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 19, 2011

Happy Wednesday, Everybody!!!


Have a great proactive day


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fudoshin: day two: 10:16pm

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



This is the second day that I have followed through with the following:


"I'm making a pledge to quit using the dating site(s) and Facebook for 90 days.  I had written this on my 43things account, but I wrote that I wanted to avoid dating sites for a full six months, so I think 90 days is reasonable for a dating site.  I also have a penchant for looking at and stalking this one person, which has prevented me from sanity.  Just all out stalking this person has been all out crazy.   For the past few days I have visited his profile, even though I'm not actually on the dating site.  So part of my whole thing with quitting dating sites is also quitting stalking people's profiles that I've tried to date in the past.  If I accidentally load a dating site, b/c I accidentally clicked on something obviously that doesn't count.  You can hardly hang a cat on the Internet without hitting a dating site ad.  Intention is everything. "

In other words:

  • 90 days away from dating sites and facebook
  • 90 days of not stalking people's profiles of people I've tried to date in the past
  • and I'd like to add: 90 days of not stalking people I've tried to date in the past, which includes trying to IM them.

Anyways, due to my fantastic procrastination and not getting out of the house soon enough and acting clueless, I have got to watch "Donkey Skin" tommorrow in the media center sometime from 9am to 8pm. I also need to deal with a past due amount, by depositing my check from EDD tomorrow and checking my bank account.

Mediabat 1/19

I procrastinated A LOT last night because of loneliness.


  • Tidy room
  • Tidy bathroom
  • Practice saxophone


  • Reading

Seattleguy1968s _Check

Seattleguy1968s _Check In


make protein shake and drink
Super Project I

:D = Done

Hump Day with the Scribbler

  • get up at 6 (slept in at girlfriend's)
  • make bed
  • exercise
  • sweeps
  • coffee, paper
  • healthy breakfast
  • checkins


  • Update Quicken
  • Music marketing - reply to DFW venues
  • send query


  • Lunch w/B
  • Deposit check
  • File multiunit final edit
  • Revise BN post
  • Do 2 CIO
  • Run


  • Read screenplay
  • Healthy dinner
  • Draft Canyon Grill set list
  • Rehearse set list
  • Help ME p/u truck
  • Bed by 10:30


Looks pretty good so far. Keep it up!


Nice when someone notices (although I am assuming you all are noticing and issuing little

private internal critiques -- I think presumed peer pressure is one of the main reasons this works for me, to the extent it does work, that is)

Thanks again.

1.19 Ian's list and daily renewal

I've had a little feedback from people — and some internal worries about what you all think — about my llsts and renewals. Are they really recipes for failure? Are the to-do lists too much, more than I could possibly do? Are the renewals too fussy and meticulous?

The to-do lists are highly fallible — I literally do not know how to put only what's realistically achievable on the agenda. I never learned that skill. I have to be open to feedback on that, and I am.

The renewals I feel pretty good about. Unless I go through all of this and remember who I am and what works/doesn't work for me, I almost invariably return to default behavior that creates suffering. It helps me to spend 1/2 hour strolling through this review-and-confirm protocol. 




  • morning prayer
  • daily renewal
  • to-do list
  • call 1 - sponsor
  • meditation
  • spot inventories as necessary
  • exercise
  • call 2
  • call 3
  • meeting
  • read griffin, love as hp
  • write & post step 1 mental health



  • 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
  • pick up spanky 1.19
  • eyeglasses replace lenses
  • charter re cable bill



  • I'm powerless over impulsivity in response to any sort of emotional tweak.
  • I can't manage my life. But I can practice trust that the river of dharma can — when I cease struggling and give myself to the current.
  • 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, self-willed 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 trying to define scope of a task/project
      • working without trying to estimate how much time a task will take
      • working without a timer and without recording hours
      • 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
      • Putting at least a little time each week into business development
      • Looking for opportunities to love and support my family and friends
      • Doing whatever's necessary for me to experience my work process as one of choice and freedom.
      • An evening 10th Step - what did I do well? what could I have done better?
      • Choosing to read something — could be recovery, or professional, or a serious novel or history etc. — instead of watching TV
  • 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 — I don't have to live in fear and despair 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.

Trim it

Putting the right amount on your task list is important. It's energizing to get all or almost all of them checked off, and depressing when you don't even get most of them. It's easy to do it well and there are a few approaches:

- Look at yesterday's list. How much did you get done? Don't put more than that on today's list. It may not look like much, but so what? If you get it all done, think how pleased you'll be. Then perhaps you can put one or two more items on tomorrow's list.

- If you don't know where to start, try the number six. No more than six significant tasks on the day's list. 

