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Friday, June 20th, 2008

Up too late

Procrastinating on bedtime!  MIT: go to bed NOW.

Good night, everyone! 


Recycler CI 10pm EST

Hi Snoopy & Pro Buddies!

It's a late CI for me, but I had an appt tonight, then several of my other boards had a lot of news.

Today: walked, stretched, work, got projects done, answered questions for others, paid bill. Therapist, surfed net when got home.

Have stayed up too late, so Off To Bed!

Have a great night, everyone! :)


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

RitaE 1:43 pm

I've been procrastinating. Made my 7 am meeting then took a sponsee to breakfast, farmer's market, saw a pottery shop we just had to check out, then there was an art gallery next door and the artist was this amazing person and we just talked and talked, and talked, and...sigh.  Pulled in the drive at 11 and realized I forgot milk. Back out. Caved into 3 garage sales on the way home.  Fed pets, fed me a bit, chatted with Husband, read my email...all as though I did NOT have any MITs such as a 52-page document that will take 3 hours minimum to edit that is due TODAY.

What the heck is wrong with me? Arrgh. OK, enough. Less angst. More action:

  • search remaining email only for MIT-related stuff. Leave the rest alone!  DONE
  • Go eat a decent lunch, DONE
  • Continue editing DIY at the dining room table. If Husband turns on the TV, take it outside (good excuse to put on swimsuit!). OBSTACLES HERE ONWARD.
  • Transfer edits into the Word version and email to team.
  • Reward thyself!  20 minutes sunshine or (if it's raining) gaming.
  • Start Module 2 of DWS course edits.
  • Then Module 3.
  • Dinner
  • Schedule STATUS updates, billing.
  • Relax.


Got a little editing done but sponsee crisis and two overlooked MITs became urgent. Then I carefully re-read an email from my proj mgr and realized the editing may be moot - made three calls to find out but no one knows and she is not available. Have to stop now and take sponsee to her weekend jail sentence.  Pause for a moment of gratitude.  Plan now is to resume editing when I return. If it's moot, I still get paid, so why am I balking?? sheesh.

'prolly that durned demand resistance - love that term. Much nicer than "Queen Baby Control Freak Who Wants What I Want When I Want It!"  :-)


I just didn't do well today. Procrasinated from the start - actually was already starting the pattern last night, and it just jept getting worse. I am powerless over procrastination and my life has become unmanageable. Praying Steps 2 and 3 tonight., seeking serenity to accept what I cannot change: the last 24 hours...courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know....

For RitaE

Hi RitaE,

You're already going in the right direction -- being brave enough to post here, acknowledging & letting go of the past day, concentrating on what you can do next, and praying to get centered and refocused. 

Tomorrow is a brand new day, and you'll be off to a great start.   


Falcon CI Friday

Hi all,

I spent the morning sleeping in and relaxing with a book.  So I guess I'm well rested & don't have any excuse not to get things done now.

MIT for today: The Paperwork.  Cue horror movie soundtrack of screaming!  The dread!  The angst!  The agony!  The tsuris!  

Next up: take a shower, get dressed, then check in here before starting on the hideous, creeping terror that is. . . The Paperwork!


Falcon CI w/garlic

O.k., I have my garlic, some silver bullets, and a stake to stab through its demonic heart.  I'm going to spend 20 minutes with my mortal enemy and see what I can get done. If I don't return, you'll know that it has dragged me down into a bottomless hell where it will torment me for all eternity.  Well, either that or I'm procrastinating. Wink



Not... Not... the PAPERWORK! NOOOOOOOO! Don't do it, Falcon! Its.. evil... it lurks on flat surfaces causing massive amounts of guilt... it is insidious, like poison ivy... just when you think you have got it all, new bits appear, as if it was just waiting for you to relax.... overdue bills... late traffic tickets, awaiting compounded fines....and worst of all, old taxes.... (shiver)

It is said that if you are wary, check in frequently, and don't do it alone, that some people have been known to reduce their pile...but, I think that is merely rumor....

