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.

Monday 10 May 2010

e's struggling Monday

I am now escaping by shopping, eating, napping, and playing farmville. For right now, I ask my higher power for help in choosing to do the next right thing.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal

J. DOe CI May 10, 2010

For today: 
- Do my daily exercise and gratitude sessions (Done)
- Finish making changes for client A that he has used a temporary workaround for now, but which he is anxiously waiting for my updates (Not finished, but did quite a bit of work on it)
- Try to finish some enhancements for client B who has been patiently, so far, waiting for me to finish for several months (Not yet started)

- John O.

Carpe Diem! (Seize the Day!)

Locked myself out of Chatbox again!

It is Monday. I'm having a rough time getting going this morning. So rough it isn't morning any more.

I'm just "going to it" now.


5/10/10 Show up (done) I need to be here because who I am is how I think. Some good points from                  byerinsav

Why is Procrastination so Common in Addiction Recovery?By erinsav If you can wrap your brain around the fact that addiction recovery does not entail only the act of staying sober it may be easier to understand why procrastination is such a common problem among recovering addicts. Since a major part of addiction recovery is about healing the addictive thinking mind it kind of makes sense that procrastination as a character flaw would be so prevalent among recovering addicts.

Procrastination is classified as a type of avoidance behavior. The reason for this avoidance behavior is thought to be a mechanism for dealing with anxiety. This avoidance behavior is one that back fires. In a procrastinators attempt to avoid stress and anxiety they are actually causing themselves more stress and anxiety than what was originally there.

Those who operate with an addictive belief system tend to develop an addictive personality. This personality develops as an impulse of protecting oneself against the pain and suffering caused by not measuring up to what they believe they, others and the world around them should be.

There are many traits that the addictive personality will possess. So although the every addict does not have an identical personality, they do share identical traits. It is their reaction to these traits that makes for different personality profiles.

The first step to overcoming a tendency for procrastination is by acknowledging that it is there. If you don't accept the fact that you use procrastination as an avoidance behavior, you will not be able to work towards correcting it. Once you acknowledge that this is something you do often, you need to be on the look out for it.

As you go through your daily routines, be conscious of anytime you seem to be procrastinating. More than just being aware of it, you need to take into consideration WHAT is making you react the way you are. Once you identify the feelings that are causing you to want to use avoidance behavior, you will be able to see if you are being irrational about these feelings.

Here is the big key to getting over your tendency to procrastinate: once you have realized you are doing it, thought about why you are doing it...don't do it. Force yourself to do whatever the task is that you are trying to put off to a later date. By doing this you will be avoiding any of the guilt and anxiety that you would have felt by not doing the task. This reduction of guilt and anxiety will have an impact on your urge to exhibit avoidance behavior in the future.

re: procrastination in addiction

wow i resonate with that really strongly. especially

> In a procrastinators attempt to avoid stress and anxiety they are actually causing themselves more stress and anxiety than what was originally there.

ouch. that's so true. i need to hear it and keep reminding myself of it, so i have ammunition to fight that other voice in my head that says i should put it off. That's an intense, daily battle for me.

As for the rest of the article, she's right on about the anxiety. I definitely have the "measuring up" problem, but that's gotten so much better as it becomes a habit to go before God and accept His forgiveness given so willingly.

As for her steps to stop, those do not resonate with me as much. They seem written by a non-procrastinator and seem just a version of the "well just dont do it" advice. I dont think a non-addict can understand the enslavery of the will that happens in addiction. At least for me, my very motivational and decision making powers are under attack--the very ones i need to fight back.

I am a die-hard believer in steps 1-3 (P.A. Meeting Materials page, which is < >)--that a Higher Power can and will step in and provide the missing motivation and will power (step 2), if we only would give our lives entirely to this Higher Power (step 3). O the sense of loss of self that that entails, and o the glorious joy that is the result!

if addictive procrastination is the path i took to find life in god, then i thank Him for it, because there is no better feeling than knowing that i'm right with god, that he cares for me, he knows my future, and is nurturing my soul. He cares for me!

the touch of the master's hand:

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

Journey 10:30

I'm very tired today, skipped the gym and slept in, and was 15 minutes late to work, which meant I had to scramble to make a meeting with no coffee and no bio break.  Whew!   I have a minor foot injury anyway so I need to skip cardio unitl that's better.  I hope I'll be able to run on it by Wednesday but if not I'll do something else.  I'm not skinny as it is, if I don't get my exercise in, it won't be pretty!

