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.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Sunday, 15 August 2010

  Came to
  a power
  than ourselves
  could restore us
  to sanity.

Sunday, Bloody Sunday

That high school reading not done, that college paper outline overdue, that bill not paid, that email to boss not sent, that garage box left unopened, that check not deposited, that dental appt not scheduled......the week that whizzed by, and the failure of the week to come.....

In recent past, I've tried to largely make this mostly a SON-DAY (family time) and that's put things a BIT in perspective. But the "bubbling up" can still occur. The self-beating-up and anticipation of the coming week linger, like on EVERY sunday, but at least can they be somewhat accepted -- especially if I am "not gonna do nuttin' anyways," I might as well hold the dread SOMEwhat in its tracks and be blissful.

So, I try & procrastinate on the dread till that Mon. "wake-up" call (literal & figurative)

CRITIQUES WELCOME -- lay it on, gang (in priv email if you prefer) Undecided


Here's a thought:

Why inflict pain on oneself, when so many others are ready to save us the trouble? - George W. Pachaud

That worked one day for me. but did not last.

How about writing the things you "did"  that one alwyas helps me. Which one will have significance in 10/20/30 years from now? For me it would be the family day, don't know what it would be for you. But you can replace one bubble with another whenthey come up.

To a hammer...

...everything looks like a nail. Since I am thinking hard on productivity today, please forgive me if I view your post from that perspective. Spending time with family seems to me a *very* productive use of time, because there are intangible but very real rewards for everyone involved. I wonder, though, whether or not 'dread' is a productive use of time? What is the return on time invested in 'dread'? I am no expert, of course, but maybe *not* devoting any time to 'dread' *is* the best approach. If so, I am not sure I would refer to that as procrastinating, myself. Best wishes for a dread-free week.   

huma CI

  • post 4 job ads
  • revise proj ad
  • revise wheels ad
  • write blog
  • write newsletter
  • laundry
  • cook meals
  • get mail
  • 2 SEO

Productive steps

4:06 PM: Completed 11 case reports. I will be satisfied with that for now. Back later.

9:50 PM: Spent a very pleasant afternoon with my lovely young daughters. Now I want to attend to my volunteer commitments awhile.

Goal: 9:55 - 10:55 PM: Work on pre-meeting preparation. If I don't make a full hour, that's okay. The key is not to go into Monday without a little progress to show (and a little satisfaction that comes from said progress).

Back to report.

10:26 PM: Didn't manage to log off quickly enough, and felt compelled to add my one cent's worth to a friend's post. But now, I *will* work on my volunteer commitments, from 10:30 to 11:00 PM. 

Back to report.

Didn't get it done. Worked on something for a friend, instead. So be it.

sunday aug 15

1. spend time with son in morning till 11 am with activities DONE

2.  write professional article / email out DONE

3.  revise article / email out DONE

4.  lunch with boyfriend DONE

5.   revise draft briefs on msj DONE

6.   return client 1 call.  DONE

7.  check in/show up DONE

8.  25 min blast clean up 4:40-5:15 DONE

9.  Emails 5:15-5:30 DONE 

10. Exercise 30 min DONE  

11.  Bill NC 5:30 - 6:30 [1/2 DONE - DID GROC SHOPPING VIA PHONE FOR REST] 






11:25 AM: Still not an early weekend start, but earlier than yesterday. Had a pretty productive day yesterday, although, as usual, the amount of time I had to 'throw' at the work to get thru it is too much and ultimately unsustainable.

I am really wanting to tool around the internet awhile right now before getting started. No good reason why, really, just a way to distract myself. When I do give in to that urge, it is often dissatisfying, if calming. I think it helped me a lot yesterday that I *didn't* do that before working. When I did it after work, somehow it didn't have the same appeal, perhaps because it wasn't serving a procrastination purpose. Or maybe it was a slow news day.

Where my head is at today: I am contemplating productivity. I have always been a procrastinator, for as long as I can remember. Yet I thought I was fairly productive, if not wildly so. I recognized that I had to put in more than my share of cram sessions and all-nighters to maintain that rather flattish line of productivity. But over the last year, as marital, financial, and professional problems converged upon me, the wheels came completely off. The procrastination only became worse, and my 'productivity' in all spheres of my life plummeted.

The question I am turning over in my mind is, was I ever really productive in a positive sense? If I look at productivity as the relationship between 'investment' (time and energy) and 'return on investment' (be that return in the form of objective results or less tangible but arguably more important things like satisfaction, fulfillment, and happiness), I really have to wonder. More importantly than what came before, which I cannot change, how do I *become* more productive, so that the time I have is more effectively channeled toward reaching tangible and especially intangible goals?

Alright, this is one *very* long checkin. The overall goals for today are to try to work more efficiently and continuously - 'smoothly', if you will - with fewer fits and starts, so that I can make progress on this backlog of work, but also take a break in the afternoon to spend time with my children (if my soon-to-be-ex-wife hasn't made other plans), rather than sitting all day in this silent, fluorescently-lit office staring out the window at a sunny Chicago day, while trying to concentrate.

