The Art of Procrastination

Procrastination is my favourite word in the English language. In fact, I often say that this blog is running on tea, chocolate, and the power of procrastination.

And I refuse to see procrastination as an irredeemable character flaw. Over the years I have developed my own brand of semi-productive procrastination that sometimes brings surprising results (case in point: this blog).

But do you have any idea how difficult it is to find positive or at least funny quotes about procrastination? It seems that people have spent centuries, no millennia, trying to fight it. Yet while politicians and motivational speakers would cheerfully destroy procrastination at its root, there are creative people – mostly writers and artists – who understand.

My Favourite Procrastination Quotes

Procrastination quotes

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” Marthe Troly-Curtin

“You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.
What mood is that? Last-minute panic.”– Bill Watterson

“Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment”– Robert Benchley

“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”– Mark Twain

“If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.”– Rita Mae Brown

“One of the greatest labour-saving inventions of today is tomorrow.” – Vincent T. Foss

“Housework is the most productive procrastination close to a deadline.” Grant McLachlan

“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” – Douglas Adams

Life with the Instant Gratification Monkey

Before you leave, check out this video by one of my favourite people on the internet, Tim Urban, the guy behind Wait But Why.

And here’s the procrastination-filled story behind that TED talk.


P.S. Just in case you were wondering, yes this post is born out of procrastination. What I should actually be doing is learning the basics of double-entry bookkeeping in German.


A Latvian living in Germany. Blogging about the journey of parenting while navigating different languages and cultures.

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