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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

checking in tuesday nov 30

Good Tuesday,

Moving has me out of my routine so makes the days more difficult. Between unpacking, organizing and working (and it's the end of the month) - lots going on.

Basics: done.

Going onto chat box and phoning friend to get work done this afteroon and evening.


Pyrotecher CI Tue 30Nov2010 - A little victory

Check-in @ 3:40pm

I usually avoid tooting my own horn, but had a little personal victory over Thanksgiving that I think is relevant to share.

It was precipitated by of all things, Black Friday shopping, another thing I'd prefer to avoid. But my wife and I had decided it was time to upgrade our televisions to HDTV, so buy one we did. This left us with a couple of slightly glitchy but still working old style tube-type TVs we no longer needed.

I'm not only a procrastinator, I'm also a bit of hoarder. The two seem to go together: I put off filing/disposing of stuff and it accumulates. The accumulation gets in the way and helps fuel my procrastination.

In this case, while one of the TVs was in use up till Thanksgiving, one had sat almost unused for years. (But I checked and it still worked). But TVs, especially the old tube-type, are particularly nasty to store: bulky, heavy, and fragile. It was time to part with them.

The store that sold the new HDTV offered free recycling for the old set; certainly an option. But an even better option is to re-use something before recycling it.

There isn't much market for used tube TVs, though. Yes, if I put it up at a yard sale there might have been a taker. But I knew that if I waited to do that it would go back to the bottom of my "someday" list - more procrastination.

I had another idea - give it to a local nursing home. I've had enough experience with loved ones in nursing homes to know that many patients are missing even something as basic as a room TV. It's not a tax-deductible donation if it's a for-profit home, but I didn't care. I figured they could use the TVs more than I and the time to act was immediately - or allow the recyclers to take them. So I made the donation the same day that the new set was installed. I didn't have any experience with any local nursing homes, so I just looked one up from local listings.

Again, I don't mean to brag about it. For this one victory I have a bazillion other stories of missed (or delayed) opportunities. But I wanted to share it to say:
- it feels good to do the followup right away
- sometimes our accumulation can help someone else if we are willing to let go.

Oh, and if you have something like that to donate, remember both your local charities and places like the nursing homes that don't usually show up on the official charity lists.

Now, back to my everyday battle against procrastination. Just glad to have something positive to share this time. 

Happy Holidays all!

"Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of."
Benjamin Franklin

CONGRATULATIONS ((pryotecher)), well done!!!

Thanks for sharing the good news!!

♥Prayers & guidance needed & appreciated for my Yoffee's emotional & physical healing.♥

Findingaway check in

10.30 am. thanks for starting the thread moving along.

Late today - argument with husband - not feeling good.


  • ring W
  • 4 hours minimum on B - nearly, did 3 1/2


  • juice
  • exercises
  • dishes
  • dinner
  • piano - this has not been happening (again) so will do next
  • ring M
  • ring and talk with at least one other person

8.30 pm Today went better than expected - used the chat box for the first time - that really helped. But losing work time with the late starts this week.

Sorted things out with my husband :)

Garu_M's first check in

Never done this before, and as it is past 8pm here, there probably isn't a lot of point doing this. But having read some of the articles here, especially the one about utilising small amounts of time, it seems as if there's no time better than the present. So, in the two hours or so left of the day before I go to bed, I shall...


- Take a good look aroundthe PA site

- Any time remaining will be spent helping a friend of mine who needs it right now.


Am I getting this whole thing right?


Think that's them done. Off to bed, and going to start a new bedtime routine which will hopefully I won't procrastinate instead of going to sleep, something I often do.


Looks like you are really getting it right - you have taken a big step forward in admitting your addiction (I read your introduction too), joining this forum and starting to post.

Welcome - you are in good company here!

hope4meandu checkin (2:00PM)

Thanks movingalong, like the starter!! ((Ian)) I so relate to your shares of powerlessness and thank you for reminding me.

Really down today, and not myself, not sure if I'll ever get "self" back. Too much hurt and disappointment in life and can't shake it. Let's see, grateful for my girl, abstinence, working out schedule, this group.

