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.

Tuesday November 16, 2010


Good morning!  It's going to be a good day, can you feel it?


"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."  - Martin Luther King, Jr.



Findingaway Check Out

Big day today - got everything done Smile. Really enjoyed being out and about for a change instead of working at the computer.

Findingaway Check in


8.25 am Wednesday.

Out all day today on field trip. Ready to go now!


Katelyn-Anne's Check-In

  So far today I've been up since nine (it's now one) and all I've done is watered my plants. My boyfriend is going to be home in about two hours, and these are the things I want to accomplish in that time:

-Go to the store, buy eggs and cat litter

-check the mail

-return my cousin's keys

-meditate for at least five minutes

-clean the cat litter box

-throw the laundry I put into the wash yesterday into the dryer, fold the clothes that are already in the dryer, and put a new load in the washer

I really hope that that isn't too much to try and accomplish in two hours. If I force myself, I'm sure I can do it. I'm kind of worried about returning my cousin's keys though. if anyone is home there, I'll probably end up sitting there for three hours talking. So maybe I'll do that last. Off I go! Wish me luck. :)



Ian's to-do's / daily renewal, 11.16

* yep, powerless over lust, perfectionism, procrastination, other work-related issues, my wife, etc. I can't manage my life. I quit. I'm out of management. 
* I want to be sober today. I have defined what that means for the above issues (need to send to/discuss w/ sponsor, re work sobriety)
* I'll do whatever's necessary to walk a path that allows me to be useful. 
* Only higher power can keep me sober, but I need others to connect to higher power — and other people can help me see things I won't otherwise see, and can help me be accountable.
* this is just for today; tomorrow I can go another way if I so choose.
* I turn my will and my life over to walking whatever path the truth — the dharma — reveals to me. I am a loved and cherished part of the infinitely powerful whole. This must be true, otherwise I would have experienced all the consequences I (in my delusion of omniscience) felt absolutely sure my past actions have earned me.
* in the past 24 hours, I (a) didn't work my work program; (b) snarled at my wife (resentment there I need to inventory)
* in the next 24 hours, I'm not planning to do anything I would be ashamed of.
* obstacle ahead: well, so far today I've noticed yet ANOTHER facet of work issues manifest — when I'm "turned on" about work, as I am after last week's trip, I want to learn literally everything, do everything, and all RIGHT NOW. Over last four hours I've downloaded or otherwise marked "save for reading later on" literally dozens of files on 4-5 distinct topics. I have deliverables to produce today — that's what I need to find a way to keep in front of me. I need to find a way to either ignore or (preferably) just quickly note for later review the bazillion ideas and observations I always experience in this slightly manic mode.
- client #1: tuesday report (by 2p)
- client #2: send concept memo - sharable microcontent (by 4p)
- client #2: send email outlining proposed work arrangement, include suggestions for process/staying on track/connected (by 4:30p)
- client #2: review notes from NYC and create to-dos (by 5p)
- client #2: read project-summary email and create any to-dos (by 5:15p)
- client #2: ask SP about crossover between two parts of campaign (?)
- client #2: send webstrategy doc (?)
- client #2: work on why donate page (?)
- note to potential client #3 (?)
- client #2: note to blogger re rss reader-outlook (?)
- order replacement eyeglass lenses
- call sponsor
- call (12 step call)
- call (spot inventory/feedback)
- daily renewal
- exercise
- journaling
- meditation
- meeting
- morning prayer
- readings
- 15 minutes stepwork

Jester - Tuesday - Accelerating Uphill

TUESDAY 11/16:

DAILIES: Arise, Water, Groom, Dress, Breakfast, Coffee, Vits, 1stHerbs, Calendar, MailPU; Drive2Office, PandoraOn, PAlogin, Clear Briefcase; Bills; Receipts; Clear desk; Hotsheets; INVENTORY; Blog; Camera Upload; ListingUpoad; Expireds; ForeclosureRadar; FSBO's; 8amMessages; RechargePhone/Supra/Camera; Tickler; Inbox; OfficeChores; 9amSayHello

