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.

Monday March 28th 2011

Good morning everyone. It's my first time using the check-ins so I hope I'm doing it right.

It's Monday - let's make it a good start to the week!


katia back for a new semester

Welcome Caroline! <3

Hello! I had a wonderful break!

My classes run really late on Mondays this quarter, and I didn't have much time today to make a check-in.

However, I got lots of things done and I have a HUGE reading assignment for Wednesday and alot of math problems. Might use the chatbox.

Just "showing up" as many do here, and ready to get back in the game.

(BTW I finished my first real semester in two years!!!)


Way to go, Katia!!!

fudoshin: releasing myself from shame: 5:06pm

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


Whatever is causing you shame, deal with it to the n-th degree.

I am working on a list of things that are causing me shame, and putting in 15-30 minutes of work on a time on them, segmented with other tasks, if necessary, but I choose to return to the task.  cuz I'm never gonna be free, until I deal with this.  Otherwise, I got to think about what I will do, if I'm not going to write this paper. Et cetera, et cetera.

I just want to give up on this whole 90-day thing.  I mean I can keep the whole "no stalking" thing, but I feel so alone.  Of course, the cause of it is my procrastination which has isolated me....but...I feel a tremendous amount of shame that I don't seem to be working through.


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

fudoshin: day 70 : 5:04pm

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


This is the 70th 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 33 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 3
    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



Findingaway check in

9.50 Tuesday

Thanks for starting us Caroline, and welcome!

Really did a lot yesterday although I got very tired. My first field day in ages, and my knee held up ok, which was a blessing. Next time will think more seriously about hiring an assistant, though.

Have some 'nice' jobs to do today, still, I want to get them done!

Won't post a list today as I have just compiled all my lists elsewhere, but will report back on progress!

Not my best day, but not my worst, either. Got through most of my list.

hope4meandu day 7 here; day 3 at work

Thanks Caroline for the starter and WELCOME WELCOME!!

Doing good today!!

-workout 20 mts
-find out # for cleaning help
-clean kitchen floor
-invite D.T. for Friday
-call exterminator to come this week

Wishing you many blessings for recovery!!

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

New to P.A (but old timer in 2 other 12 step programs!)

I stumbled upon this site for the first time yesterday and thought - eureka - a sign from higher power!  I've been in recovery in OA and AA for over 25 years.  I have a very big problem with procrastination which I have tried to work on through my other recovery programs.  I've been a procrastinator for as long as I can remember.  I seemed to have developed ways to compensate for its really detrimental effects, that is,I got by well enough despite it.  Like my other addictions, the procrastination got worse as I got older.   When I got sober and abstinent, it seemed to get better.  That worked for a while, but as I age (now well into my 50's) the procrastination has gotten worse, and my willingness to deal with it has diminished significantly.  My tricks to compensate for it have also diminished.  It's really become a devastating problem.

Never knew something specific to procrastinators existed.  I would love to know what newcomers to this program do to find out more about this program and how to work it. BTW: my biggest procrastination problem today is getting my tax info to the accountant.  My materials have been in piles on my floor for 3 weeks now.  I even called in sick to work  today, planning to dedicate the whole day to it.  It's now 4:30pm EST and I've done nothing. AAARRGGH!


Welcome LBS301

Welcome to Procrastinators Anonymous.  When I first came, I read the Steps, Traditions, Tools, and signs.  I go into the forum and write my list on a daily basis.  I also go to the telephone meetings during the week and I go to the online meetings on weekends.  I also do the check-in on the chatbox for support and I get some things done with the chatbox.  When I cross things out, I use the strikethrough to cross things out. 

This is a wonderful program!  Keep coming back!


Related to your share lots. Also in OA, with recovery. Need D.A. too. Please keep coming & sharing, we need you!!!

♥"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 monday check in

P.A. Thought for the Day

When you come into an P.A. meeting or chatbox or posting online, you're not just coming into a meeting (chatbox, online, etc.),
you're coming into a new life. I'm always impressed by the change I see
in people after they've been in P.A. for a while. I sometimes take an
inventory of myself, to see whether I have changed, and if so, in what
way. Before I met P.A., I was very selfish about how I wanted to do things my way.  Even though I could be very generous, I wanted my own way in
everything. I don't believe I ever grew up in some ways even though I was super-responsible in other ways. When things went wrong, I
sulked like a spoiled child, berated myself and procrastinated on my most important tasks. Am I still
all get and no give?

Meditation for the Day

There are two things that we must have if we are going to change our way of

(1) One is faith, the confidence in things unseen, the fundamental
goodness and purpose in the universe.

(2) The other is obedience: that is,
living according to our faith, living each day as we believe that God
wants us to live, with gratitude, humility, honesty, purity,
unselfishness, and love.

Faith and obedience, these two, will give us
all the strength we need to overcome sin and temptation and to live a
new and more abundant life.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may have more faith and obedience. I pray that I may live a more abundant life as a result of these things.

From Twenty-Four Hours a Day



MY BASICS: checking in; support calls(1x); affirmations; gratitudes; reading; check calendar AM; check calendar PM; listen to positive recording for 20 minutes;  write down my 6 most important tasks; voicemail; exercise; manage A; manage D; use master list; use timer; track time on sheet and/or iPhone application

Affirmations (said aloud as well):

I choose to show up and start my top 6 tasks, 15
to 30 minutes at a time. I complete my top 6 tasks -- in 15 to 30 minute
periods.I embrace the pain or feeling the pain while I do these tasks.

I know that if I have that old feeling of pain or
anxiety while I am working on my top 6 - I will embrace and love that
pain since it means that I am doing something important.

