For being such an obviously bad thing, procrastination is highly popular. It is the stuff of Mark Twain and Ellen Degeneres and Oscar Wilde quotes, and lists of those quotes plastered on photos of clouds. It’s a little inside joke that we share, a small human failing that we all chide each other about but also find sort of endearing and adorable.
Let’s be clear: Procrastination is not cute. A laid-back attitude toward society-wide idling is doing America no favors. It’s time we wake up to the scourge of dilly-dallying and turn our lives around in the deep way that Montel Williams told us to—before he started stumping for payday lenders and following you on Twitter.