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.

Wednesday 17th June 2009

universal strikethroughs?

Anyone notice that everything on this list after the first couple of comments has the strike-through format? Or is it just my mac seeing things wrong?

sorry, my bad

Forgot to close a "<strike>" tag in my comment, apparently that put a strikethorugh format on all the following comments. Fixed now. 

strike thorughs

How do you do the strike throughs?


thanks for the help 

You can use the formatting tools

 that appear above a comment as you are writing it.Highlight a passage to strike through like this then click on the formatting button that depicts a strike through at the top of the comment tool bar.




Want what you have. Be who you are. Do what you can. ~Forrest Church

The Hero's Code:

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

Recycler CI 4:15pm EST

Hi Pro Buddies & Flying Pink Pigs! :)

Making it through another day here :)

Sleepy with my cold medicine, I didn't make it to the gym this morning. However, I was at work early :) I've worked on projects today and my assignment list is in shape for tomorrow :) Next: after work I will go straight home; if needed I will go to sleep early again tonight :)

Have a great night, everyone! :)



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

tiptree 3:17 CI

goal: stay on task for the next 24 hours:

next action:
kill services/test migration

HTML export bug testable
fix import bug

e post taxes

I am feeling that incredible sense of relief from having that completed and am 'treating' myself to some time for me. My kids and mother flew away to CA this morning, so I have more time for me that otherwise. I went shopping at Target and got some new shirts that fit and I am happy with and now am ready to do some work.

asking for help to do the next right thing

Hooray, E!

well done!



Want what you have. Be who you are. Do what you can. ~Forrest Church

The Hero's Code:

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

Yay e!

"The elevator to success is out of order.   You'll have to take the stairs . . . one step at a time." - Joe Girard

good going, e! :)

Hi e!

That is great! I'm glad you are celebrating! :) You deserve it! :)



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



Great to treat yourself, you deserve it! I am inspired by your success and will pray to follow in your footsteps and enjoy the same relief this year!

many congrats e--it's

many congrats e--it's inspiring to me to hear you go them done

congrats e!

Congrats on getting your taxes done - it is huge!!


congrats e!

it must feel great to have the taxes done! I know you've worked very hard to get through them, congrats on finishing and enjoy your break!

yay for e!

you are an inspiration of diligence!  I have taxes still looming ahead of me for this year, though still within the legal extension window. Good for you.

CI Do It Now 12:34 pm WED

progress not prefecoint

call rk  lm 2x   DONE!!!! Big One!!!!**************

call d  DONE

time log  yup   DONE

call RF nope    

call RK not yet   DONE 

call RR  DONE

fu w/ BA next week

***********finish  wog writeup*********  DONE - Big one!!!!

uggh that is a long list!!

Progress not preection 

thinking it to death

Thanks to Deej for this great phrase - so well-said! I'll be on the lookout today for this behavior, which I recognize as one of my stoppers.

 I am uploading some docs to a website and then have some other tasks to do throughout the day, a planned phone call at 4:30 and a healthcare appt at 5:10. Already did my Step 11, sponsor/sponse calls, breakfast, pet care, work plan and a business call. For the draggy tasks, I'll be in chat.  Have a great "procr-abstinent" day! :-)

byGodsGrace todays CI

When pigs fly, love it! Thinking of addiction and quitting today - I have quit many things! Funny how I am in the process of quitting a lot of the time! I remember the feeling I had when I quit drinking addiction and picked up my Jesus addiction... I realized I wanted to be present, sober, not hiding... the spiritual highs are much better, but then there is just the day to day living and of course there have been many layers of hiding and avoidance to peel away since and still peeling - but the desire to be present, connected and living my life is what helps me.

Read this yesterday... and it really spoke to this theme. (from

What does it mean to be sober for God? It means to be wide-awake and fully present to God, ourselves, and others.  To be sober is to think alertly about things and to be ready to act responsibly and wisely. 

The importance of living soberly is taught throughout the Bible.  It’s an injunction for all of us, not just those of us who are prone to drink too much.  There are many ways that we can be lulled into mental lethargy, emotional numbness, and spiritual deadness – and the unwise actions that follow.  We can veg out in television or get lost in cyberspace.  We may “pass the time” with amusements, get sucked into taking responsibility for other people’s problems, overeat, or simply deny our feelings. 

Today is horse riding therapy day - yeeha! See you guys when we get back :)

Sarito CL 16h15

Hi Everyone,

I'm wondering if going back to making CL will help center self.  I've had such a strange kind of schedule these past two weeks... that I actually thought it was Saturday all day today! 

 I am overwhelmed with fear.  Also, I have let exercise drop for past week and a half due to the fact that I think I don't have time for it cause I'm supposed to keep on keeping on with other things... which I think has really affected my mood.  Exercise is a way for me to get out excess anxiety, etc.  Also, fresh air in nature running in a park helps me too. 

Today, I took a nap (same as yesterday) instead of going for a run.  I think I'm also tiring out from so many obstacles I've been jumping through. 

Today, I had coaching in the morning, lunch w/friend... and just got up from nap.

Moving forward today: practice for next 45 min or so reviewing spots in Mo & Ba; rehearsal in evening; indoor exercise (since it will be too late to go to park after rehearsal). 

I would also like to start tomorrow morning or evening w/writing another CL.  I think it helps me.  I noticed I was more organized when I planned ahead.  It prevents me from changing priorities around...

Thanks everyone for being here!  Wishing you all a day of serenity, good work and play.     

kromer 9:40 CI

Had a big presentation and a friend's bday party yesterday...presentation went well I think, and I'm proud of that, but today I'm having a rough time getting started.

