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Friday 16 January 2009

Recycler CI 4:15pm EST

Hi Pro Buddies!

Sometimes on Saturdays I can do the threadstarter (which I really have fun doing), but I won't be able to this Saturday, so Thanks In Advance to whoever can do that :)

It's the coldest day of the winter here. So, yes, my gym had a Fire Alarm at 7am, so we had to exit the building ((sigh)). Then my work had a Fire Alarm at 10am, so we had to exit the building ((sigh)). Otherwise, it's been an ok day so far, as far as I know ;)

At the gym, at least I had gotten my cardio finished before the alarm. At work I've gotten some things done, too, so my project list is looking good for next week. At lunchtime I paid a bill, and also updated my budget record.

I'm going to try to get a couple more things done before 5pm, move a few boxes after work, then go to my 12-step meeting tonight.

Saturday mid-day or afternoon I hope to CI; same for Sunday/Monday, and I look forward to talking to you then :)

Have a great night, everyone! :)



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

just trying something! 

just trying something!  :)

Isabo, 500pm ci

Today was an excellant day!  Got so much stuff done the house looks great, and I will not have any guilt for sitting around all weekend and doing nothing!!  Except all the stuff that makes this house run smoothly, of course!  Meals, dinner, kitchen all the little mundane stuff that needs to be done, that I know I can come here and get some motivation to go do it!

I am liking flylady, seems to be working, I will check out nowdoit,com next!

Hope all is well with you!


Hope-Faith CI 2:50 Celebrate's

My grades have been posted now I am waiting on the marks edit sheet. I can leave work today at 3:00 but will hold of until 3:30 to see if I can get my marks edit sheet so my grades will be complete.

Next is to make copies of first day material for next sem. which starts next Thursday. CI before I leave.

CI 3:50 grades have been posted (4 days before they are due) it is a first for me. Another first for me is that I have all my first day material copied so I do not have to spend workday getting them together. Now I need to change gears and think about what I am going to do at home as I will be leaving in about 10 min. I have alot to accomplish at home to get ready for a bday party at my house next weekend. Not just any bday party but a slumber party for 8 little girls. I think now is a good time to create a list to tackle the task that I need to accomplish.

  1. Declutter van (not to bad but need to take care of it before it is)
  2. Put away clothes and wash a load this has to wait until tomorrow hose frozen
  3. Plan supper
  4. Move boxes to garage Wait until tomorrow
  5. MultiTask 
    1. PM routine 
    2.  Begin taking down childrens Christmas trees. Yes I still have Christmas up. Maybe I should keep it up until next year then I can not Iprocrastinate putting it up. :grin: I have started but cheated a little. All I did was bring the ornament box in from the garage and took the candy canes of the tree. But it is a start
    3. Watch Ghost Whisper with son Will do this in about 10 min. I will clip coupons while we watch.
    4. Help daughter pick out song for audtion tomorrow

CI when I get some accomplishment under my belt.

CI 6:30 ok here I am to CI not because I have any accomplishments under my belt but hopfully to get me motivated on the home front. Swithch gears from work to home is emotionally hard for me. I have focus and control at work but at home I have chaos and disorder. Anyway, when I got home today the kids went to their MeMaws for a few mintues so I sat down in front of the TV and watched 3 episodes of "Young and The Restless". Not productive but I deserved it. Now need to get over the be nice to "Hope-Faith" mode, I have done it long enough. Onto something that is going to help me reach my weekend goals. Onto the number 1 on the list above.

CI 7:10 CingI to mark off and check list, next is to put away clothes. I have to talk myself into this one as well. Off to chat I go.

CI 8:00 clothes are done, next move boxes to garage. Cold outside not something I want to do, feed animals.

CO 9:00 Checking out for the night. Very successful day if the rest of my 3 day weekend could be as successful as today it will be super. Need to add a few things to "Living Life Taken Action". Then I am out for the night.


Isabo ci 330

Wow, I got lots done!  Started the laundry, neatened both kids rooms(they are now playing on those newly found floors) made my bed, folded all the laundry, put it all away, wiped down the bathroom....

what to do now?  I am NOT going to play a computer game, although kakuro is calling!!  I think I will vacuum - no wait, make my son a snack, he just had a meltdown when his colouring book closed back up when he put it down.  Then I will vaccuum!


