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.

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Ag work-bingeing 2:20am Friday

I am 'fessing up. I've been sick and still pushing myself to finish too many things before attending an all-day (91m-10pm) seminar Fri-Sat-Sun and then leaving for DC Monday where I need to be sharp for meetings...argh. I am a little bit crazy. God please help me!  I am going to log off, wash face and brush teeth, massage my sore neck and have a warm cuppa, then go to bed. I feel bad I did not finish the DWS edits - that poor client is ALWAYS forgiving me for missing deadlines and it's become like a sick game between us, not exactly the professional face I want to present. Gaaah.  OK, that's enough processing. God forgives me, I choose to receive it and agree by forgiving myself. The client always forgives me. I really did the best I knew how to do, for today.

tx ag

thanks for the example, ag! exemplary. Thank god also for doing this work in u


pro's check-out - 11pm

My teeth are brushed and I'm ready for bed. I'm so tired! I'll be back here tomorrow.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

roses CI

today and yesterday were good days. my routine is back in place, and i am practicing drums for two hours a day.
i purchased sandalwood japa mala beads which arrived this morning, and have had close quiet time using them. i've been reading(!) writings of Swami Prabhupada lately.. mixed in with barks' rumi and idries shah. oh, and the gita.

my mind is swirling with thoughts of this Love which i can't quite describe.

this evening:
check tv guide
read for a half hour

thanks to you guys for listening to the song i linked to the other day. i know words are oftentimes empty, but i'd like you to accept this attempt of mine at showing the appreciation i feel.

peace and love to you all

Convalalria Friday 9.46am and updates

 Todays list

  1. call mechanic     DONE
  2. photocopy stuff for mechanic  Done
  3. speak with V   and Y DONE
  4. call John  DONE
  5. work on reports   STARTED, SOME MORE  NOT ENOUGH!!!!
  6. eat lunch        DONE
  7. add to this list as I remember
  8. order and pay for book club  DONE
  9. respond to e mail from M DONE
  10. have coffee            DONE
  11. deliver invoices        Done
  12. query computer glitch wit IT boys and M      DONE
  13. bring stuff from car    DONE
  14. Sign absence form     DONE
  15. have a cup of tea      done

10.50 CI
12.00 CI
1.00   CI
3.16 ci have just wasted over 1 hour GRRR!!!

Onwards in hope!!!


  • drop of 4 sets of reports with Y
  • buy bones
  • pay bills


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

Recycler CI 4:30pm EST

Hi Pro Buddies!

I'm doing my CI before the end of the day at work, because I have several activities after work tonight.

This morning, did routine at gym, showered, & got dressed for work. Took some things to new condo. Work projects this morning. Had salad for lunch. Did one mailing project in afternoon, and started another. Now will try to do 1 or more projects before the end of the day.

Have a great night, everyone! :)


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

Agnus 4:20pm balking

I have become badly distracted and need to refocus. Some MITs need to be done before COB today so I'm going to microburst those. Back in 15.

Ag oops

I actually did the mircoburst and knocked out three more MITs, but forgot to check back in!Embarassed DONE!  I'll update my status on my original ci.


Journey 2:15

Top 3 MITs are done.   I have some other things that "should" be done today but everything else is gravy.   It's a very nice feeling to be "finished" with the important stuff for today.  I don't have that feeling all that often.   HMMM.  I feel a 30-day challenge coming on. 


"The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom." - H.L. Mencken

Agnus late check-in 1:30

Making up for yesterday's astonishing early start, I guess! lol - actually cold-flu hit me about dinnertime yesterday so I am dragging butt today.  Somehow I managed to call sponsor and Mom, pray a little, show up for 2 conf calls and do resulting MUTs. I am going to take a break and try to eat a little something. Then these MITs:

