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.

Sunday February 27, 2011

May today be a productive one for you!

We're all rooting for you.

I know you can do it.


mediabat 4.37 PM

Thank you for starting leavinghome

  1. Saxophone practice
  2. Some homework
  3. Resume writing
  4. Read the driver's manual
  5. Do the washing

fudoshin: day 41: 2:43pm

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


This is the 41st 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 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
  • 90 days of not stalking people online that I've tried to date in
    the past. (I am now back on day 4 for this, because Wednesday I
    accidentally searched for an old classmates twitter).
  • Not using IM, aside from employment or twelve-step.  (I'm on day 13
    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 1 for this, because Saturday I did not come home in time to complete my thirty minutes of exercise by midnight.  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.


fudoshin: day 41 toplines: 2:40pm

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



French homework handout for 2/23

Journal #2

Journal for week 6

Journal for week 8 (due on 2/28)

criquer louer

commentaire draft

le compte rendu 

read Essay on Man  2541-9

b/t, floss, use listerine, endtufted brush - morning

b/t floss, use listerine, endtufted brush before bed

Some step work

run 4 minutes, walk 1 minute X 6

bike four minutes forward, 2 minutes back


write down problems proved from first and second homework assignment 


hope4meandu day 28

Thanks leavinghome for the encouraging starter!!

Need help to clean today. I've been up at all hours taking snowy (rescue dog) out and taking care of all my "kids." Haven't worked out all week.

I realy relate lots to what vic & findingaway were saying on Friday. It doesn't seem to matter what I've done in the past, cleaning wise, I look at it as "so what."

This is the first time in many years that I really want to have guests over especially from our neighborhood. I like and connect with some of them, and I can't give that to myself because of my disgusting, dirty house. I'm very ashamed and with snowy peeping and pooping everywhere doesn't help. Thankfully, I've been cleaning up after him every step of the way, and in the past (embarrassing) didn't always with Yoffee. Can't figure it out. Grateful I can be honest, even though I'm humiliated by my behavior.

-cleaned SimcySue's cage
-gave Snowy or snow snow a bath last night
-took Yoffee and snow snow out numerous times
-made them both cooked dinners

To do:
-1 hour of cleaning starting in bathroom
-stretch on my own, no video
-brush teeth

Wishing you all many breakthroughs with procrastination today.

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

kromer 2:40 CI

I slept in the morning (which I really needed to do), went to church, and helped out with potluck. Now, I have a lot to do, but it's managable:
*Send out mp list
*Get some exercise (probably an hour walk and 15 min of stretching)
*Call IA, email RH
*image slides
*get as far as I can on web crawling project (I'm hoping to send out nature, science, nat. gen, and maybe nat. immun.)

katia 2/27

Hey guys. . .parents visited over the weekend. . .it was great!!! Got some sleep, all sorts of odds and ends done, etc. Two more weeks of classes! :0

Things to do today-
-Vitamins & #1 #2 #3 #4
#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8
-2 sections of Aristotle
-1 math problem from last week
-2 math problems for this week 4 done! 8 left
-PA meeting

day 27

lost a few checkins due to work, but here we go.


eat breakfast.

take pills.

project b:

title page


add last section 

final edit 

format thing

add current work

fix fonts

fix citations

check other works for guidelines

add missing content



go to library

crosscheck booklist

sleep if at all possible 


Thanks for the post leavinghome!

Work 8AM-5PM: 

-Figure out fix for low c (test low r, test high r, test add c)

-review pinouts

-PY AI-5

-PY AI-6

-choose 10 cn 

-get h ordered

-get l ordered

-get f ordered

After Work 5PM-Sleep:

-Document stuff for insurance

-followup with mom about acctn

-find and print 6 personal tax documents

-prepare weedwacker for warranty

-check payout for b expenses

-get oil change 

-remove disc items

-order postcard thank you cards

-start spreadsheet of c products

-shine shoes 

-update price correction for e 

-buy cr ticks

-update qb

-check passport 

Vic 2/27/11

Show up (done)

 My co-sponsor shared the above captioned book. I think he has the best definition f procrastination I have read thus far:   "UNABLE OR UNWILLING TO SELF REGULATE OUR BEHAVIOR TO ACT NOW" sometimes when what I am doing is defined like this, I am more hopeful about solutions that do not include the usual self critic.

check in sun feb 27 tracy-la


Letting Go of Fear

Fear is often at the core of compulsive procrastination. It can motivate us to avoid situations, procrastinate or neglect ourselves.

Many of us have been afraid for so long that we don't label our feelings
fear. We're used to feeling upset and anxious. It feels normal.

Peace and serenity may be uncomfortable.

At one time, fear may have been appropriate and useful. We may have
relied on fear to protect ourselves, much the way soldiers in a war rely
on fear to help them survive. But now, in recovery, we're living life

It's time to thank our old fears for helping us survive, then wave
good-bye to them. Welcome peace, trust, acceptance, and safety. We don't
need that much fear anymore. We can listen to our healthy fears, and
let go of the rest.

We can create a feeling of safety for ourselves, now. We are safe, now.
We've made a commitment to take care of ourselves. We can trust and love

God, help me let go of my need to be afraid. Replace it with a need
to be at peace. Help me listen to my healthy fears and relinquish the

Adapted From The Language of Letting Go



MY BASICS: checking in; support calls (1x); affirmation; gratitudes; reading; check calendar; plan to plan; email my 3 most important tasks; voicemail;
exercise #1; manage A; manage D; use timesheet and timer; if I feel a setback or need immediate mood repair -- I will do exercise #2 


Just get started. Where, when and on what can I start?

Remember I may not feel overly enthused to get started.

