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 31, 2011

... found this graphic in the gallery and thought it was appropriate in memory of Geraldine Ferraro and all those who exceed the boundaries of past expectations.

Pyrotecher CI 31 March 2011

Check-in 11:00pm PDT

Thanks all for your kind responses to the thread starter. Since I'm on the U.S. west coast I rarely get the privilege of posting it.  Unfortunately I didn't have much practice with pasting graphics either, which is why those who checked in early saw the code and not the picture. Many thanks to Pro who fixed it for me.

The day was reasonably productive despite being tired out from keeping weird hours (I started the thread before going to bed). Had some end-of-week, end-of-month tasks that I couldn't ignore. 

At this late hour I have one website repair task, pets to feed, then try to get some sleep and back on a regular schedule. Gotta be lucid for April 1st because I seem to be a practical joke magnet :-)

Best to all-

"Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of."
Benjamin Franklin

fudoshin: day 73: 1:10pm

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


After 73 days, I'm finally in that place that people say they are in when they're at day 21.  I finally feel like I don't have to force myself to not stalk people, I don't have to force myself to avoid dating sites and facebook.  I have achieved some level of resistance to these things.  Not gonna get haughty about it.  I was still stalking someone on AIM yesterday, by trying to see if they were online, but they weren't.  And the thing is, I know I can get resistance to that as well, if I work long enough.

It may have taken me 73 days, but it's still possible to achieve that state of not having the urgency to do it.


Since I joined I've been seeing your struggle to keep going.  Well done for getting this far. May you enjoy your times of success.


fudoshin: day 73: 1:05pm

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


This is the 73rd 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 36 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 1 of this

Journey 2 pm

I just realized I never checked in today! Hope everyone is having a productive and enjoyable day. I'm doing pretty good today, and did pretty good yesterday too, so that's a big improvement over the horrid very bad day on Tuesday!


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

My Day Today

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

I sincerely waqnt to thank protecher for starting this wonderful trend about Geraldine Ferraro.

Things I have done today

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

2. Took shower

3. Got dressed

4. Went to group therapy at 9 a.m,.

5. Went to individual therapy at 10:15

6. Ate brunch

7. Went to the Internship at 1 p.m.

8. Faxed my Intern time sheet to my instructor

Things I will do today

1. Do numbers

2. E-mal the minutes to my supervisor

3. Type part of the paper

4. Print out the sign-in sheet

5. Do some of the inventory

6. Eat dinner

7. Finish reading Chapter 11

8. Start reading Chapter 12

8. Hand write some of the paper that is due next Friday

9. Go to the 7 p.m. face to face NA business meeting

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

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

Thanks for letting me share 

Vic 3/31/11

  Show up (done)

Thanks for the starter pyrotecher, and in honor of G.F. and all here who want to change a quote I really love,



Like the quote so much and what pretty musical notes!!

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

hope4meandu day 10 here; day 6 at work

Thanks pryrotecher for the thoughtful starter!!

I looked back to December, 2010 at my work hours, to see the greatest number of consecutive days I've showed up and it's 12. I'm half way there. I, pls HP, hope I can break the record and keep going.

Cleaning help is coming tomorrow, exterminator is coming Sunday and now I have to work on the groomer for Sunday too.

I need to get back to working out. Might have a friend over Friday night for dinner, first company in about a year.

For the past 2 days I feel, because of this program & OA that things will be okay and fall into place, so not stressing so much. Very grateful for this miracle and you all!!

-work out 20 mts
-find recipes
-work on problem for Frankie
-find out credit card statement & bank balance
-transfer credit card payment to new bank account

Wishing you all many blessings & prayers!!

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


Hooray for you!!!! I think my "what I did list" inspires me so much more than a "to do" list too. (Hug) V


Sounds like you are doing so well! Very happy for you.

Sending encouragement for your "big" tasks. I know you can do it! Maybe do it like ripping off a band aid?

Sorry I never responded about the "getting to work" buddies- I'm on Central Time though so I might not be up when you are deciding to go to work. I hope you find one to help you break your record!

:) <3

tracy-la thursday check in


a long time ago, I was able to go onto the Internet (or have a short social phone call or  _______________) for a small amount of time before work or between work and then stop and go back to work. I enjoyed it very much. Over the years, that small
amount became more and more. And the Internet became easier and easier to use as well as faster and more responsive.  Somewhere along the line, I crossed the
boundary of rational quick 5 minute breaks and moved into an area of insane procrastination.

when the old urge comes for a small amount of diversion on the Internet on websites or social phone calls that give me trouble, I need to
remember that I am incapable of stopping after a reasonable amount. For
me, the first compulsive procrastination is now the point of no return. Once I take
it, I cross immediately into insanity.

do I remember? I need protection against the arrogant, willful delusion
that "This time I will be able to handle it; this time I will get away
with cheating just a little bit." How can I protect myself?