Isabo 1 pm!

I am late in here today!  Spent all morning sorting through routine things, and then realized I was just procrastinating doing  what I was writing about....and I have just discovered the font key!  I much prefer comic sans.  Anyway, thanks for your support, when I logged on I already had a certain sense of peace knowing I was here....or maybe it was the blue - my favorite colour!  I really like being able to express myself here.

Kay, onto the todo list

wipe down bathroom, gather laundry and start a wash, spend microbursts in K's and M's room, and set timer for 1/2 for spending in craft room (I need to find that floor!!)

I will be back!

peace logging in

yes, isabo, i feel the same thing. There's some different feeling for me too when i post or chat. It's as if just forming the intention in my mind has already started me down the right path.

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb

procrastinating by studying procrastination:

I Second.....

Clement and Isabo I second what Clement said "when i post or chat. It's as if just forming the intention in my mind has already started me down the right path."  Chatting and Postting also helps to focus my mind as it does tend to wander and gives me a spot for accountability, which is good no matter what the results are.

Great job today Isabo


re: peace logging in

Absolutely, and the opposite is true too.   When I find myself not wanting to log on here, I realize it's because I want to procrastinate and don't want to be held accountable.  That's the time when it's most important to be here!


"It is never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot

Journey's comment

I hope I don't feel like that, although I can see it happening.  When my moods are really low, I don't want to communicate with anyone.  Even though talking about how I am feeling definitely helps.  For now this is definitely a godsend, I feel so happy that this site came in when I punched in procrastinators anonymous onto the typewriter that day!!

Kristen CI 11:45

Haven't been checking in lately because I'm still on break—still had things to do but I was arrogant enough to think I could motivate myself. (I was right for most of it and wrong for some. :P)

Anyway, today's a big day, so here's the list. 

- morning routine
- make packing list
- call L
- do b thing with D
- meet H
- pack a couple suitcases
- laundry if necessary
- find m materials
- stick order back in the mail
- cash checks
- start looking at project t

it's a long list but the only thing I'm feeling hung-up about is the last, as I've been meaning to start it for several days now. I'm going to take 15 minutes in the chatbox to work on that now just so I can get an idea of what it's like and how long it will take. 

CI 8:00 pm

- morning routine
- make packing list

- call L
- do b thing with D
- meet H
- pack a couple suitcases
- laundry if necessary
- find m materials

- stick order back in the mail
- cash checks
- start looking at project t

Can't cash checks tonight, so I'll do that tomorrow morning. And now: to pack!

Finished everything else! :)

doing it "myself"

i consistently think i can do it myself and sometimes i can, but not reliably. Depending on HP (or the group) works better for me, at least 44 weeks i've been here.

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb

procrastinating by studying procrastination:

I think you're right

Mentally it just helps me a lot to be accountable. It was good to take a break, though, as the site had become associated in my mind with this one project I was working on for a lot of break. I needed some time off from that, and now I'm glad to be back! :)

Just started on that big online training thing and realized it's both a lot longer and a lot easier than I had expected. So I'll need to put in a lot of work on it, but I'm not scared of it anymore. :)

GeorgeSmiley 10:30 AM

Good morning

This is likely to be a very scattered day. I almost forgot one phone appt. and did it 15 minutes late with much less prep than I had planned. A lot of external distractions; no school today for weather, no. 2 son has buddies over for sleepover last night. Weird news in my community. Major organizational crisis and continued Project Y difficulties (which we are in the process of straightening out.)

Oh, and I have to make time today to clean house because we have company for dinner (which is a very positive thing and therapeutic in these times).





The Hero's Code:

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

Journey 9:30

Good morning!  It's Friday!

I've been to the gym, read my email and checked my calendar.  I have a 10 am meeting to prepare for, so I'm going to do that while I have my cereal and coffee, then plan the rest of the day after that.

See you in the chat box later.


"It is never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot

Hope-Faith CI 9:11

At work now and getting ready to line task up in order that I need to accomplish them. If all goes well today I will have a major break through with something that I never thought was possible. When it happens I will post it here first. On to my plan for the day.


h-f you are an

h-f you are an inspiration--thank you!

