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, March 6, 2008

douglas check in and out

proposal: done
recording: done
creative meeting: done
run, run, run: done done done
life coach: done
eat real food: done
I so happy.....


You rock!

Congrats! That's a very impressive list :)

e's check in and out

I am trying to limit my check in time from work, which is not good usually, but I was able to stay very much on task today. I feel like I made some headway on a variety of issues at work, and had a great conversation with my boss today.

Accomplished today:
work on publications
follow up on photo from the 30s
hired photographer
helped Electra meet deadline
made breakfast and lunches for guests
cleaned up the house before I left
walked to work up the steep hill and did not feel too winded
followed up on paper delivery
bought and made lunches for tomorrow
dealt with dinner during a blackout/electrical strike
walked to the bakery for desert
called my friend
did evening routine
dealt with the kitchen mess

Tomorrow, I would like to:
wake early, shower, meds, water, get son #2 up early, get guests out the door early, plan supper, complete a box of artifacts, set up system for photographer, plan a nice sidetrip for the weekend.

2:15 pm CI for Lark

Things are going okay so far. I'm working away at things only onc my list. Too often I do things NOT on my list. Does anyone else do that?

working on low priority stuff

I'm trying to address that problem myself by setting MITs and doing them FIRST.
Otherwise I can spend all day on busy work and get nothing important done.


“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

CI Thursday

So, the life coach or whatever she is came back for a follow-up appt yesterday. My son and I were overtired because I got us to bed too late the night before, and I woke up to the coach's phone call 10 minutes after our scheduled meeting time. Not a great start. By the end, she and I had practically demolished 90% of the apartment from rearranging and assembling furniture. She left after two hours together (though I was billed for 3 due to my tardiness) with $225 and my self-confidence in her pocket. I almost laughed at the absurdity when she asked when we should meet again, and I felt jilted when she spewed marketing tactics like referral discounts my way. Who are the people who can afford these services? And where are the rest of us supposed to go for help when there's no other support we can call on?

I am overwhelmed -- the house is a disaster -- I don't have the money it takes to get it in shape -- I can't get my brain around my time or money circumstances -- I'm really losing focus.

I was scheduled to meet with my psychiatrist to draw up a letter documenting my ADD this morning but I cancelled at the last minute. Another missed appointment that I didn't use but will have to pay for. I know I am depressed but I don't know how to drag myself out of it.

To Do list today? Too long to list today. Quit my toxic part-time job, I think; everyone says it's dragging me down. Write several overdue reports and assignments. Do the dishes. Return phone calls. Go to the post office.

Where is the productive, secure me, and how do I get her back?

At least you posted here!

I'm sorry to hear your day went so crazy!

With the economy the way it is, many of us can't afford the 'professionals'.  That why we're here, depending on each other and using self-help books, etc.

Your productive, secure self is still within you, waiting to be tapped after you get yourself breathing again!:))))   (((((ALEXA)))))


Hi Alexa

Just wanted to offer my support.  Sound like you are having a bad day!!!!!

What has worked for me sometimes is to chose one TINY thing -- a baby step -- and do it.

Could be just the conscious decision to take a nap, setting a timer and doing it!

Or reading literature from my 12 step program helps.


Thanks, Nan

I appreciate your support.


*looks around*

I'm ignoring taxes this year. . .

Progress not perfection?  :(

Anyway, hello to everyone on here.  And congrats for making it on here!  Some days I don't . . .

I am working and am book-ending a 10-min web surfing break.

Thanks much.

N book end

Back from web-surfing break.  Back to work.

Thanks all,


Taxes? We're supposed to file taxes? what? Have I missed something?


YIKES - the corporate tax deadline is March 15th!!

I completely spaced on this. No surprise since I haven't filed tax returns in a few years, but usually I file the extensions. I need to call an accountant fast.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

Together We Can

I'm glad my list helped you remember!


Journey 9:30

Good morning!  Cold weather is moving back down south.  I hope this is our last blast of cold air.  I'm ready for some warm weather. 


X - gym
X - read AND PROCESS email *MIT
X - Daily planning
X - did a couple of 2-min tasks from email
X - check balances and budget *
 - PM lab *
 - Ops Mgr *
 - dues statement *
 - 10 minutes on tax thing(s) *
 - online l. class *
 - 10 minutes on mail/pile *
 - dishes *
 - mail package and get stamps
 - polish toenails!  **
 - planning for oncall next week - *
   submit implementation plans for change requests
 - AO
 - DR script updates planning
 - fix list
 - Cheryl
 - evening questions
 - remember to check my to do list in the evenings

next up, a 10 minute break, then head to PM lab at 10. 


“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

Journey 10:40

PM lab thing done!  was much quicker than I expected.  Maybe this will be the trend for today, as opposed to yesterday when everything took much longer than expected :)  Going to take another 10 minute break and read the zen habits blog, then on to change request stuff. setting my timer now.


