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.

Friday, September 25, 2009

From: The "Promises of Recovery" in Procrastinators Anonymous :

"We will release the need for perfectionism, and therefore will be willing to begin imperfectly"

Thanks for the promise idea, Clement

Very inspiring!

Wow! Powerful promise! Julesk CI

I love that header.  Thenks Clement (and Pro!)  When I read it I felt a battle inside of me "no!  That can't work vs. Yes!  You can have that promise!"  That's how I know this is something I really need to pay attention to!  Wow!  I love it!

Tonight is my 25 year class reunion.  Procrastination has prevented me from getting done most of the things that I wanted to have done in my life.  I know no one is expecting perfection or juding me in this group (well, maybe a few are, nuts to them!) but I feel icky and at a loss to say what I'm doing now when asked.  Ugh.

Today I am going to work on my task list of 12 items and then get ready for the party.

Ah well.  I am going to spend the day mentally focusing on what is good!




I'm in a right pickle! Talk

I'm in a right pickle! Talk about living step 1 at the moment - I seriously need God here but unfortunately one of the many things I'm procrastinating about is praying! I find it incredibly difficult to calm my mind down enough to focus. If it's not too daft can I ask for people to pray for me to be able to pray?

Massive task backlog mess at work - stayed 2 hrs late tonight and barely made a dent.

Massive financial mess. Have totally failed to work out exactly how much trouble I am in, need to write urgent money begging emails tomorrow and have to admit I haven't managed to work out exactly how much I need.

 On the upside, someone who owes me £500 has got in touch, and while there's no indication yet of when he's going to pay, he is at least speaking to me and promising a payment plan soon.

Massive literal mess in my room, and my dogsitter (!) is going to tell me off if I don't tidy it this weekend in order to find her spare house key. (Dogsitter is a dear friend, much older than me and more than capable of telling me off. I'm rather scared!)

Task for housemate which will take 7 hours if I work efficiently.

Have a cold and am physically and mentally tired and could do with a rest.

Literal mess in kitchen.

Email backlog.

Really struggling to get to bed at night, staying up late surfing the internets and then struggling to get up in the morning.

I don't know where to start!!

distracted prayer

i totally have the distraction, mind-wandering problem during prayer. I guess it makes sense that no part of our life is unaffected by procrastination.

I'll pray for your ability to pray. if i can keep my focus.

The Practice of the Presence of God is helping me these last few days with the kind of focus it takes to put all earthly things out of my mind and focus on only god. It has definitely helped, but i am certainly no expert.

For a while i have practiced a kind of meditation in which i deliberately, thru considerable effort, empty my mind of all thots. I do this standing and in a quiet, darkened room. Standing so i dont fall asleep! Quiet and dark so that my eyes dont distract me. I find these times help me a lot too.

I hope you find something that works for you!

the touch of the master's hand:

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

Lucky, glasses toward bedtime

Hi Lucky!

Good luck with everything! has tinted glasses that can help people wind down so they can go to bed on time.

Keep coming back!



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

Potential energy 5

Hello everyone!

To do


 I did something that was pretty tough for me with the help of the check in and chatbox.  I gave up one of my jobs- So, I am now needing to work away from home 5 days versus 6 (still have those stinken reports to complete at home), starting hopefully in 2 wks.  I look forward to this.  While I am very grateful to have the work, the writing demands are more than I can handle and have time for (I do take a really long time to write them). 


Recycler CI 3:50pm EST

Hi Pro Buddies!

This morning I walked to the gym, did additional cardio, stretching, and ab exercises.

In the office this morning: I got the deadline projects done first.

During Lunchtime: I got a sandwich, then updated my budget/spending record.

Afternoon at work: I continued working on projects. I have updated & highlighted my assignment list for in the morning.

After work, I will walk home. I have my therapist tonight, and hope to do an errand, so I may not have time to update my CI later.

10pm. While my therapist appt went great, it exhausts me to talk that much. After the appt, I was near a speciality grocery store for which I had a list of items to purchase. The store was comparatively not crowded so I continued to progress with my list. Even though I was looking forward to going to buy provisions in the morning, there are some other things I need to do in the morning & having the groceries alreayd bought will save me time.

10pm. Roast will cook all night in crockpot. It is supposed to be ready at 8am tomorrow :) While my plan is to eat it for lunch, it will definitely be ready on time! :)

Have a great night! :)



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

Edge's CI - 5:50pm

I've been slacking off lately, but I won't beat myself up up over it. It happens. Instead I'd like to do the following with what's left of my day:

- proof HL chap
- Finish Ar names
- hmed 2
- bmed
- draw

I've already:
x cleaned room
x cleaned bathroom

~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

kromer 9:15 CI

Today I'm heading out on lab retreat. However, this morning I have some chores to get done:
*Print hw, gather phone numbers
*Check on mice
*Practice poster pres
*Look up phenotype of Mvh mutant 
*Ask WB about student seminar
*Microburst student seminar website

*Start career plans/program milestones

OK, right now I'm going to ask WB about student seminar, then check on mice. 

