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.

Thursday 18 November 2010

To be always talking is against nature

He who boasts of what he will do succeeds in nothing

That is why he that possesses Tao does not linger

Welcome to Thursday

Vic 11-18

Show up (done), Pray of guidance, do not say anything I may later need to make an amend for.

Woke up with swollen cheek from Tuesday dental work, got to dentist for antiboitics, my 1st thought was thank goodness it happened today and not yesterday- it showed me that my thinking is getting better, that would not have been my 1st thought before.

found some good humorous motivational quotes: thanks for being here.

I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork.Peter De Vries If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.Susan Ohanian Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.Earl Nightingale Most people would rather die than think; in fact, they do so.Bertrand RussellMy life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.MontaigneNever make the same mistake twice or you'll never get around to all of them.Unknown AuthorThe only thing that ever sat its way to success was a hen.Sarah BrownI am realistic - I expect miracles,Wayne Dyer

Trudging Through Thursday

 THURSDAY 11/18:

5AM: Arise/LightOn/EnergyEx/Water/Brew/PA/HerbsB4/Groom/Dress/Vits/Coffee/Calendar&Plans; Breakfast/HerbsAfter/Vits; Drive2Office/PandoraOn/PA;    Briefcase/Bills/Receipts/Desk; Hotsheets/Inventory/Blog; CameraUpload/RechargePhoneSupraCamera/ListingUpload; Gmail/Tickler/Inbox/OfficeCleanup/Email

9AM: SayHello, Messages, Expireds/ForeclosureRadar/FSBO's

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

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

1PM: Drive/Bathe/Groom/Dress/HerbsBefore; SurveyFrig/Lunch/Vits/HerbsAfter/PlanSupper&Tonight

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


Walk2CitiBank; Activate card; determine if dba and merchant service is ok; Drop off at Printefex

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

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

8PM: HerbsB4/SupperLite/DriveHome/HerbsAfter; Vits4Morrow/Clothes4Morrow/5amAlarm

10PM: LemonBoil/Bathe; AirOff/WindowOpen/LampOff/3ThingsImGra8ful4/AskAQ

FRIDAY 11/19

5AM: Arise/EnergyEx/Water/Brew/PA/HerbsB4/Groom/Dress/Vits/Coffee/Calendar&Plans; Breakfast/HerbsAfter/Vits; Drive2Office/PandoraOn/PA/Calendar; Briefcase/Bills/Receipts/Desk; Hotsheets/Inventory/Blog; CameraUpload/RechargePhoneSupraCamera/ListingUpload; Gmail/Tickler/Inbox/OfficeCleanup/Email


9AM: SayHello, Messages, Expireds/ForeclosureRadar/FSBO's

12NN: Drive/PA/1hrWorkout/Bathe/Groom/Dress/HerbsBefore; SurveyFrig/Lunch/HerbsAfter/PlanSupper&Tonight

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

8PM: HerbsB4/SupperLite/DriveHome/HerbsAfter; Vits4Morrow/Clothes4Morrow/5amAlarm

10PM: LemonBoil/Bathe; AirOff/WindowOpen/LampOff/3ThingsImGra8ful4/AskAQ


WEEKLIES-AT-HOME: Water Plants, N's 

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:


"OpenHouse" at Office

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 & narration  

Identify newspaper to use

Address Christmas Cards

Inkstress Checking In

Better late than never!  I'm not having a very good day today. :-( ::sad:: I mean, it's okay, but I'm very scattered and have not been very productive.  I drank last night (which no one knows but you guys), which I justified because I really hurt my foot a couple days ago & I told myself it would help take the edge off.  It did, but of course then I got nothing done last night & was so sleepy this morning I was severely tempted to sleep in & miss work.  (I did get to work on time though - whew!)

My to-do list is going to be very easy today:

1. Return phone calls before end of day

2. Stay mildly busy with some sort of housework this evening - something I can SEE when I'm done, like dishes, not something like organizing closets!

Thanks to everyone for being here.  I think I took a nose-dive today because I'm mad at myself for drinking.  Tomorrow I plan to be back on track.

Scribbler's Thursday

  • get up at 6
  • make bed
  • exercise
  • coffee, paper
  • Breakfast meeting w/G


  • checkins
  • Update Quicken
  • Clean off desk
  • Music marketing
  • Intvw Murphy re: fit
  • Send query
  • Email 2 re: fit /


  • File BN post
  • Shop for groceries
  • Intvw Banfield re: fit
  • Talk to Evans re: articles
  • P/u B at 2:45
  • Do 2 CIO


  • P/u C at 5
  • Healthy dinner
  • Fun w/Kids
  • D/o kids at 8:30
  • Rehearse
  • Bed by10:30

Crazybug CI

Was so 'in the flow' yesterday. Working was natural and rewarding.  Today is the exact opposite.  This is a pattern and I need to figure it out.


Don't know what to do next...

