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.

Tuesday January 26, 2010

          Together we can do what we try to do alone.

Agnus checking in, updated 5:20pm

Been working steadily - resisting temptation to slack by reading everything on this site today!  Have dentist appt in 15 mins, DONE!:grin: choking down lunch now (chewing as I write), then a team call, DONE!:grin:  a state call, DONE!:grin:  billpaying, EM reading, and a sponsee call at 7. Bed by 10 is a must, with HP's help.

ADDED: AH prep and call DONE!:grin:

Hoping everyone has a procr-abstinent day!

the real problem with bill paying

is when there isn't enough money to pay them all! My Inner Procrastinator of course wants to pay them ALL in one grand gesture and be DONE with it at last!!!...but alas, not only are funds insufficient for such grandiosity, as soon as they are all paid, another batch arrives in the mail.  The never-ending-ness is grindingly annoying.

But more annoying is the implication that my bill-paying resistance shows that I am an immature brat. :rolleyes:   So, onward through the fog...I will pay what I can. Tonight. Now.

lets pay them all!

You are so right!  One burst of financial bliss only to find more bills in the wings or NSF notices from the foolishness of paying them all without the funds.    I own that one too.

Normal monthly bills used to be a great source of procrastination for me, until I set our bills up on automatic payment (thank you Lord!).     However, I have no problem avoiding other bills, like doctor co-pays or auto registration.   Those bills marinade in a folder until the next month arrives with a past-due sticker on it or some late fee assessed.

Fun times.... (Maybe I should look in that folder)


"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

First check-in.....

My list from yesterday is staring at me with only a couple of things checked off.  Sometimes my lists frustrate me and remind me just how little I accomplish in a day.  It's 9am and my list is now growing from phone calls and emails.   

I keep telling myself to focus - Gotta get a grip on this!

Stress starts to build from the previous day's lists and today's emails reminding me of what I agreeded to accomplished that I didn't plan to finish ontime.

Making lists is not working, I need better strategies.   



"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”


Yeah, I get paralyzed too when I carry over a bunch of stuff from previous days.   I try to start fresh each day with TODAY's todo list only, and forget about what didn't get done yesterday, or last week, or last year.  You can't go back and change what happened in the past, right?   So I just try to focus on today, and let yesterday go.


Every time you get up and get back in the race, one more little piece of you starts to fall into place - (from "Stand" by Rascal Flatts)

Welcome Cal!!

I can very much relate to being mad at myself for not finishing my tasks from the day before, but have never been able to put it into thank you. And yes, like Jo said, and I will also try to do...leave yesterday in yesterday and take today as a new day...I perceive not finishing my lists as failure...glad you bought the subject up though!!

♥"Together we could do, what we could not do alone.♥

Babarino CI 1.26.10

-work on file


-make afternoon list then start on it

staying the course

30 mins till teaching get organized,teach,lunch,prep,run practice.cook supper

Looblue check-in

What is wrong with me!!!  I'm even late in checking in.  I disappear...

Well, here I go again...

1. Laundry going - for 4 family members - do 4 loads - 3 done

2. complete work - 5 tasks in high priority - 3 compled

3. call volunteers for yearbook

4. call yearbook sales person

6. call to order awards

5. hit 3 tasks for home in high priority

6. hit 5 flylady tasks- done

about 20 tasks today. :rolleyes:

kromer 9:55 CI

I had a friend visiting over the weekend, and then food poisoning.

So I'm somewhat behind (and feeling really horribly behind), but at the same time I don't want to push myself too hard, since I'm still feeling a bit iffy.

Today I have a meeting 10-11:30.
I absolutely have to finish writing pset (I don't have too much more work on was supposed to be done yesterday, but prof. was nice enough to give me an extension). And I need to take care of cells (they seem to be fine, yay!)
Anything else I get done is a bonus. If I have time, I would like to do some or all of the following:
*Deal w/ email
*Deal w/ website
*Go to teaching workshop
*Organize papers
*Do GSEA analysis
*Make schedule for the week.
OK, heading to mtg now.

kromer 9 CI

OK, I did the "must do" tasks for today, and did them well.

I left work around 7:15, came home, had dinner, made a phone call.

Now I'm feeling a little cruddy, and I don't want to push things...I'm going to take 30 min to sit on my butt and watch TV, then I'll do 45-60 min of work (make a schedule for the week, deal w/ website), then I'll take a shower and go to bed a little early. 

kromer 1:45 CI

Right now, I'm going to work on finishing pset. Hoping to get this done in about 2 hrs. Breaking down this task
1)Update text at beginning of pset

2)Identify sequences for prob. 2 (man, this was a pain! don't even want to think about how much time I wasted on this over the last couple of days. At least it's done now...)
3)Finish prob.2
4)Finish prob. 4 (working on this now)
5)Check over problems 1 and 2
6)Check over problems 3 and 4 (will do this soon)
7)Email to CB and AR

Back after each step is completed. 

hope4meandu check-in 9:25AM

Hi Fellow Proers,

Can relate with everyone's check-in today.

I have an interview and will start getting ready, called in a vacation day at work again. I am giving notice today, even if I don't get this job. Have tons of fear.

Change management....yes, I feel hopeful...this interview is a doggie interview, but I know this place does not pay well. I will leave it up to HP...and ride the waves of my intense feelings. Thankful I have a place to come.

To do:
-get ready

Also, I wrote up a blurb to put up on craigslist to get work for my dog care thing, wondering if anyone would want to read it and tell me if they think they would want to contact or hire me?