  • read 2.0 printouts The critical first ones for the next 2 MITs; the rest can read on plane Monday.
  • intvw LN re mtng#1 Well we talked but he wants to find his notes first so later.
  • create 2.0 exec template; notate mtng#1 and send
  • call Myra re: tour and software
  • DWS edits
  • Check AP Inbox
  • Call FL Baldridge
  • MO TMs re library webinar
  • consult KT: KS/NC experience in library webinar? national assoc? deleted
  • try Milw again
  • book travel to WI rescheduled pending date confirmations
  • type KS notes while fresh
  • call BUF, ROCH
  • call ME guy
  • call Miami
  • pay bills
  • update awol listings
  • recheck schedule for this weekend's seminar and plan accordingly

tiptree 1:34 PM EST CI

to do:

- 1457
- 1436
- 1433
- PresentationState object researched
- clean office
- rehearsal

chick CI

non-stop day and now I still have a few things to do. A break first then

[x] cl ms + data--this could take as long as i let it, but is most impt--starting now, do this away from the computer more on this to do tomorrow but this is enough for now

can't find one crucial piece
:(( look for it now. it is not lost! I stayed calm and FOUND it :D

[]corresp-most of these can be done another day

[x]m e-this does need to be ready tomorrow

[a few things] tidying - just a little will make me feel much better

Now I am wondering whether there is a sort of toggle switch that goes back and forth between procrastination and workaholism. I actually like this intensely busy time, but I don't really think it's a good way to live, going straight back to work after the evening meal everyday until almost too tired to continue. 

CL ci

11:15am had an appt earlier today. Did a spot of work earlier. Did manage to get my last night task done. Praise be to the HP!

4pm : not sober. wasted hours on line today. ashamed to post. i tell all our newcomers to post even when you fail, and here i am barely able to force myself. In fact, i had to actually do some work to feel better to be able to admit my failure.

But, i also am very aware of the negative spiral and know that fretting over this failure could waste the rest of my day, my night and tomorrow. So better to cut my losses and pick myself up and start out anew right now.

wow, it was actually encouraging to write that. I could feel my dark mood fading with each word. Because, i really believe that, altho it's hard to formulate the idea when feeling bad.


CL ci

afternoon was productive. trying again now.


I've been there too--not

I've been there too--not today, but how often... Seeing someone else forgive themselves and moves on gives me great strength, I do not know why. For myself, sometimes I think part of procrastination is related to a deep longing for forgiveness and a craving to be valued as one is, for oneself, not as a producer.

CL grateful

u guys r gr8
ur brightening my mood.
back to work b4 i feel guilty


Clem starts anew!

Yay Clem!  You wrote:  "cut my losses and pick myself up and start out anew right now."  Way to go! 

I think it's critical to post our slips . . . I know it helps me get back on the wagon, and I'm sure it's helpful to people who are new to the site.   After all, it's not the little slips that cause our problems, it's the whole downward spiral that you just described, and climbed out of!

JO (oops I just accidentally posted my real name, and had to come back and change it to Jo.   You guys didn't see that did you haha?)   


"The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom." - H.L. Mencken

hugs to Clement!

Hi Clement!



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

Sammy ci :: 9:50 am

I have the feeling today is going to be a long day. I don't really feel like checking in, but I will anyways.

Done: Got up late....ate breakfast....went to morning class.... 

To Do: Parade brochure. This is very short notice...Found out last night, and they need to be done today. I need to design, proof, print, cut, and fold 1200 of these all today before I drop them off at G's house in the morning, where she will attach a candy cane to each one. These are for our Christmas parade on Saturday.

I'll check in as things progress. Plan to set more tasks as soon as I've finished designing the brochure. 

sammy inspires

<<<I don't really feel like checking in, but I will anyways.>>>

That really helps me, sammy. Thanks for sharing, and pushing through.

Sammy ci :: 12:20 pm

Making good progress on the brochure. Probably pretty close to done. Also dropped off some papers for B and stopped at work to get my hours for this week. I'll work a little longer on the brochure, then stop for lunch around 1:00. 

Sammy ci :: 1:55 pm

Yay, I finished the brochure! And its looking good, if I do say so myself. I've proofed it, and am just waiting for D to finish proofing it. I said I'd stop for lunch at 1:00... It is now 1:50 and I haven't eaten yet. New MIT is to eat lunch! After lunch I will take the brochures to get printed, then head back to school to have them cut. I'm sure I have something to finish before Web Design class tonight at 6. I'll check in later. 

pro's CI - 10:05am (new members have access now)

I'm caught up on screening new members. These spammers are so annoying. If it weren't for the spammers, I wouldn't have this extra work to do. Anyway, I'm caught up now. I got behind when I lost my job.