  And remember . . . if I am feeling
resistance or "shame" or "screwed up" or if I procrastinated at something
lately, it's probably just the Dynamics of Human Change doing its checks
& balances . . . I am going to keep going!




clement ci

ok i have work ready for me to do, no blockers other than myself ;)

i need to specifically define what it is, exactly, i need to do, and break it down into bites and start biting. i'll do that in chat, as usual.

the touch of the master's hand:

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

re: Hypatia

to Hypatia:

> Today I have a day in the office with no official structure at all, which can easily be fatal to my attempts to get things done.

Oh wow, me too!

the touch of the master's hand:

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

Hypatia's progress

To my great delight, using both the forum and the chat-box check-ins, I cleared a significant amount of stuff I'd been putting off for ages.  It took longer than I'd hoped, and highlighted some organisational problems I will have to sort out with other people, but I've only got one report left to do for that area of responsibility, and it feels so good!


Scribbler's Monday CI 11:01 a.m.

Looks good, Caroline. Welcome to the check-in thread. This has been working for me pretty well, I'm not sure why. Hope it's as effective for you. Off we go...


  • Update Quicken
  • Send query
  • Music marketing - send emails
  • Do cruise intvw
  • Do govtexit intvw


  • Lunch w/B
  • File govtexit
  • Work on taxes
  • Do 1 BN
  • Do 2 CIO


  • Walk 20 minutes
  • Healthy dinner
  • Rehearse
  • Read, relax
  • Bed by 10:30

Journey 11 am

Thanks for starting us out Caroline! I worked really hard over the weekend and today is the day to follow up on any open issues. Other than that I don't expect to get a lot of work done, as I'm pretty exhausted. Today is my last day of on-call duty. I'm going to leave early and go home and crash!


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

kromer 10:30 CI

I'm really late because I was putting up shelves this morning.

For today I need to:
*Finish probe design
*Prep talk
*Check on expts
*Make a schedule for the week

Looking forward to week

Still having problems getting up in the morning.

Work for today:

10 - 12 - set up blog, call Shelley

12 - 12:15 - get ready for MD appt

Travel to appointment, go to bank - 12:15 to 12:45

Appointment - 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Go home - 3:00 to 3:45

Work on blog - 3:45 to 5:45

Pay MC

Dinner & get ready for meeting - 5:45 to 6:15

Travel time  - 6:15 to 7:00 pm

Meeting 7:00 to 9:30 pm

Travel 9:30 to 10:15

Misc (recycle, wash dishes, to do's for Tuesday) 10:15 to 11:00 pm

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 Caroline for starting this trend.

Things I have done today

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

2. Went to the 8:30 a.m. telephone PA meeting

Things I will do today

1. Go to the 9:30 a.m. telephone PA check-in

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

3. Go to the 10:30 a.m. telephone PA check-in

4. Go to the 11:30 a.m. telephone PA check-in

5. Test blood sugar

6. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

7. Take shower

8. Get dressed

9. Cook and eat brunch

10. Fix dinner

11. Eat dinner

12. Go to the religious meeting at 12:45

13. Go to the hospital to get a doctor's statement

14. Go to work at 5:30 p.m.

15. Go to mom's and get some stuff

16. Send out Al-Anon literature for today

17. Declutter apartment for 15 minutes

18. Read Chapter 11 in the textbook

19. Make bed

20. Wash dishes

21. Get my sleep apnea stuff ready for tonight.

Thanks for letting me share


Thanks to Caroline for getting us started.

- paperwork to Tom

- talk with Karen

- send invoice

- exercise

- NP

- call JC


Vic 3/28/11

 Show up (done), calender, basics

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at, change.

FNS Checkin

Thanks for the starter Caroline

FNS Checkin

Start time 9:30

Goal - Work 9:30 -5 pm with breaks 

Work competed 2 hour(s) 30 mins 


Battery for fire alarm  

Spreadsheet   <<Current task

Job hunt (20 mins)

Paperwork mountain(10 mins)

Study (20 mins)

Finance -  (10 mins)  Form & call bank

Tax (10 mins)  

Email M 

Teeth/Floss/Interdental/ Mouthwash (10 mins)

To do 

CI (10 mins) 

Tidy living room (20 mins)

Tidy bedroom (40 mins)

Washing up (30 mins)

Clean kitchen (20 mins)

Laundry (20 mins)

Lunch (1 hour) 

 Morning routine Dressed/Breakfast/Teeth (0 mins)


Yoga 5 pm  

Evening routine

Teeth/Floss/Interdental/ Mouthwash (10 mins) 



How I spent my time today

9:30 - 9:40 CI 

9:40 - 10:00 Breakfast

10:00 - 10:30 Washing up 

10:30-10:40 Planning 

10:40 - 12:00 Spreadsheet

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

Afternoon asleep until 7:30 pm - Washout 

FNS Checkout

Tomorrow I will eat a good breakfast early and have a late lunch. I get sleepy after lunch so I will break for an hour, snooze with the alarm. I will make myself get up and going by 4pm. 

Morning Caroline

Morning Caroline 

your starter looks fine to me.

Today I have a day in the office with no official structure at all, which can easily be fatal to my attempts to get things done.  Things I am aiming to do

  • make appt with mortgage adviser Phone message left
  • do first two AF reports DONE
  • check AH forms DONE
  • do AF letters DONE
  • do other two AF reports DONE
  • go to post office to buy stamps DONE
  • do SR's paperwork
  • write minutes of last meeting
  • write lecture for students First draft DONE

Even looking at the word "write AF reports" makes me balk, as they are well overdue.  I'm going to take 5 minutes before I do them to "seek the inward light" to give me the power to get started.


carolinemw checkin Monday 28th March

To do today:

- follow up on overdue files (all of them)

- pay gas bill

- start work on presentation

- reading for DR essay


Remember that even though these things are difficult, doing them will make me feel much better. Be kind to myself.