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 22 September 2006


OK. Desperation time. Ten minutes to go before midnight, and Friday starts. I have a deadline of TOMORROW MORNING (already put back more than once!) for three documents I need to write.

So I'm starting Friday early! Hoping to have my To Do list complete by the time it's time to go to work!


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congratulations on the frog!

I'm going to log off now - need to get to sleep so I can get up in the morning. I hope to see you again tomorrow!

the main thing is to keep trying

I don't always do what's on my to-do list well or efficiently, or even at all. One day last week I blew off work and spent the day browsing in Barnes & Noble. But on other days I do get stuff done, and the days of getting stuff done are getting more frequent. It's about progress, not perfection.

We're all serious procrastinators here. If we weren't, we wouldn't be here. You have nothing to be ashamed of. If we're sometimes able to get stuff done now, it's just because we've been working at it here, and you can, too. I'm a low-bottom procrastinator - I lost my entire career because of it (lost my job and couldn't get another in my field). If I can do better (and I'm doing a lot better), anybody can.

A good place to start is routines. I started with just a morning and bedtime routine, and then slowly added to it. When I go to bed at a reasonable hour, get up early, and get dressed right away, the day is instantly better than it would be if left to my own devices. In my Friday to-do list (posted in this thread), I list the routine items as main items, and indent the items that shift from day to day. I can't tell you how much routines have helped me - and posting my to-do lists here. These two tools alone have made an enormous improvement in my life.

Also, read the articles that are on the site (not now, but when you're done with your work tonight :) ). I think you'll find the tips there helpful.

more on routines and posting to-do lists

My Friday to-do list doesn't show the detailed steps of my morning and bedtime routines, but you'll see them in yesterday's thread. I have to do it this way - every little step - or I forget stuff or stray off track.

Another way the to-do lists have helped me is that I can't escape noticing when the same thing is on my to-do list day after day and week after week (especially when some of my fellow procrastinators here gently point it out to me). This has inspired me to make some important changes in my life that allowed me to get those things off my to-do list.

Try the tools we have here. They work. And don't be embarrassed. We are all like you, and we understand.