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 30 July 2010

ScottY CI

I'm really happy with my progress and improvement since I started posting and reading here.  Big improvement!  Thank you all for sharing yourselves as you do.

I'm still struggling with wasting a pretty big chunk of time (1-2 hours) at the end of the evening hours, when I'm at home.  Tonight I did better by working on an important task initially (when in the past, I would have already gone to the TV at that point).  After that, I decided to reward myself for a good, productive day by watching 30 minutes of a prerecorded TV show.  But at the end of that, I just stayed in the chair for another 1.5 hours or so, falling asleep.  I need to decide what to say to myself at the critical moment to help me choose what's most important instead of choosing TV (or more TV).  Maybe "I'll just get up and go look at my to do list."  Kind of a microburst strategy.

Today's plan:

DONE:Scriptures and prayer

DONE: Work out

DONE: Bank errand

Practice vc

HPG newsletter work

Tax work

Job hunt work

Lefkoe work

Bank acct records

DONE: Work on wife's computer problems

After quite a few really good days, as noted above, I had my worst day today in a long time.  I started out well, but later in the day, I procrastinated by watching videos for quite a few hours.  Tomorrow, I forgive myself and climb back on the horse! 

oops wrong day

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

Unhelpful pattern this week

4:25 PM: Have had trouble all week getting at the cases before the end of the day. Meetings, in particular, have been hard for me to deal with, resulting in frittering away pre-meeting time, then 'decompressing' excessively post-meetings. I have also felt very distracted, wanting to attend to anything but what lies before me. Well, I can't get that much done tonite. I am tired. Maybe a 'standard' 2 hour session and I'll call it quits until tomorrow.

Goal: 4:30 to 6:30 PM: 6 cases in 2 hours.

Back to report.


re: meetings

Yeah.  Ditto about pre- and post- meeting time lol.  Smile


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

Agnus checking in

Been having a rough time with my procrastination dis-ease but I can start a new 24 hours anytime, right?  I got 10 hours sleep last night, much needed.  So far today I have maintained fairly good steady pace but not much productivity to show for it.  Progress, not perfection. Just finishing lunch and going to set timer for 5 minutes to check a website, then be back with to-do list. 

"Routine is the shark cage that lets me swim safely in the real world."  Anonymous

Ag to-do; checkout 6pm

  • wbnr fdbk :)
  • wkly update
  • client reminders
  • SB mtng notes
  • Other mtng notes for C and D
  • sked tasks
  • timecards
  • expenses

I am leaving much undone but this is the best I can manage today.  It is time to walk the dog and make dinner. I'd like to keep working but I'm acutely aware that work-bingeing, procrastinating my needs for food and sleep/rest, are NOT God's will for me. 

So it's off to some Sabbath time, starting now.  All I can do is all I can do.  Thank God that PA recovery reminds me I don't need to beat myself up over incompletion today. I just need to not let it freeze me.

Vic 7/30

Wink Show up (done) Thank you for the starter Lucky. Reminded me I "can" do that and it "is" something, just like showing up.

Power of a smile: "The value of a smile is priceless. It can't be bought, begged or borrowed.

It costs nothing to give, but is the most sincere gift that one might be able to give to another. A smile brings rest to the weary, and is the best antidote for discouragement. It brings sunshine to the sad and hope to the hopeless." Dale Carnegie

So distracted this morning, wasting time, drove son to work, etc. Then I remembered I did not eat until 12:30pm (and I have hypoglocemia)and only slept 5-6 hr.I really need to be humble enough to do the things I need to do to take care of self, no woner I was spaced, almost in "demrntia mode". Need to go out again. check in late 1.books 2,bank 3. paperwork ck in later..

@ vic

Thank you for reminding me that procrastinating my meals is one of the most hurtful things I can do to myself, definitely not God's will for me today!  I'm pausing to eat right this minute.  thanks, vic.


No problem. It is so obvious in children, when they do not eat properly, or sleep properly, the symptoms are just sooo obvious, I never thought I would forget the slogan: H.A.L.T. Don't get too hungry, angry, lonely, tired. Always good to review the basics.

I could focus after I ate, now feeling resentful at hubby, trying to remember all the recovery tricks, can't afford the foibles of normal, stuff I wrote other day on being dominated by actions of others, resentment kills, no jsutified resentment for us, and yes, uck, what was my part (drawig a blank on that one) need to sleep early- friend coming up tommorrow and need to get out of self, who am I to expect others to be who I want? etc., etc., etc. Life on life's terms (again!!!)

clement ci

great quiet time.
back on track.

the touch of the master's hand:

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

My Day Today

I want to thank my Higher Power for this day.

Things I have done today

1. Went to the 7:00 a.m. telephone DA meeting

2. Went to the 8:30 a.m. telephone CLA meeting

3. Went to the 9:45 a.m. telephone CLA meeting

4. Took shower

5. Got dressed

6. Ate breakfast

7. Went to the 11:00 a.m. telephone PA meeting

Things I plan to do today

1. Prayer and meditation

2. Read 12-Step literature

3. Get dressed

4. Go to the 1:00 telephone CLA meeting

5. Call Voc Rehab for the vochers for school

6. Wash dishes 

7. Go to work

8. Go to the 10:00 p.m. DA meeting

9. Posted some Al-Anon literature for next week.

10. Get some suntan lotion

11. Get $20.00 of quarters.

12. Take out trash.

That's all I have

Journey 10 am

Thanks for starting us out Lucky!

