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.

Monday 10-18-10

 Meditation Room: a virtual room to remind us of that real place we go inside--peaceful, quiet, still--to hear the voice of God--however we define our Higher Power.



Thanks Vic for starting this thread and for the comments from Melody Beattie.

Today was not so bad for me, but also not so good. I did some things but know I could have done more and wasted less time.

I am making a decision to use the daily forum tomorrow (for the first time!) even though I have been registered for months. I still have gained support just reading stuff and from my initial post, so thanks to you all.

I have used being in a different time zone - Australia - as an excuse not to post - it is nearly 6 pm Tuesday here - but I will just use the post for the previous day and see how it goes.

See you tomorrow!


 become like little children,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, My son found someone in Australia to play his PS3 with and they don't blink an eye about the time zones.Keep coming back

Sammy :: 10/18

6:30 pm

Stayed up late (real late. :-/ ) last night doing not much of anything. I did, however, get to class on time at 8 this morning. 

Gotta really kick it into high gear tonight. Not anticipating much (if any) sleep, as I have put this project off for wayyyy too long.

 Starting now. I will check back in 30 minutes to report on progress. 

7:15 pm

ok, so i missed the 30 minute mark. making slow progress... momentum! 

8:00 pm

Caught myself getting distracted. gonna grab a snack, which should help keep me on task... 

10:00 pm 

pushing forward............ 

tracy-la on mon oct 18

Good morning everyone:

My basics today are:

1. Check in / reading material / show up - done

2. Gratitude.

I thank God for my handicaps for, through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God. --Helen Keller 

3. Check calendar. Done.

4.  Plan to plan. Done. 

4. Self love exercise. I used to think these affirmations were so corny. But I realize that I need to say them aloud since I am mad at myself for the things I didn't get done or for procrastinating. So it's part of gratitude but for myself. 

I treat myself with love, kindness and respect
I am proud of myself and all that I have accomplished
I forgive myself for all past and future mistakes
I love taking care of myself 

5. Exercise

6. Limit time on Internet that's not work related. 

Reading material for today from The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie 

Throwing Out the Rule Book.

May of us feel like we need a rule book, microscope and a warranty to get through lief.  We feel uncertain, frightened.  We want the security of knowing what's going to happen, and how we shall act.  

 We don't trust ourselves or life.

We don't trust the Plan.

We want to be in control.

We have arrived at the understanding that we needed our experiences -- even our mistakes -- to get oto where we are today. Do we know that we needed our life to unfold exactly as it did to find ourselves, our Higher Power, and this new way of life? Or is part of us still calling our past a mistake?

We can let go of our past and trust ourselves now. We do not have to punish ourselves with our past. We don't need a rule book, a microscope, a warranty. All we really need is a mirror. We can look into the mirror and say, "I trust you. No matter what happens, you can take care of yourself. And what happens will continue to be good, better than you think."

Today, I will stop clinging to the painful lessons of the past. I will open myself to the positive lessons today and tomorrow hold for me. I trust that I can and will take care of myself now. I trust that the Plan is good even when I don't know what it is."

I can make a written schedule and have done so for years. I cannot always control that and it's a template for how I intend my day to proceed but an emergency call or an illness can throw that plan into disarray. I am working on putting 3 things on my list and feeling proud of myself when I get that done. 

What would I do if I knew that no matter what happened, everything would turn out fine and if I trusted myself?


Have a great day everyone. Will check in later. 



Terrific Posting. Just terrific.  My son (just 10) recently told me something similar.  Sometimes, I pleasantly wonder who is the parent, and who is the child.

Its been a

Its been a while.


11:30: catch bus, call work

12:30: bank, get some money

1:00: work

6:00: home. clean and organise room.  Wash dishes. Dinner.

8:00: work out: 30 mins of cardio and 30 mins of strength

9:15: hygene, sleep, and draw some thing

Crazybug CI

Feeling frozen this morning and very sleepy. maybe I can get at least one task completed.

Print and mail letter.

Then I'll try to see where my next step takes me.

The disease owned me this a.m.

The disease owned me this morning — dropped kids off, ran away from the day with a 1.5 hour nap and then another 1.5 hours of avoidance behavior. Good ol' Demand Resistance!

But the best antidote is simply to start.

Many of these tasks are from previous days; someday I want to be making daily to-do lists that don't look the same day after day after day.



- client 1: complete draft: smokestack pollution

- client 1: complete draft: tailpipe pollution

- client 1: scary conversation at 2p re whether there will be continuing work (I'm afraid I've blown it again.)

- client 2: daily site-monitoring report



- call sponsor

- call doc re insurance company request

- marriage counseling, 3p



- use the Chatbox to stay anchored in intentionality

- call 1 to another recovering person

- call 2

- call 3

- exercise

- journaling

- meditation

- readings

- 1 hour stepwork

- daily renewal

- journaling

- meeting


May I release fears, ego, self-centeredness, and simply keep doing the next right thing.  