Goal 1: 12:10 PM - 2:10 PM: 2 hours, 6 cases.

Back to report. 


((4-NOT-shame!)) my quick reflection

I just went and read your original post (I value history in all things). 

May I observe how well you have done in growth and introspection and in productivity it appears -- just from the tone, if nothing else, of your post(s).

May I now -- in return -- ask you, Sir, to re-read my welcome-post to you on 1st July.


Thank you MD

I appreciate your reading my posts, and your kind and supportive words, from my very first day here. Best wishes as you face your own battles. Peace to you.

can completely relate

Great post to which I relate all too well.  I thought about when I first started procastinating and I realized it started early even though I was a great student. It's been a lifelong avoidance habit. That's why change isn't as easy as I'd like right away.

agree and agree

i agree with both of u. a lot of ppl come here saying they've been moderately successful altho they've procrastinated all their lives. that's me. altho my job got to the point that i could no longer pull all nighters and succeed. too much family requirements to binge on work, eg.

the touch of the master's hand:

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

Thanks Clement

Precisely my situation. I have reached a point where I can no longer compensate for the enormous time drag of procrastination, nor convince people to 'overlook' my perennial tardiness by pointing to other things I feel I do well. So it's time to address the procrastination directly. Peace to you.

Thanks tracy-la

Appreciate your comment. Looks like you are having a productive day from your checkin. Best wishes for continued progress. Peace to you.

Vic 8/15

 Show up (done) Try again on yesterday;s plan

Thanks for the starter - A REMINDER - that I could not get step 2 until my very wise sponsor had me add the following:

Came to  believe  that  a power  greater  than ourselves  could restore us  to sanity.


Format for Sunday online PA meeting

Hello all.

Here is the format for today's online 12step meeting of PA:

For times, see this:

SUnday CI Jules K

 HAve been wanting to go to church and share a prayer of thanksgiving for my new job, but put it off... 'til it was official, 'til I was done at the old job, blah blah blah.  Old retired people will buzz around me and ask a million questions.  Part of my procr. is that I am introverted by nature.  But the header today reminded me that the main thing that I WANT to do is share the joy of what my HP provides for me.  So I'm going!!

Must be off this computer by 9:30 in order to do that.

THanks for being here!  Good day to all!


Action PRECEDES "figuring it all out!"



i relate

with the going to church, getting asked questions, introversion + procrastination.

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 program, the website, the telephone and online meetings and my life.

The things I plan to do today

1. Go to the 9:45 a.m. telephone CLA meeting

2. Go to the 1:00 p.m. telephone CLA meeting

3. lead the 3:30 p.m. online PA meeting

4. Go to the 5:30 telephone DA meeting'

5. Go to the 7:00 p.m. telephone DA Step Study

6. Call my DA Sponsor

7. Eat breakfast

8. Prayer and meditation

9. 12-Step reading

10. CBT and DBT work

11. 1 hour and 15 minutes of housework

12. Eat dinner

13. Take shower

14. Get clothes ready for tomorrow and Tuesday

15. Make bed

16. Wash dishes

17. Get sleep apnea stuff ready for tonight.

That's all I have


Clean closet

Pick up evrything off floor in bedroom

Clean off desk and organize

Take belongings to garage

Clean out hall way

Clean ktchen

Call pennys

Order pennys bedding

Pack up Penny's box for mailing

Clean off couch

Rexroth Check In

Thanks for starting movingalong

Haven't slept well and did some work in the early hours of the morning and now wish I had slept

Checked emails

Up prayer and reflection
Finish letters - file everthing
Finish emails and send

and if I don't do anything else the above will be sufficient

Finish list to take abroad and get rid of old lists
Finish list of to do before and get rid of old lists
Plan what to do this week
Clean clear and tidy up
Bath hair and personal care
Start list of to do when I'm back

and that really is it

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth Check Out

The letters - how on earth I thought I could get them done in a day I shall never know - they are not perfect but are good.
Cooked up some stuff

Prayer and reflection
Bed and sleep - before 3.00am tonight!

Night Folks Rexroth

Lucky CI

Up by 9 :)
Check in :)
Check in w/S :)
Pray & read bible :)
LJ post
Rat cage
Email & social sites
Vote RU
Clear kitchen
Dog face wash
Floss/brush teeth/wash face/moisturise
Shut living room window
Tomorrow's list
Email reports
Check in
Check in w/S
BED straight after check in!

movingalong seeking sanity

Hello all.

I'm extremely busy right now, and that's an understatement.

Seeking balance and sanity from Higher Power

-- movingalong



First things first, keep it simple, one day at a time, H.A.L.T., This too shall pass

I know it will be ok

(hugs) Vic

(((movingalong))) In that

(((movingalong))) In that case, thank you for taking the time to make such a beautiful threadstarter! Praying HP sends the balance and sanity you're looking for.

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