Now I have a minute to regroup.   I don't expect to get a lot done today as I really am tired from the weekend work.  I am taking off Wednesday morning for a doctor's appointment and I'm going to take some rest time around that also.   But that doesn't mean slacking off, eh?   I'll do what I can, I will just plan a light schedule today.   I'll also leave early to make up for being late :O

Making todo list for the rest of the day now. 

Have a great week everyone!




"Bless the present. Trust yourself. Expect the best." --Steve Nobel

Check In (for next few days)


Admin: post office (send forms, manuscripts, bills: AZ, Emm)

Misc: return library book; pick up bel

Self-care: swim & walk

Work-related: CV; review Su stuff (esp key points); Per piece

Household: vacuum; mop floors; clean bathrooms & kitchen

kromer 9:10 CI

Getting a late start this morning, but it will be OK.

Scheduled: JC 1-2, class 3-4

MITs for today are:
*Read paper
*Make schedule for the week
*Take samples, extract DNA
*Notes from comm. mtg
*Prep for class
*Finish cooking
*Order HU

Other tasks:
*Work on EA's project
*Work on biosensor report
*Organize papers
*Organize closet
*Brainstorm new expts
*Ask about Sohlh2 antibody


OK, going to read paper now.

kromer next morning CO

Well, yesterday was pretty distracted but I did get through my list. Will try to reduce web-surfing today.

CL daily overcoming

feels "cheap" to ci today. like i'm using a crutch, when i should try to walk on my own. probably just an idea from my tempter (i just saw "Screwtape" off braodway... (it was awesome, btw)). but i should admit i'm an addict, and use god's help to stand.

first, quiet time. that mystical non-productive time, in which i get ZERO "done," but which somehow infuses all the rest of the time with peace, confidence, motivation, centeredness, self-knowledge.

gee, when you put it that way, who WOULDNT want to.

the touch of the master's hand:

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

re: crutch

You need to be here, not just for yourself, but for us  8)

"Bless the present. Trust yourself. Expect the best." --Steve Nobel

GeorgeSmiley, 5/10/10, 6:28 AM

Good morning

Continuing to try to finish Project MR

Also need to do Project TQ



Want what you have. Be who you are. Do what you can. ~Forrest Church (1948-2009)

The Hero's Code: Show Up. Pay Attention. Speak the Truth. Let Go of the Outcome.

strike 1:05 pm

Thanks everyone for the encouragement you sent me last monday on my first day at the office! It really helped!

Unfortunately with the good news on my new job I today got the less happy news that I have to move out from my apartment in about 2 months. But I am going to see this as an opportunity to find something even better. It will all work out in the end even if I don't know the solution right now. I'm going to stay calm and relaxed about it, and I will focus on all the good things I have in my life, which are many! :)

Today I'm working with my other job, from home.

  • work 1.5 hours [] []
  • gym


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Mama_Cat's Monday a.m. Check-in

Good morning everyone - 

glad to be here on this gorgeous day in such good company. :)

To-day's tasks:

* E-mail/Text V to double check we're meeting today

* Balance checkbook

* E-mails:

----- DTL

----- ST/MR

----- KG 

----- BZ

----- HI e-list 

----- Mom & MIL

* Finish report

* Figure out client visits 

* Do client visits

* Get cat litter

* Stretch

* Get dressed, make lunch, eat breakfast

* Pray :) 

* Get cash for coffee shop 

* Listen in on 7 a.m. meeting

* 8:30 phone meeting

Have a super productive day everyone!

Hugs - MC 



huma CI

Great starter tuffl. Laughing

I didn't sleep much. This typically means I procrastinate in the mid/late afternoon as I tire. So I need to start the day strong to ensure that I do well today.

