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.

Friday February 11, 2011

Happy Friday, Everybody!


Hae a great proactive day!


Smile Laughing Smile Laughing

sat tracy-la check in 2/12



In soloing--as in other activities--it is far easier to start something than it is to finish it.
—Amelia Earhart

Procrastination plagues us all, at one time or another. But any activity that is worthy
of our effort should be tackled by bits and pieces, one day at a time.
We are too easily overwhelmed when we set our sights only on the
accomplished goal. We need to focus, instead, on the individual elements
and then on just one element at a time. A book is written word-by-word.
A house is built timber-by-timber. A college degree is attained

By the time we got to this program, most of us
had accumulated a checkered past, much of which we wanted to deny or
forget. And the weight of our past can stand in the way of the many
possibilities in the present.

Our past need not determine what we
set out to do today. However, we must be realistic: We can't change a
behavior pattern overnight. But we can begin the process. We can decide
on a reasonable, manageable objective for this 24-hour period. Enough
days committed to the completion of enough small objectives will bring
us to the attainment of any goal, large or small.

I can finish any task I set my sights on, when I take it one day at a time. Today is
before me. I can move forward in a small way.

From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations


MY BASICS: checking in; support calls (1x); affirmation; gratitudes; reading; check calendar; plan to plan; email my 3 most important tasks; voicemail; billing from prior day/declutter prior day's email; exercise #1 (ran 1 hour) ; manage A; manage D; use timesheet and timer


katia 2/11

Late check in- eek! But it's the weekend and I have gotten some things done.

Things to do
-Vitamins #1 #2 #3 #4
-#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7
-Make bed
-5 math problems *I got 4 done
-3 tutoring sessions ->technical difficulties!
-Get mail
-Find password for photo site

oh my goodness sorry for the strikeouts

Crazybug CI

I actually finished something yesterday and it was a writing task and I think I did a good job!  I was so stoked for the rest of the day.  I just need to reflect on what made me successful.

Today, I have slacked off with the lame excuse that I did so well yesterday.  Facing some uncomfortable, overdue tasks and some undefined projects and have been spinning my wheels and otherwise letting my mind wander.

I'm sipping a cup of coffee now, just got back from some exercise and will spend the next 15 developing a list of concrete tasks.  May pop into chat box if I'm still struggling.

“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.”  Aristotle quotes (Ancient Greek Philosopher, Scientist and Physician, 384 BC-322 BC)

this afternoon I will strive to be brave.


check in tracy-la fri 2-11


 P.A. Thought for the Day

we're going to stay abstinant from compulsive procrastination, we've got to learn to want something else
more than we want to procrastinate. After we've been in P.A. for a
while, we learn that a life without procrastinating compulsively can really be enjoyed. We learn how
nice it is to get along well with our family, how nice it is to do our
work well whether at home or outside how nice it is to try to help
others. Have I found that when I am not procrastinating, everything goes well for



has said that God is simple; it is we who cause the complications. The
more we are able to simplify our lives, the more effective we become.

simple daily plan frees us from being preoccupied with procrastination and managing our time. We decide
what our three most important activities are for the day, we write down our appointments, we may call the action plan in
to a sponsor, and then we can forget about our lengthy to do lists and our lists of lists. We are free to
concentrate on the jobs and activities of the day. In contrast, how
muddled and messy our lives were when we were procrastinating!

our will and our life over to our Higher Power frees us from
preoccupation with self. Rather than trying to figure out complicated
methods of getting things to go our way, we are free to live each day as
God gives it to us, trusting His will.

As we grow in this program, may we grow in simplicity.

Adapted From Food for Thought: Daily Meditations

MY BASICS: checking in; support calls (1x); affirmation; gratitudes; reading; check calendar; plan to plan; email my 3 most important tasks; voicemail; billing from prior day/declutter prior day's email; exercise #1 (ran 1 hour) ; manage A; manage D; 
exercise #2 if down mood;

Got up at 6:30 (went to bed midnight).  Didn't start working right away -- got caught up in feeling my negative emotions. Next time need to start working right away or work out. 

Keeping track of my time on my billing worksheet for day.


clement ci

not ready to post todo, just gaining strength for next right thing--which is exercise+reading. in my binge-orientation that seems like a waste of time. So i have to have FAITH that what i KNOW is true is really true, even tho it doesnt FEEL like it atm.

sigh. yall help me with this by being here and posting ur stuff.

the touch of the master's hand:

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

hope4meandu day 11

Hi All,

Thanks lennon!!

Nice to be among you all today.

-work out
-wash rug or clean bird cage or dye

Hope to see you all again over the weekend. Hi to anyone who hasn't shared yet, who is new, who is returning, and everyone & anyone in between!!!!

Wishing you many successful tasks today!!

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

New approach

10:51 AM: Under stress this week. Already had a little "chat" with a director about my case report turn around time being slower than that of my co-workers in January. This week hasn't helped. Out all day Monday for a required training session, out half days Wednesday and Thursday for moving related things. But the work keeps rolling in. So I will be moving and working this weekend. Still waste a lot of time venting anxiety by looking at news online or reading email. Need to curb that.

New approach: 

1. Make a formal daily agenda of all my pending cases for the day and include other stuff that tends to slip through the cracks because I set it aside as nonurgent.

