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Friday, December 5, 2008

I did not go to sleep, and now it's 3:45am

I meant to go to sleep, but I found some horrifying things in my mother's email archive. She did a lot of talking behind my back to my brother, sister, and sister-in-law. No wonder my relationships with them are awful. It was pretty excruciating to read. On the other hand, it explains so much.

I'm behind tired. Closing the computer now (at least). I don't know how I'm going to function tomorrow. I was going to attend a conference in the morning.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

thinking of you pro, that

thinking of you pro, that sounds really tough. I do not know how I would cope. I wish you strength.

Pro's mom

Wow, a lot of emotional stress, pulled between missing your mom and being angry at finding out stuff she did . . . you're in my prayers today.   Sleep well and have a good day tomorrow.  



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

pro's check-out - 1:20am (finally ready for bed)

My teeth are brushed and I'm finally ready for bed. I'm feeling a little wired, though. I'll watch TV for a while.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

pro's CI - 12:50am (I will be sorry when I have to get up!)

I couldn't put it down. I went through everything I needed to go through, and sent feedback on the projects and the contracts to the person I'm doing business with. She's off on Monday, so I can put this down until I hear back from her on Tuesday. Time to file it away (versus leaving it as a mess of papers on my desk).

And then I really, REALLY need to brush my teeth and go to bed. I'm tired.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

pro's CI - 12:10am (bad, bad, bad)

I'm not even close to going to sleep. In typical fashion, once I finally started, I can't seem to stop. I guess I'm in hyperfocus now. I'm continuing to look through files and send email to the person I'm working with.

This is bad because I have to be somewhere in the morning - early. Gotta go to bed!!

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

pro's CI - 11:15pm (not in bed yet)

I paid my American Express bill just in the nick of time - it was about to be late. So I saved myself a late fee. And now I really must brush my teeth.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

pro's CI - 11pm (rough start, but a start)

It took me until past 6pm to stop jumping around and finally dig into this project. I immediately realized why I've been avoiding it. I seem to avoid anything that involves negative feelings, and this project brings up the sadness over my mother's death because I'm taking over a project that she never finished. I've had to read her old emails and notes - very difficult. Miss her.

Amusingly (or not), she was an outrageous procrastinator. She took on this project in 2001. She died in 2007 without ever having started it. But she sent frequent emails to the poor person she was working with (and now I'm working with) saying "I'm finally starting now!" Six years she kept her waiting, and then she died! Now I take over the project, and I've been keeping this same woman waiting for over a year. Is this amusing, sad, or both? I'm not sure.

But anyway, I'm working on it now - I made a serious start. It took me all day to get going and I also got lost in the weeds of my mother's email archive in ways unrelated to the project, but I did it.

Now it's 11pm so I need to stop and get ready for bed. I still have more to do, but I've made a good start. If I get to bed in the very near future, then I'll mark this up as a good day. (And if I procrastinate on bed, then chalk up a demerit!!)

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

Recycler CI 4:15pm EST


These end-of-the-work-day CI's have become helpful to me, especially when I have an evening with an activity or MUT.

Even though I didn't stay too long after last night's party, I still overslept a little this morning and didn't make it to the gym :o However, I did part of a project around the new condo before going to work, so that redeemed the morning a little.

Started some projects during the morning. Did a medical reimbursement form during lunch & faxed it in. Finished deadline projects in the afternoon. Next: double-check my list for any last-minute needs, and make my assignment list for Monday. Tonight some prep work may be a little time-consuming to be ready for weekend painting project (be careful on ladder!). After that go to 12-step meeting.

Oops, have just got called into 2 other before-the-end-of-the-day projects! Have a great night, everyone! :)


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

pro's CI - 3:10pm

I'm back from the meeting and lunch with a friend. And back in the chatbox - which mercifully didn't time me out (for a change).

On Monday, I have a meeting with someone at my old company about freelance work. Last day Tuesday, back 6 days later. Ironic.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

ScottK CI 12:06

Hi Everybody --

Checking in here in hopes of having a more productive afternoon.

