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.

Tuesday February 15, 2011

Happy Tuesday, Everybody!

Have a great proactive day!


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fudoshin: checkin for day 29: 5:43pm

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


I have about three days of grammar exercises to do, that I'm working on.  First I shall work on Friday's assignment, b/c I have the grammar sheets for it, then I plan on going home to work on the rest of them.  I am just going to worry about getting current with these grammar exercises first and then working on the rest later.

Vic 2/15/11

 Show up (done) I read the Bid Book Chapter 3 with the jay walker and really could relate it to the procrastination. I "see" it more clearly, just as I did in my other programs. I never thought there was anything wrong with my drinking, I thought I was just "partying" and proof was I had a good job, or with my eating, after all, I was thin (since I was bulimic), etc., etc, and now thinking of all kinds or reasons why the procratination issues could be rationalized. I am grateful for the programs, and that the BB stays alive for ne along with me HP. along with the variety of things to surrender.

Big Book, Chapter 3: "Our behavior is as absurd and incomprehensible with respect to the first xxx as that of an individual with a passion, say, for jay-walking. He gets a thrill out of skipping in front of fast-moving vehicles. He enjoys himself for a few years in spite of friendly warnings. Up to this point you would label him as a foolish chap having queer ideas of fun. Luck then deserts him and he is slightly injured several times in succession. You would expect him, if he were normal, to cut it out. Presently he is hit again and this time has a fractured skull. Within a week after leaving the hospital a fast-moving trolley car breaks his arm. He tells you he has decided to stop jay-walking for good, but in a few weeks he breaks both legs. On through the years this conduct continues, accompanied by his continual promises to be careful or to keep off the streets altogether. Finally, he can no longer work, his wife gets a divorce and he is held up to ridicule. He tries every known means to get the jaywalking idea out of his head. He shuts himself up in an asylum, hoping to mend his ways. But the day he comes out he races in front of a fire engine, which breaks his back. Such a man would be crazy, wouldn't he? You may think our illustration is too ridiculous. But is it? We, who have been through the wringer, have to admit if we substituted avoidance behavior/procrastination for jay-walking, the illustration would fit exactly. However intelligent we may have been in other respects, where avoidance behavior/procrastination  has been involved, we have been strangely insane. It's strong language-but isn't it true? Some of you are thinking: "Yes, what you tell is true, but it doesn't fully apply. We admit we have some of these symptoms, but we have not gone to the extremes you fellows did, nor are we likely to, for we understand ourselves so well after what you have told us that such things cannot happen again. We have not lost everything in life through xxxxxxing and we certainly do not intend to. Thanks for the information." That may be true of certain nonavoidance behavior people who, though xxxxxxing foolishly and heavily at the present time, are able to stop or moderate, because their brains and bodies have not been damaged as ours were. But the actual or potential avoidance behavior person, with hardly any exception, will be absolutely unable to stop xxxxxxing on the basis of self-knowledge. This is a point we wish to emphasize and re-emphasize, to smash home upon our avoidance behavior person readers as it has been revealed to us out of bitter experience. As to two of you men, whose stories I have heard, there is no doubt in my mind that you were 100% hopeless, apart from divine help.Except in a few cases, neither he nor any other human being can provide such a defense. His defense must come from a Higher Power. "


Hello from a grateful newbie

Hi Folks,

 I'm really glad that this site and all the tools are available.

I'm struggling with avoidance/fear/depression today

I've been in 12 step programs a long time but in P.A. just a couple weeks.

I've been to meeting on line and onthe phone, been to the chatbox, but I just found this thread today.

Thanks for being here.



making progress . . . sloooowly

Had to cancel walking home as I forgot we have to drive out to the other end of town to return something and I have to be there because they need to refund to the same source as paid (i.e. to my debit card, because that's how I paid).

But, I am printing that 100 pg research document as I type!

Still planning to do physio tonight. Who sang that song . . . "two out of three ain't bad"? Meatloaf?

