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 February 5, 2011

Happy Saturday, Everybody!

Have a great proactive day!


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sat 2/5 tracy-la check in

Hi All,



of us go through periods in our lives when nothing seems interesting,
when our motivation and enthusiasm have deserted us. We feel dull and
bored and depressed. Whether the slump lasts for an afternoon or for a
month or for a year, the compulsive procrastinator tends to turn to procrastinating (and the procrastinaing mental or activity diversions) as a
way out. For us, procrastinating at some levels has been exciting, and procrastinating & the activities we use to procrastinate (Internet, reading, sleeping, etc.) often used to be
the most pleasurable activity we could imagine.

most of us know all too well, procrastinating on less important, more interesting or even unimportant activities and diversions is not a permanent solution to
boredom. We may get a temporary high or calming effect from procrastination, but we invariably procrastinate
too much and end up feeling infinitely worse than before we started.
Boredom is better than procrastinating by doing a more interesting, less anxiety provoking activity. Procrastination does not motivate nor does it
generate enthusiasm. Procrastination has just the opposite effect.

PA does not ensure that we will never again experience boredom or have
the blahs. What it does provide is a program of action to which we may
turn when we are in a slump. Going to meetings, making phone calls,
reading the literature, working the Steps - these are concrete actions
we can take.

We have tried procrastination and tried to just promise to get things done tomorrow or the following weekend or sometime later and found that it eventually made things worse. Now let's try the PA program in addition to whatever other positive changes we are making in our life.

Give me grace to act.

Adapted From Food for Thought: Daily Meditations

 My affirmation: I can get a 100 hour project done in 15 minute bits and pieces -- and it can get done as fast or faster that way and even if it takes longer, it will at least get started and ultimately completed.

Remember: If I never start something, it will never get done even if I blocked out a 100 hour chunk of time. I've blocked out hours but it's impossible to block out a 100 block of time unless you don't sleep -- and I've tried that way and it doesn't work well consistently (and creates lots of sleep and other problems even when done occasionally).

[It's funny to write that since I never would have thought like that. Always thought I need hours of time blocked out before I could begin a big or difficult task. But what does an hour consist of? Four 15 minute time periods. Now it's true that I need to get through 2 or 3 blocks of 15 minutes before I am neurologically connected to a lot of difficult or tedious projects - but once I am connected, I can work for hours and hours. Think math -- just do the numbers. If I focus on numbers it's not emotional.]

MY BASICS: checking in; 3 calls (2x); affirmation; reading; check calendar; plan to plan; 3 calls (1x); email my 3 most important tasks
[do meeting at 10 am with new client; 2 hours of billing (15 min at a time); turn on network/computers at work]  Also personal stuff: [call Magic Castle; arrange birthday party; arrange super bowl party]; voicemail; billing from prior
day/declutter prior day's email; exercise

Have a great day everyone.


thanks tracy-la

I really appreciate you doing this for us!   This one is especially meaningful to me because boredom is one of my big triggers.  


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


My pleasure. I avoid tedious tasks but I really don't mind doing them. It's often that if there's a more exciting option, I jump on it and don't stop to pause and be conscious of what I'm doing. So much of it is in my mind.  Thanks for nice not and have a graet day.  tracy

Mediabat 7.41 AM 2/5

  • Practice saxophone
  • Do 3 hrs of hwk
  • Read the driver's manual

Success rate:91%


Journey 10 am

Good morning and Happy Weekend!  I have to work tonight but it should only be a couple of hours if everything goes well.  

My freezer died  :(( so today I have to throw everything out.   The repairman is coming Wednesday on my work from home day.   I hope it's not too expensive.   The good thing is that I didn't have a lot of stuff in there as I recently cleaned it and tossed a bunch of stuff. 

So I've been sitting around for an hour or so and it's time to get busy.   I'm making a grocery list now, which will be kind of short since I can't put anything in the freezer :grin:.   I guess the repairman will need to unplug it to repair it too so I don't want to get too much refrigerated stuff either, although the refrigerator part is working fine.  