AT OFFICE: Print MR Inventory List; Identify sales commissions; Discuss propertunities with agents ; Printed/Emailable Publicity Flier; Blog Post(s); Facebook Post

Foreclosure Radar for Sara


AT HOME - DAVID - CAREER: phone david; review progress on onther items on his TTDset up meetings including David; Locate Yorma; Locate David Minor;

AT HOME: pics of kids onto thumb for Printefex; clear nonworking dvd's and rubbish; review Dr Lam homework; Get back on schedule incl prospecting and Friday morning doorknocking; make hiking appt on FB; make appt w/ Julie; Call Mike R. about book mailing project

ERRAND: Drop off at Printefex

AT OFFICE; Call that young-white-guy Apartment owner on behalf of Rick and ask for listing(s)

Photos of offcie for Dr Lam; upload; email to Dr Lam

ERRAND: Take briefcase; Pick up at Printefex; Pix and posters onto walls; photographs for Dr Lam; upload pics; email to Dr Lam

MOREDAILIES: Lunch; 2ndHerbs; Plan tonight

ERRANDS:  Hardware;  TJoe's;  Jewelry Repair in Montrose;  ArmoGrocery; Unload

AT OFFICE: Call and follow up with past clients 

EVENMOREDAILIES: SupperLite; 3rdHerbs; DriveHome; Vits4Morrow; Clothes4Morrow; 5amAlarm; LemonBoil; Bathe; AirOff; WindowOpen; LampOff; 3ThingsI'mGra8ful4; AskAQ


DAILIES: Arise, Water, Groom, Dress, Breakfast, Coffee, Vits, 1stHerbs, Calendar, MailPU; Drive2Office, PandoraOn, PAlogin, Clear Briefcase; Bills; Receipts; Clear desk; Hotsheets; INVENTORY; Blog; Camera Upload; ListingUpoad; Expireds; ForeclosureRadar; FSBO's; 8amMessages; RechargePhone/Supra/Camera; Tickler; Inbox; OfficeChores; 9amSayHello


7amPrepare4BOR; 8amDrive2BOR 

MOREDAILIES: 12nnWorkout; Lunch; 2ndHerbs; Plan tonight; 2pmBathe, Groom, Dress, PlanTonight; Back2Office 

230pmParkAtOffice; Walk2CitiBank; Activate card; determine if dba and merchant service is ok

245pmWalktoDr Lam

Link website to blog; Add IDX to website ; make website presentable to businesspeople and to homesellers

Set up new RE website and transfer url

EVENMOREDAILIES: SupperLite; 3rdHerbs; DriveHome; Vits4Morrow; Clothes4Morrow; 5amAlarm; LemonBoil; Bathe; AirOff; WindowOpen; LampOff; 3ThingsI'mGra8ful4; AskAQ


Call old contacts & update conctact info

Talk to Dolph and make a time to see him; make a date w/ Sara; plan Christmas; plan Thanksgiving 

FRIDAY 11/19

Water Plants at Office; "OpenHouse" at Office


Water PlantsAtHome

Create writing/editing/voiceover website and start taking orders

SUNDAY 11/21:

Read Mike R's book; Order PA book recommended by Daviknox

Schedule RioPlatense Spanish class or private lessons;  House ready to entertain; Locate and prepare implements; Ready to travel; Plan visit to Uruguayan consulate

MONDAY 11/22:

Track down suit from Joseph Banks

TUESDAY 11/23:

Bring Christmas Cards from Home;

Count People sheets w/ mailing addies; Buy more Christmas Cards as needed

530pmMeet with Sean M to review status - annual review


Select DBA and URL for writing  / voiceover / ad production

Identify newspaper to use

Address Christmas Cards

kromer 1 CI

OK, so far I've had prayer time, gone to a 2 hour mtg, had lunch, and started to check on expts.

