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.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Tuesday 19 April 2011

Just Start !

tracy-la check in april 19 tuesday


1.  EXERCISE. Exercise at 6 am during week / 7 am weekends / if can't
meet scheduled times, schedule other times.
  [DONE SmileDid 45 minutes run];


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);[Did NOT do - ]

3.  6 MIT.  Review or write down my 6 most important tasks Did NOT do

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

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 Did NOT do

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  Did NOT do

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. LIMIT INTERNET TO 5 MIN CHECKINS (except PA/certain worksites) from 6 am to 8 pm week / 7 am to 7 pm weekends
Did NOT do

11.  1 HOUR BILLING [TWO 30 MIN INCREMENTS] DAILY - 6 week goal. If I
don't meet that goal . . . $120 goes to a hated charity from the website tool.
Did NOT do

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!




fudoshin: day 92 : 6:14pm

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


This is the 92nd day that I have followed through with the following:

  • 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 55 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'm on day 20 of this.)
  • 56 days of exercise (I'm on day 7 of this).

dougkh ci

I got up at 7:20, good start, but then I wasted four hours online. Meditating helped me to break that chain. All the things from yesterday are still mine to do today.

12 pm get lunch

1 pm clean inside fridge and freezer, clean stove top

2 pm  wash up

2:30 put music in order, practice

4:30 dinner

5:15 leave for bus stop

7 pm - 9 pm choral practice

9 - 9:30 come home (I get a lift)

9:30 pm get ready for bed, meditate

10 pm go to bed

tiptree CI

to do:

- clear 5 bug items
- work on prototype for l. features
- follow up on down server
- clean office
- finish DT
- return DVDs
- practice guitar
- shave/shower

kromer 1:40 CI

OK, today I'm having a hard time getting started.

For today, I need to take care of a whole bunch of church stuff (reminder emails for Maundy Thurs, email JK about easter breakfast, call about Easter Lilies (maybe need to contact someone first to make sure I have the right number), figure out where to get small flowers, email FWC about baby stuff, email PR).

I definitely need to embed samples, check on expts, email MK, and tag M.

Finally, I have a meeting with my adviser, so I need to:
*Make proposed project priority list
*Put together D project summary

And I want to come up with a plan for getting less shrunken sections. (started)

katia 4.19

still meh!!! I have so much work to do!!!

4change, I send you encouragement. I am having a hard time dealing with a "dense" day.

Things to do today-
Vitamins & #1 #2 #3
#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9
-Finish bio article #2
-Multiple choice for bio assignment
-Free response question #1
-Free response question #2
-Free response question #3
-Addresses/mail thank you cards
-Math hw
-Print off school schedule
-Dinner at friend's
-LLL meeting

So Connor hit the keyboard today and deleted all my work. It has not been a good day.

Tough nut to crack

11:01 AM: Got here early, went to an optional educational activity (I always used to miss arriving late), had breakfast, and then...ground to a halt. Facing one of my ingrained maladaptive patterns: how I handle a day that looks overall pretty light. Ironically, light days are at least as likely to make me anxious and make me want to procrastinate as heavy ones. The day stretches out before me like an open road, and focusing on the work I don't really want to do right now is hard. But if I try to work on something else, I feel guilty. So I try to do nothing...or at least nothing productive. Getting close to the end of tasks always causes me to slow down, in part because i worry what I will do afterwards. Too much worrying. Alright, I will have to try to plow through this.

Goal 1: Get 3 new case reports looked at by lunch time and make decisions as to whether additional info is needed or if the assessment can be finished today.

Goal 2: Spend 1 hour trying to clean up older cases with pending details, another area of weakness. Once the bulk of the work is done, it becomes hard for me to muster the will to complete little followup tasks.

Goal 3: Spend 1 hour on a very long case that needs to be finished this week before I travel (i.e., between today and the end of work Thursday).

Goal 4: Spend 1 hour on another case from last week that promisses to be very long. I need to chip away at it.  

Goal 5: Spend some time on self-development work.

Goal 6: Leave work no later than 7:30 PM. Looking at what needs to be done, there is no real reason I can't get all of this done if I don't put it off any further. There may be unexpected surprises along the way, but I will try to deal with those when they come.

