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Special Projects and Master Lists

This forum is for checking in on the progress of large, multi-day projects like a thesis or catching up on tax returns. It's also a good place for master to-do lists, gratitute lists, New Year's resolutions, and other non-daily items.
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Lucas' weekly goals journal

Hi there PA friends!

I'm new to the forum, having just found you guys, but feeling very positive and sooo happy to have met a few of you on Zoom. Some of the areas where I procrastinate are daily tasks, like exercise and meditation, but others are more long-term things where I need to keep myself accountable on a weekly basis. As a starting point, I'm making a list here of the things I want to progress on (but which which I've been procrastinating on for literally years...

Weekly goals

Lucas' progress journal

Hi there PA friends!

So there are  four areas where I want to change my pattern and make real progress in the rest of this year. I figure keeping a journal here should help me stay accountable... 

Grieving a person I used to know....

Hello again all - I've decided to repost this from the daily forums to create a new special project for myself in order to try and reach a specific aim. I will be adding in the future as things become clearer. The last month or so has been hard as poor internet so I've been a lax attender whereas I did find some value in being reasonably regular here.  So here goes - -

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Monday 17th February - midnight

Grieving ideals, not yet distraught... 

21 days of working hard towards a project that I very much want to suceed.

I have a project due, much of it is already done. Previously I wouldn't have started at this point and I feel grateful that this time has been different (thanks to PA and my own work to change this pattern of procrstionation). 

In the chatbox I summerised the barriers;

Declutter & Fitness Challenge

BEHAVIOR "A" FOR DO IT NOW MAKE A SCHEDULE DAILY 1-5 MINS

AND DO IT IMOPERFECTLY.  I ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO JOIN ME.

STARTED  yesterday.  did today so that makes two day

JAN

8-20

23-30

31 ?

TOTAL: 21 OF 24 

FEB

1-6   

7 / 

10-12

14

16-18

21 22 

AS OF 21ST 14 of 21 

22 24-28

FEB:  22 OF 28 

JOIN ME 

MAR 

1

3 -6

8-14

Katia's *7* day Planner Challenge

Ok so I bought this planner. And in order to get my money's worth, I better use it! PA is wonderful, but sometimes I need to be able to look at the week and whatnot.

Right now I am starting out with 7 days, but I will try and increase it as things go.

The rules:
1. I need to write something in my planner for each day. Even if it is DO NOTHING! lol. It doesn't even matter if I actually do the things written, just that something WAS written.
2. Even if I write things out a few days in advance, I need to check it each day to actually follow what was written.

Agnus' total to-do list

Home management:

Essay Do It Now

1. Read what I have       1/2 hour
DONE

2.  Decide on additional reading if any  15 minutes
DONE

3.  Collate writing to date   15 minutes

4.  find more books 15 mins
STARTED

5 read them and take notes 2 hours  DONE

6 write it 1 hour

7 edit 2 hours

8. write a note   <15mins 

9 get address  <15 mins

10 stamp it   < 15 mins

11 mail it    < 15 mins

Total 7 hours

work as fast as you can  1-6 222

A new approach for dealing with fears/avoidance: turning them into Questions

Hi, I'm popping in again to share an approach that my Higher Power gave me to deal with my fears once and for all.

FEAR (Face Everything and Recover). For example, my ongoing fears about getting a new job, since my current one is not adequate for my needs.

I'm finally aware that facing everything will actually dispel these fears. But I have to do it in a way that I can handle, breaking it down. 

So, this approach is as follows: 

Rexroth Special Project Writing Travelling Trekking

PLAN FOR NEXT SIX MONTHS NOW UNTIL MIDAPRIL 2014

For the last few weeks I have not been very well with respiratory infections following a cold. I have felt frustrated and have not got on with very much. Also I’ve been worried first about old tax problems and then about buying a flat. Both of these are now handed over and appropriate professionals are dealing with them. By particular dates I shall need to ask them how they are getting on. For the moment I need to forget about them.

It is a Big World. Why not try these things?

My friend just drove a car around the world. So there's that.

If I live according to my stated philosophy of looking at options and choosing to go toward what I might regret the least, I might take advantage of an opportunity that seems to be before me. I might go toward getting my Masters in Datascience. Hah! 

Help: graduate writing

Hi guys, I am back b/c I am so desperate! I've not written any new content for a particular paper for several weeks and cannot stand living like this anymore. 

Yet, even when I come to the library and sit down to look at it, even putting my fingers on the keyboard, I can't seem to make enough sense of the words I've written to have it in a proper order on the page.

I know there are those here who have accomplished incredible feats of bravery in facing writing and other tasks - help :( I don't know what else to say!

Conquering Car Maintenance Avoidance: An Ongoing Tale

Hi PA friends,

I'm starting this thread to journal my experience with severe avoidance/procrastination of maintaining my car. 

This is a problem I've had my entire adult life, and it never goes away, never gets better, only seems to get worse with age (of both me and my car). 

I want to chronicle what I'm going through and why, and if you share the same type of avoidance for something that seems overly scary, feel free to post here too. 

 

The situation: 

Speeding up routine tasks (or preventing them altogehter)

In this thread, I hope people will share some tips & tricks on how to do routine tasks faster, or find ways to avoid them altogether. Maybe a bit like lifehacker.com, but concentrating on tasks really necessary for survival. No "how to make a nice seasonal window decoration faster" - that's for people who have no other problems. For us procrastinators, that's the sort of thing we should never, ever even think about before, for example, having completed our tax declaration.

Hypatia's 2013 records project

I feel as if I'm back where I was early last year, only this time I don't really have an excuse, and the backlog is worse.  I'm starting having some counselling and at least I'm not as seriously non-functional as I was during my severe depression last summer.

I've got 48 groups of reports to complete (I can't even face counting how many individual ones).  The plan is that I do two groups every time I have an admin half-day, with a target of completion before I go on holiday on 4th September, which is what I've told the boss and my counsellor.

Prometheus's Master List

Hi everyone,

So let's begin with a statement of purpose.  I, Prometheus, want to devote my life to my values.  I believe there is a correct way to live.  And that it includes, honesty, kindness, friendship, happiness.  And that harm will be left where it has been done.  I do not want to contribute to the pain that is already present in this world, since there is already enough of it.  I have been procrastinating for years.  It does not matter.  Each and everyday will be a struggle.  A struggle to live a life in accordance to the inner voice.

Starting Where I am

Cultivating awareness and mindfulness. Working to be mindful of behaviours that embody criticism, frustration, annoyance, perfectionism. Taking care of myself. Accepting what is and where I am. Recognizing difficulty, discomfort, joy, happiness without attaching to them. This may help with the tendency to procrastinate for emotional reasons. Just keep swimming. Just keep starting, wherever I am. 

allovertheplace 

 

 

Transitioning into "summer"

My semester is over.  Yayyy!  No more school work until Fall--some internship activities in August.  Between now and then, I can work on all those things I put off.  But wait!  I don't like doing all the things I put off.  If I liked doing them, I'd have squeezed them in somehow.  Furthermore, last summer, I didn't get them done either.  I suspect that every time I thought about doing stuff, I found something else that I liked better.  Anything else.  Read.  Sit-and-stare.  Pick my nose. Anything!

Post-thesis 2013 Achievement and Self-Development Log

This new thread is to keep tab of what I want to achieve
during the rest of 2013. Since I have handed in my thesis, I have noticed a
tendency to slip into my old habits and not build upon and strengthen what I
have learnt.

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