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Thursday 23 April 2009

A new day, a new start.
I can go forward.    Every small step counts.
I wil get more done if I let go of the guilt and stay present in the present moment.
serenity       courage          wisdom           faith           hope          gratitude

Check in

Someone shared about backsliding- I guess I did today. I did not get to the bank or sears. I get papers together for bank and spent all day looking for the sears receipt, which I did not find. All I could think is What is wrong with me?

I did some of the things on the list but was very hard on myself. I am not "escaping" into an addicition so the feelings of self loathing are strong. Did not walk.Feel so fat.

Some good things: got letters done, got info on something I was at a standstill with and now can go forward, found something that I have been looking for since December, I thought I had lost it, Got to store, made dinner, took and brought son home from soccer, helped son study for test, dishes. prayed. I guess the day wasn;t as bad as I "felt" it was, I need t practise gratitude, 20 years ago, this day would have been full of gratitude. I need to do more service and get out of my head.

Thanks fr letting me share.

Recycler CI 7pm EST

Hi Pro Buddies!

I think exercise is turning the tide, and that I will sleep well tonight :)

I walked to the gym this morning (I got up on time, even though I didn't sleep well last night). I did my full cardio, ab exercises, stretching, showered, & got ready for work.

At work, I clocked in. Then it was Staff Appreciation Day off-site, so I had breakfast there, went to self-care workshops, and had a banquet lunch with an NPR host as speaker :) Later in the afternoon, just a couple hours in the office, so went through email, did some communications, etc. Walked home after work, stretched, started a load of clothes in the washer, and have gotten on the computer. Next try to do one more load of clothes, maybe a load of dishes (?), and write 1-2 emails to friends. I feel like I can get a normal night's sleep tonight, so I think I can stay up until at least 9pm before turning in.

Have a great night, everyone! :)



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

ktgato64 4:39 pm

Kay, got home from school like 45 minutes ago and I got to get to work!!! Here are my things I want to do:

Finish All Homework Within 3 Hours

Write In Journal

Eat Dinner

I'll get those things done, and then maybe add more.

Sammy ci :: 10:40 am

Happy Thursday!

I'm going to make today a good, productive day! Feeling encouraged by productive-ness last night.

Made really great progress last night (and stayed on task! now if only I could work like that all the time.....)

Found out 2 other classmates are in the same boat as me with the project I've been working on.... after further conversation, I know one of them is a chronic procrastinator like me, and the other may be as well. Perhaps this is God giving me the opportunity to start up PA meetings here in my area?! I just feel a hundred times better knowing I'm not the only designer at my school with serious procrastination issues!

Today I need to make MAJOR MAJOR progress on part 2 of LCFA project. Giving God all my anxiety and asking him for inspiration! Class at 3 pm, must leave home by 2:30. Will take a short break after class tonight, then work work work work until part 3 of LCFA project is done. Even if it means staying up alllll night!   

 This is Do-Able!

Today I am thankful for the times when tasks seem light. Thanking God for J and T, and lifting them up for healing from procrastination problems. 

Hazelden thought for the day for Thursday

In recovery, perhaps first we make peace with ourselves, and not until later do we become our own friends. We have been at war with ourselves and in turmoil with our families, even while feeling like victims. This program lays out Twelve Steps we can follow to become friends with ourselves. In recovery we may still feel self-hate when we constantly monitor our every action, when we react to our mistakes by berating ourselves, and when we dwell on past offenses. Would we put a friend through that?

A true friend will accept you as you are. He doesn't put you down or call you derogatory names. He'll give you honest feedback and won't put on a false front. He'll support you when you're in trouble. Being our own friend means doing these things for ourselves. Perhaps we can even embrace and be kind to the part of ourselves that is addicted and codependent.

Today, I will be a friend to my whole self - even the parts of me I have rejected.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©1986, 1991 by Hazelden Foundation. 

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

What is Hazelden?

