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.

Monday 19 May 2008

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pro's CI - 10:55pm

I need to get ready for bed - but of course, I want to sit here and install software on my new Smartphone. But I'm brushing my teeth now...

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

saved by the WayBack machine...

...except that it's almost 2am.

I discovered that my favorite "to do" list program has disappeared off the internet - before I could download the latest version. But I got it off the WayBack machine.

I've got to go to bed, but now I'm hungry. Geesh. Gotta get to sleep!!

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

N's check in

I just need to say that I am so powerless over procrastination. I have come to realize that it really is procrastination -- in all sorts of forms -- that I am addicted to. It is about escape.

I also heard in a meeting for another fellowship, the following: "I just find the tiniest shred of willingness to do anything towards my recover and I capitalize on those shreds."

I was willing to post this. Maybe later I will be willing to do more.

Thanks to everyone on here, as always.


For Nan

Hi Nan,

Good to hear from you.  I imagine that was hard to write.  Good for you for finding that spark of willingness and acting on it!  Hope to hear more from you. 


e's almost midnight ci/so

 I had an amazingly good day today, considering that it started off without any sleep and did not feel well at all this morning. For today (tomorrow) no more caffeine, at least not in coffee form Also, I would like to walk to work, and would also like to lower my salt intake again.

The best trade happened with my kids  today: A will cook and I will clean up. It is such a holiday not to have to think about what to make for dinner, and it is great for him to learn more things to cook! So, because he did the early chore and I did the cleanup, the kitchen is... what do you know... CLEAN.  It has taken me 18 years to figure that out.. Also, three loads of laundry are done, the plants are watered, and things are slightly less messy than usual. I am also getting C to dust and dust mop on a daily basis, which is fast and easy and also does not look so yucky if it is not done thoroughly.

It is hot tonight, so I have the AC on for 15 minutes b efore I go to bed.

For tomorrow: briefcase, meet with Prof. D, continue with photos, call Haris, the usual routines, pay bills down....

Goodnight all you good people!

e's good day

A great day!  watch that you cook, I'll clean stuff though lol . . . they can find a way to dirty every dish in the house if they don't have to clean up after themselves!


"The sooner you get behind, the longer you have to catch up." - Steven Wright

lol jo

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M 1:48 PM CI

to do:

- validate quiz correct selection
- q dump in tabs
- q dump -> step through ?s
- q dump -> take a ? - correct/incorrect flow
- q -> track score
- q - lock case
- q edit -> ff fast click bug
- read 25 pp Robinson Crusoe
- read 1 article London Rev. of Books
- clean office
- return dvd
- deposit checks

scarlett CI 12:10 pm EDT

Hey y'all. Was out at a meeting all morning, but I've spent the last hour slacking off. Timer is back on now.

Next CI: 12:45 pm EDT

Ta da:
Eat breakfast
Take pills

To do:
Upload pics
Eat lunch
Set schedule for today
Perf rev *MIT*
Reviews (which?)

10 min tasks:
Update reviews

Become aware of resistance, and let go.


Hi Folks,

Today the main thing I have done is to start posting here again.


wash up and clean up in kitchen
continue filing and sorting files on legal/admin issue
read info on tribunal

Regards Rexroth

re: Rexroth ci

Go for it!  Nice to have you back.  



"The sooner you get behind, the longer you have to catch up." - Steven Wright

kromer 10:25 CI

OK, made breakfast for the house and muffins for rush, so I made some money and took care of my remaining chore hours. Now I need to study and work!

First priority is to email PF about meeting (since I've vowed to meet with him every week). Then, I need to make flyers, walk to campus, and print out the flyers. Then, I want to get some work done on my new research project (2 hrs...look at differences in coreg. expression across tissues, do more detailed analysis of the GO categories, finish reading about biochem of regulation, take notes for mtg). After that's done I'll check in with the lab technician, then work on biochem studying.