Now I'm going to get dressed, then onto the next thing...

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

Journey 9:45

MITs are done!  I went to the gym too, I don't know if I said that earlier.  10 min break, then off to the races.  

"The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom." - H.L. Mencken

GeorgeSmiley 8:30 AM + Updates

OK, the good news:

Last night I just wanted to go to bed at 9 PM and put off a task related to the youth class Mrs. GS and I teach.

In the very nicest and most supportive way, Mrs. GS encouraged me to spend just 15 minutes on the task. (As an incentive, we watched the silly Victoria's Secret fashion show on TV, sound off, and wisecracked about the costumes and the models.) Of course, by the time I got started it was easy to keep going and I finished the job in a little more than an hour, about halfway thru the TV news.

Now, the less good news:

I wanted to get started on Project D-G at 6:30 AM. Now I'm getting started on it two hours later than I intended. I hope I will just be able to barrel through it and get it to the client by Noon. But again--that's the same old pattern.

But here goes.

MIT#1: Spend a few minutes in spiritual reading and reflection.

Update, 10:20 AM. I didn't actually do this. I felt anxious and so ended up starting on MIT #2. And I feel pressured to keep at that and not stop for anything else.

MIT#2: Finish Project D-G

Update, 10:20 AM.  Spent the first hour transcribing a recorded interview. That's been on of the blocks I've had on this project--just doing that task, which is both useful and tedious. It's done. I've got less than two hours to write 1500 wrds.

Update, 12:40 PM.  Finished and shipped. Gonna get some lunch now.




The Hero's Code:

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

Journey 9 am

Good morning everyone!   I had a pretty good day yesterday and struggled through some unpleasant work tasks.  I'm taking a vacation day tomorrow to finish getting the spare room ready for company this weekend.   The beds are ready, curtain rods are up, and I just need to hang the curtains back up and give it a good dusting and vacuuming.  Much better than the disaster of a junkpile than it was a few days ago, although it's far from perfect it should be ok for 7 (yes, 7!) people to sleep in for one night.  Now I need to think about what the heck they are going to eat! 

I'm feeling really tired this morning, but I can make it through one more day.  I'm going to have coffee before setting MITs, just this once. 

Back in an hour or so!  Have a great day everyone.



"The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom." - H.L. Mencken

Rolzup CI

[X] morning checkins
[X] morning chores
[X] e-mail dash
[X] check ticklers (file, e-mail, reader, bookmarks)
[ ] take family out for breakfast
[ ] meditation
[ ] writing (given time)
[ ] G work
let's just say this morning didn't go as planned.
[ ] work on S
[ ] (after lunch) go to campus


kromer 8:30 CI

Busy day today!

*Genetics class 9:30-11:30
*Genetics exam review 12-1
*Lab mtg 3-4:30

*Process data from 3 parts of expt.
*Email RJ, go over rotation choice status, read 2 papers from DP
*finish pset

Other tasks:
*Notes from mtg w/ BT
*histone mod. data on wiki

Right now I'm going to spend 30 min on data processing, then head to genetics class. at 9.  


kromer 12:50 CI

Did 30 min work on data processing (and made pretty good progress), went to genetics class+exam review, now I'm going to spend 1 hr  working on the pset, then read 2 papers from DP, then go to lab mtg, then meet w/ CE to finish pset. Back after an hour.

kromer 9:20 CI

Finished pset, read 3/4 of one paper, went to lab mtg, then came home, made a good dinner...then spaced out for a while and am having a really hard time getting back to work. I'm supposed to do some really boring data analysis, and I don't wanna! But it's important for moving my project forward and for keeping a good relationship with my prof, so I'm going to work on it now. (But I'm going to let myself watch TV at the same time, because it's godawful boring). Back after 1 hr of work on data anal.