Best 34 Quotes & Tweets on Procrastination

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1

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

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

2

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.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

3

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

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

4

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

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

5

If you wait until you’re ready, you’ll be waiting the rest of your life.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

6

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.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

7

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

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

8

Complaining increases the weight of the burden.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

9

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.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

10

The greatest trap is telling yourself you’ll do something important later. Excuses create their own inertia. The longer you wait the harder it gets. “Later” is where dreams go to die.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Impatient with actions. Patient with results.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

12

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

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

13

99.99 percent of the time waiting for the right moment to do something hard is how you rationalize not doing that hard thing you know you needs to be done. There is no perfect moment. All we have is now. Stop waiting.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

14

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

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

15

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

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

16

The longer you delay that thing you know you should do, the more difficult it gets. The easier thing in the short run is often the harder thing in the long run. Pain today, gain tomorrow.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

17

Delaying pursuing your dreams is like saving up sex for old age — you might get what you want eventually, but it won't be as much fun.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

18

The four most dangerous words to accomplishing your dreams are: “I’ll do it later.”

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

19

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.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

20

Procrastination is fear disguised as laziness.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

21

Perfectionism is another word for procrastination.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

22

Procrastination is a symptom of not caring enough.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

23

Procrastination helps me avoid things that don’t give me energy. I doubt it’s a bug.

Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo

@dvassallo

24

Most people would rather sit around the table drinking and say I could have done X than give up those nights working on uncertain success.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

25

Procrastination is information. Use it to find what demotivates you, and try to arrange your life to do less of it.

Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo

@dvassallo

26

Procrastination is information. It shows you where your ambitions mismatch your true preferences. And if you force yourself to create something you don't feel like doing, it will show. And if you happen to succeed, you would have hated it so much, you wouldn't do it again.

Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo

@dvassallo

27

One man’s procrastination is another man’s profit.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

28

Procrastination isn't your enemy, it's a useful tool to squeeze out the stuff that doesn't matter and focus on the stuff that does.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

29

Procrastination: Self-sabotage in slow motion.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

30

Waiting to start writing until you’ve “found your voice” is like waiting to start driving until all the lights are green.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

31

Lots of people want to write, but don’t know what to write about. Essay prompts: 1) What everyone is thinking about but nobody is saying 2) What you believe that other people disagree with you about 3) What excites you right now Stop procrastinating. Start writing.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

32

Perfectionism is just procrastination with a snooty accent. Just ship it already.

Katelyn Bourgoin

Katelyn Bourgoin

@KateBour

33

If you put off until tomorrow what you can do today, tomorrow you might find that what you postponed is no longer necessary. Procrastination might be the most underrated productivity habit.

Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo

@dvassallo

34

Procrastination helps me understand what’s within reach. If you’re procrastinating, try reducing the scope until what you’re trying to do almost gets done by itself. Reduce features, cut the length, skip some things, lower your goals, curb your ambition. Works wonders for me.

Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo

@dvassallo