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Monday, February 11, 2008

Falcon CI Monday night bedtime

Checking in so that I'll get ready for tomorrow & go to bed, rather than putzing around & staying up late.

  • Set alarms
  • Find plastic fork to take to work w/ leftovers
  • Set out clothes for tomorrow
  • Put shirt & gi in gi bag
  • Take vitamins
  • Brush teeth
  • Go to bed
  • Read silly romance novel for a few minutes


P.S.  Elisaveth -- thanks for the hot chocolate thread starter.  Great cure for the freezles! 

kromer Mon CI

I'm at a conference/interview, so won't have much time to work, but I really need to use my time efficiently and keep up on my schoolwork/research.

Today, I have until 4 to work, also 10-11:30pm (all pacific time)

Here's what I think I can realistically get done in that time:
Until 4:
*Email PS and Econ. TA
*Email SM (DONE)
*Download Spanish exercises (DONE)
*Review my application (DONE)
*Clean out email (DONE)

*Fix WM if Sc has gotten back to me (Didn't get back)
*Automate visualization (Half-done)
*Visualize results from 2 jobs (Not done)
*Start 2 new jobs (DONE)
*If time, visualize canonical pathway
*If time, finish typing in expt. data
*Email PF (NOT DONE)

kromer CO

Made as much progress as I could, but was pretty exhausted and working slowly. I'll go try to get a good night's sleep, then use some more work time tomorrow early morning, late afternoon, and night.

Douglas CI 5:05 p.m.

Worker: completed office visit
 Husband: made plans for Valentines for wife and I
Father: called my son this morning
Mentor: Meeting at 7:00 with friends
Son: Spoke with mother today
Ate dinner
Watching Bourne Ultimatum



I had forgotten I was a daughter! Thank you! I have been neglecting mine and she is an ocean away!

Good job

It sounds like you had a good day.  I like how you list yours according to the roles you play in your life.  Is this something like Covey does?

BTW, how was Borne Ultimatum?


CI 11.2.08

Too much to do! Hard to focus.
Before leaving the office I will read through the article I have to present tomorrow and draft and outline for the talk.
Today is the day that I begin my writing program.
Things are on a roll & I'm optimistic for the future.

Indiezee 12:47 PM Mountain Time

I'm new here and this is my first time doing this so I hope I'm doing this all right.

I thought I wouldn't have much of a list today.  I thought my only priority was to help my brother pick out a valentine's gift for my sister-in-law.  He lives in my hometown an hour away from where I live so he can't do any actual shopping himself (my hometown is dinky).  So I promised him, even tho my stomach and throat tightened up when I said I would help.

So since I don't want to disappoint him (and make his girlfriend horribly mad at him), I'm going to use my lunch break to look around at some jewelry stores downtown.

While reading everyone else's comments I realized that there were some other things i needed to get done, like tidying up my room and doing a load of laundry.

I also need to start on some homework.  I haven't touched my schooling in months.  I feel apprehensive about it but I know it needs to get done.

I will have to write tonight whether I have done any of these things.  I feel confident I will but only my actions will tell. 

I have to say I didn't do any of the things I said I would do (to myself) yesterday, but I did manage to get the OJ and soy stains out of my carpet.  Now my room looks a lot less dingy.  i'm happy about that at least.  Hopefully today works out :D

two out of three

Well, I did get something for my sister-in-law for my brother, so that's off my shoulders.

I also cleaned my room, yay!

Unfortunately I didn't do any homework.

2 out of three ain't bad!

So far, so good!  I hope you'll give yourself a boost forward and do 15 minutes of homework.  Have you tried using a timer?

I'm a student, too, at 53 yo.  It is hard to self-motivate!  But I love the way I feel after I do it.


I'm starting to think a

I'm starting to think a tiimer really would help so I'll see about getting one today :D


There is good one to download that might help called Instant Boss. I like it because I can set how long I want to work for and how long I want to break for. For instance, I can work for 20 minutes and then give myself a 10 minute break and then have it repeat 3 times and then I know when I have actually completed an hours work. Then I take a big break!

Having a hard time

I've been having a hard time. I make lists, prioritize, plan, try all strategies known to me, and when the time comes to actually do ... I don't do.

I'm going to try the bookending again, although it's embarrassing to post a list and then post that I did nothing, or not even update ...

Oh well.

For now, I'll go have a snack.

