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.

Monday January 10, 2011


'Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.You are a child of the universe not less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.' 

From 'Desiderata' by Max Ehrmann


Welcome to Monday and the start of a new week.


Vic 1/10/11

Show up (done)

Thanks for the starter finding., or should I say "ender"

"people talking without speaking, people hearing without listening, people writing songs that voices never share"

"in the noisy confusion of life" my soul has peace with my conception .

tiptree CI

to do:

- sso
- multi. in XML
- multi. import
- repro/fix q prob
- review outstanding issues
- clean office
- pay bill
- read for 1 hr.

1/10 Check-in

I started off well last week and then petered out.  Hopefully I will keep up the momentum this week. 

Prep for Day
Make Bed
Clean Desk
Clean Room
Take out trash
Article 1
Article 2
Article 3
Article 4
Article 5
Check PW Status

kromer 12:30 CI

OK, having a rough time today.

I have a bunch of slides that look like they were messed I need to sort that out

I have meetings 2:05-2:40, 4:15-6, and 7-9.

I need to check on animals, send out deacon notes, email ER and SC, and work a bit on presentation.

Right now, I'm going to try and sort out slides.

Starting the Scribbler's week

  • get up at 6 (made it today - yess!)
  • make bed
  • exercise (still trying to get this going again)
  • sweeps
  • coffee, paper
  • healthy breakfast
  • checkins


  • Update Quicken
  • Music marketing - contact Alice
  • Send query


  • Lunch w/B
  • Call 3 re: Multiunit
  • Do 1 BN
  • Do 3 CIO


  • Run
  • CK tire pressure
  • Fix Roboform
  • Healthy dinner
  • Watch BCS game
  • Bed by 10:30

1.10 Ian's list & renewal

Thought of the Day: impulsive decisions during working hours are part of my disease. In isolation they may seem harmless but once I start I have no idea where they'll take me. I can't "control and enjoy" impulsivity any more than an alcoholic can control and enjoy his/her drinking.




  • call 1 - sponsor
  • morning prayer
  • meditation
  • journaling
  • daily renewal
  • to-do list
  • readings
  • call 2
  • call 3
  • exercise
  • meeting



  • client #1: weekly analytics report
  • client #2: check in w/ agency colleague rescheduled for tomorrow
  • client #2: week work order, renegotiate last week's missed deadlines
  • client #2: weekly touch-base, if they want it they didn't, it seems
  • client #2: microcontent for topic pages
  • client #2: call Texas person
  • client #2: call Texas person
  • client #1: daily site report



  • shovel snow
  • insulate window
  • cable bill
  • call SS re error



  • I'm powerless over seeking affirmation from others, and over impulsivity
  • I can't manage my life. I quit. I'm out of management. I'm listening for guidance and information from Higher Power, I'm open to doing whatever it might suggest for me, and I'm willing to follow instructions.
  • I want to be sober today. This is what sobriety looks like, as best as I can see it today:
    • Inner Circle behaviors (bottom lines, abstinence requirements) — just for this one day, I'll do whatever it takes to abstain from:
      • 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., failing to bookend each task
      • staying in vague, unstructured time during business hours
      • impulsive decisions about what to do, or work on, during business hours
      • perfectionism: seeking immunity from disapproval/judgment. Typically I alternate between (1) avoidance and (2) unbounded research, editing, rumination until I feel total mastery over the subject; together, these mean I can take 10x-20x longer to complete a project than a "civilian" would. I'm not sober if I'm exceeding my time estimates more than 3x-4x.
    • Middle Circle (gray area; potentially signs of decline in spiritual condition)
      • working without a timer and without recording hours
      • working without trying to estimate how much time a task will take
      • working without trying to define scope of a task/project
      • Isolating
      • dishonesty
      • not communicating with people when plans change, when conflict or potential conflict arises, when I've done something I feel shame/embarrassment about
    • Outer Circle / top lines:
      • 3 phone calls a day
      • daily prayer
      • daily meditation
      • 5 minutes stepwork each day
      • 3 Meetings / week
      • regular exercise
      • Doing whatever's necessary for me to experience my work process as one of choice and freedom.
  • 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. I can stay abstinent for the rest of today, and I can do my best on all the other stuff for the rest of today. Tomorrow's not my concern.
  • I turn my will and my life over to walking whatever path the truth — the dharma — reveals to me.
  • In the 24 hours ahead: I intend to write quick spot inventories if/when fear and anxiety arise, then turn them to another person and to HP.


Things I did 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

5. Decluttered over 1,000 e-mail

Things I will do today

1. Test my blood sugar twice

2. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

3. Take shower

4. Get dressed

5. Make bed

6. Wash dishes

7. Eat brunch

8. Eat dinner

9. Take nap

10. 15 minutes decluttering

11. Go to work at 5:30 p.m.

12. Do hair

Thanks for letting me share

katia 1/10

Hw due tomorrow. Merrr.

