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.

Tuesday 6 November 2007

scarlett CI 11:10 pm EST

I have a lot to do before I leave on a trip, so I'm posting here.

Scoop pans
Freeze meat sauce

To pack:
Two work outfits
Warm clothes

At work:
Call BW

Mark CI 1:46 PM EST


To do:

  • mayo fix tested
  • icon bug fixed
  • 2 hours worked on design of search integration
  • 10 image bug fixed
  • done bugs submitted for final test
  • clean desk
  • monitor
  • rehearsal
  • Children of Men
  • script to generate random ratings for every case
  • benchmark sorting ratings against several thousand cases
  • review p2s

movingalong's tuesday chaos

This morning I woke up several hours early -- with plenty of time to get stuff done.

Knew I needed to change cat litter and empty trash and bring trash out to curb.

However, I did not wake up in the land of reality.
I woke up in the land of DeNial and DontWanna.

Instead of doing what needed to be done, I got dressed and drove to a restaurant.  Got a fancy coffee and ate breakfast.   Drove to work -- and arrived in the parking lot 1 ½ hours early.

As I drove up to the workplace parking lot, I realized I had left home in such a hurry to escape the trash, that I could not remember if I had let the dogs in from the backyard, or if I had locked the door.

Drove all the way back home.
Dogs were sleeping in the living room but back door was unlocked.

Locked back door.
Changed litter in litter box.
Emptied trash into outdoor garbage bin.
Brought garbage bin out to curb.
The garbage collection truck arrived a few minutes later.

Now taking a deep breath.
Going to drive back to work now.  Calmly.  In serenity.

 --- movingalong

Joe's CI

Yesterday, I did not use this forum and I procrastinated the entire day.
This morning, I have already procrastinated away 1 hour.
It is now 8 AM.  I will work on the paper until 9:30 AM.
9:30 AM   Take a brisk 20 minute walk.

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

Stil Procrastinating

I have not done anything from the above list.  I have managed to procrastinate (web surfing) from 7 AM until now (10:20 AM).  I'll get started working now and go until 11:20 lunch break.

still procrastinating

Been there, web surfing at work and video games at home are my big time-wasters.  Good luck!


Extremely busy procrastinating

It's now 1:30 PM.  I have been at work for 6 1/2 hours and have spent 0 minutes actually working.  Still surfing the web and walking around.  Whenever one of my coworkers tries to talk to me, I feel extremely impatient because I have so much work to do and am annoyed that they are wasting my valuable time.  What is this strange paradox?  How do I break this cycle?

strange paradox

You WANT to do a good job . . .but you can't seem to make yourself get started . . . oh yeah.  One suggestion that I found on these forums is to set a timer and work on your task for just 15 minutes.  Or just 5 minutes.  Sometimes that breaks though the blockage for me. 




Thanks, Journey.  I'll give that a try.

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

15 minutes of work (not fame!)

OK.  I worked for 15 minutes, and it didn't kill me.  Let's try another 15 min.......

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

Still going....

Another 15 minutes.  That 30 minutes straight of uninterrupted work! ::jawdrop:: OK, I realize that this doesn't exactly make me look like the Energizer Bunny in my Boss's eyes, but it is a marked improvement!  Let's go for another 15 min....(hoping that the annoying timer doesn't drive my coworkers crazy!)

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

\*/ you go joe!


silent timers

Hey, Joe,

I have found another way to keep track of time: I have a cell phone and I set the alarm on vibrate. I also have seen (although I can't remember where) a stopwatch feature on a website: I found that when I used it I initially seemed to be able to work in 5 minute stretches before my anxiety crept in. I would take a 2 minute break of some sort (get a cup of water, stretch, etc.) and then reset the stopwatch. It was interesting to learn how I ebbed and flowed with regards to procrastination and progress.


Thanks for sharing your ESH -- not to mention timer tips.

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

okay, i'll bite

electro static hairdo? emotional state of honesty? I am acronym impaired: what's ESH ?


I'm glad you asked . . .I didn't know either but of course can't admit that there is something I don't know!



