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40 Procrastinating Excuses to get rid Of

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★ツ Positive changes at work or in our personal lives require us to take Action…but so often, we put it off and don’t really get anywhere.

40 of many excuses we use are:


Work Excuses

  1. My boss will never go for it. I've got too much on my plate.
  2. I'm not good at presenting ideas.
  3. I'll be punished if I fail.
  4. I'm juggling way too many projects.
  5. I'm new around here.
  6. I might not get enough resources.
  7. I don't have enough information.
  8. Someone could steal my idea.
  9. Our company is going through too many changes right now.
  10. They won't give me any more time to work on the project.
  11. If I succeed, they will start expecting much of me.
  12. If the project succeeds, I won’t be rewarded for it.
  13. I don't have the right credentials.
  14. It's not my job.



15. I did it before and failed.

16. Not sure I’m smart enough to do it.

17. I don’t want to have to attend more meetings.

18. It’s getting close to retirement. I might as well just take things easy.

19. I would if I could, but I can't, so I won't.

20. That's my boss's job.

21. It's really not worth the effort. Why bother?

22. My other projects will suffer.

23. Our customers aren't asking for it.

24. I don't have the time.

25. It's a job for Top Management / or another Department.

26. They don't pay me enough to take on a kind of project like this.

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27. My boss will probably get all the credit.

28. My career path will be in jeopardy if it doesn't work.



Personal Excuses

29. I've got enough headaches.

30. People will laugh at me

31. What if I don’t get support?

32. Now is not a good time to start something new.

33. I don't want more things to think about.

34. I will end up with no time for my family.

35. I haven’t done anything like this before.

36.I should be simplifying my life, not complicating it.

37. Maybe next year.

38. Not sure how to begin.

39. It's against my religion.

40. I'm getting too old for this.


Quote “You can have many great ideas in your head, but what makes the difference is the action. Without action upon an idea, there will be no manifestation, no results and no reward” Miguel Ruiz.

Do any of the above sound familiar?

It’s time to take the next step – Action!


✩✬ Useful Tool – Time Management

I listened to one of Jack Canfield talks (Motivational Speaker) online early this year and he talked about cutting back 1 hour everyday from watching television. If we cut back 1 hour, we have 30 hours spare in the month – Food for thought…


I hope this article has motivated you to stop procrastinating. (◕‿◕)



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Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 03, 2016:

Procrastination will get us nowhere in life and slow down our progress and yes it is time to take the next step. Great food for thought.

Elena (author) from London, UK on June 27, 2013:


Thanks. Lovely to hear from you and thanks for your kind words. You are so right about the distraction. May God keep us strong inside.

Keep shining. xx

skye2day from Rocky Mountains on June 23, 2013:

Dearest Lady_E Hello my precious friend. I am so happy I came for a visit. I see you are still at it lady. You have so grown. God Bless You girl. You are an inspiration to many sweetie, keep em coming. U will Phil 4:13

Procrastination is a tool from the enemy of our souls! There is no good from it. I know it and have done plenty of it. The enemy wants to distract us and lies to us. We have power over our thoughts. We can change I can't to I can at any given time. If we fall and we will get up get going and do not give in the devil of this world. He wants none to succeed none. If we do not try we can not succeed. With God all things are possible. Amen. My love lady e Sending Hugs. Skye

Elena (author) from London, UK on May 30, 2013:


Thanks so much. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Some of them are my excuses. ;-)

Best Wishes


H C Palting from East Coast on May 19, 2013:

This hub is true and funny because some of these excuses look and sound familiar because either I've used them (before I became more responsible) or someone has given me the excuse. This hub should be required reading for a massive number of people for work and personal reasons.

Elena (author) from London, UK on May 15, 2013:


Lol. Oh that tickled me. Thanks so much for stopping. I'm sorry for later response. I was on holiday abroad for 2 weeks. Best Wishes.

ahorseback on April 20, 2013:

Elena ,My Lady You know , it isn't every day I get to push all the buttons . Your hubs for one always are so worthy !..........Now get back to work and stop making excuses !.......Ed

Elena (author) from London, UK on April 20, 2013:


Thanks Dana. I will remember those words too. If we really want to do something, we won't think of excuses. :-)

Enjoy the weekend.

Dana Strang from Ohio on April 15, 2013:

I can definitely relate to some items on this list!

My friend's husband told her something that has really stuck with me: "Your reasons are just excuses"! Now whenever I give a reason for something I try to be careful that I am not really just making an excuse. An eye opening experience.

Elena (author) from London, UK on March 20, 2013:

@Ruby H Rose. - Lol, Thanks for stopping by again.

Best Wishes.

Maree Michael Martin from Northwest Washington on an Island on March 14, 2013:

"I don't want more things to think about." I love this "excuse."