Things to do today-
-#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8
-Email T
-Reschedule LC
-Physics hw :/
-Finish Math hw
-Meeting w T
-Go to store
-Check for mail
-Reply to emails (if time)
-Make dinner
-Meet w Physics TA
-Meet w Math TA

Update- got an e-mail saying I'm finally accepted as an online tutor! Not a serious job, but extra cash is always good.

tracy-la monday

Good Monday morning,

Checking in.  

I was in a bad mood yesterday. Not so much of a coincidence that I didn't exercise.

Basics: check in; check calendar; plan to plan; reading/affirmation/gratitudes/passion; billing for prior 2 days; emails from prior 2 days


Reading for day:



has said that the hardest part of the PA program is making the decision
to follow it. You can do just about anything once you make up your mind
to do it! But the decision has to be firm and it must be the kind of
commitment, which involves our deepest self.

Many of us who are
compulsive procrastinators have spent our lives looking for an easier way to
manage time and not procrastinate. We feel that there should be a magic solution somewhere,
which will enable us to procrastinate and get our tasks done at the same time. Our
first reaction to the PA program is often one of dismay. It seems so
drastic, and we protest that there must be an easier way.

The PA
program is not easy. Life is not easy. Rather than solving the problems
and difficulties in our lives, procrastinating multiplies them. We in PA have
been offered a new way of life. Each of us decides every day - and many
times every day - whether or not we will choose the new life.

May I decide to follow the program today.

Adapted From Food for Thought: Daily Meditations




1. Went to 1 pm meeting - arrived on time. client was 1 1/2 hours late. That ended at 4 pm

2. Came back to office even though meeting ended late and had to drive across town to do it. Want to get back in the habit of putting in longer hours.

3. Returned phone calls/returned emails.

3. project P



Odd stuff automatically came up in post but I can't delete -- just ignore it.

1. project D

2. morning admin/mail




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mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
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3. project S; project A; project D

Journey 7:30

Snowed in!   My husband did go to work, against my better judgement.  I hope he makes it!   But my office has permission to work from home yay.   I'm still worried that the power will go out due to freezing rain today so I'm going to go ahead and get my exercise and shower done, then lay a fire just in case.   But, so far I have power and water so it's good!   I did all the dishes and laundry yesterday and have dinner prepared for tonight too.  

So - exercise with a video, then shower,  then breakfast and todo list.


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

Recycler CI 7am EST


Snowed in here. School canceled today. Saw a neighbor for 1 minute, but possibly little other human contact today. Started a load of laundry. May update my CI later.

7:30am. Put clothes in dryer, and started another load in clothes washer. Sorted mail. Put away some earlier purchases. 8am. Took some stuff to car in parking garage. Still sorting a few items. 8:30am. Folded dry clothes; put another load in dryer. 9am. Started another small load of laundry in clothes washer. Made a phone call. 10:20am. Folded more dry laundry; hung up some other stuff to dry.

Have a great day, everyone! :)


Thank you, gals & guys, for being here! :)

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 findaway for starting this trend.

Things I will do today

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

2. Take shower

3. Get dressed

4. Make bed

5. Wash dishes

6. Go to the 8:30 a.m. telephone PA meeting

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

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

9. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

10. Go to print my letter

11. Get proof of my graduation

12. Go to Financial Aid to give my letter and proof of graduation

13. Print out my syllabus

14. Get my books from the school book store

15. Eat breakfast

16. Eat lunch

17. Eat dinner

18. Declutter 1,000 e-mail

19. Go to the school library and see my employer

20. Go to work at 5:30 p.m.

21. Do hair

22. Test my blood sugar twice

Thanks for letting me share


All those things still not done. Fear through the whole of my body. Fear of being found out fear of letting people down, all to do with money, nothing criminal just, unopened envelopes, unanswerd calls. Lies and deceit. 

Welcome Lilyann!

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

Lucca's check-in...

Hi everyone,

Findinaway, I identify with your getting up early issue! I've had to employ some imaginative strategies to get myself out of bed on time!

Today's to-do's:


  • Up at 7.30 - DONE
  • Exercise - 2 hours- DONE
  • Work on thesis: 6 hours at least- DONE
  • Grocery shopping/recycling - DONE
  • Dinner with AA friends at 7- DONE
  • Meditation 45 minutes- DONE
  • OA meeting at 11 - Missed this one Frown
  • No television (the 'idiot-box' stays off!) - DONE


Have a great day everyone!



Finding a way check in

11.45 am

Some things done today but need to work on getting out of bed earlier
and wasting less time. But yesterday got through some
personal/household jobs I had been struggling with so happy about
that. Noticed how good I felt once they were done.


  • meditation
  • bike ride (exercise)
  • stuff for A & M
  • review of plans for the week

Still to do:

  • re-read and finalise E report, email to J
  • timesheet
  • phone calls re C x 2
  • phone call re insurance
  • phone call to DSE
  • invoice
  • parcels x 2 x 1 only
  • post office
  • car stuff
  • computer back up
  • check with M re garden etc