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.

Saturday January 22, 2011

Happy Saturday, everybody!

Have a great proactive and catching up day!

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 lennon, you are a machine

Work 8AM-5PM: 

-Figure out fix for low

-Test low r

-Test high r

-Test add c 

-read ms7

-read other doc4 for proj 4

-talk to T about p

-talk to D about vgsd

-see if vgsd is applicable to proj 3

-type up proj 4 notes/questions 

-find pm and look at unit 4

-look at v website

-look at r website 

After Work 5PM-Sleep: 


-Document stuff for insurance

-followup with mom about acctn

-find and print 3 personal tax documents 

-double check qb

-check with boa thursday about hel

-get wf comps for hel

-get 2011 calendars

-clean soap spill in hallway bath 

-check with chase on hel

-review march appraisal

-throwout broken rakes

-prepare weedwacker for warranty

-check bills

-install new blinds in office

-install new blinds in j room

-contact chase about hel

-figure out how 4L works

-figure out how RIL works 

-tally up b expenses and make sure all have been paid out

-look at yumbii facebook page for ideas 

-dl mn [DONE]

-make email feedback template 

check-in tracy l.a. sat jan 22

Basics: gratitudes; affirmation; check calendar; plan to plan; calls - 3 (2x);  billing and emails from day before; ck voicemail/email in morning; exercise a.m. Ran 40 min/exercise p.m. Tennis (hit bucket of balls and rallied 5 min) 

I've been working on getting regular sleep and eating every four hours so I don't get too hungry. Am going to bed at a regular time and building in structure in the evening and morning. I never have trouble waking early even if I go to bed at 2 a.m. For so many years, I thought that tedious mental work didn't require sleep when in fact it may require more sleep.  Remembering the RULE OF HALT. Don't get too hungry, too angry, too lonely and too tired. 

The rule of HALT is a reminder that can help me along the road to recovery. Violation of the HALT rule (in part or in total) can, and
often does, lead to relapse. 

H Don’t get too Hungry.

Depending on the person, there seems to be in the compulsive procrastinator a peculiar psycho-physiological relationship between eating too much or hunger and the urge
to procrastinate.

On some occasions, I wouldn't eat because I was afraid I'd use it to procrastinate or I'm in the middle of a project and I procrastinate getting something to eat because I have trouble ending a work project. And then I'd get too hungry and eat a
big meal which would cause me to get too tired and be unable to get back to the task afterwards.

I sometimes used going out to eat or eating to  procrastinate as well -- so that could be a reason I avoided eating.

Self care and scheduling time to eat -- bookending it even -- can help me maintain my schedule.  And so, when I am
hungry, I can eat a healthy snack or meal. Simple and important. (I prefer to eat 5 or 6 small meals and find that is better for me since if my blood sugar gets too low it affects my focus. And then if I eat too much, I get tired.) My goal is to make sure I eat a little something every 4 hours. I also avoid sugar and refined food.

T Don’t get too Tired.

Years of pulling all nighters to catch up or get by on 4 or 5 hours sleep helped me meet deadlines but then made me unable to have a regular work day the next day unless I was still in the throes of a deadline.

One of my PA friends reminded me that when we get too tired -- then it's easy to get too angry! A double whammy. 

Physical fatigue affects my body and mind adversely and lowers my defenses against the urge to compulsively procastinate (whether conscious or subconscious).

Regularly scheduled exercising is also helping me get deeper sleep.  And not wake up at 3 or 4 a.m.

I am grateful to have high energy but not getting regular sleep makes it harder for me to start or or complete the work that I am resisting.


There Is No Such Thing as "Have To"

The serenity and insight, which we gain from this program, help us
realize that we do not have to do anything. There is always a choice. We
may even choose not to live.

Our lives are gifts from our
Higher Power, and the choice of what to do with them is ours. We can
continue to compulsively procrastinate and watch our illness get progressively worse. We
can isolate ourselves from other people and console ourselves with mind numbing activities.
We can do as little as possible each day just in order to survive.