Elena (author) from London, UK on August 18, 2012:

Lol @ Jeolmoz2 - I do some of them too.

Julio E Olmo Sr from Florida, USA on August 17, 2012:

Holy Cow! I do all of these!!!

Elena (author) from London, UK on June 15, 2012:

Thanks CoCo... Take care.

coco on June 13, 2012:

This came at the right Time!

Thank you

Elena (author) from London, UK on April 25, 2012:

@MillionaireTips - Thanks. I'm glad you found it useful. Best Wishes.

@AllieRambles - "I forgot" counts. lol. I have used that too. Thanks for stopping.

AllieRambles from Bay Area, California on April 24, 2012:

Does "I forgot" count? LOL. That is my main reason for procrastination.

Shasta Matova from USA on April 24, 2012:

These are certainly are a lot of excuses we come up with to not have to do things, but using them at work does hold us back. Voted up. Great inspirational quotes to get us moving forward!

Elena (author) from London, UK on April 21, 2012:

@Donnaisabella ~ Thanks so much for stopping. I'm glad you found it inspirational. :-)

Isabella Mukanda from Fort Myers on April 18, 2012:

It sure has inspired me and well, a lot of procrastinating around here. I could be a professor in that too! Thanks for sharing.

Elena (author) from London, UK on April 13, 2012:

@Acaetnna - Thanks so much for your warm comments. I appreciate you stopping by. :-)

@Prasetio - True Prasetio. I could add another 30. lol.

Thanks for stopping and rating. :-)

@Ruchira - Hello Ruchira - Me too. Nice of you to stop by. Thanks. :-)

Ruchira from United States on April 11, 2012:

Haha...I have used some myself ;)

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 11, 2012:

Very inspiring hub. Thanks for share with us. We have many excuses here. Good job and rated up!

acaetnna from Guildford on April 10, 2012:

Brilliant excuses that we have all used! I love your hubs.

Elena (author) from London, UK on April 10, 2012:

@MsDora Aaawh, hopefully next time you try, it will be a success. Lovely of you to stop by. Thanks.

Elena (author) from London, UK on April 10, 2012:

@Minnetonka Twin Lol. So True, even me. I am glad you enjoyed reading it. Good to see you.

@jpcmc... Aaaawh, 35 is still young. I have to admit I use #40 for when it's time to go on those Crazy Roller Coasters at Theme Parks. I say to my friends, I'll enjoy all the fun NEXT time we visit. Thanks so much for stopping. Best Wishes.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 10, 2012:

Good advice from you and Jack Canfield. Number 15 has hung me up a few times. Thanks for the encouragement.

JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on April 09, 2012:

I recently used #40 - i'm getting too old for this. I'm only 35, what's happening to me!

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on April 09, 2012:

Lady_E-Great list of excuses, which unfortunately many of us have used. I found this hub very motivating-I also enjoyed the funny pictures that get the point across :-)

Elena (author) from London, UK on April 09, 2012:

@PaulGC Hi Paul - Lol, there is hope. You will notice Anglnwu's Mantra in her comment is "Just Do it."

As you are a Photographer - Yours could be "Just take a Snap."

Good to see you. Thanks for stopping. :-)

Elena (author) from London, UK on April 09, 2012:

@GoodLady Aaawh... thanks for sharing that. If ever you are in a Library, you might want to browse through a book "Feel the Fear and do it anyway." - Susan Jeffers. I found it very useful when I read it years ago and still have it. Best Wishes. :-)

Elena (author) from London, UK on April 09, 2012:

@Anglnwu - Lol. That's was funny about knowing where to come for excuses. I love your Mantra. 3 simple words: "Just do it." I'm glad you shared that. Best Wishes. :-)

@Ruby (AlwaysExploring) True - The computer can take up time so quickly. Even more if you belong to facebook and Twitter. Lovely to see you. Cheers. :-)

paulgc on April 09, 2012:

O.M.G ,this is scary lol, i actually use many of those excuses, is there no hope for me?

Excellent hub, voted up and useful.

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on April 09, 2012:

Hi! It's all to do with fear of something, for me, usually fear of failing or not being good enough. It beats me back till I feel sick!! So great to spot it though and then try to do something about it. Such a helpful Hub. Procrastination is nearly a dirty word isn't it? Something we don't own up too till it's ALMOST too late.

Good on you. (Though I'm not cutting back on TV!!!!) I need to get cracking earlier in the morning.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 08, 2012:

Another great article. I'm afraid i am guilty of some of these excuses. TV is not my time snatcher, the computer is the culprit.. Sigh.Cheers

anglnwu on April 08, 2012:

Haha--so many excuses, now, I know where to go if ever I need another one. I think "just do it" is a good mantra in any case. Love the visuals and the inspiring quotes. Rated up.

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