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.

Wednesday 2 April 2008

Ever dig yourself into a hole? 

    Well, watch the panther climb out...
         We can climb out, too !

Hopefully a more successful Check-In. . .

That is seriously the BEST daily graphic I've seenLaughing

Any "Project Runway" fans?  I have a "motivational" sign by my door of Tim Gunn saying "Make It Work!" LOl

Anyway, I didn't get much done from my last list but what I DID do was my Bio lab, which is REALLY good because out of all my assignments I detest labs. 

I've been having a rough week because two girls got into really good colleges and EVERYONE is making a big deal.  Honestly, even if I got into one of those schools, I would probably still go to Chicago because its great for Astrophysics AND a perfect fit. 

Anyway. . .

   English- Quotes Assignment
             - Prepare for in-class essay tomorrow  
   Commitment- None!
   APCalculus- Extra Credit Sheet
              - Old Homework Sheet
   A.Drawing- None!
   APBio- Print Powerpoint Slides
             Find Essay Rubric
             Answer pp. 5 questions
   Latin- None! yay!
   Econ- Worksheets
   Guitar- Practice for 20 minutes
   Physics- Watch Lecture 1
               Work on Study Schedule

Also for tomorrow- call ****** (Have to protect the innocence of non-procrastinators lol)

Let's see how this goes lol.

welcome back katia11

good to see you back and making use of the forum.  My hope is that it is an aid to you fighting your procrastination.

Great to here you're doing better.  Good luck attacking your list. 

Chicago is a great school, and astrophysics is out of this world! (<grin>)

Recycler CI 8:40pm EST

Hi!  go Pink Panther & all! :)

This morning I walked, went to gym & work.  My coworker was out sick today.  Fortunately I didn't have to do many projects for her -- really only one.  Plus, I stayed on track a little more today than usual ;)  Even a little bit more on track is good! :)

Tonight I walked home, drank electrolyte drink, started a load of clothes, walked in neighborhood; picked up, sorted & discarded mail; got clothes out of dryer, sorted & put away; put next load of clothes in dryer; sponge bath in sink.

Thanks to someone else on the board (I think Kaoba :), not only did I brush my teeth but I also flossed!  Flossing is another area of procrastination for me, where I have to say, maybe one day I will do better, but for now: "progress not perfection."  I also hope that Kaoba's day has improved a lot, too :)  Hugs! :)

Next, some clothes in dryer have dried, so take those out & put away.  I need to check the local weather forecast, too, to predict whether to walk to work or drive.  Read 1-2 pages in two  inspirational books.  Do at least 1 yoga stretch; maybe a few more;, then go to sleep :)

Have a great night, everyone! :)


Thank you, gals & guys, for being here! :)

Grail CI, 10.25am (Thu)

* 5 unit checks on Project 1
* Quick update to Project 2
* At least 2 units on Project 3, before more work gets thrown at me, so say, by 2pm?

* Washing (er, didn't want to wake housemates last night...)
* Guitar
* Email to R & N about group meetings?
* Drill fire staff bits and/or saw board for hole in roof

good morning, Grail!

When you start to check in for the day it is my signal to go to bed (you are 10 hours ahead of me!) have a productive day while I sleep!


So I should be more diligent about checking in earlier, huh?
You'd get more sleep!



either that or I have to start wearing a watch instead of waiting up for you to post

scarlett CI 2:00 pm EST

Hey y'all - here I am again.  Hope everyone is well.

Focus for next half-hour - schedule mtgs, draft email.

Become aware of resistance, and let go.

Welcome back Scarlett

good to have you home again!


scarlet CI 3:30 pm EST

Two mtg invites sent, two work orders done, work for rest of day prioritized.

Next: review

Become aware of resistance, and let go.

welcome back

to the day by day, step by step, grind :)


I wander away, but I always come back.

Become aware of resistance, and let go.

kaoba 11:50am

OK, this:

(X) make online payment due today

is done. I just hope I made the cutoff in time. I hate to pay fines just for procrastinating.


( ) go walking [get dressed in exercise clothes, apply sunscreen, find stopwatch, walk, do stretching routine afterwards, shower, get dressed again]

This should take me about an hour and a half total. I'll check in as soon as I am done.


you are on your way! Keep going!

