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.

Wednesday January 12, 2011

Happy Wednesday, Everybody!


Have a Great Proactive Day


Smile Smile Smile Smile

clement ci

ok, it's late, but i have two things to do, but i feel anxious when i try to do them.

but, i have TOOLS. namely, pick next right action--SMALL ACTION--do it, report it, repeat.

Thank you all! Thank you HP!

UPDATE: i went to bed LATE but i finished everything. I also wasted some time. good and bad.

the touch of the master's hand:

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



lol vic

your yes was humorously large :D

but very encouraging. thanks. made me smile.

the touch of the master's hand:

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

fudoshin: checkin 8pm

Please do not leave advice.  Thank you.  Prayers welcome. 



Hey peops.



brush teeth

use H2O

endtufted brush



call sponsor about second step stuff

Findingaway check in

Thursday 11 am

Thanks for the starter lennon.

Still not going well. Today I did have a field trip planned but it is pouring rain despite being the middle of summer here, so have cancelled. Going in to the office would have been a good alternative but tired, depressed and did not manage the switch. So wasting time AGAIN.


  • meditation
  • wash clothes 1

To do:

  • set up template
  • phone EB
  • phone J
  • washing 2
  • start W report
  • post office
  • M office
  • bike ride (if rain stops) or exercises
  • start lists for camping
  • appointment 5 pm
  • EARLY NIGHT - in bed before 10 pm so I am not so tired.

Thank you all for this forum.

katia 1/12

Sick! Not fun.

Also might have to drop one of my classes because it is SO hard and I just am not settled enough to juggle everything.

Things to do today
-#1 #2 #3 #4 #5
-Read Euripides
-Sect 5.2 Math problems
-Figure out what to do with schedule
-Reply to LLL emails
-Reply babysitting emails
-Go to ATM
-Get mail
-Get dressed
-Make bed

Hump Day with the Scribbler

I did this once today but I guess I didn't save so I'm doing it again. I finally got my exercises in this morning, or at least a few of them. It's a start. I again did not get up at 6. I also didn't do a check-in yesterday. I really enjoyed the feeling of being on top of things the second half of last year when I was doing check-ins almost every day and usually getting all or almost all of my tasks done. I want to get back to that. Here goes:
  • get up at 6 (slept in until 7:30.)
  • make bed
  • exercise (finally got this done)
  • sweeps
  • coffee, paper
  • healthy breakfast
  • checkins


  • Update Quicken
  • Music marketing
  • Send query
  • call 2 re: investors


  • Healthy lunch
  • Do 1 BN
  • Grocery shopping
  • P/u B at 2:45
  • Do 2 CIO
  • P/u C at 5


  • Fun w/Kids
  • Read screenplay
  • Healthy dinner
  • Read, relax
  • D/o kids at 8:30
  • Bed by 10:30

tracy-la wednesday

Good day,

Checking in.  Did basics. Will check in later.


Have a good day everyone. Grateful to be here.



Reading for day:


I am grateful to have found PA. Without it, I would still be floundering in
despair. I would still be alone, without understanding friends, without purpose,
and without hope.

 I am grateful to be
abstaining from compulsive procrastination just for today. I do not have to
worry about tomorrow, because if I live well today, tomorrow will take care of

 I am grateful for a new
life, for new strength growing out of old weakness.

 When I am full of
gratitude, there is no room left for anger, envy, fear, or hatred. Nor is there
room for pride, since when I am grateful I am humbly aware of my dependence on
my Higher Power. Being filled with gratitude is ever so much better than filling
my time with time wasting activities or spending my time compulsively

 May I gratefully
abstain today and every day.

 Adapted From Food for
Thought: Daily Meditations for Overeaters



1. Admin.  / Ck calendar / Emails / Billing for prior day

Run - done 

2. Project S

3. Business meeting 10:30

4.  Admin - return calls, etc. 12:30 - 1 pm

1 pm - 1:25 lunch

1:25 - 3:05  Client Dvpt

3:05 - 7:15 Various projects



kromer 9:50 CI

Incredible snow storm today! I havve an easy commute so I'm here today, but it's pretty empty.

