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.

Tuesday 11th November 2008

bismillah ir-rahman ir-rahim
In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate.

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Monica CO - 10:30 pm


To Do:
[x] CI
[x] Clear email
[x] Devotional time
[x] Shower & dress to shoes
[x] Scrub one shower wall
[x] Make bed
[x] Shine sink & clean kitchen
[x] Clean hot-spots (bedroom chair & areas near my side of the bed)
[x] Put away folded laundry sitting in baskets
[x] Scrub family bath tub for son’s bath tonight
[x] Call Dr. Wallace
[x] Cook dinner
[x] Clean up kitchen after dinner
[x] Help son with homework
[x] Give son a bath
[x] Layout outfit for me and my son for tomorrow
[x] Review Calendar and make new CI list for tomorrow
[x] Put clothes I wore today in the hamper (not on the floor by my bed, like I usually do)
[x] CO

If I can't do it perfectly, I'll do it anyway. If I can't do it all, I'll do some. If I do nothing, nothing gets done.

"I don't feel like it" is a poor excuse for sacrificing your dreams.

Monica's picture

Thanks for the Encouragement

Thanks for the encouragement guys. It was hard and the day didn't go by with out a few bouts of procrastination but I kept pressing on. I wanted to quit a few times but I kept countering the stinkin' thinkin' with "Yes I Can!" The end of the day finally came and I was able to say "Yes I did." :grin:

You were awesome!

In your present moment yesterday, you did all that was necessary and also shared great wisdom. I know you're gonna' be present today and accomplish as much stuff as you did yesterday. "A change is here"!



Wow Monica!

You got a lot done today! Congrats! :)

Recycler CI 8:45pm EST

Hi Pro Buddies!

Today: straightened areas of new condo, took out trash, brought items from rental condo to new condo. Showered at gym & got ready for work. Accomplished projects in morning, including transporting and shipping a challenging-to-me package. Paid online bills & did errands during lunch. Did other projects in afternoon. After work did volunteer activity. Ate late dinner after getting home. Next: try to do a couple more things before going to sleep.

Have a great night, everyone! :)


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

Convalalria and consequences

 Procrastination has consequences and after almost a lifetime of engaging in behaviour that is destructive and sort of 'getting away with it ' I am now in deep, deep trouble.  The tactics being used in the process are dirty. I have counter arguments. In my soul I know that the process is justified. I suspect (really I know) that the intention is to dispense with my services. 
I want to survive in my profession and I want to do an adequate job.  There are things I need to do in the next 3 weeks.  I am not sure If I have enough time and enough strength and the consequences will still hang over me if I do accomplish the tasks of the next 3 weeks.

The only step I have accomplished is:

"Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves."

Everything else is either too nebulous or too difficult.


  • call work
  • make appointment with dr
  • call J
  • call and speak with R
  • go to appointments with dr and G
  • shower, dress, medicate
  • walk doggy
  • work for 1 hour and break for 1 hour
  • work on work in chat box
  • call P
  • call M
  • email G

starting Now


"Recovery from procrastination means doing what you say you're going to do, when you say you're going to do it."

Convalaria at 1.39pm



  • call work
  • make appointment with dr
  • call J
  • call and speak with R
  • go to appointments with dr and G
  • shower, dress, medicate
  • walk doggy
  • work for 1 hour and break for 1 hour  not really doing this but have had lunch and a drink and have exercised the animal.
  • work on work in chat box  doing this but making very slow progress
  • call P
  • call M
  • email G still to do


  • will work on some other, faster grading for 1 hour
  • change and visit G the therapist
  • stop by accountant and sign papers

onwards I hope

Day is gone.
Not sufficient grading done.
Will take cool bath to cool down and will try working again.

Check in before ia go to bed

7.49 trying to save the evening and the day

  • bath taken
  • Grade for 45 minutes
  • 15 minutes break and housework
  • chexk in

"Recovery from procrastination means doing what you say you're going to do, when you say you're going to do it."

Wishing you

Wishing you strength


Sammy ci :: 3:40

Hello everyone.

Today is a long day for me...not much on the "to do" list, since i'm in class basically from 7:30 am until 10pm today.

Happy Tuesday! 

drun C.I., 1:45pm EST

Made some progress this morning/afternoon.

MIT #1: -- nv appl -- try to get 2nd SouthC. xript.
-- get my xcripts scanned. (found options).

MIT #2: --ck activities, poss call or em nv.

MIT #3: --work on completing next step prob. written statements. (determined 2 next steps: -written statement and C.L.).

-- email to MR on rec req. from ed.

Thanks, and best to all on your tasks ...

ScottK CI 11:54

11:54? Hey, at least it's before noon.