Ian's daily renewal / to-do list 11.18


  • I'm powerless over perfectionism, procrastination, intensely uncomfortable feelings (fear, despair, etc), more substances and behaviors than I'll ever recognize in isolation. I can't manage my life. I quit. I'm out of management.
  • I want to be sober today. For work issues, these are the inner-circle behaviors I want to avoid:
    • sleeping to avoid work/reality
    • using my sexuality to avoid work/reality
    • working without a clear plan -- a prioritized to-do list, a time-boxed calendar
    • for now at least, working outside the PA Chatbox -- e.g., without bookending each task
    • staying in vague, unstructured time during business hours
    • impulsive decisions about what to do, or work on, during business hours
    • failure to record hours with a timer during business hours
    • failure to estimate how much time a task will take (no matter how many times I get it wrong, I want to keep trying)
    • failure to scope a project
    • engaging in perfectionism: seeking immunity from disapproval/judgment via a strategy of producing nothing until I feel total mastery over the subject, and then chipping away at a deliverable until I'm certain it is unassailably perfect. I'm not sober if I'm exceeding my time estimates more than 3x-4x.
  • I'll do whatever's necessary today 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 didn't work my work program. Not a sober day.
  • in the next 24 hours, I'm not planning to do anything I would be ashamed of.
  • obstacle ahead: fear, anxiety, urge to be dishonest.



- client #2: work on why donate page (?)
- 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 #1: wed-thurs report

- 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


Late check in, busy morning!   I have the final planning meeting this afternoon for my top priority project and I am all ready for it!  I came in a bit late this morning, on purpose, because I'm still tired from the weekend and I have another all nighter coming up this Saturday night.    I've had two meetings this morning and in between have been on the phone with the help desk for a computer problem. 

As soon as this meeting is over, I'm going out to lunch for the first time in WEEKS.  I haven't even made my todo list yet.  

UPDATE 1:30 pm Went out for a nice relaxed lunch with co-workers and actually felt that I deserved it . . . my work life is certainly much better since I joined this fellowship, so THANK YOU for being here.

Finally making my todo list for the day lol.   I don't expect to get much done this afternoon except conduct the final planning meeting for my top priority project, but still need to stay on top of what needs to be done and what can be accomplished in what's left of the day.

UPDATE 3:30 final planning meeting done, no more weekly meetings for this project.  \o/.  Sending out the updated plan, then I have a coupla admin things to do.  I did finally make my todo list at 2 pm lol.  I will work on my 2nd priority project from 4-5 then I'm so outta here!


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

kromer 10:30 CI

having a really hard time getting started this far all I've done is to check on expts, I feel seriously seriously stuck.

OK, so making a SHORT list for the day.
*card for M&F, email SC
*Notes from conf call
*Run PCR
*spec samples
*ask about key, bug CE

I can probably get more than that done, but I want to keep it to something manageable so that I can actually feel successful.

Getting off my butt to spec samples and start PCRs

tracy-la thursday morning

Good morning,

Basics: (1) checking in / showing up; (2) checking calendar - done;  (3) gratitudes - done; (4) reading - done.

 Cutting Proscrastination At Its Source

What is the primary source of my procrastination? Part of it is the Internet, being a news/info junkie, and chatting at work. Staying away from those temptations is important for me but I need to be realistic in that I will check personal email, be somewhat social at work, check FB since people communicate with me there and the newspapers -- but I need limits and not to go there during the day for more than 5 minutes. But 5 minutes can turn into 30 min. So staying away is much better for me. Perhaps I need to call a PA friend or find some way of tracking my time when I get on the Internet.

This is like eating healthy. If I have ice cream or cakes in the house, I would eat them when I'm tired, hungry or in an off mood. So better not to have them there. Having a clean pantry helps avoid temptation.

I will keep track of how I use my time today and edit this as I go along. 

 Project AL - 30 min; Project L - 30 min Project N - 15 min; Project NP - 15 min; Project T - 15 min; Project SS - 5 min; Project G - 10 min; Project S [2 hours 30 min work 7:30 - 10:15 am]

SmileSmileSmileSmile Smile


 Have a great day everyone. 



Katelyn-Anne's Check-In

     Day two no weed. Last night was hard, I almost had a hoot, but I knew I would feel bad when I went to check-in today, so I didn't. This place is great. :)



-Check mail

-Throw out dead flowers

-Hang J's painting

-Changeover loads of laundry (fold and put away!!!!)

-Clean the bathroom (Doesn't have to be perfect)


"Procrastination is like masturbation; in the end you're just screwing yourself"

Congratulations Katelyn-Anne

Well done for sticking with your decision. Smile 

Sounds like a really good change for you to make.

Seattleguy1968's CI

Seattleguy1968's CI


1. Make coffee :D
2. Drink coffee :D
3. MIT Project T3
4. Chore V
5. 8:00 AM Auto Mechanic
6. a few hours of sleep
7. 4:00 PM get haircut
8. 7:00 PM meet friend

:D = Done

Lucky CI

Show up :)

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 rexroth for starting this trend.

Things I will do today

1. Cook and eat breakfast

2. Go to the 7 a.m. telephone DA meeting

3. Take shower

4. Get dressed

5. Go to the therapy group at 9 a.m.

6. See my therapist at 10:15 a.m.

7. Go to school to work on my paper

8. Go to the interview at 1 p.m.

9. Prayer and meditation

10. Make bed

11. Wash dishes

12. Look for bills and pay bills

13. Do numbers

14. Go to a religious meeting at 7 p.m.

15. Clear couch

16. Clear tables

17. Clear floor

18. Send out Al-Anon literature

19. Declutter 1,000 e-mail

20. Do hair

21. Send out Al-Anon literature

22. Share on literature meeting via e-mail.

Thanks for letting me share.

myy day 18

And another day. I'll continue what I started yesterday. Going slow is better than not going at all.

- fill out study thingie
- more tidying
- more coffee
- shower
- coffee
- tidy 30 minutes

Rexroth Check In

Awoke and feel a lot better but still not completely well

Up prayer and reflection
Checked emails

Craft work
Admin work
Out to shop

Regards Rexroth