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.

Friday 7 March 2008

pro's CI - 10:30pm (procrastinating on bedtime)

I'm in that yucky place where I'm too tired to get ready for bed. I've been sitting at the computer since I got home from work. I need to go brush my teeth now.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

Hiding things

I am ashamed of what I am going to tell you all. In so many instances, when I don't get something done that I promised to do, or I have procrastinated it; I hide the evidence. sometimes it is a bill I have not paid. Sometimes it is something else. I have hidden bills in suit pockets, and thrown things away in order not to be found out.

I don't mean to lie, but I suppose the pain of hearing that I have let people down again is far greater than dealing with my conscience.

It is devastating when a friend or spouse discover the deception. I hate myself for doing it. But I find it very hard to break out of.

I am not an evil person. I am not a liar. I am not a deceiver. I just don't always get everything done and the shame of it is too hard to bear. I HATE going around in life failing day after day. In all honesty I sometimes dream of death. Not that I would ever take my life or anything like that. I just am tired of failing and failing others. There are times when I get a glimmer of hope and then, there are days like today, when I get called on something that my spouse found out about that sucks.

I do not want to behave like a child. I am sure you are all appalled by me. I am. Sorry. I feel so broken right now. Not much hope.


sending hope to douglas

Douglas ...
An alcoholic hides bottles.
A compulsive eater hides candy bars.
A procrasti-holic hides undone things.

It's the disease.  It isn't the real you.

You have inspired me.  Your posts have really helped me these past few weeks.   Please, love yourself.  We love you.   Higher Power loves you.   You are intrinsically worthwhile.



Douglas, this is something I have done, too. Moving is right:it is the nature of our 'disease' to lie about things we procrastinate on.  In OA they call it eating behind your own back.  In this case, it is like doing something you say that happened to make it true. For instance, I say I pay the bill, or I sent something in, and then 'lose it' in the mail, or 'forget' to put a stamp on it.  Rigourous honesty is the answer: you have made an excellent start here. Part of the process of getting well again is coming clean with your partner about this. It is making amends.

I realize that I have an amends to make for lying to my son: he asked me whether I had sent out a letter to a college and he has been asking me to do it for a month. I lied and told him I had when I have not yet done so. I don't like to admit that  I have done wrong, but the disease of shame is a serious component of procrastination.

I admire you enormously for your willingness to share the dirty little secrets that we all have which bring us to our knees here. Not only do you help yourself, but you are providing service to those of us who have tripped over Pro's doorstep to find Procrastinators Anonymous. You are healing and I am so very, very happy for you.

I was feeling very much like

I was feeling very much like that until I discovered this website yesterday. I tried the check-in system, and for the first time in weeks, I was able to actually do what I had set out to do. I have a very very serious problem with P, so, if there is hope for me, there is hope for almost everyone.  Keep us posted please.

taking advantage of scraps of time

I have a tendency to not even TRY to work on a project when I don't have a huge block of time available. In part this is because getting started is by far the most difficult part.  I index journal articles.  Tonight I want to commit to indexing one article, because I don't have time for more.  This will be good because 1 is better than 0, and even more important, because it'll be an exercise in getting started, with the knowledge that I only have to do that one article. I love this check-in idea. I think I can meet my goal.

kaoba 5pm

Well, I just spent two hours driving my daughter to a class and coming back home in hellish traffic. OK, so the report is still not done, but I have just brewed some coffee and am sitting down to finish it. I am not getting up from the computer until it is done and sent.

Karen's CI

I've decided to start checking in during my afternoon transition time.

My husband is home (the truck driver) and the kids, and my daughter are here for a little while longer.  They don't have internet service at home, so my daughter checks her e-mail, etc., here.

So the weekend begins.  I do need to:

Reconcile business account.
    Input missing invoice.
15 minutes on corp. taxes
File business paperwork.
Input most recent settlement.
Do payroll.


e's 8:33 PM check in

Intereting thing: when the electricity is off, I get things done! We are suffering rolling blackouts here due to a strike by the electrical workers, and while it is a pain in the butt, some good has come out of it for me - limited computer time, taking stairs to avoid being caught in the elevator, no cooking!