Thanks chick

Thanks chick and you as well as everyone here inspire me in one way or another.  Would post more but I am on a mission.


kromer 7:15 CI

Another day to move forward on DP's and NM's projects

NM's project:
*Organize data to give to CJ (MIT)
*Look at means+single cell traces for 10 min switching time (mostly done, but need to look at a few more single cell traces this evening)
*Meet with CJ, if he emails me (sched.)

DP's project:
*Finish safety training (sched.) (went on floor tour, but learned I still need to read through a packet+ the chemical hygeine plan)
*1 hr brainstorming about analysis (MIT)
*Read anaffy doc, take notes on how to analzye microarray data, look for a tutorial (started, got about halfway done)
*Go through 30 pgs of R doc

*Schedule for what I want to get done next week (started)
*Yough group (sched.)
*Check battery
*Wrap bday pres. and make card
*Go through mail
*Budgeting (MIT)
*Get ethics stuff (MIT)

OK, right now I'm going to try and locate ethics material, then make lunch and head to campus, to do some work on NM's project.

e's friday

Keep it simple today. One task at a time. Going to so I stay in the moment and make progress. Then working on those single tasks in the chatbox.

"Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Albert Einstein

Hope-Faith CI 5:45

Yes it is Friday. I feel like celebrating, I have had a very productive week with a few downers that I had to overcome. I was strong and was able to overcome the downers and not shut down. (as I usually do) I stayed focused and productive. Yay me! Now I hope that I will stay strong through the weekend, as I have a major amount of "stuff" to accomplish.

First task on my list today is to finish my am routine and get to work 5 min early. Here goes.


Hope-Faith Thankful

e and Chickadee thanks for your comments. You comments give me a hope that I might be on the road to recovery.  As this is my first experience with a recovery  program (not sure that is the proper term to use) I am unsure about what to expect or what to look for. I do know this, that the heaviness in my heart and mind has gotten lighter and I can feel better emotionally and can think clearer.

I am with Chickadee any tips on how to deal with downers would be great. Actually a separate post where we could go and review others tips when we are experiencing down moments would be a useful tool. You never know when someone else’s words or experiences are going to hit home and give you the need boost to find the strength to pull forward despite your current state. I am sure that different situations require different approaches.

This week using chat and posting some heavy feelings help me to get rid of negative emotions that would have stopped me in my tracks and I would have shut down.


dealing with the downers

Hope-Faith said: "I was strong and was able to overcome the downers and not shut down. (as I usually do) I stayed focused and productive."

This was the theme of my last therapy session: I was able to express this pattern that has run through my life. I am definately affected by any negative criticism to the point that I will not try to do things if there is any indication that I may not do well. This has come to the point that if I dread a task because of a similar situation in which I have failed to acheive perfect results I will feel dread and put the task off.  Being focused and productive despite those feelings are the biggest goal I have in life. 


"Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Albert Einstein

e, I sooo can relate to you ...

despite all the great plans I had made for today I had to stay at home because my kid got a little sick and couldn't go to daycare today. And I'm a little discouraged now, to say the least. My man is going to be home in 1:15 h, and this is when my day may finally start (by 6:15 pm!). 

I'm going to tackle at least the reading part (Oth.) for today, and if I'm not too tired the revision part, too.

- 6:15: act I

- 6:55-7pm: break

-7pm - 7:45: act II

7:45: done nothing of the above so far. Too much family around. Instead packed 4 (!) gift parcels I meant to send weeks ago. Going to mail them tomorrow morning.

on with act I

-7:45 - 7:50: break

-7:50 - 8:20: act II

- 8:20 - 8:40:   make pot of tea

- 8:45 - 9:30: act III

- 9:30 - 10 pm: read old notes on play, think about going to bed or do some fun reading/ watching TV as a reward

There is still that email to Mr. B. looming. I should have written that one, er, 9 days ago ...

"The sands are numbered that make up my life" Shakespeare

dealing with the downers

I'd be glad to read anyone's tips for this! --Battling them now. Maybe I'll do better if I just think it's heavier resistance (a la  The War of Art) and then care for myself later...

Chick's CI

Thanks for the great starter, h-f! :)