  • remind Charles about $
  • pay HSBC
  • air in tire
  • wrap present
  • call Lisa
  • download TDC 2-7
  • TDC 2
  • TDC 3
  • TDC 4
  • PHP proposal
  • web ad - SM, SG
  • prop to MS
  • prop to SF
  • email package for HS

"A year from now, you may wish you had started today." - Karen Lamb

"Fall down seven times, stand up eight." - Japanese proverb

Helen's CI

Library forms DONE

Chase plumber DONE

Library: Pick up books Order lib books DONE


Bank complaint _copy & printDONE

Collect laundry DONE

Follow up Letter to DONE


Tape & undercoat wall 1

Clean bedroom windows - OUTside

Washing up * 1 DONE

Plant seeds for garden

Follow study plan

email Mona


Helen Checkout

Well I did start to flag and slept from 3pm to 5:30pm and read until 7pm. Dont seem to have much get up and go in the afternoon's. I need to change that but I don't suppose it will happen overnight. I did get up and do some kitchen clearing and a bowl of washing up. That is a start. Next time I will time my 'down-time' and start at 5 or 6pm instead. That is it for now. Going to do some light reading and watch TV. At least I got a lot of boring but vital admin done this morning. Need to keep that up, wade through the to-do list, clear the decks for the hot weather, make the summer simple.




Rexroth Check In

Disturbed night's sleep and woke early - freedom is not easy to deal with

Up prayer and reflection
Phoned church to try to arrange meeting
Checked emails
Started clearing up from supper last night

Make a list for this week
Write journal
Finish clearing up

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth Check Out

Above and
Phoned church and meeting with them tomorrow
Phoned friend whom I met yesterday
Emailed other friend

Prayer and reflection
Bed and sleep

Night Folks



No freedom isn't always easy but better than the alternative surely?


Thank you Helen

Thank you Helen

You are right


tuffl check in 9.30 am

had a bad start into the day but will try hard to get my to-do list done and to not let that make me feel down. 

reminder: take regular short breaks away from PC!


tasks for today:

- leave at 8 am

- call F.A. (morning)

- 3x 15 min on ch2 (3s) before lunch

open timer - set timer - read - res fs - 1s - 2s - 3s

- write down principal arg for each sec

3 4 5 (6) (7) (2)

- lunch (12-1)

- 3x 15 min on ch2 (3s) after lunch - finish sec1 if it's a good day

- 3x 15 min on ch2 (3s) (2-3)

- email to R. (5 min)

- 3x 15 min on ch2 (3s) (3-4)

- coffee break

- 15 min email to T.

- email results to R.

- call M. (evening)

- prep r for P.

- pick up P.


did 40 min in a row. yay. Smile i didn't think i would when i started this morning. i think i might be ready to set the timer for 30min periods because once i've started i continue to working after the 1st 15 min anyway. if 30 min periods freak me out i can always set it back to 15 min.

3x 15 min on ch2 (3s) before lunch  

read - res f - 1s - 2s - 3s   -   get f, try to finish 1. if there's still time before lunch, start the prin args

Yay ! Progress

Keep on trucking. :)


thanks Helen!

back from lunch break. it's afternoon, my daily low is approaching... but thanks to this forum it's become to a lot easier to get back to work despite 'not feeling like it'! am behind schedule but not too badly yet. 


lines in bold are things i HAVE to do today but am in danger to put off until it's too late to still do them


- write down principal arg for each sec

3 4 5 (6) (7) (2)

- lunch (12-1)

- 3x 15 min on ch2 (3s) after lunch - finish sec1 if it's a good day IT IS. YAY for me! :-)

set timer to 15 - start sec 2 (inc,dem) - report back! sec 2 started. *must not freak out* - everything will be fine! things don't have to be perfect!!

- 3x 15 min on ch2 (3s) (2-3)

- email to R. (5 min)

- 3x 15 min on ch2 (3s) (3-4)

how to go on - got 'gl hsm', started 'dem', still need to do 'inc', then 'reg det' esp. 'A' - ok, i will first finish 'dem' and then do 'inc, then put in some notes on 'me dm' to not forget them in case needed, then proceed with principal arg - for 2 first, then the rest

- coffee break

- 15 min email to T.

- email results to R.

- call M. (evening)

- prep r for P.

- pick up P.


partial success

it's about time to leave.


bad things today:

i DID NOT do the 1st task written in bold although i promised myself to do it  Frown, as for the other two there's still some hope


good things today:

i finished sec1, which was really hard for me and took a week!. i've almost finished sec 2 apart from 'reg det' Smile

with the help of chatbox & forum i did work although i didn't feel like doing it !!! 




online s & app?


Monday:   -vacuum



-vacuum clean

-make a plan of eating

-prayers, routines


go to the supermarket with an list


Have a good 24 hours all!


In recovery




-When I look into the future, it is so bright it burns my eyes ~ Oprah Windfrey