They said procrastination was
The source of all my sorrow
I don’t know what that big word means -
I’ll look it up tomorrow
“Begin while others are procrastinating. Work while others are wishing.” -William Arthur Ward
Jimmy: Can you give me the definition of procrastination?
Johnny: I will do it later.
Jimmy: You could not be more right!
“How soon not now, becomes never.” -Martin Luther (1483 - 1546)
“Doing just a little bit during the time we have available puts you that much further ahead than if you took no action at all.” -Byron Pulsifer
“Someday is not a day of the week.” -Janet Dailey
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” -Anne Frank (1929 - 1945): “The Diary of a Young Girl” (1952)
“All things come to those who wait, but when they come they’re out of date.” -Author Unknown
Lose This Day Loitering
Lose this day loitering - ‘twill be the same story
To-morrow - and the next more dilatory;
Each indecision brings its own delays,
And days are lost lamenting o’er lost days,
Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute -
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
Only engage, and then the mind grows heated -
Begin it, and then the work will be completed!
-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749 - 1832): “Faust” (Part 1 (1808) and Part 2 (1832))
Overheard: Some tasks have to be put off dozens of times before they will completely slip your mind.
“Things don’t get any easier by putting them off.” -W. Somerset Maugham (William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)): “The Razor’s Edge” (1943)
“Lingering labors come to naught.” -Robert Southwell
“Procrastination is the seed of self-destruction.” -Matthew Burton
“I’m very busy doing things I don’t need to do in order to avoid anything I’m actually supposed to be doing.” -Author Unknown
“Do you know what happens when you give a procrastinator a good idea? Nothing!” -Donald Gardner
“Waiting to develop courage is just another form of procrastination. We must take action while we’re afraid.” -Author Unknown
“A procrastinator’s work is never done.” -Author Unknown
“A primary reason people don’t do new things is because they want to do them perfectly - first time. It’s completely irrational, impractical, not workable - and yet, it’s how most people run their lives.” -John-Roger and Peter McWilliams
“Getting an idea should be like sitting on a pin; it should make you jump up and do something.” -E. L. Simpson
“No task is a long one but the task on which one dare not start. It becomes a nightmare.” -Charles Baudelaire (1821 - 1867)
“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” -Thomas Draxe (birth year unknown - 1618): “Adages” (1616)
“Remember, action today can prevent a crisis tomorrow.” -Steve Shallenberger: “Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders” (2014)
“What is deferred is not avoided.” -Thomas More (1478 - 1535): “Utopia” (1516)
Procrastination is the thief of time:
Year after year it steals, till all are fled,
And to the mercies of a moment leaves
The vast concerns of an eternal scene.
-Edward Young (1683 - 1765): “Night Thoughts” (1742 - 1745), line 393
“Procrastination is a road-block in the path of success.” -Author Unknown
“Whatever can be done another day can be done today.” -Michel de Montaigne (Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533 - 1592)): “Essais” (“Essays”) (March 1580), Book 1, chapter 20
How to Benefit by Procrastinating
- Put off spending money when you need to save.
- Put off eating when you are trying to lose weight.
- Put off feeling angry, sad, or fearful until you are thinking clearly.
- In most other things, procrastinating brings no good result.
-Nathan Thomas Taylor (born 1966)
“Always put off till tomorrow what you should not do at all.” -Author Unknown
“The habit of always putting off an experience until you can afford it, or until the time is right, or until you know how to do it, is one of the greatest burglars of joy. Be deliberate, but once you’ve made up your mind - jump in.” -Charles R. Swindoll (Charles Rozell ‘Chuck’ Swindoll (born 1934)): “Living on the Ragged Edge” (1985), page 110
“Often greater risk is involved in postponement than in making a wrong decision.” -Harry A. Hopf
“Procrastination is something best put off until tomorrow.” -Gerald Vaughan
“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon - instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” -Dale Carnegie (Dale Breckenridge Carnegie (1888 - 1955)): “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” (1948)
“I’m going to stop putting things off, starting tomorrow!” -Sam Levenson
“What may be done at any Time will be done at no Time.” -Thomas Fuller (1654 - 1734): “Gnomologia: Adages and Proverbs” (1732), number 5500
“If you believe you can accomplish everything by ‘cramming’ at the eleventh hour, by all means, don’t lift a finger now. But you may think twice about beginning to build your ark once it has already started raining.” -Max Brooks
“Procrastination is a teardrop in the sands of time.” -Heath Byers
“One of these days is none of these days.” -Author Unknown (attributed to both Henri Tubach and H. G. Bohn)
“Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.” -Christopher Parker
“If you procrastinate when faced with a big, difficult problem . . . break the problem into parts, and handle one part at a time.” -Robert Collier (1885 - 1950)
“Live now . . . procrastinate tomorrow!” -Author Unknown
Overheard: It has been a productive day - I got a lot of procrastinating accomplished.
