Shakespeare on Procrastination and How to Avoid It

that we would do we should do when we would“… that we would do
We should do when we would; for this ‘would’ changes
And hath abatements and delays as many
As there are tongues, are hands, are accidents;
And then this ‘should’ is like a spendthrift sigh,
That hurts by easing.”

(Hamlet act 4, sc. 7)

Tips for Use.  Stimulate prompt action after an initial indication of consent. Sometimes we (and others) say or are convinced that we will do something, while simultaneously harboring a (sometimes unconscious) expectation to delay action. Countless courses in time management or similar attempt to teach the simple truth conveyed by these elegant lines. Good lines to explain your principle of action – if you believe in it. During a job interview, a good answer on what is your mode of operation and philosophy of action.
Somewhere in the recesses of memory is a line that went as follows, “Work is one of the greatest things on earth – therefore you should always leave some for tomorrow.” Which is in direct contradiction to the advise that Lord Chesterfield gave his son in a letter, “No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” Also because this ‘tomorrow’, this ‘by and by’ never comes, as confirmed by St. Augustine in Latin, “Modo, et modo, non habebant modum.”
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In the play. King Claudius prompts Laertes to act quickly in taking revenge against Hamlet, who killed Polonius, Laertes’ father

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