Edge's CI - 5:30PM

Great thread starter, Moving :D

I seem to have been taken over by my WoW addiction. Been over indulging, even though I promised myself that I would't But my account subscription is running out on the 5th and I've decided (I'm hoping said decission will hold and I won't weaken) not to renew it for the coming month, because I've got exams coming up and I really need to start studying (a.k.a cramming).

Anyway, lots of negativity building up inside me and I'm trying hard not to give in to it. Just a lot of frustration and a deep sense of being lost and not knowing where to start. I have so much that I promised friends and family that I'll do for them and I haven't really done anything yet, and it's really embarassing. Going to try once again and get my act together. I hate picking myself up all over It's not easy, but it needs to be done, right?

So today, I did the following:
x dishes (some more left)
x quickly tidied room
x download business syllabus

I'd like to:
- finish rest of dishes
- call M and get the name of the restaurant
- download cycling pics onto laptop and send to R
- send R feedback on her article
- test the newsletter graphics on email
- confirm Friday cycling with cousin
- prep tomorrow's to-do
- tell WoW friends I'll be away for a month
- check out biz syl.

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

Edge's follow up

The stuff that I *did* finish yesterday.

x dishes (some more left)
x quickly tidied room
x download business syllabus
x finish rest of dishes

...Not much, but I'm working on it :)

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

Thanks for the support, guys!

Yeah, picking yourself up isn't easy, particularly when you've got a strong current of demand resistance coming at you from the opposite direction, but we've done it before andd by Jo I'll do it again! You bet I shall! You guys are the best! *group bear hug*

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

Re: Edge's CI - 5:30PM


> I hate picking myself up all over It's not easy, but it needs to be done, right?

It has to be done. I don't like it either, I hate it in fact, like you, and I am in the process of doing it yet once again ...

If I can regroup and pick myself up, you can do it too!!

picking oneself up all over again

> I hate picking myself up all over It's not easy, but it needs to be done, right?

yep, that's the name of the game.  Or, at least the 12 step game.  that's what's worked for me.  Well, as well as it can.  It's better than *not* picking myself back up all over again, but not as good as not having to.

Since i can't see "not having to" is an option, then picking myself back up every time is the key.

And it's encouraging to see other people (eg you) having to go thru the same thing.

WoW addiction

Good idea to give it up for a month.  I do that a couple times a year, saves me a few bucks too. 

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

what's "WoW"?


Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

you do NOT want to know....

that is, you don't if you are a potential gaming addict. World of Warcraft: a $30 a month addiction that BOTH of my sons had! Journey, Edge and many others are committed and I am glad I never started as I would have gone broke and would never have stopped. Kind of like those people who disappeared in the sewers playing Dungeons and Dragons at university, except take that and put it on qualudes.

What is WoW

E also forgot to mention that WoW is the single most diabolically exquisite massive multiplayer online game in existance *sobs pitifully*. It is all consuming; once you start, you cannot stop. It is worse than any drug ever created; it snares you mind, body and soul. No one can be free of it once they begin! No one! We are doomed! *breaks down and bangs head on desk*

Side effects include: a depleted to none existant social life, steady hemmorage to one's bank account, lack of sleep, dark circle under the eyes, migraines, loss of appetite, extreme loss of wieght, loss of all sense of time,  and can - in extremem cases  - lead to blissful and oblivious sudden death.

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

WoW addiction

LOL did you see the South Park episode about WoW?  It was hilarious! 

WoW, like most things, is ok if taken in moderation! 

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


Hi, my name's Grail,
and I'm an ex-wow addict.

Eh, it wasn't that bad, and I am fully over it - 3 years! But yeah. It sucked up a couple of excessive months, and then I realised, no, no more. It'll suck up my life!
Ok, I do sometimes still think wistfully of my character... :rolleyes:

Grail WoW

Good on ya, mate! I sure do look forward to the day when I can say the same Still, if you did it, then I guess there is hope for us yet ;-)

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

Lark @ 9:07am (frustrated)

Hi everyone. I'm feeling a little down this morning. I made a dumb work decision yesterday, and things won't come together for a few days. Just should've checked the contingencies first. Also, I put off paying a bill online till this morning, and their website is down temporarily. Dum, dumb...
 morning things
 (extra) spiritual time
 re-try to pay bill
 do damage control for work project
 focus on work project B
 clean up workshop
 check in here around lunch

they can't all be gems

i agree w/ 'e'.  not all days can be gems.  Some of them we have to just muddle thru.  I've certainly had my fair share!  Maybe i've even gotten in line twice :) :)

best you can lark, one hour at a time.


