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.

21 October 2010

A hay stack is made of single straws.

Many drops fill a bucket.

A journey starts with the first step

Even the smallest effort is infinitely more than not doing anything.
procrastinator's law of thermodynamics is that it takes a lot to take
that first step, so I will give myself credit for every bit of effort,
no matter how small

Checking in again


Posting on this site is really helping me. Just knowing I'm not alone.

Although I stayed up late last night working I did progress and didn't feel as tense and down on myself as I usually do before a deadline. Holding out hope that I can finish today - it's now 10 am local time on the 22nd. I would like to start a thread sometime but for now will just post again on the old one.

My list (just making the list is great as I have to get the work out instead of reading emails etc):

Section A:

4.1 - extra sections - one done, one to go


Section B:








Formatting and compilation

Send to client and associate


  • cheque for AB
  • banking
  • ring my client - this seems scary! left message
  • exercises (this should be at the top!)
  • welcome J

Updated 2.20 pm

Vic 10-21

 Show up (don) think, action

As winter nears, I am drawn to hybernate. So grateful to this site and new friends and all the tings I didn't do today(.Binge, drink, react, do anything I would have to make an amend about. )As well as some of the things I did do. and plan to do. What a miracle, before my only option seemed to be total self loathing, shut down and think .....tomorrow. I am not yet  where I want to be. but I am better than I was.

Thanks for being here.

pm ck After sharing, got more done than I thought. 

another day, another set of challenges to meet...

Yesterday was my first on this site and my first with my 'goal-setting' plan. It was a mixed success, but firmly on the positive side. I feel I need to adjust my expectations (not too much) and always set goals just barely out of my reach. That way, I can strive and not languish.

My list for today:

- call/follow-up with podiatrist

- laundry

- apply to two jobs

- get ready for tomorrow's app't (made this morning after sending out the resume just yesterday, thus fulfilling one of my tasks!)

- find paperwork for car accident

- one hour walk


See you all at check-in later tonight!



Smokin' Al

Scribble's Thursday CI


  • get up at 6 (more like 7:30, but it's hard to be perfect)
  • make bed
  • exercise
  • coffee, paper
  • healthy breakfast
  • checkins


  • Update Quicken
  • Clean off desk
  • Call re: mtg
  • Call Nancy re: ABIA show
  • Call re: support mod
  • File texgov invoice
  • Do Outlook11 intvw
  • Call 3 re: social


  • Call dove guy
  • Reply to Planet Profit people
  • Call 3 re: steal
  • Send query - TX Enterprise
  • P/U B at 2:45
  • File 1 BN (Rodriguez)


  • P/u C at 5
  • Soccer practice
  • Healthy dinner
  • D/o kids at 8:30
  • Finish song rewrites
  • Rehearse set list
  • Read, relax
  • Bed by 10:30

kromer 10 CI

got up a bit late today but I've done laundry, had prayer time, prepared lunch and dinner, biked ot lab and checked on expts. Then I  checked email and spent about 15 min browsing.

I have lots to do today!
*Go over SCF results: look at slides and take notes, find ref. picture so I'll know what to look for, read up on fixation so I can fix what I think are some problems there, and come up with a plan for what to try next
*Genotyping (will do this soon)
*List of new reagents to make (will do this soon)
*Order southern probes, get protocol(working on this now)

OK, going to start by finding ref. pict for SCF results, then I'll choose southern probes. 

Journey late again arrgggh &

Was late to work today . . . I have a pretty good excuse though, I ran over my headphones and had to stop and get a new pair.  No way I can make the commute with my audiobooks.   But in general I am backsliding on my early rising routine, I seem to get up a few minutes later each day!     Time to change up the alarm clocks.   I had been getting up with the clock radio just fine but since that's not working  nowI'll start setting the cell phone alarm again.    

I'm in a 9:30 conference call, barely made it here in time for it.   I am supposed to be here at 9, and I like to be here at 8:30 so basically I'm an hour late today.  I don't like being late. 

But, on the positive side, I feel great today, had a great workout this morning and I'm ready to seize the day.

UPDATE 1 pm actually getting a lot done today!   I have my stressful project meeting at 3 pm but I am so ready for it.   Now I will take care of a couple of administrative things, then I'll work on my second priority project if I have time before the meeting.


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

potential energy 915


Thanks for the great starter-

I have been piling up some things that I have to deal with. 

1. Cred. 2. report as. 3. ins. issue. 4. a.b.!! 5. work on s. p.

My Day Today

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

I want to thank chickadee for starting this trend.

Things I will do today

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

2. Go to the 11 a.m. telephone PA meeting

3. Go to see therapist at 2 p.m.

4. Go to the face to face NA meeting

5. Clear couch

6. Clear tabkes

7. Clear floor

8. Eat brunch

9. Eat dinner

10. Call my friend for a ride to the meeting

11. Take shower

13. Get drerssed

14. Make bed

15. Wash dishes

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

17. Study religious material

18. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

Thanks for letting me share

Crazybug CI

Trying not to feel like a failure today. Situation at work where younger employee (employed here 2.5 years less than I) was just asked to be a jr. partner of the company put me in a major funk. I can't help but think that my procrastinating habits have kept me from attaining the same position. I'm earning much less than I 'should' based on my education level and my 'potential' and already feel insecure about that.

Feel like giving up right now, but, instead will keep plugging away and try to improve myself so that I can find a measure of success in the day.  Reminding myself this does not make me a failure - it just means I have a lot more growing to do.  Please, God, today let me improve myself and see some progress... So tired of slipping back.

