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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

These are MY goals

They come from MY heart

They belong to NOBODY but me

I choose to accomplish them... today



I like it "They belong to nobody but me"...

 Kdzee  Good Morning, I Made coffee

                                 turned on the dishwasher

                                 Posted a add

                                 Strap down the car on the trailer

                                  pay a traffic ticket over the phone or online

                                  Go to the DMV

                                  Do some things on my To do list....





11th_hour March 8 (Fat Tuesday)

What a wonderful and productive day I had!

I woke up late again for work and called in sick.  Went back to bed (eyes closed, wide awake).  I fell back to sleep and woke up at 10am.  I was angry with myself that I stayed home but I decided I will use the day to take care of alot of things!

I made the bed
Cooked breakfast (2 fried eggs and 2 toast) - comfort food, like Mom used to make
Took out the trash AND recycled plastics and newspapers
WALKED to get cup of coffee, sat on bench at pond to watch ducks
Drove to shopping center and walked to PO to mail payment, pick up my Rx, and buy batteries for my alarm clock (proactive so I don't oversleep anymore)
Went to bank to get cash for the month
Went to MVA to get refund, they said NO but I pressed the issue for approval
Renewed my car registration
Ate dinner
Took shower and shampooed hair
Watched a favorite old movie FATSO on tv
Went through pile of accumulated mail
Continued to read "The War of Art"

I feel like I accomplished alot.  I feel proud of myself.  Earlier today on the radio, I heard the lyrics "Perfection is my enemy".  SO TRUE!
I hope all here had a great day too!

Findingaway check in

10.30 am Wednesday

Thanks Phylomon, I like those words!

  • small work job
  • 30 mins in chat box on project W
  • ring T
  • pack F & V
  • ironing
  • drive to counselling in Melbourne
  • theatre and dinner with my older son! Smile

katia 3/8

Clearly alot of fun stuff happened while I was gone :P

Back! The lovie is asleep. Who knows how long lol! Turned my last hw in (though I have yet to finish the one impossible one), and NEED to get moving on my essay. I'm hoping I can have an intro done.

Things to do today-
-Vitamins & #1 #2 #3 #4
-#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8
-Email SA
-Respond to PMs on forum
-Respond to AV
-Email JR
-Work on intro (in chatbox)

re: tracy-la & our permanent disease

You can't make this stuff up.

While it seems like we are TRAPPED because we have this permanent disease of compulsive procrastination, accepting that fact provides freedom. Accepting our bondage leads to freedom. From black to white. It is still a wondorous marvel to me even this 3 years into it.

I quote tracy-la:

By accepting our [permanent] disease and learning to live with it, we become sane and free.

the touch of the master's hand:

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


And by acceptance I think it doesn't mean that we don't learn new habits or ways of thinking. We're not being laid back and saying this is how we want to live our lives forever.

To the contrary - acceptance means not judging ourselves for it and not judging the procrastination.

And with that nonjudgment comes an ability to make changes and accept and love ourselves even when we have good days and not so good days.



((kromer)), relate to those feelings!!! Many prayers!!!

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

overdue 3/8

1. recover from yesterday's disasters aka sleep

2. get to class a half hour early. no latesies!!

3. have a good lunch.

4. take pills.

5. shower

6. get more books for cm project

7. write cm prof with questions

8. ignore the fact that these aren't in order at all. need sleep ha.

9. spend 20 min on ra proj brainstorm. no more time bingeing ick. 


kromer 12:25 CI

OK, so far I've checked on expts and been to mtg and had lunch.

Today I feel broken and kind of panicked. But this program shows me that I can get stuff done anyhow, step by step.

Tasks for today:
*Schedule for the week
*Check on expts (started)
*Work on web crawling project (started)
*2 tough emails
*Orders, take samples ot histology
*Work 1 hour on presentation
(did 30 min)
*Put together short pres. for JK
OK, web crawling project now. 


hope4meandu day 37

Thanks Phylomon for starting today!!!

Love reading you all today!! Didn't work out, almost doesn't count, right?? NOT LOL!! Wanted to put some of the sweaters on Tuffy last night, but Mom said she'd come by our house some time this week. I left the shirts on their porch. Pls G_d, may he wear them when he's outside. I'm happy about him coming to us, so I can feed him & possibly mirror how to correct behavior.

To do:
-go to Trader Joes?
-work out 20 mts - right after I walk Yoffee

Have to turn over need quite a lot of meds for Yoffee and don't have the $, I'm in quiet dispair & desperation.

Wishing you all a creative, inspring day!!