We do not have to follow the program; we also do not have to compulsively procrastinate.
We do not have to turn our lives over to God; we also do not have to
continue to bear the burden of self and self-will. It is a proven fact
of experience for countless people that the most satisfying thing to do
with the life given to each of us is to give it back to our Higher Power
to use as He wills.

Thank You for my freedom, Lord.

Adapted From Food for Thought: Daily Meditations


Appreciating Our Past

It is easy to be negative about past mistakes and unhappiness. But it
is much more healing to look at ourselves and our past in the light of
experience, acceptance, and growth. Our past is a series of lessons that
advance us to higher levels of living and loving.

relationships we entered, stayed in, or ended taught us necessary
lessons. Some of us have emerged from the most painful circumstances
with strong insights about who we are and what we want.

Our mistakes? Necessary. Our frustrations, failures, and sometimes-stumbling attempts at growth and progress? Necessary too.

Each step of the way, we learned. We went through exactly the
experiences we needed to, to become who we are today.  Each step of the
way, we progressed.

Is our past a mistake? No. The only mistake we can make is mistaking that for the truth.

Today, God, help me let go of negative thoughts I may be harboring
about my past circumstances or relationships. I can accept, with
, all that has brought me to today.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie

I should read the "appreciating our past" every day so I don't use the past as a reason to be angry or resentful at myself. :)  That's another part of HALT - not getting too angry!

Have a good Saturday everyone!


kromer 11:11 CI

A very lucky CI!

Today my tasks are:
*Check on expts
*Finish up sb & notes on how to improve
*Lunch with brother and grandpa :)
*prayer time
*Write parsers for 3 more journals (working on this now)
*Plans for 2 wb expts, K IHC expt, and B/gc doubleIF expt.
*microburst presentation (will do this soon)



OK, sb, expts, and prayer time now

katia 1/22

I did not finish my first paragraph last night. I froze up. It didn't help that I had a headache and was very very tired. I got a glorious night of sleep thanks to my mom. So hopefully I'm better prepared to write today!

Things to do-
-#1 #2 #3
-#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8

-Write first paragraph (please!!!

-Go to Target
-Meetup with friends`

Vic 1/22/11

 Show up (done). I am so grateful I have this safe haven to show uo 24/7. I have not had an "official daily 12 step sponsor" for years for many reasons including timing. Showing up at PA everyday works the same as calling my sponsor everyday. So now I can say I have an official sponsor again. "PA"

One more midterm with son( we got an extension). Difference between a procrastinator and a non procrastinator: my son got some modifications on midterms and he used that to comple the work, talk to cyber teachers,  and was thrilled, for me, it would have streched out just as long, not made any difference.At any rate, with the help of HP, all the time I have invested is paying off, and hopefully lead to him standing on his own 2 feet soon and not learning to be a procratinator like me. Its all good. Thanks for letting me share. 

PS Looked back at a post I had when I joined PA, I wanted to see "progress", I remember when I joined, I would post in the wrong spot and felt like I was doing everything wrong. I found one of my posts:

You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't
feel insecure around you.


. As
we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates

I thought, someone else must have posted that, this sounds too good, I thought I was worst thant that.,  and then the "ahah light" came on, I need to just live "one day at a time" and not think aobut "how far/or not far  I have come" or if "I am any better/worse than I was" once my thoughts go in that direction I am headed for a slip.

Online Meeting Today

We have an online meeting today at 7:30 GMT or 2:30 New York time.

 Come and join us!

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. Take shower

3. Get dressed

4. Go to the food bank

5. Put food away

6. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

7. Do numbers

8. Make bed

9. Wash dishes

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

11. Go to the 2:30 online PA meeting

12. Declutter 2,000 e-mail

13. Go through my mail

14. Test my blood sugar twice

15. Go to the 7:30 p.m. face to face NA meeting

16. Clear couch

17. Clear tables

18. Clear floor

19 Get medicine ready for the next two weeks

Thanks for letting me share