It's a blustery day

January Invoicing
Film Dr. L
Upload Dr. L video and check for quality
S Letter Draft (Final due tomorrow)
Contact former students / Reingage
Check in w/C and J
Answer email from K

Answer email from D
Start laundry
put laundry in dryer
load of dishes (started)
hubby helped!
load of dieshs (put away)
QT w/spouse

fudoshin: day 29 : 12:08pm

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



This is the 29th 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
  • 90 days of not stalking people online that I've tried to date in the past. (I am now back on day 11 for this).
  • Not using IM, aside from employment or twelve-step.  (I'm on day 1
    of this.)  This includes not stalking people on AIM or other chat
    networks, whom I've tried to date in the past.  I thoroughly embarrassed
    myself on IM before in ways I never would over the phone.
  • 56 days of exercise: I'm on day 10 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.

I still cannot believe I made it this far.  That was so effing embarrassing yesterday.  I don't think that no-contact is a good bottomline for me with this person.  I think maybe I can do 30 days; I've already got a lot of pledges here, so I don't want to pack anything more on..

hope4meandu day 15

Hi All!!

Thanks lennon!! HAPPY "B" DAY JO!!!

Dragged myself to work. When I got there, I saw how they needed me and I was letting them down, by not showing up yesterday and consistently. Don't know how to change.

Was going to work out, but will not, if it's only 2 days a week, so be it for now!! Thank HP for consistency with this, since August...really good change, thanks group too!!

-made hubby fave dinner
-sent resumes

Procrastinating about:
-sending out weekly money

Wishing you all pleasant & sweet dreams!!

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

kromer 1:15 CI

OK, I have *way* too much to do today. I have class 3-5 and had meetings all morning, so I really don't have much working time.  (1.5 hours now, and maybe 6 hours after class if I work late). Here's what I think I can realistically get done (priorities highlighted)

*Check on expts (30 min)
*Restore RA (30 min)

*Read paper (30 min)
*Send out proposal to MK (30 min)
*Laundry (1 hr)
*Send out cell results (2 hrs) (mostly done)
*Plan IHC (1 hr)
*Orders (30 min)
*Exercise (2 hrs)

katia 2/15 and Happy Birthday Journey!!!

Happy Birthday Journey! I hope you have something special planned :)

Already off to an ok start. . .got an extension on my hw which is good. Sometimes I get REALLY stressed out.

Things to do
-Vitamins & #1 #2 #3 #4
#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9?
-LLL meeting tonite
-E-mail babysitter
-Study u substitutions
-Study properties of integrals
-Email TA re some questions
-Work on math hw (but DONT freak out about it!)
-Staple/Organize papers for Thurs.
-Read A's paper

Tuesday with the Scribbler 10:45 a.m.

Did well yesterday on all my stuff. I suspect some people are wondering why I keep posting here since I don't seem to be having much problem. The answer is that reading and posting here is what keeps me from having a problem. Maybe aftera while I will have internalized whatever it is I get from reading and posting here and I won't need to here any longer. . My general approach with things is to find something that works and do it until it doesn't work any longer. Hence...
Prep: (Skipped because I stayed at girlfriend's last night and didn't get back unitil 9:30 a.m., at which point I had an interview scheduled and so no time for prep.)


  • RB intvw
  • checkins
  • Update Quicken
  • Call 2 re: homelow
  • Deliver Meals on Wheels
  • Bank deposit


  • Healthy lunch (A hot dog? At least the bun was whole wheat.)
  • Send query
  • Draft homelow
  • Send homelow FC
  • Music marketing - send 5 emails
  • Run
  • Healthy dinner
  • Soccer practice
  • Song doctor
  • Read, relax
  • Bed by 10:30

Sammy ci :: 02/15/11

Happy belated Valentine's Day, everyone, and happy birthday, Journey!

 Today I am thankful for.... a warm bed, sweet friends, and my awesome boss and coworkers.

  Gosh, it was hard to get up this morning. Haven't had a day to sleep in in a while, and I just wanted to stay in bed allll dayyy!

