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.

Jennifer Yip 3.40pm

1)Went for interview as sales assistant today. Came back at 1pm. Ate lunch and returned at 2pm

2)Procrastinated by browsing websites instead of writing resume and sending it to companiesYell

3)Now it is 3.40pm and I haven't written a single word on my resume

4)Has been like this for the past one month that's why no job because never send resume out.[However working in relatives' business and paid $400 monthly)

 5)Wonder whether that is going to be the rest of my life. No permanent office job, just drift from low-qualification job from one industry to another.

6)Wish me luck. Going to try writing my resume now even though my qualifications don't fit it.

Second and third starts

I have a problem. Usually the first time of 20 minutes that I start doing my work, I overextend and start doing my work for 40 minutes to one hour.

Then I take a 20 min break and I find it hard to go back to it a second or third time as I feel more tired. Now as I am writing this, I feel it is a psychological thing. How can one feel tired when one is lazing around the whole day but I feel saturated when I am doing the second time. It is all this basing tiredness on emotions and not discipline? Now trying to find a solution to the problem.

extending work and breaks

i'm still new at this, but i can report the exact same thing. all the work blocks and breaks got extended for me my whole life. The readings here tells us that this pattern makes it harder to start and take a break, because we know they will be longer than we planned.

I have been trying to stop my work breaks, even if i'm in the middle of something, on the timer, right at 15 min or 60 min or whatever i had decided. And same for breaks. It has been working so far, allowing me to start believing myself that a 10 min break will really only be a 10 min break so i will get back to my work, so it's easer to take that break.

But this is new to me so it might be just novelty, dont know yet. But let us kno what you try and how it works.

the touch of the master's hand:

"fall down seven times, get up eight" - japanese proverb

Jennifer Yip 5.00pm: Small Road block

1)Getting up from seat. Rested for half hour because someone spoke to me. During the rest, watched television serial.

2)Now don't feel like studying anymore. Crap! Want to half computer now and read magazine because just feel like it.

3)Also for some time, I suffered from an illness which I cannot anyhow move about and live in a relative's place. Now my relative is not very pleased about me staying on now I am well but I made a promise to myself that I cannot go home until I get a permanent job because I can't meet a family member which I bullied very badly last time until I do so and I don't want to intimidate her by staying at home.

4)After writing on this website, feel like writing somemore. Now can control urge but for the sake of it, just want to get up and read magazine. HOW HOW HOW????

5)At least, I wrote half a cover letter

hi again jennifer

thanks for sharing your struggle here. It is encouraging to me to see another person trying to overcome their procrastination. I have many times felt they way you do, including this morning.

I think it's great that you keep coming back, and that you can post failures as well as successes. I've found posting failures key to my recovery.

the touch of the master's hand:

"fall down seven times, get up eight" - japanese proverb

Jennifer Yip 3.55pm: Irrelevant Road block

1)Read job classifieds in newspaper. Felt depressed have to be employed by those small and medium enterprise and wanted to get up seat and start procrastinating by reading newspaper(One of my favourite procrastinating ways).

2)Got a glass of mango juice to drink. OK now. Waiting for website to pop up so can see what jobs are available in the company and start applying for them.

3)God help me. Please pray for me.

Thanks for all the prayers

Thank you. I never expected so many people to read my post and offer prayers. Now is Monday. I wish to thank the person who suggested I spend 5 minutes on my resume. 20 minutes is more suitable for me. I tell myself ever minute counts and if I spend even one minute getting angry then it will be one minute less to write my resume. And send it even if I do not finish writing the whole resume within 20 minutes, I will still send it to the employer via email. After 20 minutes of work, I will rest for 20 minutes followed by the next 20 minutes of work.

However, I try to work fast to complete each resume within 20 minutes as I get depressed that I have to go back to the resume for the next block of 20 minutes which tends to add slightly to my procrastination. 

 Well. so far I have only written one full resume so far and sent it but I only discovered this method since last Saturday. I hope to start on it immediately and do not procrastinate.

 I think I have found out the problem to my procrastination. Because it relates to my history of not studying for 6 years and get looked down upon by my classmates and my relatives and my parents not noticing it. THus for me, it seems that there is an endless expanse of time to complete my tasks. Even if I don't study during those years, then it is a procrastination and it is my fault.

sending prayers, too!

Hi Jennifer!

Welcome! Sending prayers, too!

Yummm, mango juice sounds yummy :)



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

Jennifer's road block

Hi Jennifer!  Keep posting, and keep starting again.  If you can't face writing the resume all at once, set a timer and work on it for five minutes. 

Prayer sent as requested :)


For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want - Romans 7:19

Jennifer's road block, road to recovery :-)

Hi Jennifer,

Just want to encourage you - I'm new here and the more I started dealing with feelings and reading the resources here and posting and using the tools the better I have done - still hard days, but facing them, baby steps. There are many very wise and encouraging friends here to help. I think you are very courageous :-)

Prayed for you too! :-)

2 Cor. 12:9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”