10 Inspiring Procrastination and Productivity Quotes

You know what you want to do. You certainly know what you need to be doing.
But you’re off somewhere else.

Because procrastination has once again swept into your mind and actions.
And so you escape.

Onto Facebook, into a video game or a movie or simply by doing easier and less important tasks.

I am no stranger to this. I have been there hundreds of times, especially during my early twenties when I was I college.

But what can you do about it? Well, today I won’t be sharing what has been most helpful for me to minimize my own procrastination.

Instead I’d like to offer 20 of the most motivational and insightful thoughts from the people who have come before us on procrastination and on getting things done.

1. “When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that in itself is a choice.”
– William James
2. “If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.”
– Olin Miller
3. “It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.”
– Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
4. “Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.”
– Denis Waitley
5. “How soon ‘not now’ becomes ‘never.’”
– Martin Luther
6. “In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
7. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
– Stephen King
8. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
– Karen Lamb
9. “If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.”
– David Allen
10. “Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.”
– Napoleon Bonaparte
11. “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
12. “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.”
– Dale Carnegie
13. “Think of many things; do one.”
– Portuguese proverb
14. “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
15. “To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.”
– Eva Young
16. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
– Jim Rohn
17. “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”
– Pablo Picasso
18. “The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.”
– Thomas Sowell
19. “Follow effective actions with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”
– Peter Drucker
20. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
– Anne Frank

Have a productive Monday!!!

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Worry Never

An inspirational poem for your daily lives on not to worry about a thing in life. The poem is inspired by Eleanor Porter.

Worry never climbed a hill,

Worry never paid a bill,

Worry never dried a tear,

Worry never calmed a fear,

Worry never darned a heel,

Worry never cooked a meal,

Worry never led a horse to water,

Worry never done a thing you’d think it oughta.

The ability to worry is not a spiritual problem but a physical. Humans we worry about a lot of things, especially things we want and need but not getting to our needs. Worry changes nothing in our lives, but makes us uncomfortable. Cling unto Jesus every single day to battle the spirit of worry out of our lives, and am sure gradually we will walk away from that part of our lives.

Be productive, motivated, and believe we will overcome.

How to Get Back on Track When You’ve Lost Your Motivation

When your “get up and go” has “got up and left,” when there’s no more “pep” left in your step, sometimes the best thing you can do is just stop trying for a while. I get it sometimes when things just feel confusing and body gets lazy. Motivation sounds enticing when thinking and getting ideas, but the major thing is to start executing those ideas and be productive.

Moving forward feels great, but movement takes energy. When’s the last time you took a break without feeling guilty?

If you dislike the idea of resting, it might help to know that it’s a productive and appropriate project that could help you get your groove back.

Having said that, maybe you don’t have the option of sitting around doing nothing. Somehow, you’ve got to find or create the motivation to get moving again, regardless of how stuck you feel.

That’s when it’s time to do two things.

The first is to remind yourself of your own agency. No matter how helpless you may feel at a time like this, no matter what challenges you face, you have control over the little things in your life.

You’re the only one who gets to decide whether to brush your teeth, rinse out that empty yogurt container, or sweep up that debris on the floor near the front door.

When life won’t give up its rewards to you, you can still reward yourself with clean hair, a timeout, or—here’s a novel idea—a carrot. (Make it a baby carrot with peanut butter; you need the nutrients.)

Losing motivation creates a sense of powerlessness, not to mention a lack of direction and purpose. It casts a spell that makes you forget your autonomy. But total powerlessness is most often an illusion.

Who else makes those moment-to-moment decisions about whether to wash a dish, darn a sock, or do a push-up?

When you feel paralyzed by obstacles like apathy, low energy, or indecision, taking small, unrelated actions can rev that idling engine.

The best activities are simple acts of grooming and household management.

Sprucing up your résumé and applying for jobs on the Internet is not a small action; don’t ask yourself to do that before you have some wins under your belt in the form of clipped nails, a tidy drawer, or a changed light bulb.

