Procrastinators Anonymous

Zoom Meeting Format

Welcome to the Wednesday Zoom Into Action meeting of Procrastinators Anonymous. This is a closed meeting, which means that it's open only to those who acknowledge that they are compulsive procrastinators or suspect they might be. Compulsive procrastination is the habitual delay of starting or finishing a task despite knowing it might have negative consequences. The meeting is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

My name is ______________________ and I'm a procrastinator. I'll be chairing the meeting today.

Would someone please read the Preamble? [[share the preamble on screen]]

Would someone please read the Steps? [[share the steps on screen]]

I'll read the Tradition corresponding to this month. [[chairperson reads the tradition of the month]]

This is a discussion meeting with a focus on the PA Tools. First we will read the symptoms, then the PA tools (picking a tool of the day), followed by sharing. At 30 minutes we'll take a break for the 7th Tradition and PA-related announcements. In the last 10 minutes, we'll briefly state actions that we plan to take today or this week to overcome our procrastination.

Would someone please read the Signs? [[share the signs on screen]]

Would someone please read the Tools, then pick a Tool for today's focus (or any other issue related to procrastination)? [[share the tools on screen]]

[[after the tool is selected...]] Please tell us in a sentence or two why you chose that tool.

Meeting Norms:
Crosstalk guidelines help keep our meeting safe. Crosstalk means giving unsolicited feedback or advice, interrupting a speaker or directly addressing another speaker's share in your own share, making "you" or "we" statements, giving feedback, or making comments on another person's share, including a point of order. In our meetings we speak about our own experience, and we listen without comment to what others share. We work toward taking responsibility in our own lives, rather than giving advice to others.

Please focus your share on issues of procrastination and your recovery from it. You may mention other 12 step programs, but only as they pertain to your recovery from procrastination.

When you share, please tell us your first name and, if you're comfortable, your location. This helps to facilitate connection and outreach.

Shares are limited to 3 minutes with a 1 minute warning. Can we have a volunteer to keep time?

Please acknowledge [[Timekeeper's]] 1-minute warning by saying "Thank you", and at 3 minutes please wrap up your share.

Before we begin sharing, we want to welcome newcomers (people who have attended 6 meetings or fewer). Are there any newcomers who would like to introduce themselves?

Welcome! It is suggested you attend at least 6 meetings before deciding if PA is right for you. That way you have time to identify with the speakers, begin to absorb the PA concepts, and learn more about the program. Newcomers will have an opportunity to ask questions after the meeting.

Please use Zoom's hand-raise feature to indicate you'd like to share. If you’re phoning in, it’s *9 to raise or lower your Zoom hand. I will call on people to share in the order in which their hands are raised. Please raise your Zoom hand if you’d like to share.

[[discussion time]]

It's time for our 7th Tradition break and announcements:
PA has no dues or fees, we are self-supporting through our own contributions, but we do have expenses for the Zoom account and maintenance of the PA Web site. Contributions can be made via PayPal on the PA Web site at http://procrastinators-anonymous.org/contribute (I'll post the link in the chat), or by sending a contribution via PayPal to pro@procrastinators-anonymous.org. Please give what you can, but if you can give nothing for now, keep coming back because you are more important than your money.

If you are available for sponsorship or outreach (receiving phone calls or email from others on the meeting), or you're looking for an accountability partner, please type your contact information in the chat area. Remember to include your time zone with your phone number, and say whether you're on WhatsApp.

Does anyone have any PA announcements?

Business meetings are held on the last week of each month, following the break. You must be present at the business meeting to propose an issue for discussion.

[[If it's the last week of the month, the business meeting will begin now. Otherwise…]]

Now we will resume sharing until 25 minutes before the hour. The topic for today is __________. The meeting ends at 15 before the hour. This leaves 10 minutes for sharing actions and closing the meeting.

If there is time for more sharing after everyone who wants to has shared once, we will divide the remaining time so everyone who wants to can share again.

[[discussion time]]

That’s all the time we have for sharing. Now we will briefly share some actions we plan to take today or this week to overcome procrastination and improve our lives. Who would like to share actions? (Please use the Zoom hand-raise feature.)

In closing, please note that the opinions expressed here are strictly those of the individuals who gave them. Take what you like and leave the rest.

If we are to recover, we must feel free to say what is in our minds and hearts, so please remember to respect anonymity. Let whom you see here and what was said here stay here when you leave here. (Herestay!)

Let's close with a moment of silence, followed by the Serenity Prayer.

God, grant me
the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Amen.