2. Work my way through in 30 minute blocks, moving on after 30 minutes even if not done. This way, even if I don't finish a case review and report today, at least I have laid hands and eyes on it. If I get a call or a question, I can at least give a preliminary verbal take on it and provide the status, rather than stammering that I haven't quite gotten to it yet. Often additional information is needed anyway, so even if I hammer on a case for hours today, I may be unable to finish it, and meanwhile things I could sweep off my desk gather dust.

I will never be fast. I have to settle for trying to be a little less obsessive and a little more on top of everything. My tendency has been to work on one case at a time, for however long it takes. I can spend an entire afternoon working on one report. I realize that may not be the best strategy, neither in terms of case management nor anxiety management.

Off to the new starting line to test the new approach! Back to report later.

fyi 4change i'm the same way

i so relate. I often try to work on one thing til it's finished, and that is often way not the most efficient way. It's obsessive, and i get stuck. Much better, as you say, to touch each one, and get the ones that are ready to complete done.

same thing in my job. I just did some of that this morning.

yeah. struggle tho. not natural. healthy, but not natural.


the touch of the master's hand:

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


You're not alone, we're with you all the way!! Kindest regards and abundant prayers.

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

Thanks Clement and Hope

Appreciate the solidarity. It's actually deceptively hard to do. Made some progress, but wound up scrambling at the end of the day. Back at it today (Monday). Peace to you.

kromer 9:30 CI

OK, today is not going to be a very productive day b/c it has a lot of interuptions.


Take students to first interviews 10:30
10:45-11:15 seminar
1:50 take students to second interviews
4-5 student panel
6-late dinner for prospective students

So, I'll try to stick with small tasks, and not beat myself up if I don't get too much done:
*Deal w/ email (inc. email to rko)
*Get working for sc.
*spec samples
*1 hr work on report
*update lab nb
*check on VAD

OK, going to spend 50 min working for sc., then I need to take students to interviews. 

Journey 9:30

Good morning!  I got a late start today and didn't get to work until 9:30.   All the refrigerator stress has gotten to me and my stomach is a bit weird this morning.   But anyway, I'm here, nobody cares that I'm late because they know I'm working the weekend, and I'm ready to hit the ground running.  I feel a bit tired but I'm looking forward to the day.  I have some straightforward prep work to do for the weekend, and I'm doing an interesting test this afternoon.  I'm excited about the new project that I need to get started on, although I haven't made much progress on it so far.   


We won't be afraid of being sweet to ourselves.  - Her Space Holiday

End o' the week with the Scribbler

  • get up at 6
  • make bed
  • exercise
  • sweeps
  • coffee, paper
  • healthy breakfast
  • checkins


  • Update Quicken
  • send query
  • Music marketing - send 5 emails
  • Do discriminate intvw
  • File 1 BN
  • Order flowers
  • Ck on BBQ Monday
  • Call plumber


  • Healthy lunch
  • Call 1 re: cruise
  • Call 2 re: homelow
  • Call Lonestar re: hearing
  • Do Gordon intvw
  • File uncertain
  • Healthy dinner
  • Work on music for new song
  • Read, relax
  • Bed by 10:30

Vic 2/11/11

 Show up (done) Trying to think spring is on the way.Stomach virus going around and I oddly enough I think I feel sick anyway so I may as well do my uck paperwork, when I had an out of the house job, I never took off because I was sick. I do not know how much I will get done but it is wierd thinking.

FindingNewStrength's CI

MIT Today
Pay the gas bill
Study plan
Job hunting plan
To do today
Clean kitchen surfaces and floor
Wash kitchen window (outside)
Washing up
Wash one load of laundry
Wash rug
Change and wash my tablecloth 
Hang clothes in the wardrobe
Tidy the lving room
Clean fireplace
Uplifting reading (20 minutes)
Study (20 minutes) 
Teeth *2
Foot exercises

Edge's ci - 12:05pm

Morning. Been slipping into increasingly alarming levels of disfunctionality these past few months. Going to take a serious shot at following the PA steps, starting with check ins.

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

Edge's ci - 2:25pm

Posting from my iPod is a bit annoying, so I won't be writing of my full to do list here; will just use the app I have on this thing. Instead, I'll be posting to keep track of my progress. So far took shower, rev gp and hp. Did laundry, tidied closet, called dad and made family breakfast. Also did Fh eb.

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson


So nice to see you!!! Wishing you miracles!!!

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


Thanks hope :D right back atcha :*

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

fudoshin: day 25: 2:07am

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



This is the 25th 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 7 for this as friday 02/04 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
  • 56 days of exercise: I'm on day 6 for this.  All I need to do is
    exercise for 30 minutes a day: walking, swimming, hiking, biking,
    running, jogging, karate, yoga, a dance class.  Anything of those for at
    least 30 minutes.  And nothing else.  I can do the running plan, but I
    assure myself that each day that I show up to run, I will be okay, if
    all I do is ultimately choose to walk.  Whatever I feel comfortable with
    when I do. That way I don't intimidate myself.

Good luck, fudo I'm rooting

Good luck, fudo :) I'm rooting for you.

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Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action - Walter Anderson

My Day Today

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

Things I will do today

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

2. Go to the 8:30 a.m. telephone CLA meeting

3. Take shower

4. Get dressed

5. Fix and eat brunch

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

7. Go to class at 10 a.m.

8. Do research for my paper for 15 minutes

9. Go to the Internship at 1:30

10. Go to work at 5:30

11. Test blood sugar twice

12. Go to the 10 p.m. telephone DA meeting

13. Get medicine ready for today and tomorrow

14. Post Al-Anon literature for tomorrow

Thanks for letting me share