Once you inspire yourself by being proactive in smaller tasks, you’ll be better able to roll up your sleeves and do some heavy lifting on the bigger stuff.

The second thing to do if you’ve lost your mojo is to follow these three, simple words: Just start it. I remember an instructor in graduate school telling us that if you simply begin to do a task, motivation kicks in within 10 seconds.

You read that right: 10 seconds may be all it takes to shift from “I don’t want to do it” to “I’m already doing it, so I might as well continue.”

Let’s say, for example, you’re trying to get yourself to go to the gym. Get up right now and gather your workout clothes and/or shoes. Fill a water bottle or do whatever it takes to prep for a trip to the gym.

You’re far more likely to follow through and actually go if you start doing anything related to your goal.

Between these two tools—inspiring yourself through small actions or committing to just 10 seconds of activity—you’ll be able to make more progress than you would by sitting there berating yourself for being stuck.

The best way to get things in action, is to do your best and leave the rest to God to take control.

Something To Drive You Positively For The Day

5 ways to quiet an anxious mind

1. Go for a walk
2. Meditate for 15 mins
3. Unplug (no emails and social media)
4. Practice gratitude
5. Pray

3 Tips to Staying Positive:

Look back and be grateful.
Look ahead and be hopeful.
Look around and be helpful.

Have faith, hard experiences breed powerful minds.

Be strong but not rude.
Be kind but not weak.
Be humble but not timid.
Be proud but not arrogant

SMILE, It will make you look better. PRAY, it will keep you strong. LOVE, it will make you enjoy life.

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Just Thinking Is Not Preparation

Thinking or Planning

I don’t know if you’ve ever agreed to help someone with a project who desperately needed your help but who hadn’t done one thing to be prepared? How frustrating. You would probably be no different than I was – not to be ready is all part of planning and preparation.

Some people assume, falsely, that just thinking about a project is not actually planning unless there are steps laid out as in the form of a plan. A plan means that you have not only thought about the project but that you have a list of steps that must be followed in order to accomplish the task at hand.

Helping A Friend Who Seemed To Only Think
I was recently asked to help a friend complete an outdoor deck. The first part of this project meant that we would have to tear the old one down, or, repair it before we could extend it. The project wasn’t that difficult so I was happy to be of assistance. Since I was over some thirty miles away, and didn’t have all day to spend at the site, I had let it be known that I would be there at a specific time and that we needed to get started right away.

But, when I arrived at the stipulated time armed with all the tools I would need, I found him sitting at the kitchen table eating his breakfast. I at first thought that he had already been around the back to the deck and had all his tools there including his chop saw, sledge hammer, extension cords, pry bars and the wood we would need. I was wrong.

Not only had he not retrieved his tools, he hadn’t even bothered to get the wood I had asked him to. When I asked him why he was not ready when I had told him when I would be there and what we would need, he said that he had thought about it but just didn’t get around to it.

Wow! I was some put off. It is one thing not to know what is needed when you start because you have no familiarity with what is required for a project but it is quite another to know and not to do one thing to get ready.

How To Move Forward
You cannot move forward in any project, or task, career, relationship or changing a habit unless you plan. And, preparation is not the end but only the beginning. Planning is crucial but if you do not take steps over and over again constantly moving the yardsticks forward like a football team, you will not accomplish anything. You cannot wait for someone else to take ownership for your actions – you have to do it yourself. There is no easy way just the right way.

So, how did the project turn out? Great. But, what was learned during the project?
During the course of this project, and with gentle but pointed reminders and coaching, he learned more about planning ahead than actually doing. But, I wasn’t disappointed with this approach because planning to do what comes next is a vital step in reaching any desired end whether that is a goal you have set for yourself or a project or task that you must complete at work.

Each time you prepare from the start to the finish, you can do so by visualizing the complete process in your mind. These visualization skills that you develop can apply from everything like a project at work to doing a home based plumbing job.