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 16 April 2008


... and, in order to achieve those big dreams,
remember ...
take little steps ...
and get SOMETHING done.
Progress, not perfection !


Recycler CI 9:20pm EST


Today:  gym, work, checked with bank about something, sent in exercise conference registration, bought gift, had dinner with a group.

Now:  read some recovery literature before bed.  Brush teeth.

Have a great night everyone! :) 


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

pro's CI - 8:15pm (evening non-procrastination)

I stopped to get take-out on my way home from work and ate as soon as I got in. So now it's 8:15pm, I've had dinner, and I'm tired. I think that before I get more tired, I should get ready for bed. I'm not well, and also I have to get up early tomorrow. Sitting here because I'm tired is not a good strategry because I just get more tired and I don't get to bed early enough.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

pro's last check-in - 10:15pm (ready for bed)

It took me a long time to get ready for bed because I had to rinse out and hang up my gym clothes, which I need early in the morning. I should have done it when I first got home from work. I hope they're dry when I get up.

I blew off the dishes (again).

I'd better get to bed now - have to get up early.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

one thing first - all those new PA members

I'll do one more thing on the computer tonight - respond to all those PA membership requests...

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

admitted 5 new members and banned 1 spammer

Say hi to 5 new members. And bye to 1 spammer (not the only one I banned this week).

I just got an email from our Web host that another one of my accounts is getting slammed with spam. I don't know what's up with the spam lately. I was getting so many thousands on the account I had to turn on server-level filtering.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

Spam spam spam spam spam spam spam!

Hi pro,

What a pain in the butt!  Sorry you're having to deal with that.  Thanks, as always, for all the work you do to keep this site up & running!


major spam thing happening on the internet

My Web host said there's been a major spam thing happening across the internet for the last couple weeks. It only started hitting my accounts a few days ago.

Nobody else here has been plagued with this? I'm getting 1000+ spoofed bounces a day.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

yes, spam

i'm seeing it.  spoofed bounces.

Spam, spam, eggs and spam

I've already had to switch off the catchall on most of my domains because of that (forged spam headers).

I really liked having a catchall, as it meant I could give out individual email addresses for anything I had to do online, and could block individual addresses that were being spammed as necessary, but haven't been able to do that for ages.

Hey, take it as a sign that the site is doing well if it's that popular as a faked address. :P

Extra geeky sidetrack,
but I am so frustrated they don't have an optional protocol to validate that an email was actually sent from an authorised server for that address, or the smtp server listed in the header. If it was optional, then you'd still retain privacy concerns, but it would cut out so much of the spam crap, and bounced email from faked addresses or even headers.

Or even just use it for bounces, and a standard protocol for that? There's no point a server forwarding on a bounced email to a sender who denies sending it. :(

SMTP failings

SMTP is among the dumbest of protocols. When it was created, no one anticipated the situation we have today. The problem is, now we're stuck with it - we can't throw it away, too much depends on it.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

spam bombing again

I had to go through all my accounts and turn off the catchall option because of spam volume. I'm getting the bounced emails from a spam bomb with a spoofed "from" address on another account as well as this one. I deleted another 4500 spam bounces on the account, and 1800 on the other domain.

Augh!! Okay - now I'm brushing my teeth and getting ready for bed.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

Falcon CI Wed. night

Hi all,

Checking in here while I eat dinner (bean & veggie salad, quite tasty!)

To do:

  • Finish dinner
  • Use stresseraser
  • Deal with dishes & tidy kitchen
  • Straighten island
  • Straighten table
  • Tidy living room
  • Check to make sure nothing looks awful enough to embarrass me when the landlady stops by with the plumber tomorrow.
  • Get stuff ready for tomorrow
  • Go to bed



Gee, that sounds interesting. What in the world is it? Thanks.


Hi Lark,

The stresseraser is a cute little biofeedback gadget:  I really like mine.  It's "meditation for people who don't like to meditate."


Falcon CO Wed. night

O.k., I think my place is presentable enough.  It still looks, shall we say, "lived in" but at least it looks lived in by human beings, not pigs.

Good night!



that's a good way of putting it.  lived in by humans, not pigs.  lol

pigs and dogs

My house looks like two giant dogs live there  . . . lol . . .

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

3 grateful fors, 3 well-dones

Heard something that might be helpful.  It sure has worked for me!  Carol Burnett, the comedienne/actress, ends her day by writing down 3 "grateful fors" and 3 "well dones!" Those are my rewards (and incentives) for getting things done.

Thanks to this board, (and being accountable), I sent out a resume yesterday and DID check my mailbox. (It has teeth, I swear.)  The bills didn't bite me. :D

Have a great day!


I love this!

So encouraging, I think I'll do it every day.  here's mine:

3 Grateful fors;
- I had energy today
- Work got started on den remodeling
- Got to spend time with family
3 Well-Dones:
- I did cleaning and filing
- I called and figured dh's ticket debacle
- I got up early and stayed busy all day

Yea!  I am less overwhelmed when I remind myself that I am making progress, so this is helpful for me I think.  Thanks for sharing the idea.
\o/   Peggy

Kim's bookending

By 7:00 pm, I choose to:
- Walk my dogs and do 30 minutes of stretching
- pamper myself with a hot bath and reading in the tub

By 10:00 pm, I want to:
- iron and put away all the clothes on my bed
- put new sheets on the bed
- come up with an email explaining to my clients why I'm changing careers and what kind of job I'm seeking

Bookending for Norske...

I have begun to bookend again. I should have never stopped...