“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

Journey 12:30

Did all the change management I can stand for one day . . . taking a short lunch break, and then . . . . ops mgr.


“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

Journey 2 pm oops! off track again and the heck of it is that .

OK, I've gotta start setting a timer for lunch . . . since I'm having trouble getting back into work mode after my break.  My coworker came in at 1:30 to chat about our project and I had no idea that an hour had passed. 

And the heck of it is that I was messing with a new time management tool that Leo mentioned on his blog.  It looks like a cool tool but I have a workable system already and trying out new ones is just procrastination in disguise.
   <== procrastination in disguise

Back to work! 

working on ops mgr for the next hour.


“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

procrastination in disguise

i like your costume!

journey 3:45 "in the flow"

enjoying working on ops mgr so it's going well.  taking 10 for a bio break, then back to it for another hour or so. 


“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

journey 6 pm good work day

headed home, worked all afternoon on ops mgr, this is the fun part of my job - installing stuff and getting it to work right - so did well all afternoon.  no tax stuff today, I'm getting outta here.

Now if I can just remember to LOOK at my list when I get home so that I remember to do the little things this evening like polish my toenails!  I can do that during American Idol.  I think Danny and Luke are going home. 


“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

pro's CI - 8:10am

Good morning. I've been sticking to my morning routine, and that's getting me out the door earlier than I have been - not as early as I might, but better. I still have the problem of doing some things in the morning that are better done the evening before, but at least I'm not spending too much time on non-essential things. The routine I worked out with my coach, combined with time logging, is helping me to stay on track.

Now if only I could do something about my evening problem. Maybe I'll email my coach for advice.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.


Pro, I thought of you tonight when I did not want to do my evening routine so that my morning would go smoother: I had to make lunch for the enormous basketball children who are here. I did it all this evening and it really was not as much of a pain in the tush as I had anticipated. Thank you for coaching vicariously!

Evenings Difficult

I have a very hard time doing routines in the evening because I'm just plain tired.  Let me know what your coach advises.


CI for Lark, 8:10am

Hi everyone. Yesterday was okay, except the dishes didn't get done. Now I'm mad at them. Hmm, What part do I play in this? Good luck today folks.
 morning routine
 spiritual time
 heat workshop
 do dishes
 finish main work project
 begin next project
 clear kitchen table
 go to bank
 mail package
 order supplies
 feed dog next door
 pick up car
 check in mid morning

darn those dishes! why can't they do themselves?

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

Dishes are done!

When I took my coffee break, I made myself wash them before getting on the computer. Setting up contingencies like that really work. I'm no longe angry at them for getting so dirty in the first place. My sink is shiny too.

Paperwork, paperwork. paperwork

Today is paperwork day.  I finally purchased Turbo Tax to do our corporate taxes.  They have to be done by Mar. 15th!

Today's Tasks:
Install Turbo Tax corp.
Do 15 min. on corp. taxes
Enter business invoices
Do payroll
Grade T's notebook
Write up Feb. attendance
Empty shredder.
Get rid of paper pile on desk
Get rid of paper pile in Entertainment room.
Clean up kitchen.

After above is complete:
Go to coffee shop to study.


turbo tax confession

I can't file my taxes online because I have never changed my official name on my social security card to my married name.  I've been married 27 years.  Now THAT's procrastination! 

Once I get my 2005 taxes re-filed, and file my 2007 taxes, and do my FAFSA for this year, THEN maybe I'll think about dealing with the Social Security Administration.  I did actually try to change it once, I took my marriage license and birth certificate the SSA and they said that's not enough documentation.  I have to apply for a copy of my marriage license application too.  yuck. 


“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey

Social Security

I e-file BECAUSE of being married and changing my name.  I hyphenate my name.  When I first filed, the IRS wouldn't send the check because they said my name didn't match Social Security records.  Turns out that some clerk had entered the name wrong, using only the last half of it!

What's so funny is that my husband's social security card was wrong and had been since he was in the Army.  He chooses to be called by his middle name.  So the Army had put his middle name as his first name.  I had sent in our return with his correct name.  They never caught that.

It took them 6 weeks to send our check. When the check came, it had my last name wrong--only half of it AGAIN!

I've e-filed ever since!


self-filing CORPORATE tax returns?

I read your message again and saw you're self-filing corporate tax returns. I'd REALLY never do that. In fact, it was when I formed a company that I stopped filing my own tax returns.

You should consider having an accountant do your taxes. They can save money for you that far makes up for what you pay them in fees. The tax code is extremely complicated - can't match a program with a human brain.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

Social Security Administration

Down with the establishment!  lol.  All of us old hippies should have a sit in.   We can wear our depends under our thongs and sit there forever. 


“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen Covey


It's bad when I can tell my grandchildren things about the protesting I did during the early 70s and they think it's ancient history!

