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.

Thursday 21 February 2008

To Do:


  • Arrange maintenance appt for Sopwith Camel.
  • Rewrite chapter 17 of "It was a dark and stormy night".
  • Clean birdbath for Woodstock.


pro's CI - 10:40pm (procrastinating on bedtime again)

Gotta get to bed - time to brush my teeth!!

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

kromer 4:45

I was, apparently, exhausted yesterday: I went to bed at 9:30!
However, this means I am now really behind on work. kinda panicked, and having trouble getting work done.

Today I've gone to 4 hours of class+made annotated bibliography.

Other things I need to get done:

Must do:
Quickly review Harambee curriculum for tonight (Done)
Email Spanish prof. about missing class for interviews
Go to Harambee (Done)
Figure out whether I need to flake out on A. for Sat, if so send email. (Done)
Write 1 page of senior thesis
Email about retreat + t-shirt + expression data
Start new run on high-memory machine

Should do:
Review 3 biochem lectures
Read 3 biochem papers
Write 2nd page of senior thesis
Finish anal. of bio data

Would like to do:
Tidy room a bit
Write Spanish composition
Finish Spanish speaking/listening exercises

The Dadgum Chatbox!!!

Pro,what's wrong with the chatbox? I sign in and see others on but I can't see if anyone else is talking. I see Elisaveth, lark, and others have been in the chatbox by looking at the logs, but I think something is broken... HELP.


nothing is wrong with the chat box

The chatbox works fine. I just tried it.

If you have popups blocked in your browser, then you have to click "open manually" to launch it (it opens in a separate window). If you allow popups on this site (it's safe - there are no popup ads), the chat window opens automatically.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

Douglas in the chatbox

Douglas will be in the chatbox at 4:00 eastern today. If anyone wants to chat!

Douglas CI

Clean home
make dinner
Read "The Secret"
Update resume again
begin mastering my life.



checking in on douglas

I wanted to say I am sorry I missed you today. I know you are going through a hard time/transitional time and was hoping to chat with you. Thank you for your honesty about losing your job, Douglas. It is important for me to hear that there are repurcussions to my behavior: this is why it is at the level of addiction, because I am helpless before it, as many of us who have joined this fellowship have determined.

The last time I lost a job over procrastination I was 5 months or more before I could pick myself up off the floor. My thoughts are with you

Sorry I missed you elisaveth!

Thank you so much for your kind words. I wish I could understand what the deal is with the poopyhead chatbox! Anyway. I am learning to not dwell upon past mistakes. It only draws them back into our lives again and again. It is so much better to look ahead and believe for better days. People like you help alot!

This fellowship is a true lifeline. I will try to be on the chatbox again tomorrow around 4ish if anyone would like to try. Any news yet Pro? don't think I am criticizing the website...I love it, just frustrated with the chatbox. This website rocks.


e's brutal ci

Today has simply sucked. I got little done, had a big commotion in my office and have a sinus headache that is trying to bust through my left eye.

One of the best things about today was reading everyone's posts. Thank you for them.

For tonight:
lose the headache
find something suitable to wear for dinner out with clients
fix face
fix dinner for children
u mass amherst phone call/letter
hot spot the bedroom
4th step/eft/artists way/quiet time
swish and wipe blue bathroom

not important but lurking:
find the three missing 'other' shoes
rescue the jade plant
lemon tree: determine if it is dead, if so, become willing to throw it away, throw it away.

international drivers license
check on lab results: where did they go?
401 k: where did it go?
set up electronic money transfer
check on vacation with Liz


Journey 9 am

Good morning!  Have stuff to do asap for the big project, and then I'm leaving early for a dr. appt.  This is a very short week for me after having Mon-Tues off! 

I didn't sleep well last night which is very unusual for me, I usually sleep like a rock.  But that's ok since I'll be getting home earlier than usual.  I might actually cook dinner tonight if I'm in the mood. 

Have a great day!  getting started on that task for my project right now . . .


"Finish your MITs, then take a nap!" - Leo Babauta

8:39 CI for Lark

I didn't check in yesterday. I had a check up at my doctor's office. He moved over an hour away, but since I only go once a year I've stuck with him. Yesterday was a write-off, work-wise, so my workshop is bitterly cold this morning. I hope to get something done this afternoon. My dr. wants me to lose 15 pounds as soon as possible. Does anyone have any advice?
 morning routine
 spiritual period
 tidy living room
 tidy kitchen
 three sections of work project
 clean section of floor where dresser sat
 check in at lunch

More pointers for weight loss

Hi lark,

Apart from the very wise advice you have received already, I would add: cut out sweets, except for special occasions. When I am really craving something sweet, which for me means chocolate, I have a square of the darkest bitter I can find, which I always have at home.

