James Clear

James Clear quotes on procrastination

Author of the #1 NYT bestseller Atomic Habits. I write about building better habits.

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We often avoid taking action because we think "I need to learn more," but the best way to learn is often by taking action.


Working on a problem reduces the fear of it. It’s hard to fear a problem when you are making progress on it—even if progress is imperfect and slow. Action relieves anxiety.


Maturity is learning how to start when you feel like procrastinating and learning how to listen when you feel like talking.


Procrastinating on something important is choosing to delay a better future.


Many people delay taking action because they hope to avoid suffering. They keep searching for a path that won’t involve pain or sacrifice or tradeoffs. But some form of suffering is always inevitable. The process of taking action is the process of choosing your pain.


People who get a lot done tend to do things right away.


Complaining increases the weight of the burden.


People generally have more control over their actions than their feelings. But we can influence our feelings by taking action. Take one small step. Move the body first and the mind will follow.


Impatient with actions. Patient with results.


If you work, inspiration will come. If you wait, inspiration will too.


The gap between starting before you feel ready and waiting for permission can be a lifetime.


Action creates the possibility for good luck. Fortune waits beyond the starting line.


Habits account for 40-50% of your daily actions, but their true impact is even greater because your habits shape the conscious choices that follow. Ex: opening YouTube out of habit can lead to an hour of procrastination. Control that small habit and you regain the entire hour.

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