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, 17 October, 2010


Sunday, 17 October, 2010

At each moment, I can forgive myself and make a new start.

We'll thrive if we are given the freedom and encouragement to try again.


Lark at 7:47 PM, with a resentment. Help!

Things are sort of moving backward recently, and the procrastination monster is out of hibernation here. I'm really p.o'ed, and when I get that way major procrastination sets in. Seems my anonymity from my other 12 step program was broken locally just because someone who had nothing to lose wasn't thinking that others didn't either. Usually the media is pretty good at respecting 12 step membership privacy, but apparently some photos slipped through yesterday. It was all innocent, I hope, but in my career, hints of frailty can be damaging. Since yesterday, I've been just one big hulk of procrastination, and I gotta get over it soon. I'd apprciate any suggestions anyone would care to share. Thanks

Thanks Journey and Sammy

Cyber hugs do help. After working my other 12 step program for several years, many "defects of character" have lessened, but procrastination if anything got worse. Since using this group, I've done better for a few years. BUT, when something triggers my procrastination, it somehow returns as bad as ever. One thing I've noticed is procrastination fueled by anger not only turns my life inside out, but also my friends' and clients'. It's sort of contagious. It turns into major demand resistance. Thanks, and I'll be back.

Hi Lark!

Nice to see you.   It really sucks that someone violated anonymity, but it can't be undone. You already know that you need to put it behind you and move forward, so here's a hug to help you do it!


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

For Lark

Hugs, Lark. Sending good thoughts your way. We're here with you...Solidarity!

tracy-la sunday check in

HI Everyone,


It's been a family day today so haven't done my usual recovery routine in the morning.

My basics;


1. check-in showing up. Done. 

2.  check calendar for today. Done

3.  plan to plan. Done

4.'s my son's 11th birthday. very grateful for him, all his friends & my family and all my son has taught me.

5. self-love exercise. Done.

6. Exercise - it's raining here so need to come up with an alternate plan for that.



Feelings and Surrender. Surrendering is a highly personal and spiritual experience. It is not something we can do in our heads. It is not something we can force or control by willpower. It is something we experience...I will be open to the process of surrender in my life.  I will allow myself all the awkward and potent emotions that must bereleased. Melodie Beattie.

 Have a great day!


kromer 2:45 CI

Most of the morning was church (and after-church stuff), now I have about 2.5 hrs to work before a political event, and maybe an hour or two afterwards

*Figure out system to keep track of expt deadlines
*Write up RAR scanning
*Email DC, GB, home

If I have more time:
*Check finances
*Read 2 papers

OK, starting w/ system for expt. deadlines. 

Ian's day

Things I've done in the last 24 hours:

» Fixed the lawnmower

» Mowed the lawn

» Purchased some supplies for Halloween decorations

» Decorated the house and front yard, with wife and kids

» Visited the local pumpkin patch this morning with wife and kids

» grocery shopping for the week

» made a fruit salad to take to tonight's potluck with friends.

I also experienced a brutal fail on a writing project — a dollop of procrastination and a 55-gallon-drum sized portion of perfectionism. I worked from 8:30pm through about 1am, and finished one-twelfth of what I had projected.

Today, I really need to do my level best to try something new and different, lean on my higher power and distrust my own instincts, and do my level best to finish the eleven-twelfths of last night's work and today's like-sized portion. In the same amount of time — too tired to think I'm going to be able to give more than 4-5 hours work before crashing.

So here goes. 2.5-hour stretch ahead of me.

» help my wife with something (5 minutes)

» call sponsor (max 10 minutes)

» finish section 1 by 3: 4:30

» finish section 2 

» break

» finish section 3 

» 5–8: family time.

» 8–11: finish up; sections 4–7 2-7

May I walk the path of dharma.

Hi and first check in

Hi, joined yesterday, first time here.  Working on my masters thesis and after about 5 months of not touching it, I hope today is the day I can take some sort of baby step in the right direction.  I figure i'll set some goals for the rest of the day.  I don't know if I'll be able to get them all done today but I hope to be able to cross out a few and can continue tommorrow with the rest:

shower and dress

go eat

get supplies (paper, folders)

quick clean up

 take our paperwork and throw stuff out/organize

focus on just project paperwork

read draft

make writing plan

make writing schedule for week

reward self with emailing s and informing of acc.