I'll again try to keep my list manageable. For today, I need to:
*Finish checking on expts
*Talk w/ TE about tomorrow's phone call
*Image and take notes on lectin slides

*Call SC, email parents about travel plans
*Deal w/ email backlog (started)
*Make a schedule for the week
*Exercise (probably dancing) (going to do this now, though it will be a short exercise session)

Anything more than that is gravy. 

tracy-la tuesday check in

Hello Everyone,


Checking in and showing up. Done!

I went to bed by 10 pm but got up at 3:30 am and couldn't fall back asleep. Took melatonin and tossed, turned and read till 6 am never being able to fall back asleep. Was annoyed at myself for not either falling asleep or not just getting up and working but ....I realize that I wasn't accepting where I'm at. I've been working on getting more regular sleep but if I get 5 1/2 hours -- that's usually fine even if I'd rather get 6 1/2 or 7.  So next time when I get up and see I won't be able to fall back asleep -- I'll just get up and work an hour or two at one of my projects and then have time for a run later in the day. 

 So a friend of a friend noted: Sleepless nights can some of the most awakening, beautiful and inspiring experiences. Enjoy it! 

 Basics: reading - done; gratitudes - done; checked calendar - done; affirmation - done.

I have several deadlines today so will be starting those today.  Reading today was about the short term benefits and long term benefits of recovery.  

 Projects: Misc Projects 8:18 am -  10:18 SmileSmile [next time start on more imp projects first]

Project S: 10:20 - 11:40 COMPLETED SmileSmile 

11:40 - 12:10 - break/volunteer stuff/internet Yell (doing lower priority stuff)

12:10 -1:10 lunch, check in short dog walk YellYell (much longer than I wanted)

1:10 Project P (est. 15 min 


 Today I will be grateful for the immediate and long-term rewards of recovery. If I am new to recovery, i will have faith that I can achieve the long-term benefits. If I've been recovering for a while, I will pause to reflect, and be grateful for my overall progress.

 Have a great day - even when it's challenging. It's the only day we have!


Journey 9:30

Good morning!  I'm taking a floating holiday today to rest up from the weekend.  I don't want to waste the day on tv and video games though.   I want to make this a quality day off.  
I do need to attend one conference call at work, and my daughter and I have a shopping trip planned.    Dinner, dishes, and laundry must be taken care of, we never get a day off from that sh*t do we lol?
So, making a relaxed and enjoyed todo list now.  See you later!
'You become what you think about most of the time.' - Brian Tracy



clement ci

encouraging as usual to read everyone's post.

inkstress i love that quote! would you believe i was quoting it to myself just 1/2 hr ago?

tearing myself away from the internet. and the work. there's nothing urgent at work right now, and it's time for daily admin stuff. so i should just go, right? with the wind of this forum in my sails, i think i can.

the touch of the master's hand:

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

myy day 16

This week is so not starting well. I can't seem to get a hold of myself. This is immensely annoying. Lets try again with an even shorter list than usual.

- meet billable work quota. You know it's not that hard to do.
- take care of my home by doing chores


- took care of my home by doing chores

Not Done:
- meet billable work quota. Met 60% of this which is still better than I used to do.


Have you ever tried using the chatbox on this site? it is kind of like a virtual office.

thanks :)

I haven't braved the chatbox yet but I may in the future :). Checking in there would probably help a lot with days like this.


It took me almost a year before I braved the chatbox, it does help when I use it now.

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 inkstress for starting this trend.

