Alex Vermeer has identified strategies to get motivated in four categories: increase expectancy, increase value, decrease impulsiveness, or decrease delay. These quotes will inspire you to implement these tactics for defeating procrastination.
Choose a Growth Mindset
“No matter what your ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment.”
“People that are successful are able to see what success is. They are able to define it in their mind’s eye.” -Dr. Phil
“The reason why people give up so fast is because they tend to look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they have gotten.”
Have a Plan B
“If ‘Plan A’ didn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters! Stay cool.”
“Even the smallest actions are steps in the right direction.”
“Inspiration is everywhere, and often in unexpected places: you just have to keep your eyes open.”
“The best way to get things done is to simply begin.”
Connect with Passion
“Follow your passion. It will lead you to your purpose.” -Oprah Winfrey
Add sweet to the bitter
“There is no sweeter reward than crossing off an unpleasant task. If you do the worst first, reward yourself with the best next.” -dailyplanit.com
“Accountability breeds response-ability.” – Stephen Covey
“There are no limits to what you can accomplish when you are supposed to be doing something else.”
Tip: at least work on something else that needs to be done.
“When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.”
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” – Michelangelo
Take a break
“If you neglect to recharge a battery, it dies. And if you run full speed ahead without stopping for water, you lose momentum to finish the race.” -Oprah Winfrey
“Look for the perfect balance of challenge and skill where time stands still.” -dailyplanit.com
Use negative pairing
“Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.”
Tip: imagine something negative connected with whatever is tempting you.
Make Progress Visual
“Don’t break the chain.” – Jerry Seinfeld
“Keep your head clear. It doesn’t matter how bright the path is if your head is always cloudy.”
Tip: write down distracting thoughts
Use goal reminders
“The difference between where you are and where you will be in a week is what you do for the next seven days.”
Create a Habit
“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.” – John Dryden
“Life is too full of distractions nowadays. When I was a kid we had a little Emerson radio and that was it. We were more dedicated. We didn’t have a choice.” – Stan Getz
Tip: if you can’t eliminate a distraction, at least make it harder to get to.
Make failure painful
“After awhile you realize that putting your actions where your mouth is makes you less likely to have to put your money where your mouth is.” -Criss Jami
Tip: put some money on the line and pay if you fail.
Run a “dash”
“Make the most of the dash.”
Tip: commit to just 5 minutes on a task and you just might keep going.
Set a Goal
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” – Abraham Lincoln
Tip: make goals SMART
Set a deadline
“Crystallize your goals. Make a plan for achieving them and set yourself a deadline. Then, with supreme confidence, determination and disregard for obstacles and other people’s criticisms, carry out your plan.” – Paul J. Meyer
Quotes for Overcoming Procrastination on the Daily PlanIt Pinterest board.