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.

Saturday 23 August 2008

  1. Visualization:
    Plan what to do, then imagine yourself doing it. The more specific and
    vivid your visualization, the better. See yourself doing the task, and
    doing it well.

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Recycler CI 8pm EST

Hi Visualite Pro Buddies!

Hugs to all those affected by Fay!

Today: Continuing Education course. Passed qualifying entrance exam for professionalization society :) Yay! :) Felt very happy so had a wonderful drive home :) Next: checking in on computer. Start getting ready for bed, while doing a few small things around the house :) Talk to you later! :)

Have a great night, everyone! :)


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

douglas visiting

Hello everyone,

It's been a long time. I am here to say I am daily overcoming and winning in my fight with procrastination.

Be encouraged. While I know I must daily stand and resist the temptation to put thing off, I must also say, that nothing feels as good as winning against the monster of procrastination. I'm doing well and going forward... love to you all.



Nice to see you Douglas!

Glad you are doing well.  You're one of our success stories. 

You make a very good point when you remind us that it is a daily struggle.  One day at a time!  

Thanks for stopping by!



"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." - Douglas Adams

Hey Douglas :)

Hey Douglas :)

Glad you are hanging in there! :)

Talk to you later! :)


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

Journey 3:30 Update 4:50

Home from the grocery store, and unloaded car. Taking a 5 minute break then going to put away the groceries.

Update 4:50 Well, I finally got the groceries all put away.  Nothing like making a 30 minute task last an hour and a half.  Now it's almost time to start dinner.  I still want to clean up the kitchen and fold some laundry before work tonight.  I should only have have to work a couple of hours.  


"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." - Douglas Adams

Falcon CI Saturday

Hi everyone,

Some goals for this weekend:

Clean the apartment to a point where I wouldn't be embarrassed to have people over.  Embarassed

Get some down time & meditate/practice/sleep/let my brain sort itself

Beat paperwork into some kind of shape 

Answer some personal ads

Call L.

Maybe email T.

Today next:

  • Shower & color hair
  • Put in a load of laundry
  • Eat lunch
  • Plan rest of weekend
  • Go get haircut


re:beating the paperwork into shape

  I'm picturing Falcon turning paperwork into papier mache and sculpting with it!


"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." - Douglas Adams

lol jo

that is inspirational: next time I face my pile I am going to make little origami pteradactyls! 

Falcon CI with a plan

O.k., here's the plan,

I should be back from my haircut by 5:30ish.  The plan then is to eat dinner and be done with that by 6:30.


  • Put in load of laundry
  • Spend 40 minutes cleaning -- start ANYWHERE
  • Hang laundry or put in dryer
  • Answer 1 personal ad, then GET OFF the COMPUTER (except to visit this site)
  • Spend 20 minutes sorting paperwork

With any luck, that will leave me half an hour or so of time to goof off before going to bed early.

I have a couple of things I want to look up online, so I'm going to do that now, so I'll have less temptation to wander in cyberspace this evening. 


Falcon evening CI

Hi all,

I'm running later than planned -- had some email to answer when I got home.  But am about to eat dinner and will shoot for tackling the laundry, etc. by 7:00 or maybe before.

I like the papier mache idea!  Maybe I could turn some of those papers into something useful (like a nice wastepaper basked for the rest of the papers. . .) 


Falcon CO

Hi all,

O.k. . . my body and brain are telling me I need rest.  A friend called, and I got the dishes done while talking with her.  But I don't feel like I have the mental or physical oomph at the moment to focus on my other tasks.

I think I'm going to forgo going to my class tomorrow.  Much as I love it, it takes a chunk of my day and leaves me physically tired for the rest of the day.  I'll try to get in an extra class one evening this week; that will make for a slightly more stressful week, but I'll have a three-day weekend to recover (with no classes anyway over Labor Day weekend.)

And that way I can at least get a little of my list o' stuff done.  

Next up: get something to drink; brush my teeth & put on pjs; do some practice/meditation; go to bed.

Good night! 



Journey 12:30

Finanlly ready to go to the grocery store . . . not even sure where the morning went!  I did get my car cleaned out and got the grocery list made so I guess that's not so bad.  

CHeck back when I get home from the store . . . I'm always tired when I get home from food shopping and it's easy to sit down in front of the computer or tv screen and just zone out.  

Later gators!  Those of you in Florida hope you really are not having to deal with gators.


"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." - Douglas Adams

Agnus checking in 10:55, 11:35; 12:15;

Good morning, PA-Pals!  J and I are relaxing in a South Carolina hotel.  We are on our way home at last. Thanks for everyone's warm wishes during the last couple of very troubling weeks.

My first MIT is to have some prayer/meditation time (Step 11) and review the day with my Higher Power.  I'll set the timer for 15 minutes on that, and check back at 11:10 with next MITs and hope-to-do's.

DONE - though it took longer because a sponsee called and then after, when I settled into my Step 11 and prayed for honesty, I realized I needed to do some writing and make a phone call...which I did. Next MIT: plan lunch and dinner breaks today along I95. Giving myself 15 minutes on timer for this.