I actually have been quasi-productive today, but that'll fizzle out if I don't check in here. So here's the list for the rest of the day:

1) Ship amazon book
2) Contact Brunswick
3) Draft Mt. Michael release
4) Contact Highland ISD
5) Contact Buckeye
6) Burn Archive to Disk
7) Write ISTE Release
8) Contact Adobe

Thank you again, everybody, for being here. 

chick CI

Most of today was scheduled, so no question about which UTs and ITs to choose. I was fully present and positive.


Now, an unexpected vet trip shortly, then food
,done: I am much better than I used to be at making nice things from what's in the cupboard in stead of takeaways. but I'm checking in to see if I can set a few goals to make my evening time as focussed (whether on tasks, or real good time-off) as I have done with the first morning hours. Did this! :D


Thanks, y'all, for being here and inspiring me with your progress and your honesty.

GeorgeSmiley 11 AM and updates

Been working about 90 minutes so far.

I got to bed very late last night because of my part-time job, so I slept later this AM than usual. 

I had a phone conference scheduled for 9:30; the caller was 15 minutes late, which led me to just sort of dither rather than plunge into something--anything--that could fill the time until the call came.

Now I've been dithering more for the last 25 minutes since I began this entry.

MIT#1: Project P-0901

Update 1:30 PM

Sent a couple of emails to potential contacts for P-0901, and also did a little online research, but mostly paralyzed right now.

In the meantime, errands (car repair, trip to PO forgetting it was closed today), lunch.

Starting again.







The Hero's Code:

Show up. Pay Attention. Speak the Truth. Let Go of the Outcome.

Hope Faith CI 10:20

Just getting up and getting started for the day. I spent a night of time bingeing (worked until 4:30am) getting my childrens Christmas List together, window shopping on-line for the best prices.......

My kids and I both splet in late so I have enough sleep under my belt to be able to function as usual today. We are off today for Veterans Holiday.

WOW we have a busy crew here today, it is so wonderful to read all of the positive enegry that is moving through this community. WE ARE DOING IT. -Chotrain.


  • CI 1:40
  • CI 2:45 Losing steam - lack of sleep take - take a 15min break and get a snack
  • CI 5:15 got a little side tracked, actually I took a nap. Tried from a late night. I am know back at.


  • Wash 3 loads of clothes - I got behind but it is ok, 1 more load to do
  • Feed Animals
  • Wash sheets 1st set washing, 2nd set washing and in dryer
  • Load dishwasher
  • Clean out top of closet in kids room
  • Box up kids items in bedroom in progress, still in progress
  • Supper In the oven
  • Fold and put away clothes
  • Make Bed
  • Home Work Starts son's reading program
  • Get clothes out for tomorrow
  • Work on lesson plans
  • Update living life




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Monica CI - 9:35 am

I’m home all day today so I should be able to get a lot done. We’ll see.

All the best,

To Do:
[x] CI
[x] Clear email
[] Devotional time
[] Shower & dress to shoes
[] Scrub one shower wall
[] Make bed (this may not happen, husband is sick in bed)
[] Shine sink & clean kitchen
[] Clean hot-spots (bedroom chair & areas near my side of the bed)
[] Put away folded laundry sitting in baskets
[] Scrub family bath tub for son’s bath tonight
[] Call Dr. Wallace
[] Cook dinner
[] Clean up kitchen after dinner
[] Help son with homework
[] Give son a bath
[] Layout outfit for me and my son for tomorrow
[] Review Calendar and make new CI list for tomorrow
[] CO

If I can't do it perfectly, I'll do it anyway. If I can't do it all, I'll do some. If I do nothing, nothing gets done.

"I don't feel like it" is a poor excuse for sacrificing your dreams.

I want to start studying at

I want to start studying at 10 to ensure I have time for everything that needs to be done before class.

Till then, I'm going to do:

--morning chores
--quiet meditation
--GSG work

My work is cut out for me the rest of the day.



Agnus check-in 8:45 a.m., 4pm, 4:45pm, 9:20pm finale

Really busy day today - I want to read the new forum topics - they sound really interesting - but need to schedule it for the end of the day.  Asking HP to help me stay focused and be productive. Hope everyone has a God-blessed day!

  • Update Quicken and post to coach
  • other stuff for coach
  • find presentation for HI AP and emal CL
  • pack webinar results, laptop, lunch and forward phone; take J to Dr
  • create grsrts webinar
  • analyze TA2 webinar results; discuss emerging issues w/ KT
  • Coach call at 1 p.m.; then sked actions
  • CL call at 2 pm re budget (prep: find the figures I scribbled on the plane) CL was apparently not in today
  • Design, sked dry run for webinar3 and send to team after the consult with KT, I think we need to resked webinar3 until more data is received from the field.
  • Onsite calls (aim for completing 3 today) Doh. Just realizing these guys are all on holiday. No wonder I keep striking out. Going to revisit this goal tomorrow!
  • Read and respond to emails.
  • Allocate time and plan Wed work.
  • CL ci

