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.

Thursday 2 September

Today I can give myself credit for the smallest effort.

 Even the smallest step is infinitely more than nothing. Small steps can become a habit.

serenity        courage    wisdom


Hi everyone! It's been a long time since my last visit here. I am not procrastination so much nowadays (my new job is going great, but I don't really have time to procrastinate), but I'll use this sites as a focus page. Besides, it's nice to have you people around.

I'll skip making a to-do today here, since I already have it on paper. I'll hang out in the chat instead.

Thanks Chick for the inspiring check-in. Best of luck to you all this day, wherever you are :D


checking in on thursday

it has been an interesting day. learning more every day about myself and how to use the PA tools. thanks everyone, tracy

been awhile

have been doing ok so far but assignments are closing in and i need an extra boost to get me through!

attend PAL class, ask about t-accounts. (done)

hand in BBA 216 (done)

attempt ACCG assignment

ask stat teacher about assignment question 2 (done, but going to ask more questions today)

Most importantly, study materials and book chapter for my law exam.

My Day Today

I want to thank my Higher Power for this program, this website, the telephone and online meetings and my life

I want to thank chickadee for starting this tread

Things I have done today

1. Took a shower

2. Went to the 7 a.m. telephone DA meeting

3. Went to see my therapist

4. Ate brunch

5. Worked with a classmate

6. Took a nap

7. Prayed and meditated

8. Fixed and ate dinner

Things I will do for the rest of the day

1. Go through some storage boxes and put things away

2. Go to the 6:45 telephone CLA business meeting

3. Get clothes ready for tomorrow

4. Make bed

5. Wash dishes

6. Get sleep apnea stuff ready for tonight

That's all I have

Agnus ci

Last week - including another 2 days of alleged "vacation" - I worked so many actual billable hours that I can comp 11 hours off this week. But it makes me want to slack - feeling I "deserve" it.  That won't work!  It will start a downward spiral and land me in the swamp of despair again.  Ain't goin' back there!

So I'll whittle a few hours off each day as I have this morning, using the "free" time constructively to work on my recovery programs.  Now it's time to commit my list:

  • email food plan to temp OA sponsor (mine is away; very unsettling but thanking God I have a network of strong recovered people as a backup) :)
  • lunch; call Mom :)
  • call sponsee to pick up for mtng tonight
  • spend 5 minutes unpacking the suitcase and putting things away
  • advance laundry one load
  • g mod
  • fpo tr
  • clear inbox
  • sb status?
  • dmt inv
  • sked vr present'n
  • make staffing decisions
  • 5 - wrap, plan tomorrow
  • 515 - dog park
  • 545 - dinner
  • 615 - leave to pick up sponsee
  • 715 meeting
  • 930 home, head to bed

katia today

So I was a little disappointed I didn't do everything on yesterdays list, but each thing left is started.

And sorry it's already the afternoon lol. It's summer. And I'm always sick.

Today, I guess I'm keeping it simple. You guys are lucky you have so many. . .more legit things to do.

Finish PS #7
Copy PS #7 into notebook
Finish taking notes on yesterdays reading
Take notes on Section 2.9
Copy PS #6 into notebook
Email test proctor
Email professor
Take vitamins and iron
Put away 10 more strewn about items

And please. . .let things get better. I can't really discuss it right now, but there's alot going on personally and it's why I can barely do anything. Thanks all. Later!


“Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working.” - Anonymous


Sending prayers for healing and hope your way.


Hi Katia

Glad to see you back!   Hope you feel better soon. 

'You become what you think about most of the time.' - Brian Tracy

Thank you Crazybug and journey :)

Thanks guys very sweet. It's the non-physical stuff that is hardest though. Things are so complicated! But thank you.

Skipped yesterday out of pure exhaustion. Plugging away on my lab. Just wanted to say it's appreciated. :)

New concerns

11:30 AM: Little time to relax after leaving my painful job. Stressors and procrastination based problems continue for me. First, I am being hassled that I have not yet finished cleaning out my office. Second, my society volunteer work will require a focused approach to keep from becoming a replacement time sink for me. Third, and most important, I am already in trouble with my soon-to-be-employer because I have not properly handled licensing and certification requirements so that I can start working there (different state, different rules). Not an auspicious way to begin. So of course all of this stresses me out. My "down time" isn't working out as such.

Goal 1: Finish emptying that office today. Need to buy a few boxes, take some plastic bags with me for smaller items, and get it done. I need to be 100% free (mentally and physically) of that place to move on.

Goal 2: Spend the rest of today and tomorrow doing what I can to move along this licensure and certification process. Obviously, I can't "make up" for things I should have done the last couple of months while struggling at my former post, but need to get on top of the process now.

Goal 3: Be much more businesslike about my volunteer work and use the same approach I was developing at my previous job. This involves setting broad time goals but also specific time goals for items and keeping track of items completed and how long they took on a piece of paper. That gives me some direct feedback on what is getting done rather than a nebulous "idea" that I either am or am not making progress.

Back later to report. 

Crazybug (re)-CI

Been doing major mind dumping this morning to clear out my head.  Have now spent a solid hour writing down everything I can possibly think of that needs to be done in my life. It's amazingly relieving to get it down on paper.  In spite of the list being super long it's amazingly not as daunting as when it's all swirling in my brain.  So now I need to exercise my decision muscles and pick something to devote the next hour or so to.