Thanks for "listening".


WELCOME. You are not alone here. Hope your first start (above) went OK. If not, start it again :-)


Hi Claire!

Glad you're here. :-)

You can do it! 

Welcome Claire!

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


Sammy :: 10/17

11:45 am

Spent most of yesterday paralyzed and unable to move forward, overwhelmed by sculpture project. Need to keep encouraging myself today. Slept in, did morning reading. Now its time to center myself and get going.

Must make lots of progress on sculpture today... Listed below are my proposed baby steps.

1. Legs

2. Neck

3. Head

4. Horns 

To finish these today is my lofty, but attainable goal. Thanking HP for new mercies, asking for help, cause I can't do it alone! 

 5:00 pm

Checking in, re-committing to the task at hand.  

8:50 pm

Making slow progress. Things have certainly not moved along the way I intended, today, but progress, indeed! 

Oct 17 CODA reading on acheivable goals and breaking it down


Reading for October 17

from "In This Moment"
Daily Meditation Guide
by Codepedents Anonymous
(copyright 2006)

{Begin quote:}

Today, I am clear on what I want to experience and how I want to live my life.

I see my long-range goals, but I also break them down into more manageable bite-size chunks so they don't become too overwhelming.

I could never seem to save up $1,000 to invest, but I can save $25 or $50 a month.

Losing 50 pounds seems insurmountable, but I can go to the gym 2-3 times a week for 30 minutes.

Little steps add up over time.

My goals are specific, measurable, acheivable, and have a realistic timeline.

I can do this.

{End quote.}

It sems that, in Procrastinators Anonymous, we can apply P.A. principles to ALL aspects of our lives.

CODA reading - much appreciated.

At some point — unless a long-time member objects, something I'd be absolutely fine with — I'll start posting bits from Workaholics Anonymous literature, a good deal of which is dead-on relevant to our common issue here.

- Ian 

Vic 10/17

Thank you Movingalong. Boy did I need this today. I "feel" like I am hopeless, and then I saw the starter and realized I am hopeless if I don't "forgive myself and make a new start."

Show up (done) forgive myself, start over, think it through, turn to my HP

My forgiveness check list:

You are practicing forgiveness when you:

  Remember that everyone makes mistakes.

  Take responsibility for your mistakes. You don't blame others.

  You don't seek revenge or hold a grudge; instead, you share your feelings.

  Stop giving uncaring people the chance to hurt you. If someone hurts you over and over again without being sorry, forgiving him or her will not help. You need to stop them. You may need help to do this.

  Correct your mistakes instead of punishing yourself with guilt. Decide what needs to change to make things right.

  Accept God's forgiveness. Ask God to give you the courage to change. Realize that you have the power to keep changing for the better.

Thanks for letting me share and for being here. 

Journey 10 am &

I want to have a couple of hours to go shopping this afternoon . . . so I want to get busy and get the housework done early.   Instead I'm watching TV.   Going to get dressed and do laundry now.

Update 2pm:

Laundry is done and dishes started.  I'll finish the dishes and then generally straighten the house now.


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

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 movingalong for starting this trend.

Things I will do today

1. Go to the 9 a.m. telephone DA meeting

2. Go to the 9:45 a.m. telephpme CLA meeting

3. Go to the 1 p.m. telephone CLA meeting

4. Leave at 1:30

5. Go to a religious meeting at 2 p.m.

6. Go to the end of the PA meeting

7. Go to the 5:30 p.m. telephone DA meeting

8. Go to the 7 p.m. Step Study

7. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

8. Post Al-Anon literature for today

9. Fix and eat brunch

10. Fix and eat dinner

11. Take shower

14. Get dressed

15. Cut onions and mix jalepeno peppers

14. Empty one storage box

15. Make bed

16. Wash dishes

17. Declutter 2,000 e-mail

18. Do my numbers

Thanks for letting me share

reminder of "meetings list" & today's meeting

Note that a meetings list is now easy to find on this website.
(Thanks, pro!)

Just click the "meetings list" button at top of your screen.

All are welcome to today's chatbox 12step meeting.

Further details on chat meeting here: