Quotes on Procrastination

One of the most cruel games anyone can play with self is the “not yet” game – hoping to sin just a bit more before ceasing; to enjoy the praise of the world a little longer before turning away from the applause; to win just once more in the wearying sweepstakes of materialism; to be chaste, but not yet; to be good neighbors, but not now. — Elder Neal Maxwell, Conference Report, October 1974, p. 16

Procrastination . . . is the thief of our self-respect.  It nags at us and spoils our fun.  It deprives us of the fullest realization of our ambitions and hopes. — President Thomas S. Monson, BYU Address, February 8, 1966

Procrastination, as it may be applied to Gospel principles, is the thief of eternal life – which is life in the presence of the Father and the Son.  There are many among us, even members of the Church, who feel that there is no need for haste in the observance of Gospel principles and the keeping of the commandments. — President Joseph Fielding Smith, General Conference, April 1969; see The Way to Perfection, p. 202

There is a danger in the word someday when what it means is “not this day.” . . . The scriptures make the danger of delay clear.  It is that we may discover that we have run out of time.  The God who gives us each day as a treasure will require an accounting.  We will weep, and He will weep, if we have intended to repent and to serve Him in tomorrows which never came or have dreamt of yesterdays where the opportunity to act was past. This day is a precious gift of God.  The thought “Someday I will” can be a thief of the opportunities of time and the blessings of eternity. — President Henry B. Eyring, “This Day,” Ensign, May 2007, pp. 89-91

One of the most serious human defects in all ages is procrastination, an unwillingness to accept personal responsibilities now.  Men came to earth consciously to obtain their schooling, their training and development, and to perfect themselves, but many have allowed themselves to be diverted and have become . . . addicts to mental and spiritual indolence and to the pursuit of worldly pleasure. — President Spencer W. Kimball, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball, pp. 4-5

It sometimes seems that we live as if we wonder when life is going to begin.   It isn’t always clear just what we are waiting for, but some of us sometimes persist in waiting so long that life slips by – finding us still waiting for something that has been going on all the time. . . . This is the life in which the work of this life is to be done.  Today is as much a part of eternity as any day a thousand years ago or as will be any day a thousand years hence. This is it, whether we are thrilled or disappointed, busy or bored!  This is life, and it is passing. — Elder Richard L. Evans, Improvement Era, January, p. 65

There is another thing with our young people, as well as the people generally, that I desire to call you attention to and that is, procrastination – putting off till tomorrow what we ought to do today, and thinking that we will live our religion a little better next year.  The old saying that to travel by the road of bye and bye will reach the home of never, is just as true today as it ever was.  Let us live our religion today.  Let us do the duty of today.  Let us pay our tithes that we owe today.  Let us do everything required of us today, and not put it off for some future time. — Elder Reed Smoot, Conference Report, October 1900

Procrastination is attitude’s natural assassin.  There is nothing so fatiguing as an uncompleted task. — William James