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 January 20, 2011

Happy Thursday, Everybody

Have a great proactive day


Smile Smile Smile Smile

Waking up from a binge...

I've been reading way too much lately. :-/ I'm reading through the time bingeing thread for some perspective and strategies.

Cook dinner
One load of laundry
One load of dishes
Catch up on emails.

Mediabat 1/20


  • Saxophone
  • Send the letters
  • Buy food
  • Grab the Driver's Manual


  • Do washing
  • Fold clothes
  • Do some homework
  • cook

Reward if I do complete all tasks: Chat on MM a little bit. Maybe even play VM.


Thursday Want To Do List - Overcome Demand Resistance

1.  install Procrastination Killer, Manic Time

2.   calls - JB, EW, CSHarm

3.  emails - Meg

4.  Sch, BHW

5.  SR - Cit, Tim, LEbb

6.  P - ZI, M, L, etc

7.  IP - Pete

8.  LI, JJ #1

9.  TOP start

1.20 Ian's list




Toolkit: habitual use is my goal

  • morning prayer (AA Big Book, pp. 86-87)
  • resentment prayer (AA Big Book, pp. 66-67)
  • daily renewal -
  • buddhist prayer of st. francis
  • call 1
  • call 2
  • call 3
  • exercise
  • journaling
  • meditation
  • meeting
  • read program/recovery lit
  • write stepwork
  • 10th step inventory
  • 10th-step prayer
  • as-needed inventory
  • as-needed prayer, "we pause when agitated or doubtful" (AA pp 87-88)



  • client #2: microcontent for topic pages
  • client #1: daily site report
  • client #2: follow up with producer on regional stuff



  • trip to dump
  • call w/ school director
  • buy coffee
  • dinner plan
  • tweet re cable bill
  • followup email to preschool director
  • write accountant re CPA letter
  • fix TV setup
  • order eyeglasses


katia 1/20

Losing track of the dates lol. "Done" with classes this week but plenty to do.

Things to do-
-#1 #2 #3 sets supplements
-#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7

-Write out possible topics
-Find examples in book
-Pick a topic
-Write draft introductionwoo hoo!!!

-Email H
-Wash/Make up bottles*
-Possible meetup with J? meet up tomorrow
-Possibly try SNS again

*This doesn't mean I don't breastfeed. I'm very sensitive about that. . .

Alright y'all. I'm confessing. I HATE WRITING PAPERS. I have been a productivity tour de force. But the past hour and a half I have been stressing and stressing and stressing and going omg omg omg. It does NOT HELP that a third of the class will READ it. It does NOT HELP that I feel stupid even though I'm older than the whole class. MEH. All I need to do is write an introduction, but I'm scared!

*I did it! I wrote my intro and handed it in on time!!!*

Crazybug CI

Riding a creative wave from this morning I will work on drafting parts of the project.

  1. gtky sheet (double sided)
  2. sales corresponding sheet
  3. diagram of cycle

Inspiration cannot be willed, though it can be wooed.- Anthony Storr


Blessings to all here today.

Thursday with the Scribbler

  • get up at 6 (slept in until nearly 8 )
  • make bed
  • exercise
  • sweeps
  • coffee, paper
  • healthy breakfast
  • checkins


  • Update Quicken
  • Invoice re: multiunit
  • email re: multinuit add
  • Music marketing - pitch Houston venues
  • send query
  • Call 2 re: investors


  • Do 1 BN- elevator?
  • Do 3 CIO /
  • File multiunit add
  • P/u B at 2:45


  • Fun w/B
  • Read screenplay
  • Healthy dinner
  • D/o B at 8:30
  • Draft Canyon Grill set list
  • Rehearse set list
  • Bed by 10:30

kromer 12 CI

Man, I'm exhausted today. No idea why, but it's really annoying

I need to:
Write up notes from mtg, microscopy practice, and expt. 45 (have made good progress on this)
Label probes w/ MC
Deal w/ email (have made some progress on this)
Practice prelim for friend
Code to go from DOI or journal/volume/issue/page to downloaded article, and code to split article into sentences and paragraphs
Prayer time
Email about dinner party

tracy-la check in for today

Basics. Gratitudes, Affirmation, Exercise, Check calendar, Plan to Plan, Ck vcml and email in a.m. Billing/Email clearing from Jan 19, Calls (3x) - made 2 calls


Avoiding Procrastination Triggers

Most compulsive procrastinators react to certain Internet sites, TV, reading and certain activities the way an
alcoholic reacts to alcohol. We may use those activities to numb ourselves and not feel anxiety.  One Internet site visit and we sooner or later go on a procrastination
binge. For example, we may find it impossible to go on the Internet sites for a controlled amount of time, and we inevitably end up feeling guilt and a nonproductive
hangover from our procrastination excesses.

Many of us have other procrastination triggers
as well. We have learned from sad experience that it is easier to avoid
these triggers entirely than to try to do them in reasonable amounts. We
have to be rigorously honest with ourselves in order to determine which
time plan is best for each of us as an individual.

No activity is
worth the anguish of a procrastination binge. Once we accept this, we can accept the
necessity of abstaining from personal procrastination triggers. Abstinence means
freedom from the obsession with time and from the compulsion to procrastinate.
Freedom to live without compulsive procrastination is the reward we gain when we avoid
the activities that trigger our compulsion.

