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.

How to Stop worrying and Start Living - Dale Carnegie

Wow, I bought this book because I tend to suffer from pretty serious anxiety episodes. And my procrastination is closely related to most of them. All that time spent worrying about something is time I spend NOT working on it. I was very surprised to start reading this book and find out that starting with the first chapter (Live in "day-tight compartments") what helped me with worry also significantly helps with my procrastination.

Here is an excerpt that I found particularly useful:

"I want you to think about your life as an hourglass...thousands of grains pass slowly and evenly thru the narrow neck in the middle. Nothing you or I do could do would make more than one grain of sand pass thru this narrow neck without impairing the hourglass...When we we start in the morning, there are hundreds of tasks which we feel we must accomplish that day, but if we do not take them one at a time and let them pass through the day slowly and evenly, as do the grains sands passing thru the narrow neck of the hourglass, then we are bound to break our own physical or mental structure."

I strongly recommend it.

tasks thru the hourglass

wow. That's a great analogy. That's exactly what i feel like i'm working on in my life. Take one task at a time--meaning let the others lie there, undone, while you work on one. That's hard/new for me.

This quote creates a very helpful image in my mind to help me do this.

Thanks isa!

focus on one thing at a time

I have a hard time with this too.  Not to mention just sitting still for more than an hour drives me insane.


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