Things I have done today

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

2. Went to the 8:30 a.m. telephone PA meeting

Things I will do today

1. Go to the PA Check-in's at 9:30 and 10:30

2. Prayer and meditation

3. Fix and eat breakfast

4. Make bed

5. Wash dishes

6. Take shower

7. Get dressed

8. Cook and eat dinner

9. Declutter 500 e-mail

10. Clear couch

11. Clear tables

12. Clear floor

13. Do numbers

14. Call Sponsor at 8 p.m.

15. Go to the 9 p.m. online EA meeting

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

17. Go to the 9:30 p.m. telephone CLA meeting

18. Send out Al-Anon literature for today

Thanks for letting me share                     

Tuesday CI for the Scribbler

  • get up at 6
  • make bed
  • exercise
  • coffee, paper
  • checkins


  • Breakfast meeting w/G (rescheduled)
  • Update Quicken
  • Clean off desk
  • Music marketing
  • Ck email forwarding
  • Email 4 re: fit
  • Call 2 re: design //
  • Ck car idiot light
  • Deliver Meals on Wheels


  • Ck on Vato
  • Call shoulder doc
  • Send query
  • File BN post
  • Do 2 CIO /


  • Healthy dinner
  • Read, relax
  • Choir meeting
  • P/U Susan at 11 p.m.
  • Bed by midnight


Is this a rock bottom day?  Up last night w/ another aching tooth.  I never finished up the 2 root canals from last year.  However, nearly picked up an addiction without realizing it from the pain teeth still look very nice-but I know that they re a mess.  I can't go back to my regular dentist because I put off paying so long that it turned into a huge ordeal w/ them and insurance... so on to another and hopeful I wont screw it up.

Never sent in credential licenses to work and so on to major contract, and am nearly suspended....had awful conversation w/ them yesterday and waiting to hear about that from the co. owner- Pay check has been held for 2 mos. now- money would be nice.

Had  mtg on Friday w/ my son's teachers as he is "not able to focus" ...very smart...needs to be told several times to do his work.... poor kid where did he get that from? Uggh- this one is killing me- because I have no idea how to help him-I can't do it myself.

all of this makes my 3 yrs unpaid taxes seem like a lesser priority. Who knows what other major responsibilities I am overlooking.  Today I feel like I really hate what I have done to my life.  Of course, I am going to try to dig myself out...but  it seems like I will only to fall into another hole. 

1 scan and send paperwork   2.  reports  3. return all calls   

thanks everyone-from PE


Thank you very much for all of your sharing!  

Realizing that I struggle in this area, I thought that I had managed to set up supports for him through tutoring, lessons and so on so that would help him not to have the same issues.  I actually thought my attempts were working and was crushed to hear his schools concerns. Crushed because I felt that I was doing what I needed to...and I thought he was able to do what he needed to while at school.  Well, I hope that once I figure out how to function that I will be able to help him-really help him.


I always have to laugh at how often I am shown, I am not unique, not even here.

Today is dentist root canal apt. Always brings back memories of the past,sugar addiction, not taking care of myself, procratination. The "fix" I got 6 years ago was incomplete (dentist fault this time) and now mess again, root canl. etc. The "horror" of where I was and the consequences I have now. But it is what it is, and at least I am not where I was.

My younger son has "ADHD" I never heard of it until he was diagnosed and then I was as well. We help each other. He tells me to focus as much as I tell him, we make schedules, we set deadlines, and we point out our good points, We are creative, think out of the box,while my self disciplined husband and older son just do not understand. I do not view it as a "defect" it is just how we are wired.

re: kids

i totally know what you mean about our kids! i havent even solved this myself, how can i help my child!?!

i comfort myself because i had to get to 40yrs old to figure out that i actually had an addiction to procrastination. before that i kept wondering, what's wrong with me? it's still hard now, but at least there's not that level of soul-searching which i always did.

so i comfort myself because at least i can gently teach my child what they are/have so that they can start with the treatment process earlier in life. i feel like that will be a help.

the other thing i try to do lower the guilt. i think we need some guilt, so that we dont simply accept the problem. but if our kids are like us, the guilt level is often debilitating.

i know i was embarrassed to admit to my parents my procrastination. i am *hoping* that my child will not be embarrassed to admit it to me.

i wish i had the answer. these are just two things i am hoping will help w/ my kids.

please share whatever seems to work with your child!