I hope you feel better! There is a great kids book that I love when I have days like that: it is called Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Some days are just like that, and some days I contribute to making them more like that. Luckily, things can turn around just as quickly (I see the bill got paid after all!)

Thanks, e

I still feel a little out of it, but things are alot better now. I did some errands, hit a 12 step meeting, and a little clutter patrol so far. I'm taking a coffee break and I'm going to doze for a bit in my chair. I still need to order some stuff for tomorrow very soon, so maybe that before my mini nap? I re-did a small dinette table to replace my larger kitch table, so clearing the bigger one is on my agenda. Later!

kromer 7:45 CI

Love the threadstarter!

I had a really awful and unproductive day yesterday, but I know I can make today better!

First I'm going to put on makeup, fold my laundry and make my bed. That always makes me feel more together.

Then I'm going to email about tutoring today, then email CB.

Then I'm going to head to lab and work on my senior thesis, since I've gotten totally stalled out on that. My goal for the day is to get 4 good hours of work done on my thesis. I'll post a more detailed plan for what exactly I'll do on my thesis when I get to lab.

kromer 9:15 CI

Finally made it to lab, which is good (I'd been out of lab for about 3 weeks, I was getting scared to go back ;-) ) And dealt with all the "Long time no see" comments.

Now to actually get some work done!
1)Email C
2)Visualize results from test job
3)Finish reading adipocytes stuff
4)Email PF

I'll get through as much of this as I can before class 10-12, then come back to lab *promptly* at 12.

kromer 11:45 CI

Done with class a few minutes early and back in lab!

I need to:
*Email a little more info to C
*Finish visualizing results
*Finish reading adipocytes stuff
*Email PF
*Organize all the results I have so far (both on the computer and in hard copies)

Still a bit nervous, but I know I can make progress!
I'll work in the chatbox, since that was helping me out this morning.

kromer 8:30 CI

Feeling down and like I'm not getting anything done.
But I've actually accomplished a fair amount so far:
*I did some good work on my thesis (maybe about 3-4 hours worth)
*I went to class
*I tutored (and made some needed money :) )
*I had dinner with my housemates
*I tidied my room a bit

I've got a lot more to do tonight, but if it's not perfect so be it.
1)I committed to emailing PF and haven't yet. Email is mostly composed, but I want to look over 1 more paper and add a few more details to the email. 20 min MAX
2)Read through biochem pset
3)Finish going over biochem lecture notes + review article
4)Answer one question on biochem pset.

I'd like to do more, but if that's all I get through that's fine. Off to work on the email now.

kromer 9:30 happy happy!

Email done!
Now my supervisor knows what I have (and haven't...) been doing the past few weeks, and I can really get back into my senior thesis.

OK, it took an hour rather than 20 minutes, but it's DONE and I'm doing the happy dance.

Now I'll read over the biochem pset and go over lect notes/review article.

way to get back on the horse

aka back in the lab.  You've torn down the biggest barrier. I know how that feels.  The "long time no see" comments.  familiar.

Good luck going forward.

kaoba 5am

I'm not in a very good mood today, sigh. Rather bitter and hopeless at the same time. I don't manage to check in here, although it does help. Anyway, today:

( ) assemble and send out newsletter

I have tons more to do, but listing it will just make me anxious. If I do this today, I'll call it a success.

I hope you all have a good day!

kaoba 11:30am

Thank you kromer, clement and e for your kind words, they mean a lot to me.

I had said I would:

(X) assemble and send out newsletter

which in fact, I did do. And rather quickly. But I am having a hard time moving along this morning. I still have time to salvage something, though. So I'll walk myself tiny step by tiny step through this, in your company, of course!

Next step:

( ) make online payment due today

I'll be back as soon as I do it.


