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.

Saturday April 16, 2011

                    Hello There Nice Person, Did Anyone Ever Tell You Just How Special You Are?The Light that You Emit Might even Light a Star/ "Be kinder than is necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."unknown

Sal's Sunday CI 17/4

  • Take G to group
  • Breakfast
  • Dishes
  • Memorial

Sal's Sunday 17/4

Thanks for starter, Vic.

I can be kind to everyone but myself. I still believe I am not worthy of anything nice; it doesn't matter who tells me I am 'worthy', I just think they are just being 'nice'.

Tomorrow I'm buying a new pair of shoes because the ones I've had since August last year have finally come apart, although they have looked discusting for ages. I've just told myself that I didn't have the money for a new pair but in reality there have been things I've bought for my kids that were a 'want' not a 'need'. I just don't consider myself important enough to spend money on.

Started a new antidepressant this week (Lexapro). Decided to come off Efexor in January as I felt it hadn't been doing me any good, ie: I hadn't been feeling not depressed or disthymic for years and I've been on it for a good ten years!

Well, I tried to get involved in something that a whole bunch of my friends are involved in this month and after a week I knew it was too much for me physically, mentally and emotionally; I had a bit of a melt down.

But in the past few weeks since joining this group, I've learned that a large part of my issues is anxiety based! So I explained that to my doctor and he gave me the Lexapro. He said it could take up to three weeks to start working. 

So I read the info leaflet with the medicine and it said that 'when starting this medication, you may be more likely to think about suiside or even act on it'!!! WONDERFUL!!!

5th day of no TETRIS



Keep coming back.

Go to the mirror and give yourself a smile. A surprise gift. Doesn't cost anything. Hope you can try it.

 >5th day of no

 >5th day of no TETRIS

 That is quite an accomplishment! I speak from experience. 


Brotip #11 - Remember that your past is just that. The future is going to be delicious. Embrace it.


2:34 PM: Spent the morning in a strategic planning meeting for the company. It was okay. Small group breakout sessions, mini-presentations, the usual types of things. It's over now. I stayed at work to make some progress, but I am feeling unmotivated. That markedly increases the chance of procrastinating. So I will try to chip away, see if I can make a little progress. Somehow managed to overeat at lunch, as usual. I think I am going to have to start using a very small plate. I seem to have a very hard time judging how much is too much by eye. I am not consciously trying to procrastinate about controlling my diet, but it seems to be turning out that way.

Goal 1: Prepare a report to go out by FedEx this afternoon. I think the Saturday pickup is at 4 PM. I don't want to cut it too close. I will allow myself 30 minutes to get this task tied up and get it to FedEx by 3:30 PM.

Goal 2: Run an errand or two, but make myself come back for a couple of hours to work on one long overdue and painful report. I am too busy during the week to sit down calmly and crank it out, and I must make it go away. Maybe a couple of  hours today, a couple of hours tomorrow, and some finishing touches Monday?

Goal 3: Spend some time studying for myself. My personal development always takes a back seat to the treadmill of keeping up with the daily work. There will never be more hours in the day. I have to allow myself to use some time for my own growth.

I got off to a good start;

I got off to a good start; got up around 5 am, meditated for 20 minutes, did a load of laundry, ate breakfast...then I got online to check my mail, and lost the plot. The choir I'm a member of performs this evening for a charity event, so that is the fixed time commitment I'm planning the rest of my day around.

9 - 10 am: wash up, get dressed, take out recycling, small grocery run.

10 am - noon: review music

noon - 1 pm: lunch, straighten up kitchen

1 pm - 3 pm: review music 

3 pm: change into performance clothes

Until three, I got on an online tangent a few times, but mostly, I stayed near schedule. But then I put my concert costume on for the first time in a year. I'd outgrown my slacks! And my shirt had a stain on the front. I notified the director that I couldn't make it.  So that scuttled the next few hours' plans. I could have gotten a lot of other things done in that time. But did I? No! I took a nap, and wasted time online.

3:15: leave for the bus; 4:30 pm curtain call. Will probably be at venue until 5:30 or 6 pm.

7:30 - 8:30 pm: arrive back home, change out of performance clothes. Eat dinner, if I haven't already. Clean out fridge, straighten up kitchen.

8:30 - 9:30 pm: watch "Fringe", check email.

I ended up online again. It's now 1:20 am. I am assuming I will accomplish these next two, at the revised times.

1:30 am - 2 am: get ready for bed, meditate 20 - 30 min

2 am: go to bed.


Brotip #11 - Remember that your past is just that. The future is going to be delicious. Embrace it.

katia 4.16

Thanks for starting the thread vic, I don't feel very special today. I feel tired and behind and depressed.

Things to do today-
Vitamins & #1 #2 #3
#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9
-Bio article #1
-2 quant subsets kinda sorta
-Some sort of math (please let me get this done)
-hockey playoffs
-Connor's laundry washing and drying

Online Meeting Today

We have an online meeting at 7:30 GMT or 3:30 p.m. New York Time!

Come and join us!