  1. ASBO Submission
  2. Pay phone bills
  3. Put essers ad up
  4. Try to set up esn interview
  5. Check into insurance
  6. Get A's transcripts

tiptree 12:44 PM EST CI

to do:

clear 1 candidate -> exam date (also include font size issue 1314)
concert (review solo and quartet passages)
1 hr of cleaning (bumped this up to an hour/tired of working in a cesspool)
return library book

Isabella CI 12:00 pm

allright let's see how today goes

I have the day off(sort of), hopefully i get to do something better than just just plan for today

1. Log in's for november
2. Start organizing the office (at least one hour of work)

ok....lets start


Hi Pro.

I'm still having problems with the chatbox.... I tried clearing my cache, but it still didn't help. I'm using a Mac computer.... Chat doesn't work in Safari or FireFox... still just getting the "Chatbox loading...please wait" message.

So I thought I'd just try using it on my parents PC.... No luck at all. I couldn't even log in to PA on their computer!! It was saying "access denied"...and I'm sure I was using the right password...

I don't know if this is even anything you can fix...maybe my computers are just dumb. 

This is not an urgent concern...I just wanted to try out the chatbox, since I haven't been able to get into it even ONCE since I joined! 

Happy Friday!

ooh, p.s.-- I've also never been able to use the rich text formatting....It looks good while I'm composing, but as soon as I hit that "post" button, all my formatting goes away!

sammy - chatbox, rich text

I can't explain the problems you're having. Others are using the chatbox with no problem (I've used it with both IE and Firefox on the PC), and I've never heard of what you're describing with rich text. I especially have no idea what you mean with "access denied" in the chatbox since there is no password to enter the chatbox. Were you trying to access the chat URL directly without being logged into the site?

It sounds like it may be something strange you're doing, but I can't guess what. I have a Mac here and maybe at some point I'll try it with a Mac just to see, but not any time soon. I have a crisis in my own life and just can't right now . I don't have the time to spend. And anyway, you said you can't access from a PC, either, which makes no sense at all. If I can't reproduce it, I can't fix it. Sorry I can't help.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

A different Chatbox question

 I think a little note on the Chatbox page explaining how people can find the chat mode useful in dealing with procrastination might be helpful. I'm drawn to it but also worried that I would use it to put off other things...


The Hero's Code:

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

procrastinating in chatbox?

I've never seen anyone use the check-in area of the chatbox for anything but check-ins. If people want to use it to procrastinate, I guess that's their choice. People could use the site itself to procrastinate, for that matter. Seems redundant to say that the check-in area of the chatbox is for check-ins, doesn't it?

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

Sammy ci :: 9:30 am

hmm...I don't really feel like checking in again today....but I will, because I know I will feel better after I do. I work at 2 pm today, so I have the morning off.


--Drop off brochures at G's house

--Empty dishwasher 

--Christmas decorating 


There. Feeling better already. 


Sammy ci :: 12:50 pm

Finished with the first 3 things on my list. now lunch, then a tiny bit of decorating before i leave for work. I'll check back in after work (around 8:30).

GeorgeSmiley 9:15 AM + Updates

I've been dithering for nearly 2 hours. Not good.

Again a lot of MIT's.

MIT#1: Do my weekly overview

Update, 10:45 AM

MIT#1 completed. 

MIT#2: rewrite Project D-G

Update 1:50 PM

MIT#2 rewrite finished and shipped, now just making some final tweaks.

Update 2 PM

MIT#2 done. Errands to run now, then back to make phone calls on other projects.


The Hero's Code:

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

pro's CI - 10:05am (heading to chatbox)

I'm out of the shower - good start, though I'm not yet dressed.

I think I'll head over to the chatbox for frequent check-ins today. I'm feeling a little worried that no one has written back to me yet - need to keep my spirits up to get my work done today.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

pro's CI - 9:45am

I keep checking my email hoping there will be responses to some of the networking emails I sent out last night, but nothing (yet). Oh well

I need to get dressed and start on today's work project.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

Journey 9 am Update 2:30 6:30 10:30 CO

I'm taking a vacation day today, and so far I've been relaxing in front of the computer screen.   Time to get moving!   Today I want to:

  • Exercise for an hour
  • Hem and hang curtains in spare room
  • Assign dd to vacuum and dust spare room.
  • Quick grocery store run and pick up weekly ad.
  • Visit new gym nearby. 
  • Make list of Christmas gifts that are still needed.
  • Make dinner
  • Do dishes
  • Wash, dry, fold and put away at least one load of clothes - *started*

In the spirit of my 30-day challenge to finish everything on my list, I'll stop there.   there are a few more things I'd like to get done, but I need to learn to plan a reasonable doable todo list, and to enjoy being able to finish it.   I believe this will lead to more productivity then making an overwhelming to do list and then not finishing it.