I went through a lot of organizational stuff today and that felt good. There is a lot of other things I can get caught up in, but down time spent sorting things and filing is really necessary to seeing what is on my plate.

This is a three day weekend here (clean monday is the first day of orthodox lent) and we might go away for a bit. However, if we don't there is plenty to work on and enjoy here.

Thankful for:
Dr. P, who is gracious, informative and helpful
finding my cell phone before I had it shut off
having guests who must get up early so I get up early!
my haircut, which for the first time ever, does what it is supposed to on its own
my son, who is a teenager but still gives me kisses and hugs
three day weekend!

kaoba 1pm

Well, I have been chugging away at the report, with some interruptions. I would say I am near two thirds done.

kaoba did you finish your report??

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

Re: kaoba did you finish your report??

Hi Journey:

Thanks for asking! Nope, but I am almost there. I'm not getting up until I finish!

kaoba 11am

I feel better today, but can actually see myself faffing away the morning. I need to finish a report by around 2pm, which I am about halfway through. So that's my task for today.

I hope everyone is having a good day!

Journey faffing!!

I had to look this up . . . what a great word! 

Brit.  to spend your time doing a lot of unimportant things instead of the thing you should be doing
I wish you'd stop faffing about and do something useful!  {Cambridge International Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs}

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

Re: Journey faffing!!

Oh! Great definition! I've just heard the word and liked it, so descriptive of what I do so much of the time!!! ;-)

faffers anonymous

clearly a second 12 step program is in order!

faffers anonymous

Where's the sign up sheet??!!



I'd join!


douglas: snowing and a great day to postpone!

It's snowing like all get out so I am thrilled to say I hava  built in excuse today for not venturing out in the snow. (We're so pathetic that way...arent' we?). Anyway, I intend to do some much needed recording at home and getting a project underway I have always wanted to pursue. Remember this little adage if you intend to kiss your significant other on a cold day.

"If your kissin with your honey, and your nose is kinda runny, you may think its really funny but it snot!:)



so nice to know that someone else has as ridiculous a sense of humor as I do!

Journey 9:30

Good morning!  I'm glad it's Friday.  it's pouring rain down and is supposed to rain all day.  We need the rain but it's still kinda depressing.  I've already reached my caffeine limit for the morning but I might have an extra 1/2 cup today! 

I've been messing around more with my new time management tool.  I might actually use it for a while, it's kinda fun.  So here's my list for today from todoist.

 Today mit tax thing

 Today mit racf meeting

 Today  bud/bal

 Today mit backsheets

 Today ptf list

 Today mit ops mgr

 Today cheryl

 Today jcl lib increase

 Today mit,this_weekend dues statement - start on this today and finish over the weekend

 Today online class 
 Today mit mail/pile  
 work_daily Email - read and process  Daily    
 work_daily Set MITs for the day  Daily 

 work_daily Mail  Daily

 home_daily Exercise

Provided by  Todoist


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

journey 9:30 ps

And first task on the list is to work on ops mgr, picking up where I left off yesterday.


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

journey 12:30

still working on ops mgr, also had the racf meeting


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

journey 3:45

much progress has been made on ops mgr today.  Now for the less fun stuff.  I'm going to take a 10 minute break, then work on my tax stuff for ten minutes.  Then back to real work, um, lets see, I'll work on my backsheets for half an hour or so.  They don't have to be finished until Monday. 


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

2005 tax re-file is ready to mail!!

Happy  Dance Time!

Many times, something I procrastinate on turns out not to be such a big deal once I finally get started on it.  However, in this case it really was just as tedious and horrid as i thought it would be!  It's done though, at least until I hear back from the IRS that they need more or different documentation lol. 

Now for 2007 taxes!  We can do it! 


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

Re: 2005 taxes

Way to go!! Congratulations, and stamina for the next ones!