Thanks, e!

Thanks for cracking me up!  I needed that since. . . good news, I put in 30 minutes, tracked down some missing info and balanced my checkbook.  But bad news, I'm overspending and I'm not sure how (think it may be a combination of things) so I'm not happy about my finances right now, especially since solving the problem will doubtless mean even more Paperwork.

And The Pile is sitting there gloating at me and waiting to pounce with some hidden, lurking, probably overdue expense (for some reason, there are never large uncashed checks hiding in there!)  }:-)

Next up: spend 10 minutes tidying my place, then spend another 20 minutes cautiously approaching a flat surface and warily poking at the unspeakable Things that dwell there. 


Falcon - ha!

You're right, e, it's the spawn of the devil, and there is no escaping its clutches!

I did something I'd been putting off for months -- called about rolling over some money from one account to another -- a death-defying feat that took nerves of steel because it involved both Paperwork AND making a phone call.  The fellow on the other end of the line was very nice and answered my question right away, and is going to mail me some. . . PAPERWORK!

Next up: calm my shattered nerves, check the mirror for new white hairs, and fortify myself with some lunch.    Smile


lol falc

much appreciated grins here!

crackin me up

I logged in all heavy about the day and how I've already procrastinated and blown the morning...then I see this great exchange and just got a big blast of gratitude for y'all.  Thanks for getting me outta my own head (or whatever)!:grin:

c ci

had talk w/ boss about "focus". Wrote my development plan for work. My "area to grow"? "focus". I noticed and reported to boss that when i have a plan of what work i have to do each day, to get something done in 1 or 2 weeks, it helps me focus. That plan provides feedback that if i dont get X done today, then i wont be able to get Y done tomorrow, etc.

The other component i need is re-scheduling X,Y,Z when i wind up not getting X done as planned. Either due to procrastination or because it was harder than planned. Usually i feel guilty and hide. But i should rather boldly admit the truth and reschedule. Because if i do, in the end, i'll have more letters completed.

Well, now i have to go get X done ;)

c ci - dread

started dreaded task. using music and this post. blegh.

done! just 5 min. easy (yeah right!)

c ci - procrastinating

ok i'm really finding little diddly "things to do" instead of doing my next MIT. This MIT seems ... messy.

lol i did a couple more diddly things DURING the edit of this post. hrm.

11:30. Work on it, no matter what, for 15 min, then check back. Here goes nothing. I'm divin in.

c ci - time block worked

not fair tho. SO called *from the store* with a question. I had to take 10-15 to do that.

25 min of working.

Now, scary as it may sound, 5 min break.

(yes i've decided to reply to myself rather than edit here)

c ci - cheered

what fun. falcon slaying paperwork dragons. wee hee.

i have 2.25 hrs to work on my MIT 1 and peek at MITs 2..N for any 'do now's.

c ci - done

well i worked MIT 1 very hard. I am 15 min late to next thing (soft deadline). Gotta glance at other MITs for do nows tho.

That was easy: no do nows.

Now pray to set my perspective for the eve. This might hurt a bit...

Hi Clement

Hi Clement,

Sounds like you did good things today. . . had an honest & productive meeting with your boss, focused on your MIT, and made time for prayer and reflection.  I hope the perspective-setting turned out to be painless! 


tx falcon

Your encouragement does just that: encourages me. Tx.

That perspective-setting prayer and the next one after that (or shld i say perspective-receiving prayers) were not that painful. I'm fine by that. But they still worked. I had a good eve there.

Haven't posted because big pre-planned events this weekend, but reading site now...

...altho i have to do an MIT i decided upon...

Journey 9 am

Hello friends!  I haven't been posting a lot this week because I'm *gasp* doing ok.  Off to set my MITs for the day.  My focus lately is learning to do better at planning my day and better estimating the amount of time a task will take.  Largely due to this forum, I'm getting MUCH more work done, but not always the right things.

Have an enjoyable and productive day everyone! 