Goals for today:
By 6:00, finish up to assingment 16.
Make dinner.
6:45-7:10, work on easy software debugging while watching some Nova
7:15-9+, stay at coffee shop, read some math books, get up to assingment 18(?)
30 Minute break
Late Night: Prepare for tomorrow's presentation.
2AM Get in bed!

Journey 4:51

Did all my work-related MITs for the day, yay!  Going to finish up one more of those online certification courses that my company requires annually.  Then I am so outta here.  My management has annoyed the piss out of me today.  We reach a decision about something, then get together for a final review, and they start arguing and then un-decide.  Now we're back to square one.  Well, maybe Square Two, but still a step backwards.  Grrrr. 

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

Annoying meetings

Hi Journey,

My sympathies!  Drives me nuts, too, when people go all round Robin's barn on something, decide it, undecide it, and finally make a decision that could have been made in half an hour.

Congrats on getting all your MITs done!


Journey 3:45

W.B. dialed into the meeting just to throw a couple of spanners into the works.  It was a long meeting and instead of making progress, we went backwards.  Whatever. 

Going back to preparing for tomorrow's change planning meeting.  I have a headache. 


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

Journey 11:45

Still dragging but moving now.   I had so much energy a few days ago, where did it all go lol?

Anyway, I have gotten through all my email, read and processed, and taken care of a few small tasks that arrived in email.  I've checked my budget and balances (still not pretty but at least its done), and made sure my change request got approved for this weekend.

I'm going to take a break, maybe go outside and walk around a little bit and try to clear my head. 

When I come back, I will work on preparing for the change review meeting tomorrow, and then I have a 2 pm meeting.  Weenie Boy (my boss) didn't show up today so hopefully it will be a short meeting. 


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

Weenie Boy

LOL! Oh, boy, Jo! I have a few choice administrators here who must be his relations! 

re: weenie boy

He called in sick today.  Fine with me if he stays away!

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

Edge's CI - 6:25PM

Heya :) Me doing ok, but me is taking a few days away to try out a new technique :) Will be back in another few days with some updates if said technique works. Until then, take care, be well, and like movingalong said in the lovely threadstarter, progress! Wohooo! \m/

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

Lark @ 9:48am

Hi everyone. Yesterday was a bummer day. It began with a visit to the dentist and went downhil from there. A friend broke down on her way to work, and I rescued her, only to be stranded with her broken down car. No one else was available to rescue me then, so I had AAA bring me and the car to MY place. It was cheaper than a taxi, and I wonder if they'll take you places even if you don't have a care there to tow... Then I realized all my supplies for work, some groceries, and my tax stuff was in MY car, in the next state!!! Not only that, but I was stranded at my place. I just can't tell you how positive my attitude is today! Arrgh.
first inclination is to hide
try to get supplies and tax stuff
work on main project
try for some spiritual time
feed neighbor's dog
order more supplies
check in here a bit later

oh, Lark!

That is such a  perfect illustration of how life can be:  no good deed goes unpunished! I do like the idea of the AAA taxi service, I think they should set that up for non-car owners!

Glad that things got better later.

hugs, e

Lark @ 8:34pm

Hi everyone. Thanks for the concern and hugs. Despite my attitude, today turned out pretty darned good. I'm going to get  something to eat now, and I'll check in later. I have some shrimp in the freezer, and I think I'll sautee a few. There's also some red cabbage in the fridge which may be good steamed. Thanks

hugs from me too

When it goes DOWNHILL from the dentist you know it's a bad day. 

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

hugs to lark

pro's CI - 9:45am

I'm running late this morning, even though I got up at 6am. That's because I had to watch the Biggest Loser Finale, which I'd recorded from last night. I went to the gym and worked out, as planned, but I got there at 8am rather than 6:30-7 so I'm way late.

And I'm checking email and forums rather than getting out of here. I'm showered and my gym clothes are soaking. Gotta finish getting dressed and leave.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

Journey 9:30 slow start

Good morning!  I'm dragging a bit this morning . . . Wednesday is my "double" workout day at the gym, so I've been to spinning class and yoga class.   I'm just getting back on my normal schedule so I'm stiff and sore and I'd really like to take a little nap now. 

But, here we are at work.  I've been just sort of sitting here for 30 minutes.  Better get moving. 
First, get some coffee and a snack.   Then, email and set my MITs for the day. 

Journey yawns and heads to the break room for a cup of ambition. 


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

feeling resistance

feeling resistance toward next task.  I'll post back when i'm done with it.

rats i just realized there's something i have to get before i can do that task.  double resistance. 

[edit] ok pre-task done

[edit 11am] resistance task done.  alternating working and distractions
  next 30 min make the next step in task prf

[edit 11:30]ok that's that.  now lunch, then non-work tasks.

[edit 4am]day got hectic then too busy.  At least baseball went well.  It's very late.  I'm not done.  I feel behind.  I can't remember why 12 steps nor bookending will work.  I notice that we procrastinators someimes have very good days (like friday for me).  I guess i'll make a plan and be realistic based on what time it is and how much time is left.

Movingalong's Wednesday: one little step at a time

Today, I choose to:

Work through the day at a reasonable pace
Looking at my jobsite workflow
Pick one small step and work on that.
Then pick another and do that.
And remember to take care of my body while at work.
- sit correctly
- take breaks
- stretch
- eat healthfully

When I get home after work:
I hope to:
Skip internet and go directly to nap.
Awaken, eat and take meds.
Pick small household tasks that need doing,
and work at them for 15 minutes at a time.
Go to bed early.

Progress, not perfection.

-- movingalong