Scheduled: toastmasters 12:30-1:30

*Send emails about Harambee, deacon mtg, Friday youth group
*Call office max (tried, person wasn't in, will try back tomorrow)
*Finish reading paper on RA
*Go through 60 datasets
 *Write up correlation analysis

Other tasks:
*Organize papers
*Figure out what's up w/ WM delays
*Summarize 3 expts
*Start sig. analysis

*Call AG
*Swing dancing 7:30-10:30

Right now, I'l finish reading RA papers, then call office max, then go through 30 datasets.

Update 12:05--did the above, now I'm going to go to lunch and toastmasters, then send emails and write up correlation analysis 

Update 2--went to lunch and toastmasters, now I'm going to send emails, write up correlation analysis and check back

Update 2:35--sent emails, now I'm feeling a lot of resistance on writing up correlation analysis (I hate finishing up projects!). Lab is pretty empty today, so I think I'm going to chat through it, should take about an hour or so to finish.

Update 5:55--did correlation analysis, went to coffee with labmates, finished going through dataset list, now I'm done w/ MITs! I'm going to take a dinner break, then I'll come back and spend 45 min to an hour writing up 3 expts (VAD, procarbazide, transplantation), then I'll go to swing.

GeorgeSmiley 8:20 AM

I remain in an unproductive spiral.

Yesterday I did finish working through the audifiles for Project T-V-P.

My first priority this morning is to finish the draft for it and get it off to the editor.

So that is what I will do now. Then I will check back in with my next tasks.



Want what you have. Be who you are. Do what you can. ~Forrest Church

The Hero's Code:

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

Update 4:25 PM

 Basically wrapped up on Writing TVP.

Will need to hear back from source on fact-check

Also need to edit pictures for it.

Tomorrow I can do those then focus rest of day on decluttering.




Want what you have. Be who you are. Do what you can. ~Forrest Church

The Hero's Code:

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

me, too

I, too, have been unproductive lately and need to snap out of it and get back on track. I have dr. appt. and then will check back in with a to do list.


Journey 9 am the joy of journaling

or would it be journalling?  whatever!

I was feeling pretty bad about yesterday's accomplishments because I did some goofing off and also did some housework when I should have been working.  But when I went back to my journal and saw what I actually did, I found that I put in 6 hours of real work.  That's not bad actually.   It took me 10 hours to do the six hours of work, but still, it was a good day's work.  

The funny thing is, that I can do a reasonable amount of work and FEEL that I did poorly and let that send me into a downward spiral of real procrastination.   I find that it is really helpful to document my activities for myself.  Not only do I find that it can make me feel better at times like this, but it can also stop a procrastination binge when I see that I'm writing stuff like "2 hours: goofing off"  Just writing that down will stop it!  lol.

So I have two meetings today, the first is not til noon.  Going to make my todo list now.   I've been to the gym and the grocery store, read email, checked calendar, and had breakfast.  I'll make myself a second cuppa and then settle in to make the list.  When the list is made, triaged, and sanity checked, I'll take a shower break. 



"The elevator to success is out of order.   You'll have to take the stairs . . . one step at a time." - Joe Girard

I noticed this too some days I feel unproductive but when I check my list and time log, find I actually was working steadily and completing things. Weird.  And then there are other days when I felt busy all day and got so little accomplished.

I heard in OA that I have "lying eyes" about how much food is enough; I guess in PA I have a busted stopwatch, incapable of knowing how much time is enough.

Come to think of it, this is a common factor in all addictions: never "enough."

re: I noticed this too

Yes, that seems to be a common theme here . .. we either grossly over or under-estimate the amount of time and effort a task will require.   I'm still strugging with that.  

I STILL think I can make the 20-minute trip to the gym in 15 minutes.  Every day!  lol actually I was ON TIME this morning but that was unusual.  



"The elevator to success is out of order.   You'll have to take the stairs . . . one step at a time." - Joe Girard


It only takes one instance of actually getting there in :15 (miraculously repetitive green lights, no traffic, no police to catch me exceeding the speed limit, the perfect parking space) to convince me that in fact, it really does only take :15 minutes!

re: see

too right!


"The elevator to success is out of order.   You'll have to take the stairs . . . one step at a time." - Joe Girard

Wednesday's child is full of woe

Woe, woe, whoa, whoa. That's how it goes for me, as a procrastinator. I feel panic when I think of completing tasks, so I procrastinate, which makes panic greater, which causes me to go "whoa", and come to a complete stop. This pattern, I would guess, is common around here.


At any rate, today, I will take my woes, and make them into "Giddyup, old hoss", and start taking bby steps, slow maybe, but consistent, towards their completion. 






change address

job search classwork

steps work - inventory


re: Wednesday's child

you got it, mama, a very common pattern!  We're learning to leave off that "panic" step.  


"The elevator to success is out of order.   You'll have to take the stairs . . . one step at a time." - Joe Girard

Hope-Faith CI 7:35

Offically on Summer Break. This is my summer to shine.

  1. Complete AM routine 
  2. Fly 
  3. Shopping with dad 
  4. Prime Desk
  5. Summer/Winter Clothes
  6. Find L/S program
  7. Work on decluttering stuff on bar 15 min Done
  8. Work on making Angels In Progress
  9. DD practice 
  10. Wiki


Deej CI 17/06

After 29 consecutive constructive work days my momentum eventually waned (better than I expected I think). For the last two weeks I've been hopeless between procrastinating and doing things under intense instruction. I've realised its so much nicer to achieve becasue you decide to than because you have to. Funny thing is that for the most part of the procrastination I was pondering over work matters; just that I was thinking it to death. Anyhow, so trying to rebuild momentum the last few days and finally to the point of again posting here. So today's list...

  1. start-up items
  2. go to GP
  3. information notes
  4. data to TB
  5. items for home