Good job :)

Journey - one more comment on taxes

Oh, yeah, and thanks for being here, you guys - I don't think I would have ever finished this task if it wasn't for this site. 


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

waving goodbye to 2005!

/files/images/handwave.gif    Good night, sleep tight and pleasant dreams to you
Here's a wish and a prayer that every dream comes true
And now 'til we meet again

Adios, au revior, auf weidersehen.....Good Night!

ineffable schedule

8am-- get dressed, load laundry, do dishes, have breakfast
till 9am--write
till 9:50am--study
(go to class)
1:30-5:30 read Aristide Tessitore's book

that's it!


7:53 dressing
7:56 loading laundry
8:01 doing dishes
8:21 having breakfast
8:30 writing
9:08 studying

currently procrastinating my second study session... Just felt like I needed more of a break. I'll start at 2:15

2:13 (43 minutes late!)--reading Aristide Tessitore's book.
semper incipe,

Hi everyone. I hope

Hi everyone. I hope everything goes okay for you today. I'm either tired or lazy this morning.Maybe both. We're supposed to get a snowstorm tonight, so today's going to be compacted. Sometimes deadlines like that--which aren't made by people--are the best kind.
To Do:
(X)morning routine
 spiritual time
 finish main work project
 make start on next one
 pickup car
 mail package
 finish table pile
 do anything outside before the snow
 check in after lunch

Edge's CI - 3:13PM

Hello everyone :-)

What I did today:
x oil hair
x do laundry
x do dishes
x talk to dad
x reschedule with tara for tomorrow

What I would like to do today:
- find contract
- bh: ap?
- wash kitty litter box and replace with bigger one
- clean room
- get the adress for souq el ard
- do some work on media report and send updates to boss

~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

Washing Kitty Box v. Ironing

I see we have putting off kitty litter chores in common!  I think it's worse than ironing!


kitty box

<----- does not have a kitty box but if she did would be kicking herself for putting that one off....

re: kitty box

Lol, I know! It's horrible, but I keep putting it off!

I can't any more though :-) Today's my last day off so it's now or never :p And as annoying as cleaning it might be, now is a much more appealing option, given the consequences that would ensue :rolleyes:

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

kromer 8 CI

Hello all!

I've got a pretty easy day today--no deadlines! Yay!

So I'm going to try to get ahead on work for next week:
*Go to biochem (DONE)
*Talk to lab tech. (and return lab notebooks to lab)
*Go swimming (Went running instead, but that counts as DONE)
*Print out info for interview trip
*Read biochem paper
*Go to youth group
*Spanish HW for Mon and Tues
*Start biochem pset
*Read older biochem paper
*Read paper on test data set
*Look for test data set in databases
*Write 1/2 pg methods
*Go out with friends after youth group!
*Clean out inbox
*Organize computer desktep

kromer 12:25 CI

OK, I'm having a hard time focusing today--the sudden lack of deadline pressure is throwing me off!
To get around this, I'm going to make a very specific plan and set some deadlines for myself.
Up next:
Clean out inbox: spend 15 min. (moving on, it's mostly empty now)
Print out info for interview trip (30 min)
Go talk to lab tech (as long as it takes)

kromer 4:25 Faffing...

Good description of what I've been doing today!

After cleaning out my inbox, I messed around until 3ish--then I went to lab, talked with lab tech and got some actual work done.

Next up:
*Print out info for interview trip
*Print out pset
*Email about FACS training (DONE)
*Look of dataset in databases

pro's CI - 6:15am

Good morning! I'm not as good as Elizaveth in creative thread starters, but I did the best I could!

Just a quick check in - I'm doing my morning routine and logging my time (helps me stay on track).

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

lol pro

it helps to have spent some time working in an ad agency hanging around creative types: cheesy sayings simply dribble out of my brain!

Cheesy Sayings - Skill for Resume

Who would have thought of that as a skill, but now we have proof!


elisaveth's resume

Founder of Faffers Anonymous
BA in Cheese
will iron sheets....