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.

Thursday March 24, 2011

From The Now Habit:

'Both phobias and procrastination can be addictive because they lower your tension. But they can be unlearned.'

'Studies have confirmed that as little as thirty seconds of staying with a feared situation...while using positive self talk is enough to start the process of replacing a phobic response with positive alternatives.'

To combat one's anxiety and procrastination, Neil Fiore offers three tools:

*three-dimensional thinking 

*the work of worrying 

*persistent starting to tackle fear of not finishing 

hope4meandu day 3

Thanks fudo_shin for the start!!!

Showed up at work, miraculously!! Very close to being fired, which I think I'd like at this point. Can't trust myself to show up anywhere, let alone work. Speaking of which, anyone living in US that wants to buddy up to show up, that would be great. I know me, when the time comes to call in at work, I will not make a check in phone call or go on-line, it's a closed matter, but if I'm in contact with someone daily, and they're in need of the same or similar help, there's a better chance, I think.

Grateful Yoffee was ok alone today & to be here!!

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

11th_hour CI 8:00pm

At work, I did not accomplish my main objective (or even attempt it).  I can't seem to get motivated to even work on it.  I must hurry because it's due next week!!Frown


*  Wake up at 7:00
*  Make the bed
*  Eat breakfast (Special K)
*  Take fish oil tabs
_  Need to buy multivitamins
*  Turned on icemaker
*  Pack healthy lunch
*  Take out recycle
*  Check the mail
*  Get to work on time 
_  Focus on my PROJECT
I worked on anything BUT project (was on my mind all day)  
*  Eat lunch
*  Go grocery shopping
*  Eat dinner
*  Drink lots of water
*  Call J tonite
*  Watch just 1 hour of tv/Hulu/Veetle
*  Read from "The WORD among us" 
*  Bed by 11:00 pm

"Lord, help me to see the Lazarus at my door--the hungry, the poor, the sick, and the lonely.  May I give them not just earthly bread but the bread of your presence as well."

Finding a way check in

Friday 10.20am

Thank you fudo_shin for the helpful starter.

Not working much today as I am going with my husband and friends to a music festival this weekend. Yay! but just feel like going back to bed at the moment due to sleep deficit. But lots of household stuff and packing up to do.

Yesterday had a fairly productive day at the office, but did catch myself lingering on non-essential tasks.

Wishing you all a productive end of week and a happy weekend!



For 3/23


-Time Grid
-Prep for Day
-Morning Prayer
-Morning Email/News Check
-Afternoon Email/News Check
-Evening Email/News Check
-Daily Water
-Wash Dishes
-Take Out Trash
-Make Bed
-Clean Room
-20 Items
-Evening Prayer

-Daily Hours
-Article 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
-Blog Post
-File T Papers
-Check CC Emails

-Email Draft
-Statement Revision
-Call School
-Article Brainstorm

Afternoon - but checking in

This is my "heaviest" day of the week: work, class, work, yoga. But it is sunny, and I will gradually make my way through it . . .

Today's list:
- class
- banking
- yoga after work
- possibly go get Dave a new iPhone after yoga

Journey 10:30 annoyed

Happy Thursday! I got to the gym at 6:35, a slight improvement, and got to my desk at 09:15 - 15 minutes late. It's not like I get in trouble for being late but this is something I want to do for myself. I'm very annoyed with myself that I can't JUST FIX THIS. I WANT to get up at 5:00. I WANT to get ready quickly and get out the door by 6:15 at the latest. Journey fumes.

I'm also annoyed - or let me amend that, I *was* annoyed with myself because I didn't feel that I had worked hard enough yesterday while working from home. But, when getting ready to post this comment and thinking about my day yesterday, I realized it wasn't really all that bad. I had four meetings and two trouble calls. I did not use my time well between those meetings and calls, but I did work late and get some of my on-call duties done, so it actually wasn't too bad. I know I have trouble with transitions and I could have done better, but it wasn't really awful, so I feel better. But even if it had been awful, feeling bad about it only makes things worse as I know from experience.

I only had one meeting today and it's already over. I have a lot of work to do to get ready for this weekend, and that doesn't even count working on my project. So I'm going to get to it, but in a reasonable fashion and taking some guilt-free breaks too.



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


Okay, this is my daily check in.


1.   Kids to school on time.

2.   doc resp - jacob

3.   check 2 others

4.  09-10 files

5.  mc comp for 2 hrs.

6.  young sub/ltr/file

7.  stmt of fcts.

8.  elmer's disc

9.  Pay bills.

10.  cook dinner

11.  finish kids homework.

12.  exercise.

that should fill a day.

kromer 10:10 CI

ok, having trouble getting started this morning

I'm going to try and keep my list managable today, so that I can actually feel some sense of accomplishment:

*Finish data etnry
*Probe design
*Start IHC
*Check on expts
*4 emails
*1 paper

OK, go! starting with probe design. 

kromer next day CO

Probe design turned out to be  a huge task...worked most of the day on that and still didn't get it done!

I did make good progress on that, though, and read half a paper and do 2 emails. And my concentration was pretty good. 

My Day Today

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

I want to thank fudo_shin for starting this trend.

Things I have done today

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

2. Took shower

Things I will do today

1. Test blood sugar twice

2. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

3. Get dressed

4. Eat brunch

5. Wash dishes

6. Go to the State place and give my award letter

7. Go to the bus station and get my bus pass

8. Go to my Internship (Library was closed so I couldn't go)

9. Eat dinner

10. Go to see the advisor about my grade

11. Go to the 8 p.m. face to face NA meeting

12. Go to the school website and look for my next assignment.

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

14. Send out Al-Anon e-mail for today

15. Put some clothes away

16. Study for the quiz tomorrow

17. Bring some clothes down and put it in a bag to wash

18. Do my fafsa

19. Do numbers

20. Call my DA Sponsor

21. Call my NA Sponsor

22. Renew library books

23. Do my journal entry

Thanks for letting me share

Scribbler's Thursday CI 8:14 a.m.