Vic 9/25/09

 Showing up, walk (done)

Thanks for the reminder. One of my friends in program and I always remind each other that the most perfect plan for us is an imperfect one. That is one thing I have consistnecy with every day that I didn't think about,  every dayI am imperfect., I don't even have to work at it!!!!

Feel a bit guilty that I walked before doing any "task", but feel physically good and need to start thinking I am worthy of taking a walk first, I don't have to punish myself by not walking because I did not get other things done.

Now , plan,

CL daily overcoming

- god, i implore you to give me the ability to pray without ceasing
- god, fill the void in me so that need nothing
- it's all your business.

9am check meeting, email 4emergencies do not respond
9am wko
9:45 quiet time
10:15 make work schedule

the touch of the master's hand:

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

CL daily overcoming 2

thanks vic!

- god, i implore you to give me the ability to pray without ceasing
- god, fill the void in me so that i need nothing
- it's all your business.

i did some surfing instead. trying again
DONE @9:40 - could not resist investigating some emails - 930am check meeting, email 4emergencies do not respond
DONE @10:37 12 min late not too bad - 940am wko
DONE - 1037 quiet time
DONE - 1107 daily routine
1115 make work schedule

the touch of the master's hand:

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

In the "God Calling" AA Meditation book for Clem

September 25 - Come and Stay

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.   Matthew 11:28

Yes, come for rest.  But stay for rest, too.  Stop all feverish haste and be calm and untroubled. Come unto Me, not only for petitions to be granted but for nearness to Me.

Be sure of My Help, be conscious of My Presence, and wait until My Rest fills your soul.

Rest knows no fear.  Rest knows no want.  Rest is strong, sure.  The rest of soft glades and peacefully flowing rivers, of strong, immovable hills.  Rest, and all you need to gain this rest is to come to Me. So come.

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear; because fear 
hath torment.  He that feareth is not made perfect in love.  1 John 4:18


rest in god

vic, this is spot-on. This is exactly where i am in god right now. Coming to him and experiencing that Rest. There is no fear and no want. That is exactly what it feels like!

My daily concerns so often crowd out the rest of god. i just pray that he keeps drawing me to himself and i keep responding.

And that's it for me. I say goodbye to this day. I hope i did the best i could. I'm sure i could have done better. But i tried to rest in god today. I tried to pray unceasingly. I probably prayed 25 times. I hope he accepts my effort.

the touch of the master's hand:

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

of course he does!

It probably really amde him happy! I heard of as book "Abba's child" have you?

In the "God Calling" AA Meditation book for Clem


In the "God Calling" AA Meditation book for Clem


Grace Grows in Fields of Gratitude

Spirit 9/25

Have lots to do today because I was out of the office all day yesterday at seminars.  Learn a lot and got a brand new, very long list of things to do to grow my business.

Unfrotunately being imperfect is not a possibility for these items so i thingk i will break them down into little manageable bites and complete them as best i can.  I have some organizing to do, I will post my tasks after that.

  • Tie up contract
  • follow thru on con possibility
  • call cso
  • get fax conf
  • get overn package
  • send off paperwork
  • tweak ad
  • call et
  • determin co position
  • call comm are co's for sale/how to find out
  • web site follow-thru
  • determin if proposal realistic
  • meet remy
  • call carl
  • call gl
  • follow up on sub paperwork-cb
  • research the constr co w/ great set up
  • meet crist

With any time left I will work on previous list incomplete.



Journey 8 am

Good morning!  I am taking a vacation day today to get tires on my daughter's car.  But I have to work tomorrow  :((

Checking in to say I am going to exercise, then take a shower and get dressed and plan the rest of the day.  I have to get a few groceries, visit Mom, get the tires, make dinner, and maybe do a little bit of housework too.   I'm really in the mood to organize something.   I'm so happy with the small areas I organized on  my vacation a couple of weeks ago, I want to continue.  I think I will start on my cookbook shelf today.  

Have a productive and enjoyable day everyone!



"A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you." - Elbert Hubbard


Good Morning Journey,

Thanks for taking the lead today, hope you enjoy your day off.  It does feel sooo good when a space is wonderfully organized.  I came into the dining room this morning and felt so yuk and I immediately knew it was because everything was in dissarray and my mind went in circles.  Your post was dead on for me that I need to spend the first few minutes this morning organizing my space otherwise I am not going to be able to work because of all the mental chatter.

Thanks much,