    8:40 : i've caught up here. Now set MITs.
    10:10 (90min) : oops. got distracted online. a couple days ago this would have been a devastating blow. Today it is disappointing, but i'm going to try again. Set those MITs.
    10:40 (30min) : started to set MITs. then got distracted. again. Harder to stay positive now. HP i need ur help.
    10:55 (15min) : MIT1 needed to be started right away, so did that. now back to setting MITs. check in when done or 11:15.
    11am (5min) : MITs set. now begin execution. Check back at 11:15.
    11:15 (15min) : used timer this time :) working on MIT 1 but also my tracking process. Only give 5 more min to this--w/ timer.
    11:20 (5min) : w/ timer. that's gone on long enuf. I have to tear myself away. it hurts.
    11:30 (10min) : working on MIT 2
    11:45 (15min) : timer works nice. MIT 2 well underway. almost done. continue.
    12noon (15min) : i keep checking in. what is this ?! time for quiet time.
    12:15 (15min) : got a little distracted. back to it.
    12:50 (35min) : quiet time was very distracted by my own thots on philosophy and religion. Delicious fun tangents. But not the main point, not the nourishing part. I end because of time, w/o getting that fuel i need.
    *** But, in a way, it still works. Ending my quiet time because time expired in the presence of my distractions just emphasizes step 1: "We admitted we were powerless over compulsive procrastination, that our lives had become unmanageable." and i believe step 2: "Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity" and yet if i choose not to accept that power, the truth does not change, just my response to it. So, I feel like in a backhanded way this still glorifies HP.
    12:50 : now back to work, check in at 1pm.
    1pm (10 min) : tx timer. working on MIT 2. But i forgot to do 15 min of admin, so do that now.
    2pm (60min) : lunch, admin, distractions. back to work. ci at 2:15pm. timer is set.
    2:15 (15min) : working on MIT 2 snags not due to my procras. ci 230.
    2:30 (15min) : MIT 2 going slowly, but progressing. ci 245.
    3pm (30min) : MIT 2 proceeding. 1 side task. back on mit 2. was IMing for work when 245 timer went off.
    3:15 (15min) : bookend side task, after:
    *** moving onto MIT 3
    3:30 (15min) : side task done. cont mit 3.
    4:10 (40min) : break w/ kids home fr school. back to mit 3
    4:30 (20min) : mit 3 done, back to mit 1 which is now ready.
    4:50 (20min) : mit 1 next action compl. go back to mit 2 now. ci 5pm.
    5pm (10min) : checking in every 15 min takes a lot of lines of text. got distracted, so back to it. ci 515.
    8pm (3hrs) : family time. some work. Do 15 min on mit 4.


    Journey 8 am

    Good morning!  Today is a holiday from work (U.S. Veteran's Day), but I want to get a couple of hours of work done anyway.  This will be a good day to organize email, review project list, and work on my online training course. 

    On the home front, I have a sinkful of dirty dishes, and several loads of clothes to fold up and put away.   I want to bust a mini-pile, find my knitting and other craft supplies, and while I'm upstairs survey the wreckage in the spare room and see what has to be done in order to have spend-the-night company next month.   I'm missing a pair of jeans so I'll do a bit of closet organization while I look for them.   I also need to go to the bank and PetSmart, balance my checkbook, and update the budget.  That should be enough to keep me busy today.  Oh, yeah, and I'd like to put new music and podcasts on my mp3 player, and finish the book I'm reading.  

    I better do triage and schedule my day before this todo list gets out of hand.  Back at 9 with mits and a plan for the day.


    "I tell you, we are here on earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different." - Kurt Vonnegut

    kromer 8 CI

    Very busy day today!

    I've got a lot of work to get done in NM's lab today, so that's going to be most of the day: minprep, PCR, transformation, finish getting computer set up, read 2 articles.

    However, I also have a mtg w/ PF that I'm not really ready for. I think I'm going to cancel the meeting, but I'd like to have some progress to report when I do that. So I'm going to try to get together results on 3 datasets. I'm going to work on that 8:30-9:30.

    Then, in the evening I have a whole bunch of work to do:
    *Email about party!
    *finish lit. search for PT's project
    *Finish probability pset
    *go over genetics exam
    *30 min work on notes/math for PT's project

    Update 9--in PF's lab, and addressed a problem a co-worker was having. Now I'm going to spend 30 min looking at results from 1 dataset, then email to cancel/postpone mtg, then print 2 papers, then head to NM's lab to do miniprep.

    Update 9:45--looked at results from 1 dataset, emailed, printed papers, now I'm heading over to NM's lab (a little late, but that's OK). I'm going to do miniprep, start PCR and set up my computer.