♥"Together we could do, what we could not do alone.♥

Stay strong

Hi Hope4meandu

I'll be thinking of you today. It's a big day. Stay strong.


Thanks Inkling!!!

Your thinking of me worked, it was an awesome day!!!

♥"Together we could do, what we could not do alone.♥

Rexroth Check In

Slept in late as reading till gone midnight. I was reading a travel book and the reason I was reading it not traveling myself is because I am not fit enough and need/want to get some things sorted before I go.

Up and confused as to what to do next
Bath wash hair and travel down to look at some equipment I need and am not allowed to examine it as it is packed and feel a bit grumpy about this.
Home feeling fed up and inclined to waste time

Write up needs and wants
Write journal
Reply to post(s)

and whatever else

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth Check Out

Done above so a little time listening to radio and on web and then sleep

Night Rexroth

Inkling checking in

Got to work on time but feel that rising tension and the strong pull to lose myself in something - the internet being the handiest thing, but it could be a book just as easily or wandering around pretending to comparison shop (research!). A psychologist once told me that reading was my bottle. At the time I thought it was ridiculous b/c I thought addiction had to involve a substance, but now reading around on this site has got me thinking.

So I'm girding myself for the battle today. Keeping the list short again because some of the things will take a while;


  • Put things away after yesterday's meeting
  • Continue searching for missing book
  • Filing
  • Tidy & clean work area
  • Continue printing backlogged forms



Journey 8 am &

That's interesting Vic because I wasn't always a procrastinator either.  When I was young and childless I was much more ambitious.  I would always do all my work before doing fun or relaxing activities.   Then after marriage and children it began to seem that the work was never done, so I never had time for fun or relaxing, and then it all went to heck because there was never anything to look forward to.   And then, computer games were invented.  

Anyway, so much for the retrospective.   No point it focusing on what went wrong, although sometimes it helps to understand it.   Instead we will focus on what to do next. 

I am working from home today and getting an early start.   It's much easier for me to get distracted when working from home although I'm getting much better at it.   There are just so many things to do at home that are more fun than my job, although my job is pretty interesting.  As I often tell my kids, if it was fun they wouldn't have to pay you to do it, you would have to pay them. 

I've been to the gym, stopped by the grocery store and post office.   Now I am going to make my todo list, read email and check calendar; then clean up and change clothes. 

I will probably check in frequently to stay on track while working from home. 


UPDATE 11:30  I had my monthly one-on-one meeting with the boss this morning.  It went fine but I'm always stressed about that meeting.   Now that the meeting is over, I'm having a hard time getting started again.   I woke up with a headache but was hoping it would go away without taking any drugs.   That hasn't happened so I'm going to take 10 minutes to make a nice fruit smoothie and take some aspirin.  I don't feel like I should have a break because I haven't earned it, but I think that will be better than continuing to sit here and stare at my computer screen.  I'll check in again when I'm back. 

oh.  I forgot to hit post lol, but I'm back! 

UPDATE 3:30 Wow this day is going by fast, I guess that's a good thing!  I've been working on system config changes for this weekend.   I thought I would switch gears and work on something else this afternoon, but I'm on a roll so I think I'll keep working on this part until it's done.  I'm expecting a phone call any minute now to discuss Project V. but that should not take long.

Every time you get up and get back in the race, one more little piece of you starts to fall into place - (from "Stand" by Rascal Flatts)

Vic 1/26

  Show up (done)

Thinking of change, showing up has been a remarkable change for me, I was not always a procrstinator, I don't know how/what, etc. happened, may (I hope) I can change mmore.

Hi Vic

Like your threadstarter and your picture above (where do you get all these great graphics?) and can really relate to your check-in. I wasn't always a procrastinator either and I don't know what happened. I still haven't been able to show up, especially at work. I know it's not about waiting for a better situation before I begin to "show up," but that's kind of what I'm waiting for.

Anyway, Vic have a blessed day!!

♥"Together we could do, what we could not do alone.♥

(Hi Hope)


Picture site is:

Also it was here that I "showed up" . I may not have done anything else, but I have "showed up" at this site because:

 I felt "safe" It was almost "pathetic", but it was the only reliable method I had to consistently connect with program people somehow, regardless how I felt, looked, or what I did or did not do, what my schedule was or anyone else's. . Even that was a struggle some times, and with the extra support from my virtual freinds in this group, and the grace of God, it was my first stepping stone or pitvot point of who I was (I am still on that stepping stone). It is kind of a mental willingness/decision/committment . It was something I could do to give me a feeling/hope  of being successful.

It would be good if I had a sponsor to check in with every day, but I don't at this time, so I am sort of using this as my check in sponsor.  

I don't usually like to list specifics because that does not work for me. Calling in a food plan never worked for me either, but I have found a consistent wasy of eating that works for me and kept my weight off almost 20 years and don't even think about  food.(one day at a time).  It's like I remembered how to eat, as long as I live the oa 12 step program and do not leave it. Maybe I/we can remember how to "live" in this program and do the things I/we want to do.

When I crossed the line into  food addiction, I felt like I was living in someone else's body if I gained weight, like it was not really me. That is how I feel with procrastination stuiff, somewhere, I think, this is not really me, why do I do this, but I don't seem to be able to control it, but showing up here and knowing I am not alone is a miracle (it took me 6 months before I did it here), it has not really been that long, but still a miracle.

 PS I relate to you too.