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Thursday 16 April

Starting...    one small step...    and another.   
  One small step is infinitely more than nothing.
wisdom          courage           serenity            hope             faith            persistence

Agnus saying hiya

Hiya!  Missed you guys. Been staying at Mom's and basically avoiding work, even though I told the boss I'd be doing some work while I was here....ergh.  J is with me so this is sort-of vacation, sort-of work, sort-of caregiving respite...too many sort-of's. I get demotivated when my objectives are fuzzy. 

Tonight I need to file a weekly AP report Done!  do a final Toolkit review and submit that sucker for printing. Each of these involves sub-steps that include some tedium that I resist, so I will chat through these. Also today is our wedding anniversary so J will not be happy with me pulling an all-nighter, and we have a date to do some tourist stuff in downtown DC tomorrow, so a decent night's rest will help my stamina for that.

"Split time" on travel can work

I have very little successful experience to share for split-time travel. If it's vaguely defined it's tough (even stressful), I agree. If what I needed to do is well-defined and understood by those I was with, I found it could work.

When I was back "vacationing" I needed to bring myself to focus on that and be there. Not always easy but not that much different than time off at home. 

To that end, I hope you enjoy DC! I don't know if you see it often but it's a great place to play tourist.

Recycler CI 2:30pm EST

Hi Pro Buddies!

I will be away from the computer through next Tuesday, April 21, so I want to do my CI now for today :)

Last night I was supposed to pack for my trip; but I didn't :o

So this morning before work, I threw everything into a couple of bags. (lol). Yeah, that's about the worse packing I have ever done in my life ;) (I don't really want to go on this trip.) I didn't go to the gym.

At work today, I have been pretty much diligent on my project list. I have one hard thing to do (update someone about a couple of projects). One of my coworkers is in the office. I think I will write up the same list & go over with them, to prep for when I can give it to the person that I need to talk with.

While my trip isn't supposed to be a bad one, I'm taking phone numbers from my other 12-step group, just in case! ;)

Some days are better than others!

Have a great weekend, everyone! :)



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

Enjoy your trip!  Looking

Enjoy your trip!  Looking forward to hearing back from you when you return.  Safe travels.

check in Starting

Ok by checking in, I am starting.............

I was really tired,full day yesterday and not much sleep, so I was slow this morning and unwilling to "start" feeling like "I did enough" yesterday. I was in the "getting willing t be willing" phase. Seems like checking into PA is the next real step of starting.............

I wanted to do a procratination task, but it seems too overwhelming to even think of one right now and the normal everyday living tasks are starting to pile up, so I did my basics, and 2. I want to start on the regular stuff -made a list 3. get my walk in 4. check in again.


All you have to do to dispose of a fear is to refuse to believe that there is danger. Then you will ignore it or laugh it out of existence. If you laugh at a thing and ridicule it you cannot possibly fear it. That is the reason why a sense of humor is such a strong antidote against fear.”  Dr. Low
I guess that is why I liked the movie "Yes Man" because it made doing things humous- I take myself and my tasks so seriously.
Thank you.
opps forgot already- keep my eyes on the balance beam and pray

check in babarino

I have 8 items on todo list. Will try to get thru 2 in next hour.

Journey 9:15

Yesterday was a so-so day.  Not too bad, not great.  I had a bunch of meetings and I didn't really use the time between meetings as well as I could have.  But yesterday is over and today is a new day.   I feel very serious today.  I hope this means I'll have a very productive day!

I have two projects with deliverables due at the end of next week.  I will divide my time between those two projects today.  I also have several meetings again today but I'm going to duck out of one.   Unfortunately the other THREE meetings are not multi-taskers so I need to use my time well between meetings.  

I've had coffee already, been to the gym, and checked on Dad.  Now for todo list.  Should be easy to make a todo list as my priorities are clear.  I'll be in the chatbox in a few.


There is a proper balance between not asking enough of oneself and asking or expecting too much.  - May Sarton

byGodsGrace todays CI

Word and prayer for the day: 2 cor 10:3-5, Proverbs 3:5 the message, Matthew 6:8

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track.”

"For your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him."

Thank you God for working in my life to demolish strongholds of fear and avoidance and to see myself the way you see me and created me to be. You know my every weakness, I can’t figure this out on my own, so help me to hear You in everything I do, everywhere I go… order my steps.

My to do list: 

Read Bible/Pray

email A, T

Call about napkins

Order Cake

Check tape order, Check balance. order ink

MIT1 job1 print – 5 steps 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

MIT2 jobM samples, email

jobAM labels format, print  onap

jobK email, back proof

dd st/ot 3.45-6p

Clear email/inbox for day 

job 2 continue   onap

Hope-Faith CI 8:13

Good morning all, looking forward to a very productive day. First on the list is to.

  1. Check e-mail
  2. Update financials
  3. Fly
    1. Unload dishwasher
    2. reboot laundry
    3. Swish and Swipe
  4. Shower
  5. Supper in crock
  6. Fold load of clothes
  7. Declutterd van a bit
  8. Off to moms for lunch -- :)


Sarito 13h50

Hi All,

Hope you are all off to a good start.  I woke up very late and am feeling rather groggy.  I still feel this chest cold thingy weighing me down.  Also, I have had yet another night of restless sleep. 

I may allow myself a nap... but I haven't figured out if that would be better or worse than getting on with the day and, hopefully, feeling so tired at the end of the day that I will actually be able to sleep through the night.  I have been turning into bed earlier, but I am still having trouble. 

