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 December 23, 2010

A stitch in time saves 27 (inflation).

Idle not away the time of the day or you will have to find another way. (original by me).

Focus now upon the present; and what you want, you'll have in an instant. (another one by me).


Have a great productive DAY!

Helen's CI

Shops Am

Sleep pm 

It is now 6:40pm

 20 mins kitchen DONE

10 mins Tea 

20 mins Kitchen DONE 


Boot laundry DONE

Clean kitchen surfaces DONE

It is now 8:40 pm and that is enough. 



 20 mins washing up 

Clear hall



Clean rug 

- Paint samples

- Clean window
- Sweep floor

- Order bookcase 

tracy-la dec 23

Good day~

Basics: showing up/affirmation/prayer/reading

Help me finish my business from the past so I can create my holiday of choice.

To Do:

Project B 4:45 -  5:45; 6:10 - 8:10; 8:20 - 9:50 [got good 4 1/2 hours in. time to move to next project]

Breaks: 5:45 - 5:55;  8:10 - 8:20; 9:50 - 10:00

Project X: 10:00 - 11:50

Project N: 10:50 - 11 am 

Project M 5:55 -  6:10

Project GR: 11:50 -1:45 pm[took 2 hours - 1 hour longer than est]

Driving to office 1:45 - 2:15 [returned 3 calls during drive]

Project N: 2:15 - 3 pm

Project X - 3 - 3:15

Project K 3:15 - 3:30

Project M 10: 10:15 3:30 - 3:45   [1/2 hour]

Project A


Project S/E


Rexroth Check In

Late check in and not doing at all well today

Up prayer and reflection
Opened and did not deal with emails and post
Hand washed some things
Washed up
Otherwise laid around and overate

Almost anything constructive whatever that might be

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth Check Out

I've done a little but only a little

Night Folks


katia 12/23


Things to do today
-Pick up Connor's pictures!
-Make Christmas cookies
-#1 #2 #3 sets supplements
-#1 #2 #3
-Email re childcare
-Email re furniture
-Try and come up with some creative Christmas presents

Family isn't expecting things from me due to new baby and very tight finances, but something to show I care would be nice.

12.23 Ian's journal / list / daily renewal


This morning I had a call with client that I initiated; I found the courage to request and go through with a call that had an agenda of acknowledging accountability for missing several deadlines, asking for feedback from him regarding this and other aspects of my performance, and talking about what we can each do to increase my productivity and value to his team. I do feel good about having taken these actions, but still, there's something here to do a spot inventory on:

EMOTION - What is the feeling or emotion causing stress?

* Fear


CAUSE - What is the thought causing the feeling or emotion?

* I've missed several deadlines over last couple weeks, and client acknowledged on phone today that he was in fact disturbed by this. I'm afraid I'm going to run out the string on this current contract and then will lose Client #2. I'm afraid I won't be able to change myself enough in time to save this awesome opportunity from slipping through my fingers.


AFFECTS MY - How is this thought or feeling impacting my life? Be specific about how it affects your self-esteem, security, ambition, relationships, and/or other aspects of your life.

* I feel broken.

* I feel some anger and despair — I've had these sorts of conversations countless times over my life with teachers, bosses, coaches, etc. I want it to stop.

* I don't want to share this with my wife; it will throw her into intense anxiety -- which shouldn't be my problem, but sure makes being with her tiresome and unpleasant.

* I'm experience some demand resistance; I don't want to start working on the thing I promised to deliver to them today.


LIFE WITHOUT THIS THOUGHT OR FEELING - Imagine what life would be like without this thought or feeling. 

* I know that I am whole, a part of, and perfectly imperfect

* I accept that difficulty being honest, making realistic promises, and keeping them is a wrinkle I've been given to work with and learn to incorporate into the love I can bring to others and to myself.  


TURNAROUND - Turn the statement in column 2 around.  

* I'm afraid client #2 WON'T drop me at the end of this contract

* I'm afraid I WILL transform and learn to work with this habit energy.





- call a recovering person

- call another recovering person

- do a phone meeting



- morning prayer

- daily renewal

- journaling

- exercise

- meditation

- readings

- stepwork



- client #2: email to content strategist

- client #1: daily report

- client #1: site monitoring

- client #2: project B - creative brief, requirements, rough prototype

- client #2: project A - finish microcontent



- my birthday celebration! Show up and enjoy; feel feelings.

- christmas shopping



  • 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
    • 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
    • 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 hereby set my intention to 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.
  • For this 24 hours, I've considered acting out, lying to my wife, avoiding work. I hereby declare that my intention is to release these ideas and live in the Steps, just for today.
  • obstacles ahead: (1) urge to avoid work; urge to "make up for" late delivery by being perfect.

Stressed out

10:59 AM: Heading out of town tomorrow to visit my kids, and feeling very stressed about work I have to finish today. Stayed later than usual last night and made good progress, but still feeling oppressed by daunting pile of cases today. I have lots of anticipatory anxiety, quite unproductive, along the lines of, "What if I can't get it all done???" Time to launch in and do what I can.

What do I really want to do right now? Sleep. Or soak in a tub. Maybe both. It's funny that I crave sleep and relaxation yet can't force myself to do it when I am at home. This remains something I need to work on, the ability to let go at the end of the day and just turn off. Unfinished things from all over my chaotic life weigh on me. I don't handle them, just procrastinate and worry about them, but they do keep me from enjoying rest. But that's something to think about later.

