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 24, 2011

From AA Big Book Page 76: "When ready, we say something like this: '[Higher Power], I am now willing that you
should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me
every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from
here, to do your bidding. Amen.'
We have then completed Step Seven."

Vic 1/24/11

Show up (done) . Thanks for starter fs. I remember when I finally “got it”. I pray that you now remove from me
every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows.
It was not until I finally put aside my plan of usefulness and accepted my HP’s and that my HP knew better than me, that defects could be removed. One way I would identify whether or not what I was doing (going to do) is I would ask myself, “If I eat, drink, do ….., can my hp still use me?”Thanks for letting me share.

Monday afternoon CI for Lark

Hi. I haven't been here too much lately, and I've missed everyone quite a bit. I overcame some health issues a while back, which have reduced the importance of my spastic work schedule--so I had little to procrastinate on. Then, too, some friends and I have been using out Facebook accounts for being productive. Also, in addition to bookending things I need to do, we've been making a list of tasks NOT to do for that day. It's really helped me from getting sidelined. But I need to post here for some specific things for this day.
To do:
Do first part of work project A
Clear work area for starting second part of project A
Do 15 minutes of domestic work (any type)
Finish listening to financial instruction cd
Sort dirty laundry
Make schedule on paper for tomorrow
Check in here later today.


Keep coming back, we need you.

nice to see you Lark!

I;m glad to hear you are doing well.


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

Good to see you too.

Hope to see you more often. Things are kinda busy here, and I may need an extra kick in the behind for a while.


Sending you a big hug. 

Make sure to remember that each day is fresh and new and we always have the opportunity to make the right decisions which will put us on the proper path regardless of what has happened in the past.

Also remember: “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

It's difficult to not see our past failures as an unending string of failures stretching off into the distance, but I have to remind myself that this is distorted thinking and is JUST NOT TRUE!  It's an illusion.

I believe in you and your abilities.

Thank you!!!!

Dearest Clement & Crazybug,

Much gratitude to you both. Your messages & suggestions help me so very much.

Hugs, love and thanks!!!

♥"Careful the wish we make, wishes are children. Careful the path they take, wishes come true..." From "Children Will Listen," by Stephen Sondheim.♥

clement ci

fudo_shin nice starter. inspirational to me.

hope4meandu solidarity. thanks for being here. Your posts help me.

tracy-la your second post is one of those that amazes me, that one of the key issues in AA is the impulsiveness, self-control, self-regulation, which is also at bottom of our procrastination. Again, same addictive personality, different drug.

Headed to chat. need to set day with quiet time & treadmill

the touch of the master's hand:

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

Scribbler's Start o' the Week

  • get up at 6 (little late, doing better though)
  • make bed
  • exercise
  • sweeps
  • coffee, paper
  • healthy breakfast
  • checkins


  • Update Quicken
  • Music marketing - send newsletter
  • send query
  • Call 2 re: investors
  • Trim trees


  • Lunch w/B
  • Do 1 BN
  • Do 2 CIO
  • Run


  • Read screenplay
  • Healthy dinner
  • Rehearse set list
  • Read, relax
  • Bed by 10:30

katia 1/24

Having a hard time with paper. And kinda depressed. Fingers crossed. Oh and I have a math midterm tomorrow! Hahaha forgot.

Things to do
-New mom's group -> went to wrong address, cried and cried that nothing is right
-Go to Target
-Go to school for office hours
-Email writing intern
-Paragraph #1 PERFECT tonite
-Quotes picked for other two paragraphs

TOO MUCH running around!


fudo_shin, thanks for startin the thread.

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 [DONE]

-talk to T about p [DONE]

-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 [DONE]

-look at r website [DONE]

After Work 5PM-Sleep: 

-Lift [DONE]

-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

-check with chase on hel

-review march appraisal

-throwout broken rakes

-prepare weedwacker for warranty

-install new blinds in office

-install new blinds in j room

-contact chase about hel

-figure out how 4L works [DONE]

-take 8 from RI

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

-look at yumbii facebook page for ideas [DONE]

-make email feedback template [DONE]

-mail j check

-get check for j [DONE]

-buy sausage [DONE] 

checkin tracy-la mon 1-24

Basics: gratitudes, affirmation, reading, ck voicemail/email, billing from prior days,  CHECK CALENDAR [FORGOT THIS & ALMOST MISSED APPT]; PLAN TO PLAN

Exercise a.m. / exercise p.m.

Reading for day:



It is the suffering we experience as a result of procrastinating
compulsively, which eventually makes us humble enough to admit that we
are powerless over procrastination. Until we have the necessary humility, recovery
is impossible. As long as we think we can successfully control and
direct our lives by ourselves, we shall continue to fail.

of us hit bottom sooner than others. If we are lucky, we can see where
the disease is leading us and what the inevitable result will be if we
do not find help from a source outside ourselves. Whether we hit a high
bottom or a low bottom, when we finally reach it the only way to go is
up. When we are humble enough to seek help by turning over our will, we
shall find the help we need.

Maintaining an attitude of
humility is essential for our recovery. If we allow ourselves to fall
into the trap of pride and egotism, we are headed for a slip.
Understanding our weakness and dependence on God is the beginning of

:  May I be granted humility.

Adapted From Food for Thought: Daily Meditations

 The slogan "Easy Does It" is one way we PA’s remind each other that
many of us have tendencies at times to overdo things, to rush
heedlessly along, impatient with anything that slows us down. We find it
hard to relax and savor life.