 To Do:

PresTech assignment

Class 11:15-2:30

Work 2:30-6 

Ceramics reading

Ceramics assignment 

GD2 catch up

DTM catch up 


Face to Face Meeting - WI/MN

Frustrated with myself... Old habits die hard. 

Just wasted over an hour doing nothing. Nothing! Now my assignment will not be done for class today. Urg.

Planning a coffee date with a fellow PA member in the Eau Claire or Twin Cities area. Anyone else interested? I really need this. Need to get my life back. 

Happy birthday Journey!

Hope it's the start of a wonderful, healthy, and productive year.

  READING   Beginni





Each day is a new start. Each moment is a beginning.

We do not have to wait until Monday to get back on the program or clean a
closet or tackle a difficult report. We do not have to wait until
tomorrow morning, either. Now is the moment to stop procrastinating, to make a
phone call, to begin whatever project we have been putting off.

There is no way we can change what we did five minutes ago, nor can we
predict what will happen half an hour from now. We can only deal with

By doing what needs to be done right now, we make the most of each present moment. As long as we
are alive, we are always free to begin again. Instead of following an
old, worn out habit, make a fresh start this moment on the rest of your

Give me grace, Lord, to begin again.

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; manage A; manage D; use timesheet and timer; if mood gets down do exercise #2




Happy Birthday Journey!

Hope you enjoy your special day :-)

More birthday wishes

Hi Hourney.  Have a great day and a terrific year. Warm regards, tracy-la

2sday . . .

Well I got to swimming (walked there from work, and then home after too) last night, and it was awesome :-) The pool was a perfect temperature and not too crowded. I only swam 1/4 km (pausing occaisionally) but will work my way up to a mile eventually. I am proud of having done this because just the getting there then back home and changing/showering before and after take so much effort. Particularly in a Canadian winter when the walking conditions are poor and you're wearing heavy clothing, and it's after work, so it's getting dark on the way there and is dark on the way home.

Today, not so good. I did get up in time to walk (good), but didn't do the walk (bad). It was a nasty-cold morning and Dave didn't feel like it either. He and the dog usually walk me part way (helps get me launched). The dog also has a scraped foot-pad and we aren't walking her far these past few days.

I am also planning on skipping my morning class (university) and having a lunch break at home instead as a break from work. This is not soooo bad. I usually allow myself to do this once in a term. Because this is a split class (Tues/Thurs) I will likely also skip a Thursday class later in the term. So, I don't really consider this a negative for the day as it will not effect my marks, which are very good.

I pulled a couple of short summary articles for my research yesterday and pulling more of them is on the list for today. I have a 100 pg one I need to sneak in for printing at some point. I will probably do that Thursday before everyone else gets in. I forgot today, and tomorrow we have an early meeting, so I won't have the opportunity.

So, today:
- print some articles
- walk home with my friend
- do physio (I didn't yesterday)



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 10:30 a.m. telephone PA Check-in

5. Go to the 11 a.m. Vocational Alternatives Group

6. Do my journal in my leadership class

7. Go to my Internship at 1 p.m.

8. Take a shower

9. Get dressed

10. Test my blood sugar twice

11. Eat brunch

12. Eat dinner

13. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

14. Make bed

15. Wash dishes

16. Go to the 8 p.m. telephone CLA meeting

17. Go to the 9 p.m. online EA meeting

18. Go to the 9:30 p.m. telephone CLA meeting

19. Declutter apartment for 15 minutes.

20. Send out Al-Anon literature for today

21. Check in the library website and see if I need to renew some books.

22. Do hair

Thanks for letting me share


Journey 9 am It's my birthday!

I;m taking the day off, and I'm going to relax.  I do have to go get my tags though, as I've procrastinated on that task until the last possible day as usual haha.


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


 Make a wish.....   Happy B Day

 MMMMMMMMMMM this cake is soooooooooo good, and o calories...........

beautiful day

Journey - I hope you've enjoyed a beautiful day and soaked up lots of sun and good wishes!


all my best to you.

happy birthday jo!