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 Vic for starting this trend.

Things I have done today

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

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

3. Went to the 10 a.m. telephone CLA meeting

Things I will do today

1. Go to the abandonment meeting at 11 a.m.

2. Eat brunch

3. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

4. Test blood sugar twice

5. Go to the 1 p.m. telephone CLA meeting

6. Go to the 2:30 p.m. telephone CODA meeting

7. Go to the 3:30 p.m. online PA meeting

8. Scan computer

9. Read the sources

10. Start the paper

11. Cook and eat dinner

12. Post and send Al-Anon literature for today

13. Post Al-Anon literature for the coming week

14. Get medicine ready for the next two weeks

15. Go to the 7:30 p.m. face to face NA meeting

16. Watch the fireworks

17. Go to the 10 p.m. online EA meeting

18. Write the questions for tomorrow's meeting

19. Write for the portfolio

20. Take shower

21. Get dressed

22. Make bed

23. Wash dishes

24. Cut onions and mix jalepenos with the onions

25. Do numbers

Thanks for letting me share

tracy-la sat check in april 16


1.  EXERCISE. Exercise at 6 am during week / 7 am weekends / if can't meet schedule times, schedule other times.  [ran yesterday / exercise class this morning];

2.  1st 30 MIN OF DAY. Spend first 30 min of day on one of my top 6 tasks (before or just after am exercise);

3.  6 MIT.  Review or write down my 6 most important tasks 

4.  CALENDAR. Check calendar AM (mine) (kids) / send email or text reminders if needed / add to master case list;

4.a.  PREPARE FOR NEXT DAY. Check calendar PM / send email or text reminders if needed / add tasks to master case list;

5.  CONTROL FLOW OF DAY. Check voicemail & return calls at scheduled times: 6 am / 9:30 am / 11:30 am / 4:30 pm / 7:30 pm /write down calls or tasks in master list

6.  USE TIMER AND TRACK TIME DURING DAY.  IF NEEDED CHECK IN HOURLY AT PA. Check in at PA at 5 am / 6am / 7 am / 8 am / 9
am / 10 am / 11 am / 12 pm / 1 pm /  2 pm / 3 pm / 4 pm /  5 pm / 6 pm /
7 pm / 8 pm / 9 pm / 10 pm 

7. TIMESHEET/IN BOX.  Timesheet for day before & empty email in box

8.  PA BASICS Checking in; support calls(1x); affirmations; gratitudes; reading; positive recording 15-20 min; journal (mental mind bank)

9. MASTER CASE LIST.  Review and add tasks to master case list at end of day. Do top 6 list for next day

10. NO INTERNET (except PA) from 6 am to 8 pm week / 7 am to 7 pm weekends

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. If I feel any pain or discomfort while working on these tasks, 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  tasks- 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!

Have a great Saturday everyone,





Rexroth Check In

Up prayer and reflection
Started hospital complaint

Continue with hospital complaint

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth progress or lack of it

It is evening and I don't feel at all happy. I have got a fair bit done but it has taken me a long time and I'm having a big fight with myself doing it. I would have perhaps been wiser to do the work a bit at a time rather than all at once but I do so much wnat to finish it.

I've also had a bath etc and cleaned and cleared and wasted a load of time on the web

I am stopping now as it is nearly nine where I live.

Will post later when my mind is clearer.


Rexroth Check Out

Well I could have done things better and in a more balanced way.

Night Folks


Vic 4/16/11

Show up (done)

page 38/39 in A Big Book

"However intelligent we may have been in other respects, where alcohol has been involved, we have been strangely insane. It's strong language-but isn't it true?

Some of you are thinking: "Yes, what you tell is true, but it doesn't fully apply. We admit we have some of these symptoms, but we have not gone to the extremes you fellows did, nor are we likely to, for we understand ourselves so well after what you have told us that such things cannot happen again. We have not lost everything in life through drinking and we certainly do not intend to. Thanks for the information."

That may be true of certain nonalcoholic people who, though drinking foolishly and heavily at the present time, are able to stop or moderate, because their brains and bodies have not been damaged as ours were. But the actual or potential alcoholic, with hardly any exception, will be absolutely unable to stop drinking on the basis of self-knowledge. This is a point we wish to emphasize and re-emphasize, to smash home upon our alcoholic readers as it has been revealed to us out of bitter experience."
Doctors Opinion: xxvii and xxviii 
"I do not hold with those who believe that alcoholism is entirely a problem of mental control. I have had many men who had, for example, worked a period of months on some problem or business deal which was to be settled on a certain date, favorably to them. They took a drink a day or so prior to the date, and then the phenomenon of craving at once became paramount to all other interests so that the important appointment was not met. These men were not drinking to escape; they were drinking to overcome a craving beyond their mental control."
Thinking more and more about this "procrastination" issue. There is more to it than I thought. I heard soneone share about the "act of eating compulsively" that started the craving, it was healthy food that they bindged on, it was not junk.  I am thinking what are my "acts of procratination" that start the craving for me?Perhaps those are the times to pray.