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
“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.”
“Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment”
“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”
“If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.”
“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.