Wrap up for my Monday

OK, so, I ended up taking a nap, making lunch, then driving Child 1 to a class, Child 2 to get some shoes, then picking up Child 1. With traffic like it is, that took care of most of the afternoon.

Tomorrow will be a new day.

no judgment here

We're all on the same path, or at least parallel ones.  I understand your embarassment, as I've experienced it, too.  Keep posting, we are here without judgment.

Become aware of resistance, and let go.



Thanks for your kind note.

It is me who is very hard on myself, as I think is very common. I haven't felt any judgement from here, or from fellow procrastinators in general! We are all easier on others than we are on ourselves ...

Snack update: Eaten!

Now what? I have to think a bit, and see. Maybe nothing ...


I notice that you also did some things for your children. This is huge! Congratulations on all the work that you do without noticing!

scarlett CI 10:00 am EST


Ta da:
Eat breakfast
Take pills

To do:
Review *MIT*
Funding letter *MIT*
Check flags and schedule *MIT*
Send out email w/info
Sched f/u on equip
Contact M re: f/u on brochure and committee

Email M  re: GM site
Fill out coaching form
Prep to feed collective
Set trip to OCL w/ A
Check on concr. re

Become aware of resistance, and let go.

scarlett CI 1:15 pm EST

Used my lunch break to start looking for a new place to live, so that's good.  It is so hard to pry my tush up out of my chair to get going on that focus task.  I'm going to do a "pebble" for ten minutes to get some momentum going.

Review (started)

Ta da:
Eat breakfast
Take pills
Print, save, and scan old comments

To do:
Review *MIT*
Funding letter *MIT*
Check flags and schedule *MIT*
Send out email w/info
Sched f/u on equip
Contact M re: f/u on brochure and committee

Email M  re: GM site
Fill out coaching form
Prep to feed collective (4 pm)
Set trip to OCL w/ A
Check on concr. re
Check on reg
Sched appt. for car
Make labels and file folders

Post ticket
Email co-op

Feed cats
Eat dinner
Look for silk
Wash dishes 15 min
Scoop pans
Put away laundry 10 min

Become aware of resistance, and let go.

first day- so far so good

Hi, I'm mb and I'm a procrastinator!  Good morning from Sunny Florida!  I'm new here, found the site yesterday and it's the answer to my prayers.  'When the student is ready, the teacher will come.'

Started out my work day by logging on to read what others were up to and remembered that I needed to get the cars' oil changed.  The shop is just across the street so I closed my screen and called for an appointment.  They got me in this morning so I drove it over and walked back to work.  Yippee! I've been 'putting this off' for a MONTH.  How easy the stupid things that we put off usually are.

I'm really happy to be here.

No matter where I go, there I am


I hope you find the support you need here.

Also, I'm so glad you mentioned your car!  I need to get mine serviced this week.  Thanks for the reminder!  Kiss

Become aware of resistance, and let go.

9:15 CI for Lark

Hi everyone. VERY cold here. I probably won't  try to heat my work area today enough to do any significant work. Domestic duties will do a good idea: ironing and putting laundry away, sorting paperwork, and cleaning. Also, a couple of walls are ready to paint, window mouldings can be fitted, I'm starting to convert a room in my cellar to work area.
 morning things
 spiritual time
 minimum of one coat of paint on one wall
 filing cabinet to cellar room, clutter out
 hour of house cleaning
 setup work for tomorrow
 check in here for lunch

pro's CI - 8:10am

It's 11 degrees and very windy - with windchill it's -3. And I have to go out. Oh well. I want to jump in the shower now so I'm not out with a wet head. I'm on time so far, but I have to hurry. I need to dig through my pile this morning to find some things before I leave.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

cold weather

When I read posts like this I am SO glad I live in the south lol.  It's going to be 60 degrees here today and it was 70 over the weekend . . . course I'll be complaining this summer when it's 100 degrees . . .


“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” - Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

Grateful for warmth

I grew up in Wisconsin so I do miss the snow, but I love this time of year in Georgia.  My birthday is at the end of the month.  It was always so gray and yucky up north.  Instead, here the crocuses and other early flowers are coming up.

However, I HATE the heat in the summer that continues through Sept.

One of the reasons I've given myself that has me procrastinating about exercise is that I SHOULD walk early in the morning because come summertime, it's too hot to walk any other time of day. So, guess what?  You guessed it!  I'm not walking anytime of day!