On the upside, I got some things done yesterday and I am make a bit of progress on a few fronts. 

 To Do List: pick up train ticket (done), hardware store (done), pick up 2 items from 2 stores (done), gifts for inlaws (done), pack (starting now... done!), 3 hours practice, rewrite 2-3 fragment, vacuum (done), quick tidy up, wash sheets (done) , mail postcard and exercise, if time and energy permits. 

Wishing everyone pro recovery one day at a time.


kromer 7:15 CI

Yesterday was a very busy day, and by 7 I was exhausted and ready to stop work. That was fine (I spent the time visiting one friend and talking on the phone with another). However, I have a meeting at 10am today, and I still have quite a lot of prep left to do for that. I got up at 6:20 and have done most of my morning stuff, but am having trouble getting to work. So my govud until about 9:30 is to prep for this meeting, then I'll head out.

Then, I have some scheduled things: Mtg 10-11, class 11:00-12:30, lunch mtg 12:30-1:15ish

After that, I don't have anything urgent, but I do have a few things I'd like to get done
*Notes/followup from 10am mtg
*Email DG, PR, TH, clean out 100 emails from inbox
*Pick up package+library book
*Read paper for DG's project, print papers from TJ
*Organize papers
*Print all stats lectures, Review 3 stats lectures
*Grocery shopping+cooking

OK, heading to chatbox now to prep for mtg

kromer 1:25 CI

Did most of meeting prep, but didn't get through all the documentation I would have liked to write, so I've still got another couple hours left to do.

I emailed DG and PR, went to class and lunch mtg., then took a 10-min break.

I have an additional meeting at 2, so I need to quickly read paper for DG's project and head to that mtg,  After that mtg, I'll take notes from the mtg, pick up package and library book, print out stats lectures, and do an hour's more work on doc. for WG's project (doc conservation code and sequence extraction code). Heading to chatbox now to do my reading. 

kromer 9:50 CI

Haven't been hugely productive, but I did the above (except I didn't quite finish DG's paper). Then, I came home, shopped and cooked and then had a nice break. Now I'm going to review 3 stats lectures and document conservation code, finish reading DG's paper if I have time, then go to bed. Heading to chatbox now.

kromer 11:40 CO

Not a particularly productive evening, but I did get through 3 stats lects. Good night, all!

This year, Taxes mailed by 11:53 pm on Apr 15. Is this progress?

As noted in my last Check-In ( last night and today became the time to get down to finishing my taxes. I had been working on bits of them but much of the work was not handled until today.

Tax time has become one (sadly, not the only) of my regular last-minute deadlines. I do use e-filing now for what I can (even that was done late this evening) but some of my tax forms have to be mailed the old-fashioned way and it's become an annual ritual. I've become sufficiently used to it that I've streamlined the process slightly, prepping my Certified mailing at home and knowing where to park to avoid the big line of cars with other last-minute filers.

Tax time has also taken on new significance for me because it was a last minute mailing 3 years ago that made me realize I had a problem. The next day I found online and wrote my first post about that experience:

I did little more to follow through for some time after that, and almost forgot about this site. But as the problems from my procrastination have grown I've started returning to it and taking a closer look at other resources, particularly in the last few months.

If this year's tax time is a test of what I've learned I don't think I get a very good grade. I still had to go to the Post Office late on the last day and ended up getting my postmark quite late. I finished my mailing and walked away at 11:53 pm. I was better prepared this year, but I still left precious little to recover if anything had gone wrong, so it's still not much progress toward having my schedule under control.

Furthermore, I literally have a new pile of tasks as I look to clean up and file the remnants of my last minute tax preparation.

It's hard to avoid discouragement at times like this. How did I develop this knack for handling deadlines at the very last minute? To borrow a phrase from Charlie Brown, "What a terrible thing to be an expert at."

For better or worse, though, I wasn't totally alone. Once I had my own taxes in the mail I had a chance to look around and take in the line of cars with other last-minute filers. How many of those people have a chronic problem and how many realize it? Or are there really that many who just had bad luck this year and usually don't run so late?

I have to focus on my situation though. That means getting some rest for a new day, figuratively and literally:
- At work, confronting the oft-delayed Most Important Tasks (MITs)
- At home, doing likewise... starting with the tax cleanup
  (I couldn't guess how many times I've added to my disorganization by not following through with post-project cleanup and filing!)

I'll get the game plan for tomorrow worked out after some rest. But I've clearly have much to ponder and more importantly to do something about if I am to get past a life of last-minute deadlines.

"Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of."
Benjamin Franklin

efiled at 11:58 pm April 15

yep, that was the time stamp.

but they were really mostly done 2 days before. We were just tweaking.

And had some other things going on in the eve yesterday, so final review started at like 10pm.

I am obviously not a recoverED procrastinator, but only a recoverING one.

Note to self, and all other pcras'ers who filed on time, no matter how late. We have friends here who did not file on time. Some not for several years.

And, yet, some who this year caught up with all their back taxes.

No matter where you are, it could be worse, and there is hope here that it will get better.

I exist in that hope.

the touch of the master's hand:

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

Wisdom of Charlie Brown

"What a terrible thing to be an expert at."  Totally there with you on that one. 

'by not following through

'by not following through with post-project cleanup and filing'

... I can so identify with that!

Chick's CI

I made a deadline for project l. I do want to finish it. Today that's the MIT