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

tracy-la check in tues march 8


"Normal" Working Or Action

The idea that we will one day be able to get things done spontaneously, like normal
people, is a delusion. We compulsive procrastinators tend to think that once
we get caught up and get our project done, we can go back to "normal" modes of working or getting tasks done. Not so.

It is our experience that once a compulsive procrastinator, always a compulsive procrastinator. There is no way we will ever be able to work or get tasks done spontaneously for very long without eventually getting into trouble. When we finish our desired projects, we continue to follow the habits that helped us accomplish the projects (working in 15 to 30 minute periods, using timers, using bookends, using chatboxes which can vary from person to person), and we continue to avoid or limit our personal procrastination binge activities.

When we accept our permanent need to live life like this, when we accept the fact that
we can never return to what we thought was normal working, then we can
stop making irrational attempts at experimentation which always fail. By
accepting our disease and learning to live with it, we become sane and
free. We see that our new working or action plan is really very normal. It was the
old compulsive
procrastinating habit which was abnormal in the extreme.

Thank you, Higher Power, for sanity.

Adapted From Food for Thought: Daily Meditations



MY BASICS: checking in; support calls (1x); affirmations; gratitudes; reading; check calendar; email my 6 most important tasks; voicemail;
exercise #1 (DIDN'T GET THAT DONE EVEN THOUGH IT HELPS MY MOOD A LOT); manage A; manage D; use "tracking time"/unschedule worksheets and timer (USE

Affirmations (said aloud as well):

I choose to show up and start my projects, 15 to 30 minutes at a time.

I set my mind to things and I complete them -- in 15 to 30 minute periods. 

Have a terrific Tuesday smiling



Journey 11 am


Well I had to post my Sheppie's picture since Vic posted her new doggie. I love this sweet face.

I'm feeling much more rested today, AND I have the next two days off to help my daughter move. I am working on one major project, and it's pretty interesting, so I'm going to work on that now. See ya later.


Self-improvement is the name of the game, and your primary objective is to strengthen yourself, not to destroy an opponent. Maxwell Maltz

What a dear face!

I love dogs . . . my friend calls me a dogaholic :-) They are irresistable to me! Nothing makes my day more than a smiling dog face (or in this case a wistful dog face). Thanks for sharing!

How do you post a photo here? One day I will post our "Marigold".

thanks and how to post pictures

post the picture on the internet somewhere, like a free flickr account. then theoretically you should be able to click on the 'tree' icon in your post and enter the url of the picture. We use such an ancient browser at work that I can't do that, so I go to the picture on flickr and select 'grab the html' and then paste that into my post and it works!

It seems like we used to be able to just 'paste' pictures into our posts but I can't get it to work now, and anyway it's not a good idea because it uses too much bandwidth and space on our server.


Self-improvement is the name of the game, and your primary objective is to strengthen yourself, not to destroy an opponent. Maxwell Maltz


Thank you for posting,, I wish more people would post pictures and I was not the only one. She is sooooooooooooooooo sweet. I love the picture, looking at it makes me smile.

Take care.

OMG, want to kiss this face!!!

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

Less crazy today

I didn't even get to check in yesterday as work was just toooo crazy. Today is better.

Short list for today:
- print articles to read for Thurs class not posted yet
- swimming after work (too beat to go yesterday) - yay - Sarah has offered to walk me over, which means I will definitely go :-)
- physio before bed

Vic 3/8/11

 Show up (done), basics, strategize

Velvet said "Thank You" for all your wonderful compliments.

My strategy yesterday of working at the desk instead of sofa with lap top was less comfortable, and this morning I started on the sofa convincng myself it did not make any difference, but immediately I knew I was lying to myself, so I am back at the desk. I tried to send my meditation/gratitude partner my daily e-mail last night to save time this morning, but that strategy did not work, because I added to it and it works better for me in the morning.

Today's strategy, got the idea from Velvet. She was"testing" yesterday. If she starting getting wild (partly due to boys playing with her , my younger son wrestles her and pins her until she "kicks out" then she wants to play that game with me), I gave her a "time out" and leashed her to the kitchen table . It got so I just had to say "time out" or "Velvet........ table" and she calmed right down. So my strategy is to "time out" myself and get myself back on track sooner when I see myself getting off task. By sitting at the kitchen table.

Today, I will shine the transforming light of gratitude on all the circumstances of my life.

We learn the magical lesson that making the most of what we have turns it into more.
  —Codependent No More
Hope everyone has a magical day.

Double take :)

I did a double take at this post until I realised that Velevet is your dog not your wife! :)



Ha Ha, she is not even my husband.