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

Lark @ 9:00am, 1:24pm

Hello everyone. I hope you're all doing well. Work has been a little rough lately, and things have been pretty good "on paper". Cash flow is slowing and bills are mounting, so next week will be focused on work which pays quickly, if not very well. I've put off a couple of projects lately for patient clients and I want to keep things going well with them down the road, so to speak. Several errands today, ugh.
To do:
(X)spiritual time
(X)house cleaning swoop
put basket of clothing away
(X)clean bathroom (that's where visitors go first!)
(X)get the correct sand for work
(X)call and calm client A
call and schedule client B
help friend with her project
(X)go to car dealership about car
(X)check in here

Edge's CI - 3:45PM

Hello everyone :-)

It's been a while since I've logged on here - haven't been doing so great, needed time to sort some things out, etc. Glad to be back though :-) Hope everyone's been doing well.

MIT for now is finishing Ice's database project.

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

hi edge

welcome back. I've missed your cheerful posts. But i'd like to hear from you even if you're not in a cheerful mood.

I always feel myself that when i come back to post, things have already started getting better. Hope you feel better and better.

Thanks, Clement!

I'm slowly getting there, heh :grin:

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

Good to see you Edge!

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

Thanks, Journey!

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

kromer 7:45 CI

OK, 15 minutes late checking in, but not terrible.

I'm going to start the day by doing some chores...sweeping, mopping, and sorting mail. Should take me about 1.5 hrs, back when I'm done.


kromer 9:35 CI

OK, done.

Now I need to get ready to leave for work.

Specific tasks: tidy room, email work document+house contract+picts, pack up backpack, make lunch, bike to work (and try to buy a bike map on the way), try to get library privileges+building access on my card, check in again.

kromer 11:20 CI

Did all of the above, plus copied house contracts.

Next up:
*Confirm rent amt.
*Figure out what I need to talk to Carol about
*Talk to Carol
*Lab mtg 12-1
*Try out card key, talk to admin. if it doesn't work
*Check back in

kromer 12:55 CI

All of the above done (carol suggested a mtg with another person, so I've set that up for early next week.)

I've mostly been doing fairly mindless work today...they all needed to get done, but I sometimes have a tendancy to avoid hard tasks with mindless ones. So I'm going to stop doing chores/admin tasks and dedicate the next hour to thinking. I'm going to spend 30 min brainstorming about how to use data from TF activation assay/questions I need answered. Then I'm going to spend 30 minutes trying to answer those questions. Then, at 2 I'll check in and then get back to admin. tasks. 

kromer 2 CI

OK, spent 30 min brainstorming and 30 min researching. (My focus wasn't perfect, but it was pretty good).

While my mind is on this, I want to get a few more tasks done on this TF activation array project:
*Read over 5-page FAQ (DONE)
*Get a list of papers that use this technology (don't need to read them yet, just want to find them) (DONE, took forever)
*When Carol gets back, ask if anyone has called tech support about DNA seqs

This should take about 30-40 min all together

Then, I'll move on to unrelated admin tasks:
*Help AL convert names to Refseq IDs (45 min)
*Replace PFAM links on website (20 min)
*Look at types of modifiers that interact with coregulators (30-40 min)

I'll update as a go through these tasks, and check in with another list of tasks when I'm all done with these.

Hi everyone

I posted here a couple months ago and unfortunetly wasn't able to keep up my posting. I've made several excuses since then as to why I shouldn't continuing visiting the site. So, I'm back and hopefully I'll stick around longer this time. :) I'll be posting more today, but I just wanted to say something now, so I can hold myself accountable. Thanks.

hi mandain

that's the idea! I do that myself often: just post to put a steak in the ground. It seems to work for me. Hope it does for you.

Welcome back Mandain

Keep posting!  

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


 welcome back!


e's Friday

A decent beginning: one son us up at graduation rehearsal, the other woke up early (because school is out, go figure, any other day I would be pulling teeth to get him out of bed!)

Doctor's appointment kept.

Packing time, again.

picked up packet from college

took meds, ate breakfast, showered....

mission: do not allow myself to watch more than one House episode....