Stay put. I will not give in to wanting to "feel good" in the short
term. If I feel fear or anxiety, I will focus on my inner landscape of
curiousity, my drive to succeed, my interests, etc which are much larger
than my fears. "Feeling good now comes at a cost." 

Remember: Only 8,760 hours in the year. 

Remember, I won't feel more like doing it tomorrow either



Journey 1 pm & update

A really slow start to the day.  I worked late last night but that THAT late, and I feel tired and slept very late.   I'm going now to do a gentle yoga routine, eat my tasty life cereal, and then take a shower and do a moderate amount of household chores.  Not going to pressure myself too much today since I do feel tired, but I still want to get some housework and cooking done!

Update 2:45 did yoga, did a quick wipedown of bathrooms and cleaned the toilets, took a shower, and now taking a break before making 'brunch' for myself and daughter.  Her lunch break is at 3:00.  (she works from home).  I never did eat the life cereal!

After brunch, I'll start dinner - it's a slow cooked beef stroganoff so it'll need to cook a couple hours, finish preparing my work and gym clothes for monday and tuesday, and then do some laundry.

Update 4pm dinner is in the oven, laundry is in the wash, and I'm doing the budget for march.  yuck.  but I'll be happy when it's done.   

5:30  budget is done.  I'll do laundry for 30 minutes, then finish up dinner.  After dinner, I'll do the dishes and then relax for the rest of the evening and go to bed early. 



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

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 9:45 a.m. telephone CLA meeting

3. Eat brunch

4. Take shower

5. Get dressed

6. Go to the religious meeting at 11

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

8. Finish my First Step in DA

9. Finish my First Step in Al-Anon

10. Go to the 6:30 p.m. face to face DA meeting

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

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

13. Fix and eat dinner

14. Pay my Insight package with cable, Internet, and phone

15. Do numbers

Thanks for letting me share

Finding New Strength CI


I slept, worried, hid under the duvet, obsessed and avoided all day yesterday and this morning too. It is midday and I am miserable and hatemyself. I have been thinking a lot about the past and how I have wronged people I cared about. I am feeling guilty and remorseful and would like to find ways to make amends. I have also seriously harmed myself with my chronic procrastination. One way I could make amends, to myself at least, is to recover, keep fighting this addiction, face the emotions, pass through them  while starting to function properly. Then when I am able to workto the best of my ability I will be in a much better position to make practical amends to others, if appropriate. I am full of fear today but I will not remain immobilised. 


Here is my main tasks for the week

Daily: Pray, eat well, cook at least one meal, exercise, teeth, read 

Today : Tidy & clean home/ Decorating 

Monday : Job hunting / Paperwork/ Meal plan & food shopping

Tuesday :Paperwork/ Decorating/ Spring cleaning

Wednesday :  Job hunting /  Decorating/ Study

Thursday : Paperwork/ Study/Spring cleaning

 Friday :  Job hunting/ Start project/ Decorating

Saturday :  Social / Project

So even though it is midday and I could say "Oh well, too late to start today, fresh start tomorrow" I won't say that. Instead I will 


eat well DONE

cook at least one meal,


clean teeth

Paint one wall of my bedroom

Finish all the washing up

Study 1 hour

Put clothes away

Tidy living room

Read something uplifting


I look at this list and I think how pathetic to struggle with the basics  but the fiirst bricks in a wall are just as important as the last.



duvet days

i have had these duvet days and i also struggle with the basics. without a routine i am nothing but a whimsical disaster. i applaud you for observing the problem and pushing beyond the covers. hugs and non-denominational prayers... 


Oh, that's an awesome post!   I love the way you described the desire to spend the day berating yourself and feeling horrible, but you stopped it and moved on.  That's a real inspiration.  Thanks.

Findingnewstrength said:"One way I could make amends, to myself at least, is to recover, keep fighting this addiction, face the emotions, pass through them  while starting to function properly."  Yes!  That's the ticket, isn't it??



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


i've paid hundreds of dollars for the same advice via CBT

Wow, just what I needed to hear too!! Beautifully put!!

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

finding a way check in

9.50 pm

Late Sunday for me now and all I have left to do is the dishes, exercises and going to bed (not too late!).

I am very grateful for what is happenning in my life right now. I have real hope for the first time in weeks that my marriage will work out.

Smile Smile Smile

Leavinghome 2011/2/27

Sunday February 27, 2011

Listed in order of importance (Generally I should do them in this order, but can jump to more fun tasks if I can't keep going on hard ones.)
Probably way too detailed, but here goes....

Most Urgent
1. Make list of issues to discuss with psychiatrist
1a. Life history in 4 minutes (E, J, M, P)
1b. ADHD-related
1c. demand resistance
1d. self-regulatory failure
1e. list of buzzwords

2. Read company policy
3. Read contract details
4. Make lesson plan for 3/1A
5. Make lesson plan for 3/1B
6. Make lesson plan for 3/3A
7. Make lesson plan for 3/3B

8. Rip NSE CD#1 & CD#2
9. Rip P CD#1, CD#2, CD#3, CD#4
10. Put ripped files onto my iPhone
11. Find 30 books I don't need and take them to used bookstore (Actually I only found 10, but better than nothing and I'll take them to the bookstore another time.)
12. Tidy room for 10 minutes
13 -- Attend the 4:30 AM Group Meeting!!

Fun/not-so-challenging tasks to use as breaks
1. Write up recipe for Bagna Cauda
2. Write up procedure for making bread in microwave
3. Find references/book from "iProcrastinate blog" about "Self-Regulatory Failure"
4. Find references about "glucose and will-power"
5. Get materials ready for 3/4 MNK class
6. Get materials ready for 3/11 MNK class