I find when I get into that space (which is a very familiar place) I can sometimes turn it around if I cheer each babystep on in writing. Even a little effort (walking by the pile with the newsletter) tends to exponentially improve the likelihood of my doing more.

Remember to breathe!

hugs, e

one step at a time, kaoba

i echo kromer.  one day at a time.  sometimes one task at at time.  one hour at a time.  for me sometimes i have to go to one minute at a time.

I'm going to get up and go in the kitchen.
I'm going to open the fridge.
I'm going to get out the eggs.

I'm praying for ya.

Feel better kaoba!

Bitterness and anxiety are no fun...

I like your idea of keeping your to-do list short. I should try that--when I'm anxious I tend to overwhelm myself with enormous lists of things to do.

e's wednesday

Thanks for the motivation, moving! I DO feel like I am climbing out of the hole I have dug myself into!
And I am pink, too! (In fact, that looks like my office....and those eybrows...where did you find my picture...).

Today was a typical e morning. I got up, showered, got dressed, did half of my face, drank water, took meds, grabbed my raincoat and a lift with G, stopped and got coffee and a bite, walked into work, hung up my raincoat and found the wooden clothespin that I had been displaying all my way to work pinned to the back of my coat! Nothing that starts me off right like a good laugh at myself!

In any case, there is a lot to do and I am looking forward to it.

Today: figure out about whether I can fix the furniture in my office UPDATE: GUY NEXT DOOR AGREED TO SWITCH WITH ME: CALL TS TO ARRANGE MOVE. Think about alternate spaces for the p.a. Write up draft of p.a. issues/policies. YIKES, FORGOT ABOUT THIS ONE

pull books for business week display. WAITING ON V

tentitive pr for ia powerpoint.PERHAPS AN INTERACTIVE EVENTS THING?

research towards statistics of library staffing.

shelving: who needs a gym anyway! ACTUALLY DID THIS

see you later!

e's checkback

today has been a productive day: I had a chance to work with someone new who I like very much and who is very knowledgable. I got waylaid by someone and need to watch that in the future so I don't lose time. I am beginning to feel better in my body: all this time on my feet is making a difference in my roundness. I am clearly a Rubenesque person, but a slightly less paunchy one these days! And even better is the absence of aches and pains which have always troubled me. Who knows what working the steps willl bring me!

This evening I came home and got some cooperation from the kids around doing some chores. I also went through my briefcase to make sure I stayed on top of the appointments I need to make. It is too late to call IKA, but I will do that tomorrow.

Call found money place (maybe someone left me a billion dollars)
email ec passport information
follow up on three issues for the tax guy
drymop house
review C's homework.
make appointment for glasses.
get stamps and send in stuff for license and absentee ballot request.
pull out practicum boxes
take nap

Re: e's checkback


You are truly inspiring. You sound so full of energy and zest! I love reading about your new job and how it is fitting you so well. Now, what is this "found money place"? I am intrigued.

giggling at kaoba

energy and zest! lmao! well, I do have energy and zest this past few weeks since I switched jobs, but my husband would crack up to hear me described so glowingly, as I am the original hypothyroid slug. I suppose switching from a depressing position to one where I love my work has truly made an enormous change in me. I still love to nap (I napped today - did I mention it is ILLEGAL to honk your horn in Athens between the hours of 2 and 6 as everyone is napping, although I napped after work), but I have a lot of happiness going around at the moment.

Now, in Massachusetts my name showed up on the lost properties list. I don't have any idea why, but I am guessing it is because I procrastinated (lol) on something like transferring a 401 k to a rollover IRA and they have taken a chunk of it away for taxes and will let me have a little bit at the end. However, it is always plausible that some rich old geezer was admiring my energy and zest and bequeathed me with his/her last will and testiment!

movingalong's Wednesday goals

  • Get up in time to bathe, dress, and eat breakfast
  • Drive to job site and work a steady pace.
  • Not get bogged down by details.
  • Remember to eat lunch
  • Get home in time to prepare for evening meeting.
  • Spend quality time with pets.


movingalong's end-of-Wednesday check-back

Well ... I did fairly well on this list.
Not perfectly, but fairly okay.
-- movingalong

"progress, not perfection"

Yeah, I know you have heard it many times before, but it still is what they say to aim for!