DONE - everything seems to be taking about twice as long as I expect today! I had to run down to the car and search for some things in order to complete that MIT. Next MITs:

  • Make my salad for lunch - DONE
  • Spend 20 minutes researching Dad's diagnosis online
  • Schedule a task to find out my SELP status
  • Start packing stuff up - DONE
  • Begin the 7-hour drive home. Hope that one doesn't take twice as long as expected ! :-)

AG ci 1 pm - and thanks falcon!

  • Make my salad for lunch - DONE
  • Spend 20 minutes researching Dad's diagnosis online - DONE
  • Schedule a task to find out my SELP status - DONE, emailed my sisters what I learned, and added a task for Monday to research what advocacy exists around the issues. I'm taking this on!
  • Start packing stuff up - DONE
  • Begin the 7-hour drive home. Hope that one doesn't take twice as long as expected ! Smiling  - We are checking out now and packing the car. Probably won't check in again today as we will be on the road and then collapsing at home. Have a good Saturday, PA-Pals!  Thanks for being here.

Cheers for Agnus

Hi Agnus,

Just checking in after a few days away from the site, and read your account of coping with your father's situation.

It sounds like you're coping really well with a very tough situation.  I'm impressed that you were so aware of the need to channel your anger (which you had every right to feel!) in a positive way.

Be gentle with yourself, and take care. 


Journey 10 am, somewhere north of hurricane Fay

Good morning!  I hope everyone is having an enjoyable and productive weekend, and getting in some guilt-free relaxation time too.

We're feeling some effects from Hurricane Fay, so it's cloudy, windy, and cool.  It would be a nice day to just crawl back into bed and listen to the wind.  

I have done my 20-minute day starter, and I have my list of MITs for the day.  The first thing I need to to is go to the car and get my work bag, computer, and gym bags.  Then, I need to review yesterday's task list and see if I'm forgetting anything that I planned to do this weekend.

I started on my grocery list but I need to update it with the help of the notes and the grocery ad . . . and they are in the car . . . sigh.

I wanted to start creating my new habit, going to bed on time (9:30) and getting up on time (4:30).  I know that sounds early but my objective is to be at the gym every weekday at 5:15.  I don't go to the gym on weekends, but I figure it'll be easier to have a regular schedule. 

So, what did I do last night?  Stayed up late and then slept late this morning lol!  I'm working tonight, so it won't happen tonight either.  I'll shoot for Monday. 

What was that old song?   lyrics say something like "I tried to make it Sunday, but I got so damn depressed, that I set my sights on Monday, and got myself undressed'.  I'm not crazy about the song, but that one line is haunting.  

Anyway, I'm rambling, so here goes nothing.  Off to the car to unload all my crap.



"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." - Douglas Adams

Lark at 8:43am, 4:16pm

Happy Saturday everyone. I hope your weeks are ending well. There are still some loose ends around here.
(X)morning routine
(X)spiritual (not me) time
(X)finish yesterday's work project
(X)finish this morning's project
(X)return movie
(X)reduce size of pile on table
sweep workshop and walkways
(X)check in this afternoon

kromer 8 CI

I feel really behind on work/packing/getting ready for school, I'm just going to remember to take one thing at a time.

The really important thing to do today is *pack*--I can use tomorrow if I need it, but I'd really like to get out of my room today. Tasks:
*Sort papers/discard unnecessary so they all fit in 2 containers
*Pack up desk stuff
*repair clothes
*Pack up remaining few things
*Label boxes/suitcases w/name, date, contents
*Take some clothes to salvation army and coins to coinstar
*Vacuum and dust room
*Clean out my food in kitchen
*Call Gerrie about moving help (left a message)
*Clean soda cans out of drawer in lab, dust off desk
*Take out trash

Other things I'd like to get done (these are only if they fit around moving/packing)
*Call IA
*Finish yesterday's work MIT (brainstorming)
*Spend and hour writing out research philosophy/noting down what I want in an advisor and lab
*Deal with WM errors

I'm going to start with laundry, then by dealing with desk stuff, then repairing clothing. Back when those tasks are done.

Update 9:25--laundry in dryer, desk stuff dealt with. Decided to deal with everything but papers, *then* repair clothing. Back in a couple hours.

Update 10:40--dealt with most of the non-paper stuff+started to clean. I'm getting really sick of this, so I'm going to take a break/have a snack, then fold laundry and spend 20 more min packing, then take coins to coinstar.

Update 2:45--folded laundry, repaired clothes, packed a little more, went to coinstar, had lunch, took a break. Next I'm going to call Gerrie (grr, phone calls make me so nervous, even when they're to someone nice who's offered to help me move), then head to campus to drop off clothes, clean out soda cans/dust desk, leave suitcase at friends' apt., then call IA. Back when all of those are done (perhaps with some intermediate check-ins if I need motivation)

Update 5:20--called IA, left suitcase, dropped off suitcases, called Gerrie and left a message, started labeling boxes. Now I'm in lab and am going to dust off desk, take soda cans and sort papers.

Update 7:20--talked to Gerrie, cleaned out lab, walked home and had dinner. Now I'm going to finish packing, label, carry my stuff downstairs, take out trash and vacuum.

Ritva in the morning

It is soon 10 am and I have done nothing except had brekfast made by my husband. He has also made the beds and put dishes into dishwasher.

to do

- pick up berries

- make lunch

-iron for 15 minutes

- declutter living room for 15 minutes