May I realize that avoiding procrastination triggers is a small price to pay for freedom.

Adapted From Food for Thought: Daily Meditations for Overeaters

My thoughts:

When I was in my first year of  graduate school my roommates and I all agreed not to have any TVs in the house even in our private rooms. None of thought we had "procrastination" problems but we all knew that it could be a time suck and that watching one program could lead to more. That became a habit where I never had cable TV until recently and I still don't turn on the TV when I come home ever. I watch TV on occasion but I do it very consciously where there's a particular program like Jon Stewart Daily Show which I enjoy and then I turn it off or a Premier League football/soccer game the kids want to watch.

But everyone is different and some people can work with TV in the background. It's work knowing yourself. And I need to stop kidding myself about certain activities.

I remember I had to stop having the New York Times delivered at home because I'd read it even when I needed to get out the door. Now it's the news online. If I start to read the NYT online, that can lead to a 1 hour time suck. It is a real pleasure so on Sundays I'll calendar an hour or during the week I'll use a 5 min timer so I just read headlines so I'm up to speed with the world ...but it can be a slippery slope.




clement ci

prioritized the day's tasks.

first is quiet time. Do i have the strength to put off work? binging is more a threat today than distraction.

the touch of the master's hand:

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

Journey 10 am

Good morning!   I got up this morning at 5:18 and got to the gym at 6:30 (goal is 6:15).  5 minutes better than Tuesday.   Got to work at 9:00 on the dot so I wasn't late but I really want to be here a *few* minutes early.   Mornings are difficult for me, so I'll keep working on this.  

I've read email, checked calendar, and attended a 9:30 meeting.   I've made my todo list, now I need to triage it and schedule my time for the day.   My most important tasks are to do a test for my top priority project, and to prepare for my 'on-call' week next week.

Have an enjoyable and productive day everyone!


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


 lennon, thanks again for starting the thread!

Work 8AM-5PM: 

-Figure out fix for low

-Test low r

-Test high r

-Test add c 

-Check with g on cnn changes for proj 3

-ask w for ch [DONE]

-read ms7

-read cnn doc [DONE]

-read sow [DONE]

-find doc detailing with po related info 

-read man doc for proj 4 

-read icd1 for proj 4 

-read icd2 for proj 4 

-read other doc4 for proj 4

-read proj 4 ko doc [DONE]

-read p spec  [DONE]

After Work 5PM-Sleep: 


-Document stuff for insurance

-followup with mom about acctn

-find and print 3 personal tax documents 

-find receipts for printer [DONE]

-double check qb

-check with boa thursday about hel

-get wf comps for hel

-get 2011 calendars

-clean soap spill in hallway bath 

-ad book receipt [DONE]

-buy new lock for file cabinet [DONE]

-check with chase on hel

-review march appraisal

-throwout broken rakes

-prepare weedwacker for warranty 

1/20 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)
Study for DP (30min, 1, 2, 3, 4)
Finish First PS Draft
Finish JC Application Draft
FF (15min 1, 2, 3, 4)
TV (30min 1, 2, 3, 4)
NP (15min 1, 2, 3, 4)
BI (15min 1, 2, 3, 4)

Vic 1/20/11

Show up (done) Learned so much yesterday by "showing up" at my son's indoor 10pm soccer game last night. 1. I did not want to go, but I had to drive him. Boy did my attitude start to stink as the day went on, plus his physical appt. at the doctor, etc.  took most of the day. Lucky I took time for my walk and called program friends and let go of some of the negative attitude. 2. Non of the other parents wanted to be there either, I was so "self" absorbed,(terminally unique syndrome), many parents and 2 kids did not even "show up", the ones that were there said it was a brutal time but they seemed to accept it.(I guess that is what normal people do, they accept the discomfort) 3. The other team was so much better, but my son's team never gave up or forfeted the game 4. The final score was 15-1 and my son said "Mom,it was a great game, we 'almost' won!!" (I was thinking more like if we wouldn't have shown up we would not have missed anything)5. My procratination, whinning, complaining, discomfort dodging, "avoidance thinking" became very clear to me in a way I did not see before and how it all seemed to block me from doing things.

Thanks pa(ers)

p 85,86 AA Big Book Love and tolerance of others is our code. And we have ceased fighting anything or anyone-even alcohol. For by this time sanity will have returned. We will seldom be interested in liquor. If tempted, we recoil from it as from a hot flame. We react sanely and normally, and we will find that this has happened automatically. We will see that our new attitude toward liquor has been given us without any thought or effort on our part. It just comes! That is the miracle of it. We are not fighting it, neither are we avoiding temptation. We feel as though we had been placed in a position of neutrality—safe and protected. We have not even sworn off. Instead, the problem has been removed. It does not exist for us. We are neither cocky nor are we afraid. That is how we react so long as we keep in fit spiritual condition.It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe. We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.


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. Post and send out Al-Anon literature for today

3. Take shower

4. Get dressed

5. Go to a therapy group at 9 a.m.

6. Go to individual therapy at 10:15

7. Eat brunch

8. Get the book from the library

9. Read Chapter 1

10. Go to the Internship at 1 p.m.

11. Make bed

12. Wash dishes

Thanks for letting me share