One says that we are powerless over procrastination. From sad experience, I know
this to be a fact. Step Two says that we "came to believe that a power
greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity." My protection comes
from this Higher Power.

Keep me sane, Lord.

Adapted From Food for Thought: Daily Meditations

 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; nightly journal

Affirmations (said aloud as well):

I choose to show up and start and complete my top 6 most important tasks (MIT) in 15 to 30 minutes time blocks (one at a time).

If there is pain or discomfort or anxiety during
these timeblocks, 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!


katia 3.31

Last day of March!

No class today, TONS AND TONS of math hw!

Things to do today-
-Vitamins & #1 #2 #3 #4
-#1 #2 #3
-#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8
-Email profs
-Email J Newman
-Try cup feeding w Connorfail!
-Read second bio article (yep I read the shorter one last night :P)
-Get mail
-Register iclicker
-Order textbook

-4 problems on assignment 1
-4 problems on assignment 1
-4 problems on assignment 1
-4 problems assignment 2
-4 problems assignment 2
-3 problems assignment 2

A little overwhelmed today. Got less done yesterday obviously because I had class. Might need the chatbox.

I too am feeling like I'm not *as* concerned with getting everything done. But I'd like to recommit to that for myself.


pyrotecher, thanks for starting the thread! 

Work 8AM-5PM: 

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

-Go through emails

-Deal with 1 issue [DONE]

-Deal with 2 issues [DONE]

-Deal with 3 issues [DONE]

-Deal with 4 issues [DONE]

-Deal with 5 issues [DONE]

-Deal with 6 issues [DONE]

-Deal with 7 issues [DONE]

-Deal with 8 issues 

-Deal with 9 issues 

After Work 5PM-Sleep:

-Document stuff for insurance

-find 2009 tax documents [DONE]

-fill out tax organizer

-sign tax letter 

-get oil change

-order postcard thank you cards

-finish spreadsheet of c products 

-sweep garage

-vacuum some areas of garage

-fix hole in garage

-throw out trash in garage 

-caulk hole and windows 

-prepare weedwacker for warranty***


-photoshop CP 

kromer 10:15 CI

Getting started a little late and lots to do:
*Prep and give chalk talk (unhappy with how this went though)
*ri, check on expts
*probe order (working on this now)
*email eucomm (will do this soon)
*3 deacon contacts
*work on parser
*small group + reading (will do this soon)
*go to class

*sub samples (will do this soon)

*genotyping  (will do this soon)

Scribbler's Thursday CI 8:52 a.m.

Halle-freaking-lujah! I actually checked off (arguably) all my tasks on yesterday's moderately aggressive schedule. My eating habits were less than pristine, and I didn't technically draft a whole new set list. But I did eat (I know, I know, so what?), and I did at least take a look at the set list, think about it and make some decisions. Everything else -- done, baby! So much for yesterday. Now, today...


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


  • Update Quicken
  • Query BN
  • Query AB
  • Post Saturday show on event websites
  • Do 1 BN (?)
  • Do 2 CIO //


  • Healthy lunch (would it kill me to eat a salad?)
  • Call 2 re: cruise //
  • Do 1 BN (?)
  • Do 2 CIO
  • Invoice CIO
  • P/u B at 2:45
  • Work on taxes


  • P/u C at 5
  • Do/ B at soccer
  • Hang out w/C during soccer
  • P/u B from soccer
  • Healthy dinner
  • Fun w/Kids
  • D/o kids at 8:30
  • Draw up playlist for Saturday
  • Rehearse second set
  • Read, relax
  • Bed by 10:30

Hypatia's check-in

Thanks pyrotecher for the start.  Unfortunately I can only see the code for the picture, not the picture itself.  (ok now, thanks)

Plan for today 

  • process e-mails
  • letter for referral panel
  • ring lab re TA
  • ring Dr M after 2pm (playing telephone tag with Dr M)
  • lecture for next week
  • ask J for papers for Monday
  • report for Tuesday
  • do last Wednesday's report
  • answer CS e-mail
  • GTD processing


Phylomon - Check in

Thanks, pyrotecher, for getting us started

- package for TO

- study AS 30 min

- study AK 30 min 

- call JA

- email JA