I'm still getting to the gym later than I want to, today I got there at 6:15.  But, my new workout routine is getting more comfortable and I was done in an hour and out the door by 7:45.  Since it's Friday and traffic was very good, I was at my desk by 8:30, 30 minutes early!  (Technically I don't have to be at work til 9 but I like to be here by 8:30 or even before, then I can leave at 5:30!)

Here's the list:

  • Project Z - add R
  • Check on RFC
  • time sheets
  • FSA - started, finish on Monday
  • Minutes from yesterday's meeting
  • Stalk boss and finalize meeting time
  • Planning
  • Send another email about this weekend
  • Conversion Prep - downloads
  • Conversion Prep - updates - not quite finished, have to do this tomorrow
  • Conversion Prep - copies
  • Conversion Prep - review
  • Start on Requirements doc
  • Print forms for BC request
  • Take Vitamins
  • Tm - start on list update - just start -5 mins
  • Quiet time
  • sign and fax CU form
  • lunch out with friends
  • added - drop off deposit

That should do it for today . . .let's get it done y'all.


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

Scribbler's Friday CI

I won't do a to-do list today, since I'm going to spend it at a water park with two of my kids and their friends.  But I'll take a moment to say that Procrastinators Anonymous and the daily check-in threads have been a huge help. I'm not sure why it works, but it does. This has been a far more productive month than I've had in quite a while. And I think it's starting to become internalized. I find myself less likely to be distracted from something I set myself to do, and more likely to stay busy and not get caught up in some frivolous, pointless activity. I'm not procrastinating nearly as much, and it really feels wonderful. Thanks to all who make their posts to the daily check-in threads, read mine (or at least allow me to think they do) and otherwises support all of us in our efforts to stop screwing around and start doing what we want to with our lives. It's much appreciated. Scribbler.

hope4meandu checkin 9:30AM

Hey Fellows,

Love the "green" starter, thanks Lucky.

Have managed to not work out, clean or work on my project for 2 days.

-work out
-look for m dr., gen'l practitioner & allergist (have been procrastinating on this forever
-order t for Yoffee
-do Yoffee's nails & brush today (procrastinating on this too)
-Call A about Sunday
-Yoffee walk
-30 to an hour on ML project
-how to get Y a pool and allergy shots?
-30 minutes of cleaning

May all the baby steps you take today bring you to the miracle!!

♥Prayers & guidance needed & appreciated for my Yoffee's healing.♥

tracy's check in fri july 30

Before work:

- ck email; phone messages; change msg

-- exercise 30 min  -- shower get ready -- meeting at 8:30

-- leave by 7:45 a.m.  -- sebastian material -- vitamins -- plan salad for party

kromer 9:20 CI

Another day of getting started a bit late, but I've had quiet time, checked on expts, had breakfast, checked email and am now ready to work.

MITs are:
*Finish expt plans for aims 1 and 2
*Work on figuring out backups and ref. mgmt. system
*Deacon mtg reminders

Next priority:
*Write up potential stuff
*Print e.o. papers
*Type up RA plan
*IA present

*Talk w/ R about D project

Lower priority:
*Deal w/ email from last 2 weeks
*Reading about ckit, notes
*Expt plan for aim 3
*Read C/M paper

Going to start w/ an hour's focused work on aims and then I'll work on figuring out backup system

6:30 am


8:30 Meeting CoSA

Grocerry shopping

Ironing Shirts

edit LA document.

detailed gym doc.

send wine rack resume


tuffl CI

thanks for the starter Lucky! will continue mostly with what's left over from yesterday:


  • DONE Smile CI
  • DONE check emails
  • DONE breakfast & shower

  • focus on ja for sk for half an hour
  • (draft emails to i and f)
  • draft email for hns & reply to t
  • cook (shopping)

  • call j
  • call M
  • (call P)
  • email to l
  • focus on helping jtt for half an hour @
  • (start letter to s)
  • (start letter to a)
  • (start j)


i need to reduce the time i spent on mindless surfing. so anything without the @ DOES NOT require me to be online!

Rexroth Check In

Lucky Thanks for the starter which has cheered me up already

Up prayer and reflection
Checked emails and posts

Out for walk and while out take some photos and maybe get some shopping or the way back
Bath and wash hair
Sort out camera stuff - upload photos check registered on site
Out to photocopy insurance letter.

Rexroth Update

Walk, shopping, photographs
Phoned to complain about overcharging in shop
Worked on camera stuff - and am tired and fed up with it - I think it is something which would be better explained or demonstrated to me than the alternative of my trying to understand what is written on the website.
Put photos onto laptop and can't find how to rotate images in one programme
Read insurance letter and file and the letter does not say what I thought it did. I need to think of what I need to do about it.
Haven't had bath yet.

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth Check Out

Tried to sort out ISP stuff without much success. Virgin says my address does not exist.
Read and didn't respond to emails
Washed up and tidied up
Had bath and washed hair
Prayed and reflected

Go to bed and go to sleep I am very tired and can't think

Night Folks


Lucky CI

Just listing before work tasks for now:

find hairbands
clear kitchen
leave by 7.44

which gives me 15 minutes - go go go!