Also, in general, lots of patience. Slow but steady is the way to go, small changes that eventually add up and that remain with you. No use going on a drastic diet to see the weight come back on because no permanent changes were made.

And finally, walk, walk, walk, all you can. Walking is wonderful!

Best of luck with this!

Thanks again for your advice

Everything everyone's shared applies to me. I can't think of any excuse for procrastinating with this. My biggest nemeses are drive throughs and convenience stores. By the time I get to the end of the line, I usually buy more stuff and larger orders. ("Do you want to make your sandwhich a meal?")

3 pieces of advice

1)Don't know if this applies to you, but the best piece of advice I've gotten is to get enough sleep!
I have a tendency to eat when I really want to sleep.

2)Try to get used to eating at regular times, and to eating nutritious meals that leave you full, before you try "going on a diet." If you have any tendency to binge now/snack at weird times, going on a restrictive diet will make it a hundred times worse. If  you get used to a normal, healthy eating schedule, you'll probably lose some weight naturally (I know I did). And if you do end up having to diet, you'll have a fighting chance of sticking with it.

3)Brush your teeth when you've finished a meal. Really simple, but it sends a signal that you're done eating, and it's worked pretty well for me.

thanks, kromer

You triggered a memory that I have mentioned here before: food abuse happens when you are too angry, hungry, lonely or tired. Of course, I can be celebratory or depressed: I don't need any excuse to abuse food. But do see if you can avoid these states. Also, planning your food will help you to commit to eating no more than 4-6 hours apart; This will help stabalize your blood sugar. Try to ensure you eat some protein at each meal.

losing weight

I am a food addict/compulsive/binge eater and found help with OA. However, if you are not treating your food like a drug, these are things I have found that worked for me. Currently, each morning I get up and drink 4 glasses of 160 ml of water before I brush my teeth. This idea came through as an email about things that Japanese people are doing for their health. After you have drunk the water, wait a good 45 minutes before eating anything. Supposedly, this can help to eliminate serious health problems, such as diabetes, skin ailments, even cancer, but what it is supposed to be 100 percent effective fore is losing weight.

I have lost roughly 15 pounds since last autumn doing this. I notice that my hunger pains are much less because I probably was dehydrated and craving water when I was feeling ravenous. Give it a try. Also, after each meal only drink hot liquids for the next two hours, to keep fats you are digesting from congealing within you.

The other tried and true method I have found is to ask a nutritiionist for the proportion of foods you supposed to eat and weigh and measure your meals. When I have done this, I am not hungry and I lose weight. The weight should not come off too quickly: for it to stay off you have to lose it in no more than 2 pounds a week.

Finally, walk as much as you can. I keep forgetting that food is fuel: it is intended to be burned through motion. As I hate to exercise, simply doing as much as I can by walking helps out a lot.

I find I am most successful when I don't berate myself for my slips, but simply get back on my meal plan. If I think of what I am doing as a diet, I feel deprived. By planning my food on a daily basis I am generally more successful in eating a balanced and healthy diet.

Hope this helps!

Thanks for the info

I've noticed a cycle lately of eating junkfood, by procrastinating better meals. ("I'll fix something later.") During the cycle, I often use food as a drug--recently I at an entire half gallon of ice cream in one evening. I do that because I'm hungry, and the junk takes over. the idea about drinking the water is one I forgot about. I often use various chemicals for my job, and the water (I was told) helps to flush the stuff from my body also. This has been a pretty sad winter for me, so I hope spring will perk things up. Thank you.

diet advice for Lark


I'm still trying to lose the 20 lbs I gained when I quit smoking three years ago lol!  Making very slow but steady progress.  
"Finish your MITs, then take a nap!" - Leo Babauta

movingalong's Thursday goals

Worker:  work as smoothly as possible.  Minimize interruptions.

Errand Runner:  Pay the internet and electric bills!

Pet parent:  remember to come home at a reasonable hour so there is time for play.  
* Remember to buy cat food.

Human being:  Rest well, eat well, give self time for fun and spiritual reflection.

Thanks to elisaveth for the thread-starting idea

I enjoyed elisaveth's idea for a thread-starter for Wed 20 Feb, so I am borrowing the idea for today.

It really is fun to imagine what Snoopy might be typing on his to-do list.


 :D   :laugh: I know, I identify with him....