the touch of the master's hand:

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

Perfectionistic kid

My boy is already a perfectionist at 6. He gets so frustrated with himself if he makes a mistake or has to erase something.  I don't know how much of this is just his wiring and how much is taught by my hubby.  He's homeschooled, and his father pushes him.  Asks him to fix his mistakes.  I've tried to encourage mistakes and imperfection, but we don't see eye to eye on this one.  He says how can he teach if he ignores mistakes?  My heart goes out to the little guy.  Now we're also trying to teach him to quit whining and complaining (he can be a drama queen), but we have to be so careful not to teach him to stuff his feelings.  Kids are tough!

I'm thankful that he has two parents who love him and are trying to do our best, and that we both have been in 12-step recovery.  It could be so much worse.

My son is a perfectionist too!

Oh dear, my 9-year-old son is also a perfectionist & I already see him starting to procrastinate and fall into the same unhelpful patterns I struggle with.  I'm hoping my recovery will be a good model for him to follow & maybe open up some dialogue so I can tell him how it makes me feel when I'm in High Avoidance Mode and how I feel when I'm on track.  I sure hope I can help him handle this now while he's still young.  It would kill me to see my kids wasting their potential and wonder how much of that was because they'd learned from watching me!

(inkstress) Re: the kiddo[s]

Yes, as much as all of this HAS to be about helping self, the motivation for those of us with children in whom we see this habit budding early on also has to be, "Damn all about me (recovery, returning to program, whatever, or just accepting my failures and not over-wallow in my own head) BUT STILL do whatever it takes to prevent it from growing unmanageable in those lovely offspring....or at least try."

I also admit that I do chastize him/them (sometimes a lot) about such traits of mine I see with homework/tasks/etc, but am trying bit by bit to become more attuned to this and perhaps find a measured response. I admit, more often than not, it feels like a shot-in-the-dark or just a crap-shoot. And harsh pronouncements without guidance do pretty much zilch--as they often have for me.  We adults find ways to adjust/maneuver/cover-up/make-do/compensate/etc --even over a lifetime as I have done and still do.  Children can (and I hope WILL) do better.

But I am committed to humbly accepting my flaws--having ignored addressing them so long--as painful as they are ..... if nothing else to have an even small chance at any extra slight bit of understanding perhaps to help them (notice the many qualifiers).....I owe them...We owe them that. Gratitude for motivating me to articulate this.

Inkstress Checking In

My work to-do list today is more of the same.

1. Return all phone calls by end of day (better yet, ANSWER my phone when I'm at my desk instead of avoiding people!).

2. Handle all paperwork promptly that comes across my desk.

3. Show up for phone check-in at 11 am.

 Thank you to everyone for being here!

Thanks Inkstress


Thanks for your dancing yesterday!

And for the great thread start today.

Rexroth Check In

Up early prayer and reflection
Washed up and cleared up in kitchen
Out food and strationery shopping
Cooking for deepfreeze
Got out files on travel and started sorting them
Filled in form for new passport
Dealt with emails and post
Updated food order

Wash up again
Clean kitchen floor
Respond to phone messages
Get craft machine out and set up

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth Check Out

Well it is a check out unless I suddenly develop a load more energy.

Above and tried to sort out various bits of admin and by and large have not succeded.

Prayer and refection
Bed and sleep

Night Folks


Vic 11-16

 Show up (done) Pray for willingness and direction and save me from my self will.

Have dentist appt I thought she said 1:40, e-mail says 2:40? Older son was also going with me, now he can;t so need younger one.Not organized with son's home school tests, need to get it done before appt., etc., etc. So I feel like my steps are going round and round,esp in my mind, but thats ok, as long I get to where I need to be.First step is checking in, connecting here and sharing what is going on and being humble enough to pray, and admit I need help.

Thanks for being here. Check in later.

pm not too bad day, root canal done, son's test done, he got 100 and worked my most perfect  program- which was an imperfect one.