Grocery list, then out to visit mom, go to Petsmart and the grocery store, then come home, put everything away, do dishes and laundry and make dinner - then work.  Long day ahead . . .see you later!



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


lennon, thanks for starting the thread. Up early on saturday and rocking already!

Work 8AM-5PM: 

-Figure out fix for low

-Test low r

-Test high r

-Test add c

-call about ps

-get quote for ps

-figure out if ots ps/f is ok 

-review pinouts

-review part 1 in depth 

-review part 2 in depth

-review part 3 in depth

-review part 4 in depth 

After Work 5PM-Sleep:

-Document stuff for insurance

-followup with mom about acctn

-find and print 6 personal tax documents

-double check qb

-prepare weedwacker for warranty

-take 8 from RI

-check payout for b expenses

-pump tires

-get oil change

-get circus tickets 

-remove disc items (ask r about this again)

-buy beer 

-call v about g 

-call r and get updated q [DONE]

-complete 6 tasks on personal actions list

-exercise [DONE]

-put up blind in office [DONE]

-put in js knob 

katia 2/5

Okay. . .list did not go well yesterday. Kind of a personal thing distracted me.

Today is run around all day day. I even asked my babysitter to come for a few hours so I do not have to take Connor as is ts very cold and he travels with so much baggage.

Things to do
-#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9
-List for Target
-Coupons for grocery store
-Print off postage label/receipt
-ATM for cash
-Go to post office
-Pick up jumperoo
-Pick up other thing
-Go to store
-Go to Target

When I'm home. . .figure out other stuff.

Done! Exhausted. Might do reading. Might not. We'll see.

Findingaway check in

7.30 pm Saturday

My Saturday is nearly over and I didn't post a to-do list. Logged in when I was feeling discouraged, but feel better now I have slogged through some jobs on my list. Just knowing lots of you are out there facing the same stuff but also doing your best helps me.


  • shopping
  • main part of fridge clean
  • dishes
  • exercises
  • clean remainder of camping gear
  • put away all clothes

Tomorrow I plan to:

  • finish fridge clean
  • ring or visit a friend
  • sort jars and bottles and put away
  • clean bathroom
  • reply to one email and clear some others
  • do exercises (or a bike ride if it ever stops raining)
  • play some piano
  • go to the cinema!

With much gratitude for this site.

fudoshin: day 20 10:53am

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



This is the 19th 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 certain people repeatedly on the dating website and online,
which has prevented me from sanity.  Just all out stalking certain
people has been all out crazy; if I'm not stalking one person, it's
another person.   During times I've tried to quit the dating site before, I
have visited people's dating profiles, even while not registered 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

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 online that
    I've tried to
    date in the past, which includes trying to IM them. (I am now back on
    day 1 for this as today I went on linkedin and checked out the profile
    of a person whom I had as a co-worker, on whom I had a crush/obsession

I don't want to go crazy with my funding obsession, I only want to take
positive actions on my own behalf.  I have to get the following done:

*pick up laundry and transfer rugs

*run 2 minutes, walk 1 minute X 10 + 6 minutes of biking + stretches

*writing 3rd step work, when I'm inspired

*my compte rendu

*french homework for today

*louer blamer

*journal entry #1

* journal entry #2

*before bed: brush teeth, floss, use listerine, endtufted brush

*before bed: take a shower

*shopping for only what I need

*brushing my teeth, using listerine, brushing with the endtufted brush, before I leave the house

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. Go to the 1 p.m. telephone CLA meeting

6. Send out Al-Anon literature for today

7. Post Al-Anon literature for the week

8. Eat brunch

9. Eat dinner

10. Make bed

11. Wash dishes

12. Go to the 2:30 p.m. online PA meeting

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

14. Go to the 10 p.m. online EA meeting

15. Do hair

16. Get medicine ready for the next two weeks.

17. Scan the computer

Thanks for letting me share