 Update 10:33--emailed PF!

kromer 3:20 CI

OK, I emailed PF, made and copied fliers, did some biochem studying, thought a lot about new research project, had meeting with PF and it went quite well (and I told him I'd be gone for a week after graduation...I tend to not tell people I'm going on vacation until a few days before I leave, so this was a really good step for me. )

I need to take notes from the meeting, then email some documents to myself, then go check in with lab tech, and finally walk home so I can continue studying biochem.

Oh, and my MIT for my new research project is to look at coregulator expression across tissues. Once I've done that I'll have finished my 2 hrs of research project work for the day.  

kromer 7:10 CI bad luck

Lab tech was I had to do a bunch of lab work, and just now got home. This means I won't have quite as much time for studying as I would like, so I need to be efficient.

I'm going to spend the next 20 minutes going over protein translation, then have dinner.  

Lark at 9:28 am

Good morning everyone. I've been in a funk lately. If anyone has any suggestions on how they get out of one, please share them. The kitty box needs changed, and i've been putting it off for a few days. Can't figure out why I've been doing that. I don't think I have demand resistance toward the cat! Some really good business oppoertunities are on my horizon (real blessings), and I've been bulking. Does anyone else do this in the face of success? I need some help.
For now:
work project A (small one)
get supplies
kitty box
section of work project B
check in here this afternoon

Those cats just keep making messes, don't they?

the kitty box needs changed, and i've been putting it off for a few days.

Heh. My litter boxes are also in need of changing.

I have a hard time getting out of funks, as well. Reaching out to others, as you're doing here, is one good step. Do you work with timers? You could try setting one for 5 min and see how long it takes you to change the litter pan. Or set one for 15 min for your work project, then reward yourself by making some tea or stretching or something (you might want to set a timer for your break, too).

Good luck today, hang in there and go easy on yourself.

I've been bulking. Does anyone else do this in the face of success?

Oh, definitely.

Become aware of resistance, and let go.

Kitty box time, Lark @ 5:22pm

Thanks Scarlett. Sometimes I put off the most simple things. Adding more kitty litter is barely a temporary solution--but no need to go there. I have a little plastic kitchen timer, but sometimes it weighs so much, and that dial is so complicated! I'm pretty close to the "big time" for the first time lately, and I'm scared, so I procrastinate. Seems maybe I should just be successful one dcay at a time. Sounds bizarre, huh?

do as i say, not as i do

Of course, after I posted that wonderful advice, I didn't take any of it! Slacked off all day and evening, and yep - didn't scoop the litter pans last night.

Oh well...

Become aware of resistance, and let go.

following own advice

i have trouble following my own advice, too. There was a post somewhere here on procrastinators being experts on solutions to procrastination, but not using any of them.


well, we have to laugh at ourselves, right folks?

laughing at ourselves

I remember a song intro on a live Indigo Girls cd where Amy Ray or Emily told a self-deprecating story and then said, "You have to laugh at yourself because otherwise you'll cry your eyes out."

So true. Sometimes I do both simultaneously!

Become aware of resistance, and let go.

own advice

I can think of a goodly number of folks who've followed my advice and done well, but for me, ugh! Thank goodness we have each others' advice to use here.


It is bizarre, but it makes total sense to me. It helps me to 'let go and let God' when I am afraid. If I put the responsibility for being anxious in my Higher Power's hands, then I can relax and just do the next thing. 

re: funk

i've been struggling this morning too. In fact this is probably procrastination for me. So i'll make this quick.

I think everyone has to find their own answers. I can only share what's going on in my life. Today, eg, my plan to stay on task is the "get back up on the horse" plan. Every 20-40 min, when i snap out of my distraction, i post here or in chat and try again. That's the best i have right now. It doesnt work in keeping me from getting distracted. but it does work in limiting my distraction to a few episodes, rather than inflating to an entire day or more.

For my internal motivation i use the 12 steps

Journey 9:15

Good morning!  I did NOT go to bed early as planned.  The kids were very late arriving so they stayed late, and then it took me an hour to unwind after playing chase and tickle with the grandkid!  He's so adorable, although he's rapidly approaching the terrible twos and learning to pitch fits to get his way lol. 