Actually she is my son's dog but since he likes to sleep in, I end up taking care of her, I don;t mind.

My Caveat for today: I did not  "plan" to procrastinate, but............I I "did not plan "Not to Procrastinate.


vic - i like that!

Tuesday with the Scribbler 8:18 a.m.

The big news today is that I actually rolled out of bed when the alarm went off. That may be because I slept like a rock. That may be because I ran 6 miles yesterday (well, 5.7 or so). Bottom line: I'm off to an early start. Yesterday I didn't do all that well. Today we'll see...


  • Get up at 6 (yes!)
  • Make bed
  • Exercise
  • Coffee, paper
  • Healthy breakfast
  • Check-ins
  • Sightreading practice


  • Update Quicken
  • Music marketing
  • Send query
  • Draft 1 BN
  • Do 2 CIO //
  • Research Yellowstone trip
  • Deliver Meals on Wheels


  • Healthy lunch
  • S/u new11 intvws
  • Call 1 re: cruise
  • Send ideas to P
  • 20-minute walk
  • Look at GM's project
  • Healthy dinner
  • Sweep floor
  • Rehearse
  • Read, relax
  • Bed by 10:30

My Day Today

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

I want to thank Phylomon for starting this trend.

Thing I have done today

Went to the 7 a.m. telephone DA meeting.

Things I will do today

1. Go to the 8:30 a.m. telephone PA meeting

2. Go to the 9:45 a.m. telephone CLA meeting

3. Take shower

4. Got dressed

5. Test my blood sugar twice

6. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

7. Eat brunch

8. Go to the Vocational group at 11 a.m.

9. Go to the Internship at 1 p.m.

10. Go to my mother's apartment to get the food

11. Renew my books

12. Send out Al-Anon literature for today

13. Read Chapter 8 and do part of the work.

14. Make bed

15. Wash dishes

16. Eat dinner

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

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

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

20. Do my numbers

Thanks for letting me share

Thanks for the post

Thanks for the post Phylomon!

Work 8AM-5PM: 

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

-review pinouts

-choose 10 cn


-Pickout TB [DONE]

-Call PEI about d to md conn

-Call F about core 

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

-finish spreadsheet of c products 

-update price correction for e 

-check outdoor outlet on deck [DONE]

-unlock crawlspace for next wed [DONE]

-buy lawn bags [DONE]

-scalp lawn

-send out ff invite 

-start on garage renov

-move plastic case in garage to attic [DONE]

-borrow chainsaw from dad

-check for passport at home

-get updated on shots 

-caulk hole and windows 

-skype cop

-call ds 

FindingNewStrength CI

 I have not been able to wake up. I sleep badly at night and can't seem to wake before midday. I will set alarm for 11:30 am and see if that helps.

 Today other than the essentials I am going to work on my home.

Time started 1:00pm

Goal : 4 hours 

Work completed: 7 hour(s) 20 minutes YAY!

I was suddenly inspired to write a poem. after working on the list for 2 hours.  I dropped the list and spent 5 hours doing so. I will include it as my ultimate goal is to be creative.  

Including  (* = priority)

Poetry (5 hours) 

 **Study extension

**Job hunting (20 minutes)

**Paperwork (20 mins) - Sort through and list tasks

* Library for printing 

**Email S

 Washing up (20 mins ) 

Kitchen (?) (20 minutes)

Hall (20 mns) 

Decorating (20 mins)

Morning routine (20 mins) 

Walk to recycle plant (1 hour) 

 Pilates DVD

Recycle cardboard (20 mins) 

          Set alarm

To do (non work)

* Morning routine: Schedule/Brunch/Dressed/ Teeth << Current task

Post for list



clement ci

It's early tue morn, day full of opportunity, and i'm this close to wasting the next 4 hours on...something. Whatever it is hasn't surfaced yet to tempt me, but i can feel it coming on in myself.

Thank you God for the growth in my knowledge of myself that i can feel it coming before it happens.

So, i'm here... Maybe that will stem the tide.

Step 11 on my mind today:

"11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and the power to carry that out."

Mmmm. Very helpful to my mental state. Healing.

Going to chat.

UPDATE: 2:14

:) chart
:) run
:) mtg
:) mtg
valgrind options and path
u g order

the touch of the master's hand:

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

Phylomon - Check-in list

- make phone calls: A, F, J

- work on website 30 min

- exercise

- NI analysis

- weekly health reports for T


Had a client emergency today. Got a lot done there, but not much off my list. Tomorrow...