“The really happy people are those who have broken the chains of procrastination, those who find satisfaction in doing the job at hand. They’re full of eagerness, zest, productivity. You can be, too.” -Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993)
“The man who will not act until he knows all will never act at all . . .” -Jim Elliot (1927 - 1956)
“Procrastination usually results in sorrowful regret. Today’s duties put off until tomorrow give us a double burden to bear; the best way is to do them in their proper time.” -Ida Scott Taylor (Ida Scott Taylor McKinney (1855 - 1932))
“If you put off everything till you’re sure of it, you’ll never get anything done.” -Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993)
“The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.” -Richard Cushing (Richard James Cushing (1895 - 1970))
“There are those of us who are always about to live. We are waiting until things change, until there is more time, until we are less tired, until we get a promotion, until we settle down - until, until, until. It always seems as if there is some major event that must occur in our lives before we begin living.” -George Sheehan (1918 - 1993)
“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” -Paulo Coelho (born 1947)
“Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.” -Napoleon Hill (1883 - 1970)
Defer not till to-morrow to be wise,
To-morrow’s Sun to thee may never rise.
-William Congreve (1670 - 1729): “Letter to Cobham,” line 61
“Putting off an easy thing makes it hard. Putting off a hard thing makes it impossible.” -George Horace Lorimer (1867 - 1937): “Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son” (1902)
“While we are postponing, life speeds by.” -Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 B.C.E. - C.E. 65))
“I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument, while the song I came to sing remains unsung.” -Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941)
“You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.” -Jerry Alan West
“Postpone not a good action.” -Author Unknown: Irish proverb
All the Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
Layin’ in the sun,
Talkin’ bout the things
They woulda-coulda-shoulda done . . .
But those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
All ran away and hid
From one little did.
-Shel Silverstein (Sheldon Allan ‘Shel’ Silverstein (1930 - 1999)): “Falling Up” (1996)
Procrastination is my sin.
It brings me naught but sorrow.
I know that I should stop it.
In fact, I will - tomorrow!
“Let’s get started while we’re still young!” -Author Unknown: comment made by a man who was seventy-five years of age
“By the street of By-and-By, one arrives at the House of Never.” -Miguel de Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547 - 1616)): “Don Quixote” (1605)
“I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.” -Pearl S. Buck (Pearl Sydenstricker Buck (1892 - 1973))
Butter late than never!
“Don’t put off for tomorrow what you should do today.” -Aesop: “The Grasshopper and the Ants” (about 6th century B.C.E.)
“By one delay after another they spin out their whole lives, till there’s no more future left for them.” -Roger L’Estrange (1616 - 1704)
procrastination is the
art of keeping
up with yesterday
-Don Marquis (1878 - 1937): “the lives and times of archy & mehitabel” (1940), using lower case letters and no punctuation, in the style of the fictional writer character he created
“If not now, when will you begin living your life?” -Jack Borland
“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” -Napoleon Hill (1883 - 1970)
“If you have goals and procrastination, you have nothing. If you have goals and you take action, you will have anything you want.” -Thomas J. Vilord
“A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.” -Hunter S. Thompson: ”The Proud Highway” (1955 - 1967)
“If and When were planted, and Nothing grew.” -Catherine Pulsifer (born 1927): “If and When”
“Procrastination is not laziness,” I tell him. “It is fear. Call it by its right name, and forgive yourself.” -Julia Cameron: “The Prosperous Heart” (2012)
“There is no avoidance in delay.” -Aeschylus (about 525 B.C.E. - about 456 B.C.E.): “Agamemnon” (about 458 B.C.E.)
“Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment.” -Robert Benchley (1889 - 1945)
“If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.” -Rita Mae Brown (born 1944)
Overheard: I am just waiting to do my work at the last minute, because by then I will be older and wiser.
“Often just by taking action, by doing something about the situation, you can relieve the stress and help correct the situation.” -Catherine Pulsifer (born 1927)
“It was my fear of failure that first kept me from attempting the master work. 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.” -Paulo Coelho (born 1947)
“Join the circus of chaos . . . juggling, stilt walking, and other skills for socially acceptable procrastination.” -Pat Murphy
“Every duty which is bidden to wait, returns with seven fresh duties at its back.” -Charles Kingsley (1819 - 1875): “Sermons for the Times” (1855)
“If you wait until all the lights are ‘green’ before you leave home, you’ll never get started on your trip to the top.” -Zig Ziglar (Hilary Hinton ‘Zig’ Ziglar (1926 - 2012))
“KISS Procrastination Away: Keep It Super Simple, Keep It Step-by-Step, Keep It Scheduled and Systematic.” -Lisa A. Mininni
“In delay there lies no plenty.” -William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Overheard: I bought a book titled “How to Stop Procrastinating,” and I have promised myself that someday, I am going to actually read it.
“Do not put your work off till tomorrow and the day after; for a sluggish worker does not fill his barn.” -Hesiod (about 800 B.C.E. - about 720 B.C.E.)
“When we procrastinate, we also put a hold on happiness.” -Charles F. Glassman
This is ‘MFOL’ . . . let’s make ‘someday’ into ‘today’ . . . and in so doing, make our present lives into more than they are now . . .