Anyway, here I am at work.  I've read, but not processed, email.  I have some MITs in mind but I haven't written them down yet.  I have a 9:30 conference call, but I don't really have to participate, I can just listen.  So during the meeting, I'll process email and set my MITs. 

First on the agenda: coffee.  I have to be back in 7 minutes for the conference call, so here I go.   Have a productive and enjoyable day everyone!  


"Stay on target!"  - from Gwen D., aka Gold Leader

Journey 10:23 - and updates throughout the work day

10:20 Well, I did NOT use my time wisely during the conference call.  I surfed the net instead.  I blame the coffeepot.  It was empty.  I have another conference call in 5 minutes.  going to check the coffeepot again!  back at 11. 

10:30 Got the last cup, and unlike the slug before me, I made a fresh pot.

10:55 Email all read and processed.  This is getting to be a habit.  My personal email inbox is getting near empty too.  I'm still working on the snail mail.  I'm creating a new pile at home.  Will address that on Wednesday.   Next on the agenda is setting MITs for what's left of the day. 

11:15 mits are set.  15 minute break!

11:35 break over, trouble ticket to work on now

11:50 didn't see anything going on with the OS so tossed the ticket to the group that supports the s/w product.  Off to Toastmasters.

1:00 pm back from Toastmasters.  fun meeting today.  Tm is one of those things that I always dread and try to get out of, but when I get there I have a great time.  go figure.  check email, then 15 min. break.  Eat my fruit while reading the news online.

1:20 Break over.  Now where did I put that list of MITs?  Next, submit my time from the weekend and do my turnover to the next person on call.  Back before 2 pm.

1:45 that's done.  next I need to do one last very boring and tedious on call duty. First, I'm going to eat my lunch, so one more 15-20 min. break.  then check back.

2:10 the tedious task is next.

3:50 after 45 minutes of avoidance behavior (getting water, going to the ladie's room, combing my hair, checking my makeup, etc., etc., but NOT surfing at least lol) I finally got to work on the tedious task and got it knocked out.  Next, check on the IP address change. 

3:55 sent email about the ip address, and asked if we can meet in the am and discuss.  Now, review the doc that T. sent about OPM.

 5 pm I'm really tired and not making much sense of the above doc.  I have one of those dumb online courses that I have to take by the end of the month, so I'm going to work on that for 1/2 hour then go home.

tonight, pick up dinner, dd is doing the dishes and I don't think I'll do any chores tonight, just go to bed early. 


"The sooner you get behind, the longer you have to catch up." - Steven Wright

c ci 8:35am & 9am

Chatted w/ SO this morning.
Browsed this site.
Checked home email.
Now it's time to check work email and set MITs.

[edit 9am]: work email revealed nothing actionable, so i procrastinated. dang. Back on horse to set MITs. I feel resistance so i'm going to chat.

Edge's CI - 8:20AM


Quick list. Will be adding to it.

x wake up 8am
- finish tidying room
- vacuum and dust room
- Oxy
- bh:ap
- clean outside bathroom
- shower
- morning med 1
- morning med 2
- 2:40pm head out for test (don't forget official papers and pens)
- wash litter boxes
- evening med 1
- evening med 2

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

Edge's CI - 1:12PM

x wake up 8am
x finish tidying room
x vacuum and dust room
x Oxy
x bh:ap
x shower
x morning med 1
- morning med 2
- buy credit
- 2:40pm head out for test (don't forget official papers and pens)
- wash litter boxes
- study biz
- evening med 1
- evening med 2

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

Edge's CI - 6:44PM

One exam down, three more to go :-)

x wake up 8am
x finish tidying room
x vacuum and dust room
x Oxy
x bh:ap
x shower
x morning med 1
- morning med 2
x buy credit
x 2:40pm head out for test (don't forget official papers and pens)
- wash litter boxes
- study biz
- evening med 1
- evening med 2

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