncs across devices. It offers a limited free version for Android and iOS that can be upgraded to premium for a one-time $6.99. Furthermore, a desktop app is available for Mac at $29.99.

                      Get the app!

                      Final Thoughts

                      Procrastination, once started, is hard to stop, but these apps can help you get back to being productive and completing all of those to-do lists you’ve been avoiding. Find which one works for you and get started with it today.

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