Hi Journey,

Was curious to know what is Hazelden?  I remember someone once put me on some sort of email list where I would get daily inspiration from the same name but never really knew what it was exactly.  Used to get great quotes.  But that was years ago... 

re: hazelden

Hazelden is an addiction recovery place.  Their website has some good resources, and they have a great bookstore. They also have a radio station with a lot of spiritual and new-agey stuff.   I used to listen to their podcasts before they started CHARGING for them lol.


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

good to know... thanks! 

good to know... thanks! 

thanks, Jo

I needed to hear that today. :-)


byGodsGrace todays ci

Great starter chickadee, tho I am doing well on present task and the others I am juggling, it would be so easy to feel overwhelmed and say to myself, so what if I am handling my current obligations well... what about the scary backlog and other difficult circumstances and how will you fit all of that in.So I will choose today to  not ruin the hope of my current progress by dwelling on how far there still is to go, and I will not feel guilty for what has already happened or I will never be able to continue progress in the present or begin to face the still to be done!

 Last day of assembly or anything for Job1 so glad this one will be done! I have not had to do an all nighter and will be early for event and on time for client – progress!  Prefer design work because I can work and chat more – but using tools and praying through and doing well even tho client is difficult.  Praying as I prepare to meet them this evening to walk in peace and wisdom. 

Word and prayer for the day: Psalm 119:114

You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.

God does not just want to give you strength - He wants to be your strength! Joyce Meyer 

“So I pray, Bring me joy, bring me peace, Bring the chance to be free, Bring me anything that brings You glory”mercy me, bring the rain

My to do list: 

Read Bible/Pray, dd school

MIT1 job1 deadline:, 400 bows part2, rp final touches, pcds, dblck counts, receipt/items done, jobK – print cards/bag

call A, dd pickup 2.30, st 3:45-5:15

Job1 client 6pm

YAY! thank you Lord! Met my deadline today and earliest to get done before an event and client said she was happy and loved everything - no conflict at all!

Clear email/inbox for day,  Thank you notes, job3 page layout, proof

check in babarino

Still working on yesterdays list. Will cut and paste when I get to office. Got good news yesterday got extension that I needed. (through no fault of my own)

put together info (in progress)

call L about research

make list for action items for May projects

turn in cc

call bw re two things

research-any other angles I've missed?

journey 8:45

Good morning!  I was early to work today so I'm using the first half hour to review my goals and do some thinking.  Have an enjoyable and productive day everyone!

Then, coffee, todo list, chatbox.


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

kromer 8 CI

Another long day, but a manageable one.

Scheduled: Class 11-12:30, BE seminar 4-5

1)Finish CSB lab (due at 5 today, but I'm pretty close). Here are the steps I need to take
1a)Make 2 figures showing network
1b)Make figure showing raw data/data processing
1c)Edit text for clarity/organization, fill in all references (started)
1d)If time, make figure showing synthetic data
2)Email MC, SM, deacons, RH
3)Grocery shopping (inc. shopping for church potluck)
4)Decorations for Apprec. Sun.
5)Notes from Harambee and from mtg w/ DP

Other tasks:
1)Raw data proc. for DG's project
2)Prep presentation for Apprec. Sun.
4)Tutoring prep

1)Lunch with classmates
2)Dinner with Gerrie

OK, right now I'll do steps a-c on the lab, then I'll head to class and have lunch with my classmates after. Heading to chatbox now.

kromer 5:30 CI

Started taking notes from mtg w/ DP, then went to bio colloqium, then took a (much-needed) 30 min break and had a snack.

I'm going to leave to have dinner w/ Gerrie in about 45 min, but before then I want to get the decorations for appreciation Sunday done, and send emails if I have time. Heading to chatbox now. After dinner, I'll go grocery shopping, then check back. 

kromer 1:10 CI

Making decent progress.

I think I'm not going to try and get synthetic data's not essential to my project, and I'd rather spend my time on other tasks.

Instead, I'm going to take about an hour to finish editing my lab report, then I'll email it to profs.

Then, I'll take care of email, notes, and decorations, then start tutoring prep if I have time before BE seminar. 

Heading to chatbox to finish work on my lab report. 

kromer 3:40 CI

FINALLY done with lab report! Slow going, but at least it's done.