Still haven't opened up my credit card statement or transferred the balance to a new card. I fear the worst, and KNOW that opening it will be the best...

So tired of the people surrounding me who don't like me or worse, wonder if this curse will ever end or maybe I'm just too sensitive? Wish I could work with dogs. I have a doggy friend in the neighborhood where I work and he always stops by to visit, WOW, such a gift!!

Tonight will be a late night so no cleaning, not that I did what I was supposed to do last night, but I did clean countertops and dishes.

Kind regards all!!

♥Prayers & guidance needed & appreciated for my Yoffee's emotional & physical healing.♥

pray4 hope4

the only thing that "helps" me when i'm really, really down is

but those who wait on the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. isa 40:31

i dont know why that helps. i have some theories. first, it promises a better day. i am always a tiny bit encouraged to imagine that day, when we will soar on wings like eagles. perhaps the fact that i am at the moment SO SO weary, and feel SO SO faint, the verse seems to speak to exactly where i am.

but it also wrenches the process out of my own hands and tells me the truth, that i have to look up. I stop trying to solve my problems, and with resignation, accept them, which initially makes me feel even more down. but that's because i have accepted...well, step 1, actually. that i, myself, am powerless. and then i really start looking in earnest for if god will help me. and he always does. somehow, someway, help comes. a friend. a song. this forum. my family. or sometimes my mood just improves for no reason. but whatever it is, it is external to myself.

that's my story. i hope and pray that you find something that lifts your spirits and gives you hope, hope4meandyou :D

the touch of the master's hand:

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

Thank you so, so much ((((clement))))) for sharing this with me

Beautiful sentiment, so relate to you and needed to hear you. I felt so much better after writing and sharing it here, probably (and I really believe this to be true) because on some level, I felt "heard" by you.

♥Prayers & guidance needed & appreciated for my Yoffee's emotional & physical healing.♥


Thanks for your comment! Any kind thoughts are always appreciated :)

I can definitely relate to being super hurt and disappointed over various things that have happened in one's life. It was really terrible and sometimes still is. I know whenever someone would tell me it gets better I would just say "no it won't", so I'm not sure what the magic non-cliche advice is, but I can definitely relate and can say that things do tend to get better even if they aren't perfect. Being around dogs is definitely a mood booster for me too :)

I know it's not really my business, but I can relate to dreading things to to the point where I just won't do them and the consequences are worse than whatever the original thing was. Maybe you can just OPEN the envelope? Not necessarily take it out, just open it and leave the rest to tomorrow or when you are ready. Like that one PA article where it says to just take the file out and not necessarily do anything with it.

Wow I typed alot lol. Just thought it'd help to hear someone (and I'm sure alot more) relates. And thanks!

Thank you so much ((katia)) for your support

Wow, really appreciate it and your reaching out and letting me know I'm not alone. Very appreciative for your advice and kind words. I feel carried & grounded by yours and Clement's shares.

♥Prayers & guidance needed & appreciated for my Yoffee's emotional & physical healing.♥

katia trying again 11/30

Had a very nasty virus on the computer, so I haven't been physically able to check in. Although at the same time I'm not super proud of my productivity- haven't gotten far enough in my studying, and got a gazillion things to take care of before I go back to school. And a baby! Who is lovely.

However, I still get sad sometimes over stuff that happened, and that sometimes hinders things.

Things to do today
-Read Chapter 17 Sect 5/7
-Review W16L1
-Reading quiz
-PS #36
-Make bed
-#1 #2
-Call store
-Write email to school ***important and dreading***
-Reply to forum post
-Reply to E
-Reply to K
-Put magazines away
-Go thru bottom row of closet
-Pick up prescription*
-Try and hook up N64 for fun
-Online shopping

Eeeek. I'm a tad overwhelmed.

katia List

Doing alright.

Things to do today
-Read Chapter 17 Sect 5/7
-Review W16L1
-Reading quiz
-PS #37YES
-Make bed
-#1 #2
-Call store
-Write email to school ***important and dreading***Yay!!!
-Reply to forum post
-Reply to E
-Reply to K
-Put magazines away
-Go thru bottom row of closet
-Pick up prescription
-Try and hook up N64 for fun
-Online shoppingdidn"t end up buying anything lol
-Write 3 thank you notes
-Empty wastebasket
-General online research


Glad you are feeling better. Relate!! Prayers and more prayers coming your way!!

