Procrastinators Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from chronic procrastination.

Introductions and Procrastination Discussion

If you're just joining, please introduce yourself here. This is also the section for general discussion about procrastination topics - articles you've read, questions, thoughts, insights, etc.

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I'm a member here, equal with everyone else here.  I don't set any policies or anything. 

I just want to offer a suggestion to my brother and sister procrastinators.

This is a unique forum in that there is more than one kind of member here.

UPDATED Nov.2012: How to use the PA Chatbox for check-ins

UPDATE November-December 2012
There are urgent technical issues with the webserver
and we must ADAPT our usage of the chatbox as follows

-- It is critical that we all read
and follow Pro's new instructions
at following link:

How to use the daily check-in board

Here are a few tips on how to post on the Daily check-in thread:

Begin by finding today's group check-in thread.
Go here:
and look for today's thread.
Please LOOK before starting a thread of your own. We do group check-in threads, inside of which you post your own list. Please look for the group thread for today, before posting.

8 Things Everybody Ought to Know About Concentrating

From here:

This is a chapter from an ebook. Click the link above to read more and buy the whole book.


8 Things Everybody Ought to Know About Concentrating

“Music helps me concentrate,” Mike said to me glancing briefly over his shoulder.

On creating thread starters for the daily check-in thread

From pro (added before movingalong's message):

You can link to graphics you find on the Web, if you want to. But even without graphics, you can make thread starters eye catching and pleasant by using HTML to make the font large and colorful, like so (which took me all of 5 seconds):

Good morning!!

Here are the Daily check-in board instructions in brief:

TIP: make Procrastinators Anonymous your home page

For those of us who procrastinate by randomly surfing the net, having PA be the "first stop" helps. For me, anyway, it forces me to be mindful about my day's goals via the checkin, and I'm wasting slightly less time. Sounds simple, but it's working for me, so I thought I'd share it.


Motivation follows action (and info on microbursts)

This wise message was posted in response to a new member message. I'm making it sticky here so all new members will see it.  Thanks, movingalong. -pro


Motivation Follows Action -- and "Microbursts"

What we've learned here is that motivation doesn't seem to come by itself.  Oddly, motivation FOLLOWS action.

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Seeking Check-in/Book-ending Buddies and Possible PA Zoom meeting

Hi --

when I first joined PA ten years ago my procrastination was tied into my incredibly intense anxiety, and the adrenaline spike I would get before starting a project (even just THINKING about starting one) would be so intense I couldn't think or breath. 

So, it hasn't been that intense for really a good long while. A GOOD, long while...until I recently started doing EMDR with my Trauma Therapist. Sigh. 

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Hey guys, I am a would be science-fiction writer, new to PA

I joined PA yesterday.

I have less problems writing, since I found an online app for parallel work.

Chores like dishes are still a big struggle though.

I am in other fellowships too. Not the ones about substance abuse though, so not in AA, NA, or others like those.

I've been back to 12-step programs for almost a year, after being in EADA (ACA's French speaking counterpart in the Quebec province in Canada).

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Hello fellow travellers!

Hi there friends,


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Motivational Quotes, Saying & Images

The Addictive Properties of Computer Games, and how we can use them to help us in Real Life.


I just finished playing Settlers 6 for 30 min, when i promised myself id play for only 5 min, to the detriment of my real life.
Nothing too terrible i cant recover from.

But i thought, why when i play is it always just 5 more min.
It doesnt matter the game, Settlers, StarCraft 2, Command and Conquer, Modern Warfare, these are the recent ones i played, and im sure you can name more.
What is it about these virtual games, that give us nothing in real life, but are so fun, we can burn evenings weekends, all our free time, our entire lives on them.


Howdy folks,

My name's Lucas and I'm a procrastinator. I actually signed up to this forum some time ago (years, I think!), when I was working (or not working!) from home. I have to admit I never really engaged with the forum though. More recently I've started to see how helpful it could be to participate in the forum on a day-to-day basis, though... so here I am! it's nice to 'meet' you all... I hope I can learn from you, overcome some of my procrastination issues and help others to do the same!

ALl the best,


Setting Appropriate Goals

Hi everyone! So I am going part time next semester to give myself a much needed break as I surely would have just quit school and burned out otherwise.

This time is a great time to get things done that I need done. However, I am struggling with coming up with goals. I do not want to set so many that I get overloaded and either a) don't feel refreshed or b) don't achieve any of them.

Any tips on doing this?

Motivation follows action. . . but what about passions/wants?

So as a longtime PAer I know the motivation follows action. It's generally a good idea to DO something rather than waiting until you feel like doing it.

But what about long-term things? I think most of us would agree that it is best to "do what you love". But what do you do when it doesn't really feel like you love very many things?

Let me explain further. I always "wanted" a Phd. But I never really thought about WHY I wanted it- mostly to show off. Which is a really bad reason. People who get Phds in say, physics, do it because they LOVE physics.

Why I don't finish things

I've tried to explain that I have a specific problem with completion which is not to do with success or failure but to do with moving on. At last I've found a quote which says what I feel so much better than I can:

"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another." Anatole France

Does this make sense to anyone?

Experiential Avoidance

Through some google search or other I found this Wikipedia article on "Experiential Avoidance".

 For me it added to my understanding of my craving for procrastination/avoidance behaviour.


I'm now making a tentative start on practising "Mindfulness".  I've had a good day, where I got things done that I'd been putting off; and a bad day, where being sick and tired made my craving for avoidance stronger than my choice to be mindful.


When things are already late

OMG is it hard to do things once they are late.

And now I have a professor e-mailing me where the assignment is and I'm thinking to myself "I KNOW IT IS LATE GIVE ME A MINUTE!"

Not even sure what I am looking for. If you have advice, that would be great but mostly just wanted to express how HARD it is!

Upbringing and procrastination

 Reading this article: made me think about my own procratination roots. It has been clear to me for a while that my upbringing has played a big part in my problem. But it took me a while to come to that realization because my parents are so far from the image of stern, extremely strict and loveless that a phrase like "authoriative parents" conjure. 

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