- Only put on what is truly urgent and important. If it can wait, leave it off today's list. If it isn't important, leave it off today's list. 

Be realistic. You can only do what you can do. You aren't Superman. You are trying to get better, not to be perfect. If you get a little better every day, over time that adds up to a lot. Even a 1 percent improvement every day will double your productivity after only seven weeks. 


Thanks. I needed to hear this — I carry around too much clutter in my head. (and physically, too — I tend to cram about 10 different books, notebooks, manila folders w/ work papers, etc into my briefcase. More than I could do in two weeks, and about 20 pounds on my shoulder, too.)

I want to be superman, dammit. Guess, at 45, it's about time to let go of that bit of magical, fanciful thinking... ;)


weight issue

No i'm not talking about my post christmas hips! :)

I can COMPLETELY relate with carrying around too much stuff.  I guess the good side is that it burns extra calories!  Seriously, though. When I notice that I'm starting to carry around more than the normal amount of stuff it's a sign that I've descended into the state of 'overwhelm' and that I'm probably procrastinating on many fronts. It's like some sort of hairshirt, albatross thing.  Almost a subconscious punishment to myself. If I'm realistic I know that I won't actually have time to work or organize any of the junk that I'm toting.

For the first time in my adult life (last year) I went on a vacation without dragging along piles of unfinished work/projects, etc. that, I, of course, never worked on or even took out of the bag(s).   It was such a freeing feeling! It's a small step toward recovery. But I'm learning that small steps do actually indicate progress.

I wish you the best in your forward progress. 


"It's like some sort of hairshirt, albatross thing.  Almost a
subconscious punishment to myself. If I'm realistic I know that I won't
actually have time to work or organize any of the junk that I'm toting."

Yep, that's it exactly. EXACTLY. Weird how these highly specific ritualized behaviors are in fact kinda garden-variety symptoms. None of us is all that unique, at least not in our dis-ease.

"For the first time in my adult life (last year) I went on a vacation
without dragging along piles of unfinished work/projects, etc. that, I,
of course, never worked on or even took out of the bag(s).   It was such
a freeing feeling! It's a small step toward recovery. But I'm learning
that small steps do actually indicate progress"

 That's ... awesome. I've never, ever beeen able to do that. Gives me hope; thanks for sharing.

katia 1/19

Got a little bit more sleep! yay. lol

Mostly I need to come up with a topic for my paper which is daunting because it could "come" to me now or hours from now. Not one of those- sit do it, get it done tasks.

Things to do
-#1 #2 #3 supplements
-#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8
-Questions for interview
-Babysit interview-rescheduled
-Email babysitter

-Reread Sophocles
-Reread Euripides
-Peek at their introductions
-Ponder topics
-Review Aristophanes for tomorrow
-Email math prof

-Wash/Make up bottles for class tomorrow
-Run dishwasher
-Put dishes away
-Get mail

I reread one of the plays, but I still have NO IDEA what to write my paper on. . .

Good day

Good day everyone,


My basics: gratitudes, affirmation, check calendar, plan to plan, vcml/ck email, vitamins,

To do basics: Billing/clear email for day before, Exercise; Ran 35 min; Stretch/Calisthentics 15 min

Other tasks that aren't work related:

Take car in for repairs.   Done (had put this off for weeks and it was minor repairs but door handle in driver side not working)Well got the mechanic call saying of course there is more work to be done -- but good I caught it early.

 Washer / Dryer Service - Done scheduled / left payment

Do fast and get blood test tomorrow morning at lab. Have put this off for 2 months so it's time.

Make brisket I bought over weekend in crock pot for dinner.Thought I could do it in 15 min. Ha! But took 40 min by time I researched recipe (I am new to crock pot cooking always did it the old fashioned way) & peeled/chopped -- not bad



Be Not Anxious

If we are
conscientiously working the PA program, we may leave the results to our
Higher Power. To worry is to insult God. When we admit that we are
powerless over procrastination and that our lives have become unmanageable, we can
then ask for and receive strength and power beyond ourselves. When we
turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand
Him, we are free to live without anxiety.

At first, we are
awkward. We turn over our problems and anxieties one minute and take
them back the next. We forget that the Twelve Step program has worked
for countless other compulsive people--alcoholics and drug addicts as
well as procrastinators. Doubting God's strength, we fall back on our own
weakness, and the result is trouble.

Through our contacts with PA
members, we can see lives changed and people made new in body, mind,
and spirit. These examples are convincing testimony to the efficiency of
our Higher Power. The more we trust His will for us, the more He is
able to work miracles in our lives.

Take my anxieties, Lord. I pray that Thy will may be done.