Journey's big fat frowny face. & CO

I'm really frustrated and depressed today. :(  I went clothes shopping yesterday.   I've lost a few pounds and I've been working out so I was hoping to find some clothes that looked good on me.   I was really frustrated that everything made me look fat and old.   I went home and ate an entire bag of white chocolate chips, which in hindsight seems rather counterproductive.  Yell  

This morning, my car wouldn't start.   I borrowed mom's car so I got to work but tomorrow I've got to get the car to the shop.   I have some extra money this month but I wanted to spend it on my son's bday, not car repairs.   

I really want to just go home and stay in bed all day, but this isn't an option since I'm already at work.    I know I will be tempted to procrastinate today because I'm unhappy and stressed out.   Time to count my blessings, make a todo list, and get started. 


CO 5:42.  I did everything on my work todo list.   I did it grumpily but I did it.  Which makes me feel less grumpy. 


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

kromer 9:20 CI

Scheduled: journal club 1-2

MITs for today:
*Make a schedule for the week
*Read 3 papers, deal w/ emails, expts
*Finish S's project and email her about it (working on this now)
*Order cells and get rough idea of how to order probes (have some info on this, need to gather a little more)
*Collect samples
*Shop and cook

If I have more time:
*Check finances, library books
*work on database, enter VM into database (did a tiny bit of work on this)
*order backpack
*staining plan

OK, starting with S's project, then I'll order cells and get a rough idea of how to order probes, then I'll collect samples.


I am grateful to God to guide me in this journey away from procrastination.

Thank to Vic for starting this thread.  


wake up


take Luath out





barn chores

meeting with John

check in--->12h15


phone Frank Cochrane for ink

technical bulletin: N section

check work email



technical bulletin: N section

barn chores










Carpe Diem

BC 10/18

vic, thanks for starting the thread!

Work 8AM-5PM: 

-Call GP about project 3 changes [DONE]

-Finish signing off project 3 [DONE]

-Review old EIEC setup

-Find EIEC requirements

-Get D1 sim on project 3 up to date

-Get D2345 sim on project 3 up to date  

After Work 5PM-Sleep: 

-Take out trash [DONE]

-Bring project r stuff back down to droom [DONE]

-Check bills for due dates [DONE]

-Tell k about bill [DONE]

-Figure out how much b has left on gift ~250 [DONE]

-Figure out how much b is owed on gifts 220 and PAID [DONE]

-Check cc bills AE500/500PV [DONE]

-Deposit cash and checks [DONE]

-Get financial plan for rest of month in order

-Set weekly goals [DONE]

-Go for a run [DONE]

-Update action items list for project r [DONE]

-Finish inventory

-Call about how to pay new CC [DONE]

-Figure out how to pay new CC [DONE]

-Check color of new couch piece [DONE]

-Call TB about charge back [DONE]

-Put TP in car [DONE]

-Read business 101 thread 

Vic 10-18


Read the meditation below that really helped me yesterday. I think I will read it many times , it just does not come automatically yet for me, and I like the way she says what I feel.

Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul

Melody Beattie

     “Feeling overwhelmed is a trap and a tricky one at that. When we feel overwhelmed, we see all that needs to be done and say “That’s too much. I can’t do it, so instead I will do nothing.” Feeling overwhelmed occurs when we say “I am already too busy, so I can’t do that and all is pressing in on me and I can’t do anything. And the acts that are ours to do keep piling up and keep pulling at us. And we keep resisting and stress and pressure build up.

     Feeling overwhelmed leads to feeling stuck. Both are an illusion. How simple those things that overwhelm us become when we release the feeling and return to the rhythm of our lives.

     Begin by taking one simple action. Then watch as life unfolds, one act at a time, one thing at a time, all that needs to get done will be done.

    Surrendering to the simple truth, even to the simple truth of what we are feeling will always set us free.”

Thanks for letting me share.


Thanks for posting that! I

Thanks for posting that! I so relate and i thelps to know that this is a common feeling and one that can be overcome.  tracy-la

My Day Today

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

I want to thank Vic for starting this trend.

Thing I have done today

Went to the 7 a.m. telephone DA meeting

Things I will do today

1. Go to the 8:30 a.m. telephone PA meeting

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

3. Go to the 11 a.m. teleophone PA meeting

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

5. Go to work at 5:30 p.m.

6. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

7. Make bed

8. Wash dishes

9. Get sleep apnea stuff ready for tonight

10. Take shower

11. Get dressed

12. Declutter 1,000 e-mail

13. Post and send out Al-Anon literature for today

14. Empty one storage box

15. Clear the couch

16. Clear the tables

17. Clear the floor

Thanks for letting me share