Done despite constant interruptions:
Get rid of paper pile on desk
Get rid of paper pile in Entertainment room.

More Accomplished
Graded Teresa's notebook
Printed out attendance sheets for Abreyal

Getting Further
I've installed Turbo Tax! and started the process a little.


paperwork and taxes

Go Karen!! I tried TurboTax once, but I can't do my own taxes. Too confusing for me. It's all I can do to enter my receipts into a money management program and bring them to an accountant! That's what I'm working on now (or circling around, anyway). I'm supposed to be spending 30 minutes a night on this, but haven't yet.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.


I can do bookkeeping pretty well!  I don't like it much, but I CAN do it.  Thanks.

After I get done with homeschooling, I WILL begin doing it.


a schedule to keep

6:10 shave, shower, dress, start laundry, and eat breakfast
write till 7
7:00-12:00ish study for today's midterm
take midterm
come home for a nap


6:09 shaving
6:15 showering / dressing
6:27 starting laundry / making breakfast
6:33 eating
6:41 writing
7:00 studying

semper incipe,

success, sort of

well, I did everything on the list (and a lot of things that aren't) but now I'm procrastinating going to sleep. My excuse is that the midterm was very taxing and I needed to relax. But I am not now relaxed. I'm not good at relaxing. At least not in such a way that I actually feel renewed by it. Don't know what to do about that in the long run but for now I'm going to sleep in ten minutes.

semper incipe,


 I have a hard time coming down from high stress situations: too much adrenaline running around my body. One thing that I have found helps me is to do eft tapping on pressure points while breathing deeply. Something shifts within me and I gain focus again.

kromer 6:30 CI

I have a paper to finish today! (I need to stop writing papers the day they are due...)

It's the materials and methods section for my bio class
I'm going to work on it until 8:30, then do my Spanish HW and go to Spanish class, then finish up the paper 11-1.

First up:
*Write the section on how the site-directed mutagenesis was done
*Write the section on BLT's

UPDATE 7:45--I've written 2+ pages (the whole paper is about 4)--I did the section on site-directed mutagenesis, haven't done the section on BLT's yet but I've done a bunch of other stuff.
Next up: Section on BLT's, section on stable transfections

kromer 8:45 CI

I've made good progress on my paper--3 pretty good pages written, just 1 more + proofreading to go.
Now I need to switch over to Spanish, I have 45 min. to get my HW done!
I'll finish spanish by 9:30, then quickly email paper to myself, pack lunch and leave for spanish class.

kromer 11:10 CI

OK, lots to do!

In next 20-30 minutes: quickly write paper summary for bio class
Until 12:30ish: finish material and methods section for bio class
Until 1: Read paper for biochem
1-2: Go to biochem if possible (skip and finish materials and methods if necessary, but that's not very responsible...)
2-4ish: Bio class, if get out early start planning Harambee
4-5 synthetic bio seminar

UPDATE 12:20: Work is going slower than expected (as usual...)
I'm making progress on materials and methods, but still need to write descriptions of flow cytometry of of DiI and KK labelling.
Looks like I'll need to skip biochem, boo to me!

kromer 3:40

Had to skip biochem, which is stupid planning (and a direct result of the hour last night I spent sitting in the kitchen rather than time I'll set a timer for my break!)

Otherwise, though, things are OK--finished mat. and methods section and think it was OK, wrote decent paper summary and participated in the discussion. Now I'll quickly read over Harambee curric. for tonight, then go to seminar, then go swimming and go to Harambee!

kromer 9:30 CI

seminar went late so I didn't get to swim, but Harambee went really well, and I had a nutritious dinner (real food for once! not a bagel!) when I got home.
And then I've been goofing off for 30 min. Oh well, win some lose some.
Next up:
*Call A.
*Spanish HW for Mon and Tues
*Read 5.08 paper

freer am

gratitude list:
-I went to my new job the first three days, on-time with a good attitude
-I logged on to my fractured bank account and found it better than it could have been
-I called my support group's most vocal critic and found him compassionate and affirming
-my spouse has been very supportive
-an extra task was added to a freelance project that will pay, but not cost a lot
-I received strength, hope and grace from here and there

map broader personal and work tasks
log on to bank account and take another step
take next step with SS project
make appt for car
look for van
sign up for fcu

Have a great day all!


congrats, freer!

Your gratitude list is inspiring!

Edge's CI - 8:26AM

Morning :-)

What I would like to do today:

- find contract
- wash kitty litter box and replace with bigger one
- call tara
- call niveen

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

Edge's CI - 6:11PM

What I did today:
x call niveen
x send boss report update

What I would like to do today:

- find contract
- wash kitty litter box and replace with bigger one
- call tara
- fh
- oil hair

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

Edge's CI - 7:50PM

What I did today:
x call niveen
x send boss report update
x create morning music list
x call tara
x fh

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson