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.

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009


  1. We admitted we were powerless over procrastination—that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

Agnus 6:45pm

Already had a sizeably packed day - missed church :-( did lots of cleaning and hosted a Hollywood makeover party for some girlfriends - it was fun. The whirlwind cleaning spree reminded me of a funny line: "Nothing cleans like company!"  Also I got some laundry done, as there is nothing for me to wear on the 4-day trip that starts tomorrow afternoon.

There's also no cat food, dog treats, ibubrofen, turmeric or dishsoap, all of which we need tonight and tomorrow.  J went out earlier (escaping the makeup party!) but forgot the list, so I should plan to shop tonight. Also I still have 8 hours of work that needs to be done by 8 a.m. tomorrow, and I am tired and my back hurts.

I'm going to spend 30 minutes in prayer, my PT exercises and nap, and check back in here at 7:15 (eastern US) with a plan.

Ag 8pm

I drifted online for 10 minutes, then rested 5 minutes, and did neck PT for 10. Mom called so I've been talking to her while cleaning in the kitchen. Now I need to commit a work plan. But I also need a meeting!  Ack! This indecisiveness slows me down so much...<<<pausing to pray...>>> OK, here's the question: What do I need to have accomplished by the time I leave for the airport tomorrow at 4?

Thanks for the Good Orderly Direction, HP!  My next task is clear: Create tonight's to-do list by working backward from 4 p.m. tomorrow. Back here with it when done.

Now until liftoff...

  • Eat dinner
  • Prep and go to bed
  • 6am up, pray, pets, MOVE!
  • timecard and expense report
  • AP spreadsheet work
  • sponsor call 7:30
  • AP 1-sheet
  • Call KT, book hotel and rental car
  • Call DH, finalize software order
  • Call an AP or two and say hi
  • Call MA re: fax and .eps; did she mail the form I need?
  • Call MckWIB
  • lunch - pack dinner and oatmeal
  • Call RF
  • Call NJ
  • Call ME
  • Call IN
  • 3pm final check of emails and clean inbox
  • pack suitcase and briefcase
  • 3:50 log on for dry run
  • 4:30 leave for airport

great plan agnus!

Just wanted to encourage you Agnus - I can so relate to all that you posted - I am better in some areas and even more aware of my weakness in others - but staying connected and working thru it and so grateful to be alongside others doing the same!

I did make evening church service tonight, 15 min late... but went in anyway! Always glad when I do - thot I'd share the best point I got from the service with you since you didn't get to go! "There are only 2 reasons we don't ask God/HP for help...1) we don't think He has it...2) We don't think He will give it to us...." (I often catch myself avoiding prayer for reason 2 and have to remind myself He loves me and He will!) Then on the way out someone i don't know handed me a note and said heres a word for you... It was! thot i would share it :-)

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he will direct thy paths. proverbs 3:6

nice confirmation that seeking him brings order and clarity to my steps!

and under that scripture was this one:

...there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. prov 18:24

Lately I have been struggling a bit with loneliness - when not on deadline rush, getting things even tho there is no one to approve or impress - so a nice reminder that I am not alone! And of course I have my wonderful friends here too :-)

Grace and strength to you as you do what is needed before your trip - I will be working alongside you to meet my deadlines.

Ag thx bgg!

that's rich stuff...thanks!  I've been wasting time checking websites about how to minimize flu risks when flying...I already know, and do take precautions all the time. Just catching the worry bug from too much news exposure!  Back to working my plan now. Thanks for the reach-out.

byGodsGrace todays ci

Hi Everyone! My internet connection went down right in the middle of posting my ci this morning! Finally reconnected but not at home to do it!  I don't like not posting ci or being connected online - it has become a habit, i like good habits!

 Thanks Sarito for the step starter! I too find great comfort and hope in their truth and have overcome many things "by Gods Grace" using those steps before I really knew what they were!  Now that I know them it is even better, believing God to help me overcome avoidance the same way he has helped me overcome other addictions in the past.

Word and prayer for the day:

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

Jeremiah 32:27 Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?

Reading: Many of us think that we could handle life's challenges better if we only had self confidence. While self confidence helps, it is limited to only what we can do by ourselves.I have learned that God confidence is much more powerful.

My to do list - rest of day:

Job2 made progress, today need2finish by tomorrow, design plan, sample, invoice, emails

jobFS email, email jobC about phone mtg, email P, call JobAT, email jobAT

plan jobM, job2, plan week, plan bills/expenses

playtime for dd, Church 6p

Thank you notes, photo cds (started finally) 

Lord help me, i just twittered away an hour and a half - justified it by telling myself it is good networking for business, truth it good thing, bad timing - need to do this design and I am avoiding it.Music, prayer to use time before going to sleep wisely.

chick checks in

Back--thanks for the helpful and inspiring starters for today and yesterday

unpack, dig raised veg. patch, put in walls and manure

tidy one hotspot.

stint on m

planning for week

papersort-even just 5 pcs

Got to church on time!

I felt so much better about myself and I did not almost have a car accident going to my adult class. I knew when I had to leave to be there and that is what I focused on.

I shared once at my other 12 step meetings- I never "plan" to be late, but I never "plan" to be on time. I need to plan the exact time to leave and then do it.

The girl I told about pa last week, did finish her papers at 6am (due that morning). She said she wanted to try pa at the begining of the next school term. I could relate to that- she probably could not handle the stress or one more thing. At leaset she had a sense of humor and said she was procrastinating pa, it made me feel good to know she may try it later.

Someone shared that "which came first" cycle- depression or procrastination. I am really trying hard to stay out of self pity. I hate to even use that work- to me it has the same stigma as lazy, self centered, obnoxious, etc. Maybe that is the wrong word to use- it is more like a clinical depression, frozen, self loathing feeling that leads to self criticism, blame, anger, etc.paralysis and mental torment. It does help to share and know that these symptoms are part of the procratination disorder and I am not alone.

So today- 1. I did get to adult sunday school and church on time, read paper, have been surfing on the computer aimlessly for 2 hr. now.

My son has soccer at 3pm, I keep checking my e-mail because it is raining and I am not sure if it will be canceled. He has a cold, so I don't know if I want him to go if it is not canceled. My husband's birthday is tues., I wanted us to go to a movie/dinner? He took off before I could tell him, so I don't know when he will be back. So once again, because I procrastinated about talking to him, I am left with indecision and anxiety.

I just need to start moving now. So now, next 3 things are shower, help son with homework, by that time we should decide on soccer or movie.

Thanks for letting me share here. Progress not perfection.


yay vic!

So awesome to make it to church on time! I still struggle with that and making myself go if I am not on time - I was late this morning and gave up instead of pushing thru, but I am already dressed and ready for service tonight so 1 out of 2 is my progress not perfection today!

Be encouraged vic, you are overcoming more and more everyday, me too! JM twitter recently said:  " I may not be where I want to be, but thank God I'm not where I used to be" - one of my fav quotes!

at least you made it!

Way to go, bgg, and big gratz to vic!  I gave up at 10:35, when I realized I had planned my schedule so poorly that not only was I already late for 10:30 church, but my house would be really dirty (even dishes undone) when company arrived at 1.  Sigh. 

thank you

Thank you both Grace and Agnus. It so helps to be understood and not have to feel intense shame. Did you know if a boat changed it's course by 1 degree it would land in a different continent after crossing the ocean? I feel like we are all on this boat of change- it is both an adventure and a challenge, and best of all this boat gives us the hope and support and map we need to make it.

We got to soccer, they won 4-0 now. Did not do too much at home- my son did his own homework and I will check it tommorrow. But it's ok, I did not shut down. I am thankful for that miracle and all the people in pa.

May God continue to bless all of us and will check in tommorrow.

Journey noon

slept late then sat on the porch with DH and relaxed for a while this morning.   Now it's time to get to work!  First on the agenda: laundry.  


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


12 step(done)
Ce (2 of them)(done)
Buy b day Gift(done)

Movingalong gratefully checks in

Hello all.

I try to post a check-in periodicaly, maybe two or three times per month.

I don't have much to report this time -- still working to slowly dissolve some blocks.

Just wanted to say that I read here often, and I really appreciate the wisdom that everyone shares.

I am grateful for this group.

I have gained some recovery in some of my other programs, largely due to wisdom I have learned here.

Thank you P.A., and thank you Higher Power.

-- movingalong

Weekly P.A. 12-Step Meeting in "meetings chatbox"

Procrastinators Anonymous weekly 12-Step meeting in "meetings chatbox".

This meeting follows a 12-Step Meeting format.

Meeting is held:

  • Sunday morning/midday in Hawaii/Alaska and Pacific Time
  • Sunday afternoon in the Americas
  • Later Sunday evening in Europe/Africa
  • Very early Monday morning in Asia/Australia/NZ

(Meeting is Sunday 7:30 PM GMT -
STANDARD time year round.

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Time in USA Eastern Daylight Time:
Sunday 3:30 PM

Time in British Daylight Time:
Sunday 8:30 PM

Time in Sydney Australia STANDARD Time:
Monday 5:30 AM

It works when we "work it". Let's do whatever it takes to find recovery. All are welcome.

No obligation to attend. No need to "report in". No attendance taken.

Come when you feel called to come!

All are welcome!


Recycler CI 9:40am EST

Hi Pro Buddies!

I brought two new-to-me patio chairs & a pedestal accent table to my condo this morning, thanks to a neighbor who had put them out by the roadside last night for someone to take. They were still there this morning, so I went around in my car and got them. They are furniture-quality chairs (more than lawn chairs) so I am very happy with them :)

Bringing in the new chairs inspired me to re-arramge the balcony arrangement. A couple of plants hadn't made it too well through the winter, so I took those to the dumpster. My dad & aunt will visit in 2 weeks. I still need to sweep & do a couple more things before their visit, but should be able to do that next weekend :)

Finally, after all that, it was time for my bike ride. It had rained yesterday & during the night, so it was the perfect air & temperature for a morning bike ride. Being Sunday morning, even though it was later than my usual riding time, there was still enough of a scarcity of cars to make the ride relaxing and enjoyable.