    Update 5:15--still working in NM's lab. Labwork is going quite slowly, but I've done minprep and PCR, set up my computer, and am ready to start the transformation. I've also read part of a paper. And I had a nice lunch with my younger brother. I'm hoping to leave lab by 8. Since I'm getting home late, I'm not going to be able to accomplish everything I wanted, so I'm going to lay out the most important:
    *Finish reading 1 paper for NM's lab
    *go over genetics exam
    *Finish lit. search
    *Email about party

    And I'll postpone finishing pset, PT notes/math, looking at 2 datasets, and 1 NM paer.

    Update 10:25--I finished work in NM's lab, got home at 9, took an hour and a half off to have dinner and watch heroes. Now I'm going to tackle my 4 evening tasks. I'm very tired, so I'm going to work through these in the chatbox, starting with going over the genetics exam.   


    kromer 12 CO

    A decent day...I got through 3 of my evening tasks, and microbursted the lit. search. I'll try and finish that by 8:30 tomorrow morning.

    Chotrain CI 7:00AM

    First and Foremost, I gratefully thank the Energy Source that has returned my soul back to me with compassion and has given me the ability to rise and jump into a Proactive Day.I thank Pro and others for helping me one day at a time assist with my development in being a functional and productive Procrastinator who gets things done. If I can spend 20 minutes to 30 minutes writing a comment on this site which brings me enjoyment, I can attack my task with the same enthusiasm. I can't wait to report at the end of the day that I tackled all of my chores. Here is my to-do list for today.......

    • 7:00-7:10 Spend 10 Minutes in Prayer and Meditation
    • 7:10-7:30 Shine Wife’s shoes
    • 7:30-8:00 Jump on the treadmill for 30 minutes while I flip through CNN, local news etc
    • 8:00-8:30 Shower, eat some breakfast
    • 8:30-9:30 Clean Bedroom
    • 9:30-10:00 Clean Closet
    • 10:00-11:30 Review Bills and send out payments (this will be the most difficult)
    • 11:30-1:00P Enjoy my day away from the job and just be
    • 1:00-3:00 Have a monster Drink and pick up the leaves in my yard
    • 3:00-7:00 Prepare dinner, just be and enjoy the judge shows on TV and do whatever the heck I want to do.
    • 7:00-8:30 straighten up my room over the garage (my hang out away from the Wifey and Kids).
    • 8:30 I'll check back in to give a rundown of my accomplishments.

     I'm gonna do it!!!! You guys are praying for me and I'm praying that you get it done today. I envision me coming back at 8:30 PM saying I DID IT!!!!!!!Have a blessed and wonderful day with Love- Chotrain


    Chotrain CO 8:40PM

    Wow.... I was in a zone today. Even with an unscheduled trip to the Dr with my son at 4PM, I was way ahead of the game.  I'm a little beat so my hang out room will be tackled first thing in the morning. When I posted my to do list for the world to see this morning, it gave me a motivation that was powerful. I felt that all eyes were watching so I was motivated in completed my entire task. It wasn't a struggle. Matter of fact, it was fun. I got things done by listening to music or watching TV land. I will take this mindset into the morning and will enjoy a relaxing evening. Have a peaceful night all and Stay Motivated! Chotrain-


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    YAY Chotrain!

    I'm glad things went so well for you.

    All the best,

    _hop3_ check in 3:36am


    Chronic Procrastinator checking in. I'm just barely going to sleep but decided to check in because I know once I wake up I won check in. I'll try and take it one step at a time.

    (in no specific order)

    1. Pray
    2. Return pants
    3. Drop B. C.
    3. Call Dad
    4. Mail BG's
    5. Pick up health DVD from College

    That's all I can think of for now. Time to hit the sack...

    e's early morning ci

    Good morning, Roses and thanks for the thread starter. 

    I woke on my own at 5 this morning and feel pretty good. There is much to do here, but I am taking it one task at a time today. 

    so far, water and meds. I don't want to disturb the rest of the household, so I am going to focus on quiet time and also do some meal planning for the week. 

    roses CI 10am

    Good morning.
    I am up before midday! That's three days in a row, and feels like such an achievement!

    Today I'm rehearsing again - an hour drums, then playing through songs and covers.

    I have to purchase acoustic tiles online for when I tune or 'treat' my room, part of a huge project.

    Other than eating well, checking emails and on here I have nothing else 'planned'. I think I would like to take some photographs around my village later, so I'll do that.

    I hope such achievement I've felt will be in your day.
    Peace and love.
    Today has been relaxed. I completed all things I set tho, except ordering the tiles but for reasons of making a better plan; one that replaced 'buy'. I think I need to make a special project thread for my huge um... project.

    Earlier in the afternoon I managed to brave the cold and take some photographs. I uploaded them here, for achievements sake.

    House and bed for me.
    Until tomorrow!

    Peace to you.