Thanks for the starter, fudo_shin. Just 30 seconds? That's interesting. I need to look for a copy of that Now Habit book. I finally filed the sort-of long article I was writing yesterday. Now I have a slew of rewrites to do on it, but at least I broke the seal on that. I have another overdue article to write today, and would like to do a couple more short ones. Of course, I'm broke again, checking account overdrawn, mostly because my clients are slow in paying but also because I haven't been working enough, and being cost-conscious enough. Today I will try to hit both of those a lick...


  • Get up at 6 
  • Make bed
  • Exercise
  • Coffee, paper
  • Healthy breakfast
  • Checkins
  • Sightreading


  • Update Quicken
  • Call re: house, car insurance
  • Send query
  • Music marketing - send emails, distribute flyers
  • Do Klein intvw
  • Revise new11
  • File new11 revision


  • Draft pricehike
  • Call 1 re: cruise
  • Call 1 re: govtexit
  • Work on taxes
  • Pay for meds order
  • Start collection for garage sale
  • P/U B at 2:45
  • Do 2 CIO


  • P/u C at 5
  • Healthy dinner
  • Fun w/kids
  • Swap gun
  • D/o kids by 8:30
  • Rehearse
  • Read, relax
  • Bed by 10:30

potential energy 830

Thanks for the starter fudo_shin

I am working from home today and want to make sure that I actually am working and not wasting time.

Work  1. JT report (just start it)  2.  PR-org.  3.  Email re A.   4. mk. d. template

5. fx. w.

Home: 1. wash  2. dishes  3. list.  4. org 5 ***call to get fax sent

med bills

tax issues

Phylomon - Check in

Thanks to Unshakable Mind for getting us started...

- email d & b

- email Tom

- JC proposal

- call DH

- organize CD stuff

- NI 

hypatia's check in

My brain is spinning from a 2 hour meeting with a rather unfocussed member of staff, who needed to vent all her concerns about her work (she's never had a proper manager).  Now I'm rushing off to a senior staff meeting on another site.

My plan when I get back is

  • complete report from Tuesday
  • do urgent report for social services DONE
  • dictate letters on children I and D
  • read papers for tomorrow
  • if time left over pick something I enjoy from my worklist


It's all so slow! Too much time today stuck in meetings, and then a long battle with the reports as they were complicated.  I must find a way of speeding up these reports.  My thanks to the gang in the chat-room: doing mini progress reports and seeing other people's really helped me to keep on task

tuffl check in

Hello everyone, I hope you're doing well!


Today I'm still struggling with the feelings of resistance I developed yesterday. But baby steps seem to work quite well for me.

However, today's thread starter already got me procrastinating before even checking in. Although I found it interesting, could these suggestions be placed in the books/ articles/ tools section please?

I will try and accomplish as much as possible today while procrastinating as little as possible.



Vic 3/24

Show up (done) Heard a tape and got me thinking- how much of my procratinaion is a symptom of the 2 sides of the coin 1. I've done enough and 2. I will fail/can not do it pefectly. I hope I can do baby steps to get out of this. Yesterday was very productive due to being "out of the house" Have a great day.



Start time 9:00

Goal - Work 9-3 pm with breaks 

Work competed 7 hours 10 mins 


Job hunt (20 mins)

Paperwork mountain(20 mins) 

Study (20 mins)

Finance - Phone bill (20 mins)

Tax (Start return)  

Call D (30 mins)

Teeth/Floss/Interdental/ Mouthwash (10 mins)

To do 

CI (10 mins) 


Tidy living room (20 mins)

Tidy bedroom (30 mins)

Washing up (20 mins)

Clean kitchen (40 mins)

Laundry (10 mins)

Breakfast (20 mins) 

Lunch (1 hour) 

Call J 

Evening & Tomorrow

Yoga 5 pm  

Cancel Saturday ?  

Print CV - Library 


Pay WP bill 

Teeth/Floss/Interdental/ Mouthwash (10 mins) 

Day breakdown 

9:00 - 9:10 CI 

9:10-9:30 Breakfast 

9:30-9:50 Living room

9:50-10:10 Phone bills

10:10 - 10:50 Kitchen Subtotal = 1 hr 50

10:50 - 11:10 Break (20 mins)

11:10 -11:20 Laundry 

11:20 -11:40 Bleeping census 

11:40 -12 :10 Washing up  Subtotal = 3 hr 50

12:10 - 1:10 Lunch (1 hour)

1:10 - 1:30 Job hunt 

1:30- 1:40 Teeth

1:40 -2:00  Study

2:00 - 2-30 Shops 

2:30 - 3:00 Call Dad

3:00 - 3:10 Call J Subtotal = 5 hr 50

3:10 - 4:00 Break

4:00 - 5:20 Bedroom Subtotal = 7 hr 10


fudoshin: day 66: 1:46am

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


This is the  66th 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 29 for this).
  • No Internet chat, aside from employment or twelve-step.  This
    includes not stalking people on AIM or other chat networks, whom I've
    tried to date in the past.  I just want to take a step back and get
    sanity and focus on MYSELF. (I'm on day 1 
    of this.)
  • 56 days of exercise:  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.
    • on day 4 of this


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