It would be easy to slack (since no one else is working) but I'm seriously behind. Specifically, I need to:
*Check on expts
*Contact CvV and ER
*Finish orders (did about half of this)
*Finish IHC
*30 min focused work on organizing/notes
*Start new IHC
*Do Dazl analysis and add to lab mtg pres
*Finish Rec8 and Kitl parts of pres/writeup 

*Finish prelim expts part of write-up

Whew! That's a lot. I think I can do it though. I'll start with finishing the IHC


lennon, thanks for starting the thread!

Work 8AM-5PM: 

-Figure out changes from FA

-Figure out fix for low

-Test low r

-Test high r

-Test add c 

After Work 5PM-Sleep: 

-Make pro/con chart I talked about with J


-Document stuff for insurance

-ask mom about acctn

-read contract

-release pr [DONE]

-plan to go over bank statement  w r

-send b bills [DONE]

-reread saying no article

-reread ng contract article

-find ebook about st

-change b pws

-find receipts for printer 

1.12 Ian's list & daily renewal

Thought of the Day: Today I'm willing to abstain from doing anything I'd feel the need to hide from others, anything that'd challenge my willingness to be honest.




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


  • client #2: workflow.ppt review
  • client #2: change order
  • client #2: microcontent for topic pages
  • client #1: revise/send weekly analytics report?
  • client #1: daily site report
  • client #2: follow up with producer on regional stuff
  • biz dev: send contact info, perhaps twitter leads to "handmade" woman



  • pa contribution
  • return call: JM
  • babysitting for friday
  • eyeglasses replace lenses
  • cable bill
  • call SS re error



  • I'm powerless over impulsivity in response to any sort of emotional tweak.
  • 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.

Vic 1-12-11

Show up (done)

Don't "feel" like doing anything but beat myself up for all I have not done. This is even sounding a little insane to even me, so I must  be getting a bit better. 

'Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey 'people.' People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war... Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest. "
C. S. Lewis

1 pm in ck in: "feel" so much better. By accepting my feelings and doing one thing at a time, am feeling better, saner.

Lucca's to-do list, Wednesday

Hi everyone... well' here goes Wednesday... I can see I need to work on getting up on time...


  • Up at 7am - rolled out of bed at 8.45 
  • Exercise 90 minutes - DONE
  • 8 hours work on thesis - DONE
  • PA phone bridge at 1430 - DONE
  • Meditation - one hour - 1700 - Missed this, as work got a bit crazy...Frown
  • Meditation class at 18.30- DONE
  • OA meeting at 2300 - DONE
  • PA phone meeting at 0200 



 I hope you all have a good day... thanks for being there for me!



Journey 8 am

Good morning!   Still working from home, this is my regular work from home day, so didn't have to make that weather decision this morning.   Tomorrow I'll have to make the decision whether or not to try to make it in.   Actually, not too difficult, if the schools are closed I'll wimp out.   I'm not that great of a driver anyway and with snow and ice, forget about it!    I got an early start today and I have already done email, calendar, and todo list.   Now I'm going to exercise for an hour and take a shower, then start on that list! 

Yesterday was a pretty productive day and I felt good about it.   Let's do it again today!


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

My Day Today

I want to thank my Higher Power for this program, this website, the telephone and online meetings, and my life.

Things I will do today

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

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

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

4. Go to meditation at 12:10 p.m.

5. Take shower

6. Get dressed

7. Make bed

8. Wash dishes

9. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

10. Test my blood sugar twice

11. Eat brunch

12. Eat dinner

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

14. Go grocery shopping

15. Do homework

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

17. Read the syllabus in one of my classes.

18. Declutter 1,000 e-mail

19. Go to the PA Check-in's

Thanks for letting me share