When one of us is in a dither to
get something done or get somewhere in a hurry, a friend may gently
remonstrate, "’Easy Does It,’ remember?" Then there’s often a flash of
annoyance at the adviser. And that indicates the advice must have hit
home, wouldn’t you say?

Page 44 of Living Sober, AA Inc (1975)


hope4meandu checkin (10:00AM)

Hi All!!

Thanks for the starter Fudo_shin, yes, important to remember.

I'm in a poopy place, my house is a mess, haven't shown up here in a while. Last week I didn't show up to work Monday -Wednesday. I've been inandated with my failed dreams and disappointments and have been very depressed. If it weren't for my Yoffee, I wouldn't be here (but I'm not sure I even have the courage for that). The only things I've managed to do is work out 2 - 3 times a week (which is no minor miracle) and keep my numbers in DA. I usually face the world with hope and excitement, and I've been wondering why, when such awful things happen. And I don't mean to be ungrateful. I'ts just that I've failed at so many things, on so many levels. I'm always running out and trying this, doing that and frankly I don't know what to do or what I should be doing. Anyway, I'm thankful to have a safe place I can come and be honest, because I don't where I would go with this stuff.

Today at work I will work (thankfully because of this program)

-sweep house

Kindest regards & prayers!!

♥"Careful the wish we make, wishes are children. Careful the path they take, wishes come true..." From "Children Will Listen," by Stephen Sondheim.♥


Praying for you and Yoffee! (and good to see you!)

Exercising, and keeping your DA numbers, and taking care of Yoffee, and showing up here are all big achievements. Give yourself credit for those. 

kromer 9:55 CI

OK, lots to do today, and having a bit of a hard time getting started.

Need to:
Collect samples for MK (w/ TE)
Check on expts, collect samples, do i.
Talk to MC about sb and make a plan for re-doing
Talk to histology people, look at slides & make a plan for K. stuff,clean bench (will do this soon)
Catch up on notes
Go to swing class

Redirect handler + sci. ref. analyzer + example articles for 3 more journals (will do this soon)

If I have more time
Schedule for the week
Start K. IHC
Go to teaching seminar
Order FISH probes
Email IC, KA

OK, I'll start w/ sample collection w/ TE, then I'll talk to MC about sb and make a plan, then I'll go talk to histology people. 

Journey 9:30 & update

Happy Monday!   I was at the gym at 6:27 this morning - that's a 3 minute improvement lol!   I have a very busy week ahead of me and I'm off to make my todo list now.   Asking HP to give me focus this week and the ability to concentrate on my work without goofing off, dithering, or freaking out! 

UPDATE 4:45 very productive day, good start to the week.   I still did not finish everything on my todo list, although I worked pretty hard.   My planning skills still need work Undecided, but I feel good about today.  See you tomorrow.


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

Crazybug CI

Have a meeting this morning on a project that is 4 months overdue.  I will spend the next hour reviewing the project and see if I can break down the tasks a little bit before we meet.

I just need to stay calm and on task.  I pray for guidance.


"Pleasure is cheap. A cheeseburger or a couple of martinis will do the trick. But pleasure doesn't last very long. Satisfaction requires a more significant investment of effort — often to the point of discomfort. The payoff, however, is deeper and more enduring.Gaining control of our attention — the ability to put it where we want it, and keep it there for sustained periods of time — is a prerequisite to a satisfying life." (I can't remember where I found this quote...)

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 the 1 p.m. telephone CLA meeting

5. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

6. Test my blood sugar twice

7. Take shower

8. Get dressed

9. Make bed

10. Wash dishes

11. Clear couch

12. Clear tables

13. Clear floor

14. Finish reading Chapter 1

15. Do the Chapter 1 exercises

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

Thanks for letting me share

fudoshin : day 7: 1:34am

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


This is the seventh 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. (I am now back on day 1 for this, as I emailed someone today, searched for his email address online after seeing him IRL).

On Friday I wrote: 'I'm very
nervous about going on this date with this person tomorrow.  I just want
to show up, be myself and be open to whatever happens.  I am appointing
the Higher Power in this journey with this person. I turn this over to
the Higher Power completely.  It's all up to the HP.  I need to stop
thinking that it means anything. I'm just meeting him.  It's not a big
deal.  Also, I need to keep showing up for myself, keep doing my work,
so that I can put the emphasis in my life where it needs to be, on
procuring a happy, stable, successful life for myself that does not
depend on others.'

I think that's excellent advice to myself.  I did show up, and was on time.  I was open, and I found out he had always remembered me from before.  But he also explained in somewhat great detail and quite honestly that he "sucked and was not successful at life," that he thought in the very least I deserved someone who "would show up for" me.  He apologized for offending me.  I don't think he sucks, and I'm not offended, I was merely sad that some of his behavior may mean I won't have the pleasure of his company, but it is the pleasurable times I would miss.  And I thank the HP for getting to meet him and talk to him and I thank the HP for getting to hear someone explain to me thoroughly that IT WAS NOT MY FAULT that he wasn't available.  It was like he was answering for all my qualifiers.  I had a good time being spoken to, honestly.  But it is indeed the Higher Power who is in charge.  I am once again asking the HP to guide me in my journey with this person, and in addition, I am asking the HP to guide me in my journey to doing the work I need to do, help me show up for myself, help me put the emphasis in my life where it needs to be, and procure a happy, stable, successful life for myself that does not depend on anyone but my HP.