♥Prayers & guidance needed & appreciated for my Yoffee's emotional & physical healing.♥

kromer 12:15 CI

First day back from thanksgiving break, having a bit of a hard time getting started.

So far I've been to a meeting and checked email.

I need to go to a seminar 4-5, and I want to leave a bit before 8 to go dancing.

MITs are:
*Make a schedule for the (rest of the) week
*Deal w/ emails and papers, do lit. search
*A bunch of contacts with friends and workmates (call IA, email LC, card, email CE, email or call RH)
*Check on expts, order m and RA and lamp (will do this soon)

Other tasks are:
*Update D&T's doc, plan for n.i.
*Work on staging project

OK, lunch now, then I'll do emails/paper/lit search and schedule. 

Ian's daily renewal / to-do list 11.30


  • I'm powerless over perfectionism, procrastination, intensely uncomfortable feelings (fear, despair, etc), and the various substances and behaviors I've used to cope with those feelings.
  • I'm powerless over under-earning, under-being, hiding from reality, living small.
  • 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 (off the rails this morning)
    • working outside the PA Chatbox -- e.g., without bookending each task (off the rails this morning)
    • staying in vague, unstructured time during business hours (off the rails this morning)
    • impulsive decisions about what to do, or work on, during business hours (off the rails this morning)
    • 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 [for the rest of this day] 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.
  • in the next 24 hours, I'm not planning to do anything I would be ashamed of.
  • obstacles ahead: anxiety, desire to control others' opinion of my professional value.


THE BAR OF TOTAL VICTORY (per old-timer's advice to make sure I'm putting first things first!)

- recovery call 1 (must keep dialing until a real person answers)

- call 2 (must keep dialing until a real person answers)

- call 3 (must keep dialing until a real person answers)

- do celebratory dance when call 3 concludes




- client #2: send proposed agreement

- client #2: microcontent: identify sharable text on pages for LG (send what I have @ 1pm)

- client #1: email re updating analytics report

- client #1: daily site report, catch-up edition

- client #2: notes re convo w/ RA

- bizdev: send contact note, dammit.



- client #2: request list of contacts for all offices

- client #2: write juke factoids / tweets / shares

- client #2: respond to SP email

- client #2: beta site: review/comment



- pick up kid @ 3:45

- eyeglasses - replace lenses



- look for service opps

- daily renewal

- exercise

- journaling

- meditation

- meeting

- morning prayer

- readings

- 1 hour stepwork

Journey 10:30

ah, feeling kinda down today after a long serious conversation with my daughter last night.    She may be moving out again.   Of course, she probably should, she's 25.  But still I like having her at home.   She's fighting constantly with her dad and both of them are acting like big babies.  

Anyway, I am at work now so I gotta put this aside and do some work!  I'm getting a slow start, have a headache, and feel hungover although I haven't had anything alcoholic to drink in weeks!   It's not fair!

Making todo list 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 have done today

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

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

3. Went to the 9:30 a.m. telephone PA Check-in

4. Went to the 9:45 a.m. telephone CLA meeting

Things I will do today

1. Go to the 10:30, 3:30 and 4:30 PA Check-in

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

3. Finish posting Al-Anon and EA literature for the week.

4. Make bed

5. Wash dishes

6. Take shower

7. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

8. Read 12-Step literature

9. Work on my paper

10. Declutter 2,000 e-mail

11. Eat brunch

12. Eat dinner

13. Declutter apartment for 15 minutes

14. Call my CLA Sponsor

15. Call my NA Sponsor

16. Call my DA Sponsor

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

Thanks for letting me share

Tuesday with the Scribbler

I checked off all tasks yesterday, an unusual event. I think it happened for two reasons: 1) I tried hard not to put more on the sked than I could do, and 2) I was still working at 10 p.m. last night. Today I'll try to avoid working so late. 
  • get up at 6
  • make bed
  • exercise
  • sweeps
  • coffee, paper
  • checkins


  • Update Quicken
  • Clean off desk
  • Music marketing
  • File 1 BN
  • Deliver Meals on Wheels


  • Hit Steinmart
  • File Moment invoice
  • File 3 CIO ///
  • Fact-check Fit
  • File fact-checked Fit copy
  • File 4 BN (?)