However there were extra people at the park where I do my qigong. As much as I could, I took time enjoying the garden which was refreshed by the recent rain, and tried to time my qigong when people & their pets weren't directly around. I'm at that garden only 1 day a week, and today I really needed to be there to help me spend time with HP, to help me recover from some disappointments & painful thoughts I had yesterday. That accomplished as much self-care as I can do for this morning.

Next I need to putter around the condo. At some point I am going to go on the train & uptown to the gym. We'll see how it goes!

5:05pm. I've kept at it today. I've washed several loads of clothes, and run the dishwasher. I went on the train uptown & to the gym. I colored & cut my hair.

I need to fix something to eat, and I need to type some stuff. After that, I can write some emails to friends, then get ready to talk to my dad on the telephone tonight. I will probably go to bed early tonight.

9:30pm. I fixed food. I typed what I was supposed to type. I talked to Dad on the phone. I wrote emails to friends. I also called some [local] people in my other 12-step program; I was feeling lonely & need to talk to someone. Now it's time to go to sleep.

Have a great day, everyone! :)



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

Falcon CI Sun.

Hi pro buddies,

I have some things to do today, and I want to be able to take a nap in the afternoon if I need one (still recovering from health problems & needing rest.)  If I want my nap later, I'd better get moving now!

I need to:

  • Get cleaned up & dressed
  • Take car for oil change
  • Get groceries
  • Write blurb for concert
  • Go through current task list & organize


Falcon CI coming along

Coming along. . . I got dressed, went to the bank & got gas (forgot to put those on list) got the groceries, and wrote the blurb. I'm eating some lunch, then I'll go take to car in for an oil change.

I also need to run a load of laundry today -- I can do that while napping later.


Trinity CI 7:45 a.m.

I am up way early on a Sunday morning. I didn't get enough sleep at all and feel so exhausted so I think I'm going to go back to sleep for a few hours.


Here is what I have to do today:


-Complete 2 lesson plans for my adol lit class

-Study for my age of revolution quiz

-skim through reading ling

-Finish dishes


-Have fiance help with cleaning

-Book club at 6

-Watch Seven Pounds

-Set out clothes for tomorrow and anything else need.

-Get to bed by 11.

3 Steps

Great info! Thanks!

Sarito Early Check-in

Hi All,

Getting ready for tomorrow.  I thought it would be helpful to review the first three steps.  When I first joined program, I had hit rock bottom.  I found great comfort in listening to a wise soul in the rooms who used to tell me that the first three steps are like dance steps.  I practice them over and over again until I really get them in my bones...

Somehow, it was a great comfort to me in my early days of abstinence.  I'm hoping it will work the same way with my pro addiction.  

My goal for tomorrow is to be up by 8am, have my morning coffee and go for a run in the park.     


Self-care: run in parkfloor exercises; spiritual reading; 12 steps; facial 

School: review more So Dictees, intervalles chants, Mess chants; choose 1 orch ex (start from back to front); review details from coaching in Mo; listen to Bl CD & start working on pg 1-2 details; play though (but don't work on) Ba & Pro.

Household: grocery list; market; recycling; vacuum; clean bathroom & kitchen; wash dishes; laundry; dustingtidy up main roomweekly meal planning; cook 



Sarito - message for you

Hi Sarito!

Thanks for the thread starter.

By the way, did you know that,
here at Procrastinators Anonymous,
for Step 3:
instead of "God as we understand Him",
we say "God as we understand God".

Our membership has a broad variety of beliefs and philosophies.

Not everyone sees God as male.

Not everyone sees God as a "person".

The focus is simply on "a Power Greater than Oneself" -- whatever that means to each person.

But of course you were following the generic 12-Step listing of the steps, so I completely understand.

I need to remember to avoid worrying too much about how things are worded. That would just be another form of my procrastination disease!

Glad you posted the first three steps.

Regarding the "Promises", of course the A.A. promises are universal and help everyone. They are fine, just as they are.

However, it has been noted that there are sometimes "specific" versions of the promises for different types of 12-Step addictions/ compulsions.

We have a discussion in which we are coming up with specific phrases for a "Promises" document specifically about procrastination. Everyone is welcome to contribute any ideas there.

Our "Promises thread" is here:

Would love your input -- and EVERYONE's input.

Would also like to welcome you to 12-Step PA meetings in the "meetings chatbox" here on the website.

Online 12-step Meeting info here:

I don't post regularly on the forums, but I do read the forums.

I see that you've been active here, since you joined.

Glad you're here!

Thanks for all the info

Thanks for all the info and for pointing these things out.  I'm still poking around through all the material on the forum.  Lots of really great stuff.  Good to know re: God.  See you around!! 


Sarito CL Update 20h00


Self-care: run in parkfloor exercises; spiritual reading; 12 steps; facial 

School: review more So Dictees, intervalles chants, Mess chants; choose 1 orch ex (start from back to front); review details from coaching in Mo; listen to Bl CD & start working on pg 1-2 details; play though (but don't work on) Ba & Pro.

Household: grocery list; market; recycling; vacuum; clean bathroom & kitchen; wash dishes; laundry; dustingtidy up main roomweekly meal planning; cook