I LOVE hot weather - but 100 is too hot even for me . . . my birthday is this month too.  :)

“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” - Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

Journey Monday 7 am

Good morning!  I'm working from home today so that I can go and get my cars inspected and buy my tags.  I have to get them before the end of the week.  Actually, this is an improvement over years past when I waited until the last day, or even got them late and had to pay a late fee.  I'm tired from the party yesterday and I don't feel like working at all, and I am not great at working from home anyway - too many distractions for a highly distractible person. I'm wishing I had just taken a vacation day today, but too late for that!  I only promised to work 5 hours today, so that's a good thing - I should be able to manage that.  

I'm going to read my email and make a plan for the day, then get my daughter up at 8 and try to get the inspections taken care of early.  I have a couple of conference calls this morning but I can do them on the road if I have to - one is a quick check-in type meeting, and the other one will be handled mostly by my old boss and I will just have to listen and chime in if I need to.  It's probably going to be fairly unpleasant - he's explaining to our customers why we are having such a huge delay on a project - so I'm glad I can't be there in person.  

Ok, I'm rambling . . . I'm getting to work now, see y'all later.


“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” - Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

Journey 2:30

My tags are on my car - - a whole FOUR days before the old ones expired.  This may be a record for me. 

I did not set my MITs this morning and I can really tell the differrence.  I've done some random things but I'm not focusing on the most important.  I had two conference calls this morning, and I uninstalled some software that we are no longer licensed for.  I guess that's not too bad.  I have another conference call at 4:00.   I'm going to do some research on a performance product between now and that meeting. 

I may call it a day after the meeting and catch up on that pile of dirty laundry.  I did start work at 7 this morning even though I can't say I have accomplished a great deal.  Then I'm going shopping online for my birthday present to myself!


“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” - Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

Journey - a picture of me and the fam. in Sunday's thread

I posted a picture of me and my family on yesterday's check in thread, under the heading "putting the fun back in dysfunctional"  It's gigantic so I won't post it again . . .


“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” - Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

moving picture to its own thread

I'm going to move the picture out of the daily thread and post it in its own thread so it's more findable in the future. Not now, though - it might make me late. I'll do it later today.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

Here's a link to the

Here's a link to the picture:

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

Karen's Monday

Thanks to posting here, I did do my one hour of work on Gandhi!  Yes!!!!

I hate making phone calls but today I will call about receiving two of the same foot boots!  I'm scared to call since I wore them before realizing this fact.  Their Minnetonkas so the tops are right but the soles, which are stitched on, are wrong.  I'm procrastinating about calling because I feel so stupid!

Most of my procrastination comes from fearing discovery of how stupid I really am by strangers I don't know!

Besides making the phone call to the stranger, I will work one hour on Gandhi and one more set of questions on my American Lit.


phone calls

Don't you hate making those phone calls?  I am the same way and a lot of people in these forums post about it.  I wonder if that's a symptom of our addiction, or if "normal" people have the same issue?  Anyway, I like to post in here that I'm going to make one of those horrid phone calls and then post again when I've done it.  It makes it a little easier to get through it!


“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” - Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

intimidating phone calls

/files/images/banana-yellow.gifI find that when I anticipate that the phone call will go badly I put it off. Actually, that is the case for much of my procrastination issues. However, with two right footed boots, how can they say no?
Cheering you on from the sidelines!

I did it!

I made the phone call.  Of course, like was previously mentioned, it was no big deal once I got to talk to a real person.  The biggest problem was getting past the messages "press ----".  I had to call back several times before I got a real person, but she was very nice.

Now to find a box so I can send them back!




I abhor the phone also, I can identify. So, kudos to you for going through with the call!

e's monday

It has taken me an hour and a half to get nothing accomplished this morning: and I have been trying. Between email and posting I don't really hit my speed until after 10. It is 10:30 now, so I gotta get cracking!

work: abstract, periodicals table, shred , work orders for plumbing, moving artwork, and archives

homemaker: plan  dinner, dust mop!!!!!, water plants, hot water heater, hot spot the dining room

parent: check in on C, help A prepare for interview, review taxes and financial aid applications


student: practicum organization

self care: skin regimine, hair product, water x, medsx, walk x,

Check Back at 3:35:
So far I have made a good dent in some shredding and am working on transferring materials now. I also have completed the work orders (I don't know why I hate to do them!) so tomorrow will be productive, like it or not.

Now... I would like to fill one box with transferred Board Meeting Minutes before 5....