Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “The time is always right to do what is right.” You know what? He was right! But sometimes, it’s hard to do the right thing because you’d rather be doing something else.

If you keep putting off important work, there’s a word that describes your behavior. It’s called procrastination. Procrastination is a problem because it keeps you from doing the most important stuff first.

Dr. King had good advice for defeating procrastination. He said, “Take the first step. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.” And that’s good advice because the sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll finish.

Defeat Procrastination Before It Defeats You

Never fail to do something because you don’t feel like it. Sometimes you just have to do it now, and you’ll feel like it later.
Marie T. Freeman

All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail.
Dorothea Brande

Don’t duck the most difficult problems. That just insures that the hardest part will be left when you’re most tired. Get the big one done, and it’s all downhill from then on.
Norman Vincent Peale

Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
John Wooden

Character is formed by doing the thing we are supposed to do, when it should be done, whether we feel like doing it or not.
Father Flanagan

We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.
Calvin Coolidge

The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something.
Carl Sandburg

Those who wait for perfect weather will never plant seeds; those who look at every cloud will never harvest crops. Plant early in the morning, and work until evening, because you don’t know if this or that will succeed. They might both do well.
Ecclesiastes 11:4,6 NCV