Priority this morning is to finish billing and develop financial reports for B and LR.

Gritting teeth in determination...

thank you so much.

Thank you so much for your kind support. 

I guess i should be proud that I didn't let it 'whup' me and kept going today. Stayed focused and worked hard this morning.  This should be proof to me that I do have it in me to be successful, but I need to work out those 'muscles' some more to be able to handle the weight of the responsibility.

I am so thankful to you here at PA for helping give me the courage to pull myself back up.


Thank you for sharing. Many of us have a similar story. Your courage to pull yourself back up comes back to give all of us courage. I find the passage below helpful when things happen.

from p. 449 of Alcoholics Anonymous, the Big Book of AA

Andacceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it isbecause I find some person, place, thing, or situation--some fact of mylife--unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept thatperson, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed tobe at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God's world bymistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless Iaccept life completely on life's terms, I cannot be happy. I need toconcentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on whatneeds to be changed in me and in my attitudes 

stay strong...

Hey Crazybug Cl

I read your post and empathized completely. I have almost a decade of experience in my field, which is nominally composed of and evaluated by people's experience. Yet - I cannot seem to hit on a job for the life of me.

Of course, all I can think of is the procrastination that I've engaged in professionally and educationally. Thinking that maybe an advanged degree will help and why haven't I done that. Or that the extra effort in past jobs might have brought me to more security and (maybe?) happiness right now.

It's hard to think of your past in terms of you failures, so I have to think of it in terms of my successes. Being where I 'should' be right now would not have brought me the colleagues, friends, lovers, family moments that I have had and cherish. And I have to focus on how sweet my future will taste when the things that I haven't been able to accomplish in the past are firmly in my present.

I wrote this as much, if not more, for myself as I did for you. But I hope you take some solace in these words, as I have in reading yours. We're not alone and our future is brighter than before.




Smokin' Al

Thank you Smokin' Al

You're words have been an encouragement to me today. Thank you for your wisdom and insight.

Hang in there!


That's hard . . . It's great you kept going and didn't give up.


You are travelling your own path . . . don't let your own progress get derailed by comparing yourself to others.   Good article about this at Zen Habits.

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

much wisdom

Thanks for helping me refocus, Journey.

I thought about all of the things that I have to be thankful for (including PA!)

I realized that I need to work on accepting who/where I am right now

third, I let myself know that I'm a kick butt bread baker!  and that made me smile. 

I do have talents!  Timely, right action just happens to be one I'm still very much working on! :grin:


BC 10/21

Marie, thanks for starting the thread!

Work 8AM-5PM: 

-Review old EIEC setup

-Look into using LISN 

-Go into lab and check EIEC setup 

-Find EIEC requirements

-Run RSD MC and save results of PD 

-Run SD MC and save results of CPV

-Run SD MC and save results of PD 

After Work 5PM-Sleep: 

-Pay cc bills AE500/500PV

-Get financial plan for rest of month in order

-Go for a run

-Finish AAA inventory

-Return stuff to Michaels/Hobby 

-Read business 101 thread

-Finish work benefits update [DONE]

-Sell computer case and cd d

-Bring $10

-Buy sunscreen for jogging 

-Calculate carryover and plan vacation days

-Review Comcast bill 

-Send S couch pics

-Sell b gps 


“One reason God created time was so that there would be a place to bury the failures of the past.”


I am grateful for the poster mentioning the blog Zenhabits. Picking through the blog here and there, I have found some good advices. Confronting all the pile up of stuff to do I made for myself, I tend to get stress and to panic.  Leo Babauta wrote in the post entitled "Breathe":  "If you have too many tasks to do, or are scattered during your workday,
breathe. It will help bring you into focus, to concentrate on the most
important task you need to be focusing on right now." So, on the to do list today: breathe! 

One of these days I should do a top ten "All around time wasters and procrastination tactics. No. 1 checking personal email 20 times per day. 

wake up--->5h50



Serenity prayer

Luath housetraining



plan day

barn chores (1h30min)

breakfast (30min)

decluttering challenge: backpack and wallet

change clothes for work


stop local bakery for goodies

at the office at 11h30

meeting with Mike to discuss budget and future proposal


check work email

work ACAA expenses claim


work ACAA report



clean desk and file


time with John and Luath

barn chores

check if cow calving



Luath housetraining








Carpe Diem

CherryPicker checking in at 13:16 local time

There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.

-Call M. 

-30m Review SP and CtoA 

-30m Review S material

-30m Event scan

-30m  SUbmit one JA

-30m Small items 

Keeping going today


Thanks for starting the 21st chickadee.

Ok, back again, still scared but here goes. 

Main work on report - Section A

  • 4.1.2
  • 4.2.1
  • 4.2.2
  • 4.3
  • edit 5, 6 and 7

Section B

  • 4
  • 5.1
  • 5.2
  • 5.3
  • 5.4

Need to call:

  • SC
  • AD
  • Steve C
  • DC or LB

Also want to do:

  • exercises
  • meditation group at 5 pm
  • music with M at 8 pm
  • dinner and dishes

The crunch is on today as I promised the report for tomorrow. I may have to stay up late but I think it is possible if I can just keep going and stay on track.

Well, it's now 10.45 pm local time. I am glad I got as far as I did but going to do 2 more hours because I really want to get it done by the end of tomorrow. Not just for the client (although that matters too!) but my mother is coming to visit and I have other fun things planned for the weekend too.