Right now, I'm going to take care of notes from mtg w/ DP, and notes from Harambee last night if I have time, then I'll head to seminar. 

Every small step counts

I love the message above. So much truth and hope.

Every small step counts. That is a hard one. My tendency is to think if something was a small step, "WHY BOTHER"? That all or nothing thinking. I think my cat even understood this concept better than me.

I had to try to think differently and lower my expectations- a small step is better than no step, and eventually things get done with my HP's help.

 Yesterday I had 2 items I wanted to complete (bank and sears). I went into that crazy twilight zone and was going in circles (one more thing upstairs, forgot one paper, should do this ,etc. I was literally going in circles- I know I did not want to face either task, and the more I went in circles the more I procrastinated. I was even too ashamed to go to this site.

Then I got the idea- just go to the bank - (because I had it written here) and out of the house- and I did. By the time I got out of the house, it was after 1 pm. I paid my visa bill and got to the gym.

At the bank, I made an appt with the only person who "understands" . It's not that I don't have the money, but this is not our main account with my husband. This is mostly a household account and it is sooooooo messed up because of my record keeping and procrastination.  In the past, when things got so messed up, I would just close the account- and start fresh at another bank-I may have to do it again.

So, I need to find the papers- it is 7:30, I told her I would be there at 9:30. She is very nice but I feel so ashamed- not for the mistakes but the procrastination. The last time I went to see her, they said "This happened 3 months ago, why didn't you call us then?" I felt like I wanted to die. I don't know, I gave the usual "excuses", and here I go again...I feel so small and worthless.

I never got it together to go to sears, so I hope I do today, or it will be to late to return the items I bought and I will be stuck withg $100 of something I don't want/need.

Got home late and then had to help son cram for 3 tests (guess he takes after me).

ok, ok- I will get more done if I let go of the guilt and stay in the present moment. I really needed to see that. I will try,

So my list is:

1. basics, (meditations, etc)

2. bank stuff

3 sears stuff

4. check in later

Thanks it helps to check in.


GeorgeSmiley, 6:35 AM

I began this day with a meditation reading, something I've let slide for a couple of weeks. One phrase in my reading (from Being Peace by the Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh) stood out for me and I've copied it down: "The most basic precept of all is to be aware of what we do, what we are, each minute. Every other precept will follow from that."


This is an early start for me. I've been awake since before 4 am and got up at 5 to shower. Breakfast is over, I've read 2 of our 3 newspapers, and I'm going to start working now. 

Mrs. GS is feeling much, much better and will go back to work today.

MIT#1 is to wrap up Project T-F

MIT#2 is to finish (and start) Project W-M-4

MIT#3 is to work on Project P-7

MIT#4 is to work on Project E

So much for focusing on one project in a day :-) But that's OK. I think MIT#2 will be the big part of today.




The Hero's Code:

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

Update 11 AM + 3 PM


MIT#1 is to wrap up Project T-F  DONE!

MIT#2 is to finish (and start) Project W-M-4  3 PM: Lots of progress made. Couldn't finish but that's OK. I can finish tomorrow.

MIT#3 is to work on Project P-7 -- Still need to make phone call today

MIT#4 is to work on Project E-- No progress on that one. need to gt somthing started.



The Hero's Code:

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


I find it easier to feel the pain and have the courage to "look at what we are" part by checking in here.

Sarito check in 11h32

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are all having a lovely spring morning.  Here, the sun is shining. 

Had to get up at 5am to deal with a delivery.  Slept very little last nite.  So, I went back to bed and feel much better and more ready to tackle the day.

I have a scary number of glasses and dishes to tend to from last nite's party...

To Do List:

morning coffee (done), read spiritual literature, write, wash dishes (done), 12 step meeting (done), practice 3 hours.

I'm going to try and be more specific w/practice.  Work on corrections from yesterday's coachings first.  Then, B, some Bl and read through a Sc. 

Will also try to bookend practice.  After every hour I will type in what I was able to do...

Also, I'm going to keep reciting the simplify, simplify, simplify mantra.   

Today, my head wants to go into many negative places: regret, resentment, guilt and loss. 