Adapted from



1/19 Check-in

Prep for Day
Make Bed
Clean Desk
Clean Room
Take out trash
Prep for Bed
Article 1 (S, P, D, S)
Article 2 (S, P, D, S)
Article 3 (S, P, D, S)
Article 4 (S, P, D, S)
Article 5 (S, P, D, S)
Article 6 (S, P, D, S)
Article 7 (S, P, D, S)
Draft First BP
News (15min, 1, 2, 3, 4)
Go to the Library
Finish First PS Draft
Finish JC Application Draft
Get Library Card
FF (15min 1, 2, 3, 4)
TV (30min 1, 2, 3, 4)
NP (15min 1, 2, 3, 4)
BI (15min 1, 2, 3, 4)

kromer 9:40 CI

Today is a very meeting-heavy day:

*11am mtg about odd job
*1-3pm gc mtg (at which I'll present K stuff)
*4-5 mtg w/ advisor

*(maybe 5-6 seminar, if I have the energy)

Other than that, I need to:
Make sure presentation is pulled together
Check on experiments (mostly done)
Ask about labeling pr.
Deal w/ email (working on this now)
Orders (started)
Shopping and cooking, clean kitchen
Email DW

Prayer time
MB new project

OK, right now I'm going to check on expts, then I'll make sure presentation is pulled together and ask about labeling pr., then it'll probably be about time for 11am mtg

Journey 9:30

Working from home today, and we have a houseguest with a tiny little dog.  It's my daughters friend who is staying with us for a couple days while her car is being repaired.   She's not bothering me but I confess I've been playing with that little dog instead of getting to work this morning!  He's sooooo cute, he's a toy poodle and he's smaller than my cat.   My dogs are 75 and 95 lbs so I just can't get over how tiny he is.   

But anyway, time to get down to business here.   I have been to the gym, read email and checked calendar.   It's a short day for me  because I have a dentist appt at 3:00.  Not the optimal time but it was rescheduled from the snow days last week.   I have a meeting at 1:30 and as soon as the meeting is over I'm knocking off for the day and heading to the dentist.   SO anything I am going to get done today workwise needs to get done this morning.   I usually work from home in half hour increments and then do stuff around the house for 15 minutes, then work for another half hour etc.  But today I'll have plenty of time in the evening to do stuff, so I'll endeavor to work straight thru til 1:00.  Making my todo list now, remembering that I only have 4 hours left in the work day, so I need to make the best of it and work on the highest value tasks.



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

Awwww how cute!

Sometimes you have to take the time to enjoy the. . .little things :)


 lennon, thanks for starting the thread! you are on a roll with these threads

Work 8AM-5PM: 

-Figure out fix for low

-Test low r

-Test high r

-Test add c 

-Complete cnn changes

-ask wj for ch

-read ms7 

After Work 5PM-Sleep: 

-Make pro/con chart I talked about with J


-Document stuff for insurance

-followup with mom about acctn

-find and print 3 personal tax documents 

-reread saying no article [DONE]

-reread ng contract article [DONE]

-find receipts for printer 

-Clear room to put mattresses in garage [DONE]

-put up j's mirror

-move mattress to garage

-get j's check

-give j ls 

-add everything to q [DONE]

-transfer 700 to b [DONE]

-call boa about hel [DONE]

-check with boa thursday 

-call wf about hel [DONE]

-get wf comps 

-get bus dc + p [DONE]

-check statement [DONE]

-get 2011 calendars

-move luggage and boxes to attic [DONE]

-print out staples coupon

-buy personal file folder box [DONE]

-buy file folders [DONE]

-buy tabs for file folders [DONE]

-get gas [DONE]

-buy contact solution [DONE]

-clean soap spill in hallway bath 

-DL pdfzilla from slickdeals [DONE]

-ff fb invite [DONE]

-buy e34 card [DONE]

-ad book receipt 

-cancel QBO [DONE]

Vic 1/19/11

 Show up (done) Thanks for starter lennon, crossed my first hump, showed up here. It's  a start, now look at calender. Thanks for being here PA (ers)

My Day Today

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

Things I will do today

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

2. Take shower

3. Get dressed

4. Go to make an appointment to file my taxes

5. Go to the dentist at 9 a.m.

6. Eat brunch

7. Eat dinner

8. Test my blood sugar twice

9. Make bed

10. Wash dishes

11. Connect with my Al-Anon sponsor via e-mail

12. Call my DA Sponsor

13. Declutter 1,000 e-mail

14. Do hair

15. Do numbers

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

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

18. Prayer and meditation

19. Get a monthly pass

Thanks for letting me share