So here goes:


-spend 10 minutes locating articles for inspiration

-spend 25 min x2 drafting ideas

- take a well deserved break, stretch, drink some water

- spend 25 x2 trying to sort out my ramblings into some order

- re evaluate where I'm at


- check personal e-mail 

- shop/surf online


Sunflower to do list:

Clean apartment
Move air conditioners

clement ci


why am i here? cuz i have a distant memory barely visible now in my stress out fog that coming here will help.

and it already is. the promise of being here, being able to make a list, and do things in priority order, is already battling against the overwhelmed stress.

so i will now make my list. it will likely seem overwhelming. that's ok.

as chick said in the starter, better to get SOME of my list done, than NONE of it (because i am overwhelmed and dont start).

and as vic said, better to take action, even if i can't see the whole solution.

and MLK has been quoted here, i dont need to see the whole staircase, just the next step.

boy, i'm feeling positively encouraged. i thank god the human psyche is such, and inter-human support is such, that turnarounds are possible, and i thank him for mine today :) :) :) :)

the touch of the master's hand:

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

ty you all much encouraged!!!

the touch of the master's hand:

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

glad to see you clem!

'You become what you think about most of the time.' - Brian Tracy


In solidarity with you!  Slogging along is still making progress. Glad to see you here. You are supported and validated. 

I believe in you.


Praying for you. You are not alone. Keep dumping the stress out here, so you can be "touched by the masters hand"

"We do not quite understand.What changed its worth?" Swift came the reply:"The touch of the Master's hand."


wb clement

On instruments of peace:  sometimes we are them, sometimes we need them.  You have certainly been one here to many of us in former days. May our group conscience express the God of healing and hope back to you today. 

So glad 2cu.

kromer 10 CI

A bit of a late start this morning, but I can still do good work

Today my main task is to work on proposal revisions. My adviser is happy with the basic structure, thank gosh, but I have a lot of clean-up work to do.

I have a really hard time concentrating on writing/revising all day, so I'll also do some reading (pathways, KO strategies) in gaps. 

And I also need to quickly set up an expt, and get example slides

Crazybug CI 9:53

Seems I just can't get moving until about 10am (when my coffee finally hits my synapses?).  Need to figure out a routine, schedule, plan for the morning so that I can be productive in the two hours before 10am.

Stopped for a minute yesterday and realized that symptoms of 'overload' were starting, i.e. I start carrying around lots of work in my briefcase that I never work on, I stop filing paperwork or putting away things in my closet.  So now I realize Im in overload, but am not sure how to move past it.  Everytime I start thinking about what it is I really need to be focusing my time on I panic and do nothing.  These decisions for determining what is important and what is not are so hard for me, especially when I'm under pressure.

I need to take 15-25 minutes and clear my mind by writing down everything that I can think of that I need to do.  Then I'll check in again and see if I've been able to sort through it all.

Journey 9:30 &

Well, I was early to work (8:30) but I totally forgot I was supposed to take part in an 8 am test so I was late!   The good news is that it was discovered that we didn't have some network stuff in place for the test so it was cancelled, and my part was already done anyway, but still I feel Yell.   Anyway, what I thought was going to be a good start turned out to be a bad start.   Nothing I can do about it now, so I'll put it behind me and face forward. 

I have my todo list, and the first thing to do is catch up on email.   I have about 400 emails in my inbox. 

UPDATE 11:30  email done, and attended a DR meeting.   Now to work on project plan.

UPDATE 3:30 got a lot done on project plan in spite of being pulled in to a boss meeting about another project.   I am trying to avoid getting sucked into that project }) I have enough to do already.  Held my project meeting, which is always stressful for me being in charge of a meeting but it went well.   Now to take a short period of downtime to recover, then back to work.   Dangerous time to slip into time-wasting behaviors, after a stressful meeting.

Update 5:30  I did goof off for about an hour after the meeting rather than the 20 minutes I had planned, but then got back on task. 

I'm feeling stressed because my daughter called in sick for the 2nd day in a row . . .she really is sick, but I don't want her to lose her job.  She's only been there a couple of months, and it's a good job.


'You become what you think about most of the time.' - Brian Tracy

Vic 9/2

Show up (done) Think it through.

"However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results." Winston Churchill

I think my stratagy yesterday, was the old "everything is out the door" I can only do this one thing., Results:I became the thing I dreaded most: "Like my mom", well sort of.

"I never worry about action, but only inaction." Winston Churchill

I did take actions, cked in PA, in the chatbox, made calls, got to store at night, did not pick up the food, or shut down completley. As my threshold of discomfort becomes higher, I think my symptoms will lesson, like with the food, and I can be free to live my life. 

Got an e-mail yesterday: Have you ever been to a funeral? That's not a time to be happy. It's a time to be sad.Time for me: spend time to organize school stuff, so I have sanity. 

Thank you PA friends for being here.


BC 9/2

chickadee, thanks for starting the thread!

Missed the check-in yesterday because I was non-stop busy at work.


 Tasks at work (8AM-5PM):

-Test project 1 [DONE]

If time permits finish the following tasks at work:

-Get dimensions for load from ME

-Update reliability information [Partially Completed]

-Update degradation for both parts of project 3 

-Read and refresh on failure analysis [Partially Completed]

-Email M cc T about control box usage 

Tasks after work (5PM-Sleep) 

-Workout [DONE]

-Put up shelf in master closet

-Buy coax stripper and twist on connectors from  home depot [DONE]

-Shorten up bedroom cable [DONE]

-Clean up bedroom cables [DONE]

-Download android app for yahoo fantasy football [DONE]

chick CI