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.


I understand that ‘self-mastery’ evokes a very perfectionist feel, but I also don’t think I’ll be content settling for less. I think it’s possible to exaggerate what needs to be done to achieve a satisfactory level of progress in all the domains of our life, but I also think it’s possible to set tenable goals that we can agree to embrace as a win when I get there. My master list includes the following: Academic Goals:*No lower than A in any course; top mark in at least 40% of my registered courses*A thorough understanding of course material*An ability to make captivating presentations  Fitness Goals:*Reduce body fat percentage from 17% to 7% over the next 1.5 years*Increase lean muscle mass by 10-15% over the next 1.5 years*Increase strength (300lbs for sets deadlift; 240 on bench; 50 and 80 lbs/arm for triceps and biceps respectively)*Move cardio (jogging) from 20 minutes daily to 2 sets of 30 minutes daily (at 12-14km/hour) Performance related goals (in anti-procrastination)*Develop consistent sleeping/eating/exercising pattern to regulate bodily rhythms *Spend no longer than 45 minutes a day, in aggregate, watching videos/on Facebook/looking at pictures*Develop a list at the beginning of the day; calculate a reasonable time for each task*Accept any time as a good time to begin addressing a task; see no minutes as wasted (the twenty minutes before going to work; the 2 hours before bed, etc.)*Work at the margin Goals related to leisure:*Use leisure as a reward (hanging out with friends / walks / guitar / reading /poetry)*learn 3 new pieces on the guitar before 2012*Read the rest of Reason at Work and the Basic Writings of Existentialism before the end of summer 2011*Submit a poem for publication These will take time, but I must commit myself to them in print before I proceed further. Fate, be kind!


How are you getting along?

I think its a great idea to make a list of all your goals, but the truth is that I too have tried being a more effective (read perfect) human being at once, and the outcome was, that I was dissappointed when even one of my goals just didn't work, so I gave up the whole plan. So beware of that.

Secondly, I would try to break it down into small goals, and if you need the time pressure, assign dates to them. And then write a weekly schedule breaking down the goals into daily/weekly bits, after all one of your goals was to "*Develop consistent sleeping/eating/exercising pattern to regulate bodily rhythms", and try to stick to it. Realise that sometimes you will get out of that schedule and sometimes you will be tired, but that you should get back on track afterwards. Schedule your down times too. And those twenty unused minutes are actually relaxing for the mind...

Wishing you well

Wishing you well with it all.