Instead, I will choose to reflect on gratitude, abundance, fellowship and support.

Cheers everyone,


Having a hard time getting grounded

Okay, I've wasted a lot of time now.  Surprisingly, I left 12 step meeting feeling worse and more isolated and less supported.  Strange, since it usually has the opposite effect 

Going to have lunch now and do some literature reading with the hopes of finding myself in a better place.

Got an hour of concentrated practice in

Just bookended an hour of practice.  It was actually pretty good work.  Got some clarity.  Feeling good about it.  Man, I haven't felt so down in a while.  It was my old behaviors of panic, anxiety and then shutdown mode.  I am incredibly grateful I was able to get out my funk even if it was just for an hour.  Will check in again about second hour of work.

It really is baby, baby steps for me today...

Just got a second hour in.  Some things are coming along.  I see more improvement.  Will give myself another 5-10 minute break and will head back for my third hour.

Grateful for my second hour of procrastination recovery.

Just got my third hour in.  Still lots to work on but I really made important headway today so I am very, very, very grateful.  All of a sudden, it doesn't feel like I'm climbing Mt. Everest barefoot and with no equipment on.  

Plan to make some phone calls, read literature which I didn't get to, have a simple dinner and turn in early.

In gratitude,


Hope-Fatih CI 5:25

Up on time today. YAY I have rebooted laundry, dishwasher going, checked e-mail, updated financials. Next

  1. Update post
  2. Find Files for AAW
  3. Update paper pencil todo
  4. Update blog
  5. Get ready
  6. Fold some clothes is time permits Time did not permit
  7. Leave
  8. Work
    1. Check e-mail
    2. CI and Update
    3. Check P & P todo
    4. Plan 2nd & 4th
      1. Copies of 5.03 and 7.01
    5. Plan 3rd
    6. Send e-mail about AAW
    7. Get some info on peer coaching Left message
    8. Update grades  2nd    3rd     4th
    9. Lunch
    10. E-mail budget for certificates and refreshments
    11. 15 min classroom clutter
    12. 15 plan for exam review
    13. Drop off OSS Plans
  9. After work
    1. Pick up prescription
    2. Libary
  10. Home
    1. Weed garden 4:15-4:45
    2. Walk Goats 4:15-4:45
    3. Homework/Super 4:45-5:15
    4. Iron black/white 4:45-5:15
  11. Leave - Practice DD 5:15-7:00
  12. Home
    1. Bath/Clothes next day 7:30
    2. 15 min F/C 7:30
    3. 15 min Fold Clothes 7:30
    4. Read--TV--Family Time
  13. Lights Out



Thanks for replies Jo and Sarito. Goat walking not fun. They are show goats and at this point in the game the are not working with us. Both goats weigh more then my children, and in fact one of the goats walked (dragged) my son the other day. However it is an awsome learning experience for me as well is my kids and it does get us outside which is good. (Away from TV which my DD dearly loves) This is our 4th year showing goats the show is less than a week away and I am very nervious for my children, because the goats are so strong willed more so then my children

Sarito, I am hoping that this type of break down will work I seem to always be trying something new and never sticking with it. So good luck to me participating on this site is the first orginization tool that I have stuck with. Even when I fall of the wagon I come back and just pick up where I left off. LOVE IT -- NEED IT

I also like to color code as I am sure you can tell.

Have a super great (productive) day.






oh me gosh.  i looove that

oh me gosh.  i looove that you have to walk goats!  i also love the way you have your list broken into rough time segments (work, after work, home, etc.).  great idea.  maybe i will try that too. 

re: goats

Thanks to Hope-Faith and Chickadee, I am now immensely grateful that my todo list does NOT contain any of the following words:

  • manure
  • throwup
  • goats

 Jo (all in good fun, I truly respect those of you who actually do things outside)

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

Chick in

gratitude that all is well resolved with a situation that seemed tricky yesterday; insight that dealing with personal stuff as well as work stuff at the right time brings serenity.

project l

make completion plan




postoffice [packages now wrapped and addressed]

food[realized I still had enough fresh veg in the fridge]

commit to a paper sort this evening