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Procrastination

  • There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today.

  • The time to begin most things is ten years ago.

  • I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged. ... I had poems which were rewritten so many times that I suspect it was just a way of avoiding sending them out.

    • Erica Jong,
    • in William Packard, ed., The Craft of Poetry ()
  • Procrastination results in apathy, discouragement, and depression.

  • Delay breeds fear.

  • ... why not seize the pleasure at once? - How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!

  • ... half the good intentions of my life have been frustrated by my unfortunate habit of putting things off till to-morrow.

  • I ... practiced all the arts of apology, evasion, and invisibility, to which procrastinators must sooner or later be reduced.

  • There is no moment like the present. ... The man who will not execute his resolutions when they are fresh upon him, can have no hope from them afterward. They will be dissipated, lost in the hurry and scurry of the world, or sunk in the slough of indolence.

  • ... of all the follies that we can commit, the greatest is to hesitate.

  • He who hesitates is last.

    • Mae West,
    • in Joseph Weintraub, ed., The Wit and Wisdom of Mae West ()
  • Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes; work never begun.

  • If you have a deadly fruit to give, it will not grow sweeter by keeping.

  • Any time we have projects that we haven't begun or completed, they drain energy.

  • Sometimes you end up using more energy stressing over your unfinished tasks than you would if you took a few minutes to accomplish them.

  • ... he worked harder than almost any one I have known, but somehow it was always at getting ready to do the things that had to be done before you could do the thing that you had set out to do. He laboured dreadfully, as it were, a dreadfully long way from the beginnings of accomplishment.

  • Procrastination means you know what you need to do and you don't do it. If you don't know what to do, you aren't procrastinating. You are thinking.

  • Slaying the dragon of delay is no sport for the short-winded.

  • Always to-morrow and never to day, / So the winter wears till the bloom of May: / 'Yet what is a month more or less?' you say.

  • ... what may be done at any time, is never done.

  • Dear Love, bear with me that so long / My harp has lain unstrung, unswept, / Since to have waked it while it slept / Had been to do my nature wrong.

  • If you have to swallow a toad, don't stare at it too long.

  • Clutter is nothing but postponed decisions — whether it is mental clutter or paper clutter.

  • My mother said, 'You won't amount to anything because you procrastinate.' I said, 'Just wait.'

  • A perfect method for adding drama to life is to wait until the deadline looms large.

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

  • ... once you postpone doing what's right, you become a big part of what's wrong.

  • It's better to be boldly decisive and risk being wrong than to agonize at length and be right too late.

  • Procrastination is, hands down, our favorite form of self-sabotage.

  • We are so scared of being judged that we look for every excuse to procrastinate.

  • I think of myself as something of a connoisseur of procrastination, creative and dogged in my approach to not getting things done.