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.


The chatbox is for meetings or check-ins, not for procrastination! If you are not even trying to get something done, please do not hang out in the chatbox and attempt to divert others who are trying to work. This is really important.

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Glad you posted this

It might be good to post a message along these lines on the chatbox page, too, if that's possible, especially for newcomers who first discover the chatbox. I recall that when I first saw the feature I did not really understand how it was used. For people who are accustomed to internet chat as a means of passing time and socializing, this kind of initial explanation could be very helpful.

Just a thought: Would it be useful to create a third permanent tab in the chatbox (the way the meeting and check-in tabs are) that's a "hang out space"? I could see reasons for or against this idea.


The Hero's Code:

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

chatbox use

Very good idea to put this info on the front page of the chatbox - will do.

I do not want to encourage a tab for chit-chat because of the high cost of the chatbox to the site. If people want to just chit-chat, I'd rather they did it somewhere else. It would be a real shame if the chatbox became too expensive to maintain because of chit-chat use. We just migrated to a new server to accomodate chatbox use. I don't want to tip that one over, too.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

Excellent point on cost of chit-chat.

 I hadn't really thought about that. Glad you explained it.


The Hero's Code:

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

chit-chat chat

a very good point pro.

one thing that i am thinking about is that i think for me to be a newbie and enter a chat with a bunch of procrastinators getting their work done would be amazing. I think it would have been very useful to me to have gotten to know them. I got to know people here primarily thru the daily check-in. But since chat is so active, that seems a likely place these days.


maybe when newbies come, i shd say something like this:

<clement> hi newbie
<newbie> hi clement
<clement> newbie, this chat is where we go to practice the tools <http://...>
<clement> it's a work site for us.
<clement> we're happy to have u join us
<clement> the way it works is we post what we're going to do, and then we go off and try to do it, and we post the results after.
<clement> many of us here (me included) have found that it's very important to post failures as well as successes, even tho posting the failures feels very bad to us.
<clement> but this is a VERY encouraging, non-judgmental group.
<clement> we're all fellow sufferers--scratch that--recoverers.

Something like that. what do u think?

Feel free to remove this reply or move it if you want to keep this topic w/o replies for pasting into chat when necessary.

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orienting new members to chatbox

When I see a new member entering the chatbox, I usually ask what they are working on. If they say "nothing" (which has happened a few times), I explain this is a check-in room for people who are getting stuff done.

And of course, if they say they are working on x, then I try to encourage them!

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.