  • Healthy dinner
  • Read, relax
  • Fun w/R rehearsing
  • Bed by 10:30


Show up (done)

I was reading that sin/downfall/whatever  lies in  "THE FORGETTING" That really triggered something new. I must "remember" to be humble enough to do what works. One way I do this is by "showing up" everyday, also a new meaning to AA"s slogan "Least we forget..."

Thanks for being here. Together we can remember to find/ practise our answers.

Crazybug CI

Started off productive and focused this morning.  I listened to some wonderful meditations on the way to work, which I think helped me get into the correct mindset.

There are some things that must get done this morning that I will list here. Then I need to decide how to 'chunk' off some pieces of the bigger projects that I've been avoiding.  For now:

- process payroll

-file current (and late!) state form

-pay bills

-make first attempt at last years report and send for review

-email a request for projects that can be billed

That will take me a while.

Here's a beautiful quote from my meditations this morning: 

"When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music." Kahlil Gibran

May we all be musicians today...

Wow ((CB)) lovely saying!!

♥Prayers & guidance needed & appreciated for my Yoffee's emotional & physical healing.♥

Oh G_d, I have to post a twofer!!

♥Prayers & guidance needed & appreciated for my Yoffee's emotional & physical healing.♥

clement ci

Hi moving! long time no see! nice starter!

that quote makes me think of another, similar one:

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take
but by the moments that take our breath away

i am having trouble getting started. i want to go for a run first. so i will break it down and JUST put on my sneakers. i'll leave everything else til later and see where i am after that.

UPDATE: 10:29am well i got my sneaks on, and just sort of mechanically got the rest of me ready too, and then somehow started to get excited about running, and i did go running, with my ccm music, and it was awesome! and now i feel awesome! and nothing can get me down.

now to my job.

the touch of the master's hand:

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

welcome hotradiator!

so far so good!

the touch of the master's hand:

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

hi i'm new! hopefully i get

hi i'm new! hopefully i get this right!


sort out my old phone company stuff over the phone and pay the bills

pay library fines and bills!

clean my apartment


None of that should take me more than 3 hours!  

Have a good and productive day!

Rexroth Check In

Up prayer and reflection
Tried to sort out bank accounts on the web and got into a bit of a muddle

French lessons - don't want to be bothered

and I'm not sure what else

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth Check Out

French a lot
Emails and post
More work on banking and I think I have got somewhere
Out to shop pharmacist and food
Prayer and reflection

Bed and sleep

Night Folks


movingalong honoring the hours

Hello all.

It's already Tuesday,
and I don't want a blues day.

Inspired by this rhyme,
I'll work one hour at a time.

Time is a gift,
so I won't give it short shrift.

To do:
write, email, file, pay bills

-- movingalong

Happy one-year participation at PA, to Mama_Cat

Happy one-year anniversary to Mama_Cat.

Congratulations on one year's participation in P.A. ... one year of gradual recovery progress and consistent growth, working towards sobriety/abstinence from procrastination.

Cybriety (sobriety discussed in cyberspace) Medallion courtesy of


Great job!! Much continued non-procrasting a day at a time!!

♥Prayers & guidance needed & appreciated for my Yoffee's emotional & physical healing.♥


Yes we can!!Congratulations MC!! In you I see the promises. Wishing you all the best and unlimited blessings for this 2nd year!! (hug)

  • We will move from hiding in denial to living in reality.


  • Where once we felt despair, we will experience a newfound hope.


  • That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.


  • We will no longer need to rely solely on others to provide our sense of worth.


  • Healthy boundaries and limits will become easier for us to set.


  • We will realize that we are enough; we will value ourselves and our contributions.


  • We will trust the guidance we receive from our Higher Power and come to believe in our own capabilities.
  • congrats mama_cat

    the touch of the master's hand:

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

    Hooray Indeed Mama_Cat


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    Thanks Moving.

    I count you among the blessings in my life. :)

    Big hug -