2:30 the spare room is FINISHED!  Now heading out to run my errands and visit new gym.  


6:30 ok, if I get the dishes done and fold a load of clothes after dinner AND make the list, I will have everything done.   It seemed like a short list when I was making it, but it has actually been a pretty full day!   


10:30  :grin:



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

e on Friday

 a very productive day yesterday has rolled into my feeling good about today. I made two 12 step meetings and feel less isolated. I am up, i have eaten breakfast, had water, taken meds (need to take the rest) washed dishes, finally found a radio station my son is more inclined to wake up to, and have done my morning pages. 

Now I am cold and would like to get back into bed, but I might do better to get in the shower. Off to do that!

kromer 8:25 CI

Love the threadstarter rolzup!

I haven't been that excited about my work lately, and as a result I've been having trouble focusing. I'm asking HP for help in getting through this rough patch and finding more interesting work.

My MIT for the day is to work on arranging my next research rotation...since I don't really like the lab I'm trying out now, it's important that I find another good one to try out, but for some reason I've been putting this off! I'm going to send an email *now* to DP, who I think I want to work with. And I'll go through my folder of notes on chosing a rotation. Later in the day, I'll finish 2 papers from DP's lab and email RJ.

I also want to take a trip in January, and I've been putting off looking for plane tickets. How strange is that? So I'm going to do that today also.

Other than that, I'm going to go to CSB100, student seminar, class and youth group.

I'm also going to keep chipping away at my stunningly boring data analysis...want to get in 2 hrs of focused work on this.

And I need to take notes from mtg w/ BT and email out to group. This is urgent but not important, so I'm going to try and spend as little time on this as possible.

Update 8:40--send the email to DP! I feel so relieved to have taken a step towards finding another lab to try. Now I'm going to read through my folder of notes, back when that's done.

Update 8:55--read through my folder of notes on rotation choice. Now I'm going to work for an hour on data anal.

kromer 2:50 CI

Did 1.5 hrs focused work on data analysis, went to CSB100 and student seminar.

Now I'm going to go to class, take notes from mtg w/ BT and email out, print papers from DP's lab.

Then, I realize I need gloves etc., so I'm going to quickly go buy those.

Then I'll go to youth group, finish rotation choice tasks and look into plane tickets.

I think last half-hour of data analysis will have to wait until tomorrow.   

CL ci

Um, up late last night surfing. again. Dang. It's bad. It's really easy to check out right now. But i know i'm not supposed to, altho frankly that doesnt make any sense to me. I guess i'm just going to try again out of faith that that's the right thing to do, even tho it doesnt feel right. sigh.

8:20am : setting timer and using chat.

11:30am : work is going well. Against all odds, i am encouraged. Thanks HP!


Ag ci 7:30am

on way out door to all-day seminar - brutal hours!  9 a.m. to 10 p.m. with brief breaks and a 90-minute dinner hour. I only had 4 hours of sleep so I will pray on the one hour drive that HP will help me through, keep me awake, and somehow let me absorb the benefits HP wants me to have from this day. My cold is better and fever gone but I think I will still sit apart so my sniffling won't be distracting to others.  Might not check in again until Monday but I'll be thinking of y'all. Blessed recovery!

5:30 PM Indian Local Time

Instead of a list. I'll be taking over the world one thing at a time. Lol.

I have Ophthalmology Clinical exam tomorrow.

As usual I've planned a lot and completed almost nothing.
I even had a good long nap this afternoon. Thats good because I need to pull an all nighter today.

So lets begin..

1. Speed Read all Surgical Instruments.

"Good timber does not grow with ease,
The stronger wind, the stronger trees."

--Douglas Malloch

Rolzup CI

[X] Breakfast
[X] morning chores
[X] meditation
[X] writing (ACK! I have time to write! That means I actually have to do it. :P
[X] e-mail dash
[X] check ticklers (file, e-mail, reader, bookmarks)
[ ] G work
[ ] GTD/family time
[ ] 10:00--work on S
[ ] after lunch: go to campus