Goal 1: 11:10 AM - 1:10 PM: 2 hours, 6 cases. Back to report.


Relate lots to things weighing on me (and they can be the littlest, stupidiest things). Sending you prayers and good wishes!!

♥"Careful the wish we make, wishes are children. Careful the path they take, wishes come true..." From "Children Will Listen," by Stephen Sondheim.♥

Journey 10 am & Updates & check out

Good morning, and thanks for the great start Seattleguy.  Busy day, day before the party, gotta get going.  Here's what I want/need to accomplish today

  • wrap the rest of the presents
  • Quick shopping trip to replace the gift that didn't arrive and a few groceries
  • AND stop by Mom's
  • AND pick up the ham
  • Put tonight's dinner in the crock pot
  • take presents to husband - he forgot them
  • swish guest toilet and wipe counter one more time
  • mop kitchen floor
  • make sandwich filling - I'll do this in the morning
  • take a shower
  • dinner
  • dishes
  • clean out that fridge!
  • one load laundry - postponing this one
  • change cat litter
  • renew car insurance

These things I might do if I have time:

  • Straighten, dust and vacuum my bedroomm
  • wipe down my bathroom just in case someone needs it
  • sweep and mop the upstairs hall
  • color hair
  • vacuum living room
  • change to the new purse I got today!

Now, I'm going to get cleaned up and dressed to go out, then put dinner in the crock pot, and make a list for the quick shopping trip.

Update 11:00  a lovely stew is simmering in the crock pot, and I made a start on the fridge cause I had to clean out produce drawer to get to the potatoes lol.   I got rid of the limp carrots and brown lettuce and wiped the drawer out.  Mom called though and now I have two more errands!  Getting dressed and heading out the door now

2:45 aaarrghh errands took longer than expected partly because I did some shopping for myself lol.   Now, a very short break, then unload the car, clean out that fridge and make room for the food I brought from Mom's.  

UPDATE 4:30 got a lot done in the last couple of hours, changed cat litter, cleaned out fridge, put away food, mopped kitchen floor, swished the guest bathroom.  Taking a break now, then I'll wrap the rest of the presents.  After dinner I'll make the sandwich filling, do the dishes, take a nice hot bath,  and I think I'll let the laundry go.

7 pm presents are wrapped!   I'm going to eat dinner, wash dishes, and take anice bath.  Laundry won't get done today, and I probably will put off making the sandwich filling until morning, but I'm more or less ready for the party! 



Never have an ordinary day!  - Pepperidge Farm (lol)

hope4meandu checkin (10:00AM)

Hey All,

YAY seattleguy!! WELCOME Lucas, please keep coming and posting!!

Since I admitted powerlessness and asked HP to lift this dreaded "thing," I've seen progress, thank you all too!!

It seems like today at work will be a self-generating day, so I will set my timer and do what's in front of me and if needed go on chat.

-brush Yoffee
-clean kitchen floor

Friday a.m.:

Need to do
-go back to WW
-setting up mail in for meds
-bake c
-get house in order to have guests
-contact Ellen re: ride to FP

May you all have a blessed day!!

♥"Careful the wish we make, wishes are children. Careful the path they take, wishes come true..." From "Children Will Listen," by Stephen Sondheim.♥


seattleguy, thanks for starting!

Work 8AM-5PM: 

-Update per WA comments [DONE]

-Wait for FA answers 

-Figure out fix for low

-Test low r

-Test high r

-Test add c 

After Work 5PM-Sleep: 

-Take out case and dvd-rw to make sure we bring it to B's bro

-Make pro/con chart I talked about with J


-Talk to p about investment

-Bring dvd/game to u

-Document stuff for insurance

-write article about how to use my surround sound system and add the new hdmi input for computer 

-activate bus dc [DONE]

-call and get annual fee on cc removed [DONE]

-make sure cc is going to expire this year [DONE]

-prw release

-get cash for y [DONE]

-buy wd [DONE]

-ask mom about acctn

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 seattleguy for starting this trend.

Things I have done today

1. Call to activate my food stamp card

2. Call to get my sleep apnea supplies

Things I will do today

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

2. Take a shower

3. Get dressed

4. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

5. Do hair

6. Go to individual therapy at 10:15a.m.

7. Go grocery shopping

8. Go to the library

9. Go to my mother's apartment for the day

10. Do numbers

11. Pay my package of cable/Internet/Phone

12. Go to the 8 p.m. face to face NA meeting

13. Call my NA Sponsor

14. Call and e-mail my DA sharing partner

15. Make bed

16. Wash dishes

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

18. Declutter apartment for 15 minutes

19. Recycling

20. Test my blood sugar twice

21. Put groceries away

Thanks for letting me share

Lucas here... It's my first

Lucas here... It's my first time using the 'check in' faciiity... seems like a great idea! Today I want to make sure and:

1. Exercise

2. Meditation

3. Four hours work on thesis

Have a great day everyone! 


Welcome Lucas!

Never have an ordinary day!  - Pepperidge Farm (lol)

Seattleguy1968s _Check

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Super Project A
Super Project B
Super Project C

:D = Done