My curiosity got the better of me, so I looked this one up. I think it stands for experience, strength and hope. Joe can correct me if I'm wrong. Also, Journey, I wanted to say how impressed I was by your daily workouts. I know you struggle with being on time, but at least you're getting there!


Julie is correct, ESH does stand for electrostatic hairdo---er, I mean Experience, Strength, and Hope.  It is an expression used frequently in 12 step programs (I'm not sure about the origin), and it is used to indicate that rather than talking from theories or brilliant conjectures of what someone else should do, we help each other by sharing our own actual experiences.

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

thanks Julie!


Amy's To Do List

Amy's To Do List


Read 10 pages of Chapter 8
Look over forum assignment
Check on bone density test
Put hoses and sprinklers away


Put laundry away
Finish worksheet
Finish powerpoint
Finish notes page for KS

Journey 9 am - meh

Feeling a bit under the weather, but not too horrible.  Most of the stuff that was on my list for yesterday is there again today.

-Read email
-Daily planning

-continue reading about LDAP
-finish change management portion of document
-go thru stack of mail
-work on tax thing for 10 minutes
-eval - read notes, find forms, and figure out when it's due
-if time left at end of day, work on GDPS checklist - or - start proc. proj.
-15 minutes of laundry
-pile of junk by my chair in living room
-1 item of mending


Journey 5 pm - guess what? I actually finished something!

Since I was feeling crummy anyway, I spent the whole day on my document.  And finished it.   This is the kind of project I normally hang on to forever and continue to tweak it and refine it but never actually finish it.  It's like I can't let go of a project I'm comfortable with, or I can't ever say something is good enough, or I don't know what.  But I have declared this documentation to be complete, published it on our web site, and I'm done with it!! 

OMG, what have I done lol?  Now it's published and I can't get it back!  :)


journey 11:30

working pretty steadily on my documentation but getting bogged down in format rather than concentrating on content . . . I will get the content finished, then, I can format the whole document properly all at once. 

this topic is also addressed in Too Perfect, what a surprise, focusing on details instead of getting the whole job done . ..


details not the whole project

Whincing at Journey's comment on Too Perfect: "this topic is also addressed in Too Perfect, what a surprise, focusing on details instead of getting the whole job done . .."

pro's check-in - 7:30am

I just paid two credit card bills online -both late, unfortunately, so I'll be charged a late fee.

It's raining, which doesn't make me want to leave for work since I walk there. I don't own a raincoat. I keep meaning to buy one, but then I forget.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

bill paying

Pro, I struggle to pay my bills on time: usually I have the money, but not the willingness to pay it, even online. However, when we moved overseas we had our sister-in-law handle fiscal things at home out of our accounts: she set up automatic deductions on a monthly basis and now nothing is late. The only problem is you need to have the money! With things like credit card bills I got so frustrated with myself that I have an automatic payment of the minimum amount: I can always add more later.

Rexroth 08.15 GMT

Todo today

up post this
prayer reflection meditation
deal with phone messages emails post
email landlord re mice (hello mice thought you had left)
clean up in kitchen
finish and print notes for psychologist
out to see psychologist
shop fruit veg stationery on way there or back


write up notes from meeting

and then uncertain

write journal
prayer and reflection
bed and sleep

Regards Rexroth

hello mice thought you had left

lol Rexroth, maybe Pro's grape found its way to your house


Rexroth 16.00 GMT

pro's grape would have been unnoticed in the mess.

There was a lot of stuff under the washing machine and I haven't finished cleaning it up yet though I've had a good first go. I don't want to arrange for the enginer to visit until I've cleaned up. Perhaps I'll have another go this evening.

Nothing from landlords regarding the mice.

Just back from psychologist and feeling good about myself.



pro's grape would have been unnoticed in the mess

same at my house, omg I have no idea what might be underneath my washing machine!  I haven't looked under there in years! 


under washing machine

your supposed to look under your washing machine?

Under the washing machine...

Not exactly but there is so much dirty mess behind it and beside it and when the repairer lifts it up there is decaying food etc and it's not at all nice so I'm going to try to clean it up a bit.

Regards Rexroth