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 movingalong 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

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

Things I will do today

1. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

2. Take shower

3. Get dressed

4. Test blood sugar

5. Eat brunch

6. Go to the 11:30 telephone PA check-in

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

8. Post and send out Al-Anon literature for today

9. Read material

10. Finish Chapters 18-20 of the textbook

11. Cook and eat dinner

12. Write paper

13. Go to the 8 p.m. telephone CLA meeting

14. Go to the 9 p.m. online EA meeting

15. Go to the 9:30 p.m. telephone CLA meeting

16. Type for my portfolio

Thanks for letting me share

Journey 10:30

Boss gave me the day off since I worked so many hours over the weekend.   I don't often ask for a day off but I was truly exhausted.   I slept until 9 am and I feel much better today.   It's gorgeous outside and I'm going to take a walk in the park and then go to the Social Security Administration and hopefully I will finally get my name changed to my married name.  I've been procrastinating on this for about 30 years.

 :grin:  Well, it's actually only been about 3 years since I realized I had to change it.   I never planned on doing it at all, I was just going to leave it in my maiden name but the gov't won't let you do that any more.   I gathered all the doc they asked for and spent the day in the SSA office a couple of years ago only to have them tell me I needed another piece of documentation.    So, two years later I finally got that doc and I'm headed down there today.   If they tell me again that I don't have the right doc you may see me on the news tonight.  

Although this is a relaxed day, I am going to make a todo list/schedule and get started!  I do not want to waste this beautiful day sitting in front of the computer.  


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

Vic 4/19/11

Show up (done)

Got the rug pulled out from under my feet yesterday when some kind of stomach virus hit (I usually do not get sick), it came out of no where- but I still "showed up" and got some low level things done, could not do much but I actually asked for help (Yes, that strange thing I am so afraid to do ,"ask for help" I actually did it- just for one thing) for what I could not do so as not have to reschedule anything and did not "Shut down" for the day- that is a miracle, not feeling great, but better than yesterday and hoping to get  one more day without "shutting down" or "picking up" greatful this is the one place in the world I can check in right now with people who understand, thank you.

Thanks PA friends

In one of my groups they say service for the group includes being there. I think my HP has given me the grace and willingness (most of the time) to do this one service for my PA group, and like all service, I get so much more in return with the connections I make. Thank you.

Hang in there Vic!

Glad you are here.

hope you feel better Vic!

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

Tuesday :)

Hello everyone!

  1. continue to work!
  2. intl
  3. letter review
  4. timesheets!

i hope today is a grand day.  i work at my other job today as well but i should get off work relatively early.  i'm tired but ready to get things done. 



great article:


Rexroth Check In

Woke early and worked to complete my letters etc. and they are now done at 2.00pm - done means letters posted, reciepts for postage filled and everything filed and put away - phew. I have been on a work bender to get this finished over the last few days and now
Dealt with emails and post

Prayer and reflection which I missed first thing
Take it easy - my mind is still buzzing
Tidy up a bit
Reflect on what is next - which is the rest of my life

Happy to be here - here is this fellowship, and this world

Love and Peace


Rexroth Check Out

Done above

Todo bed and sleep

Night Folks


Scribbler's Tuesday CI 7:48 a.m.

I feel sad today and am a little tempted to hide out and not do anything. But I haven't taken that route in a long time, and I don't plan to today. A long, difficult and unpleasant rewrite on today's task list may explain some of my blue mood. I feel good about getting taxes done yesterday and am slightly hopeful about my financial situation. l am also hopeful about tomorrow's coaching session. It will be interesting to work one-on-one with somebody who specializes in helping people reach their goals in a real-world, practical manner. I suspect it will be somewhat like having a 12-step sponsor without the spirituality. With all due respect to devout 12-steppers, I never heard of anybody's higher power, say, preparing a tax return. When it comes down to it, it's pretty much all on me, and how hard and smart I work. Of course, I have to be lucky enough to avoid getting hit by a bus, but I think looking both ways before crossing the street is going to be more effective there than prayer. But that's just me. On to it...


  • Get up at 6 (6:45) 
  • Make bed
  • Healthy breakfast
  • Coffee, paper
  • Check-ins
  • Exercise
  • Sightreading practice


  • Rewrite cruise
  • File cruise rewrite
  • Deliver Meals on Wheels


  • Healthy lunch
  • Update Quicken
  • Query - BN
  • Send 5 music emails
  • Email TH re:kerrville
  • Draft Monroe piece
  • Do coaching paperwork
  • Outline franchise
  • Draft franchise
  • Proof franchise
  • File franchise
  • Send franchise f/c

I got the (justifiably) dreaded cruise article rewrite done by working on it all day until 6 p.m., but nothing from the afternoon list. A couple of the items on there have to be done before tomorrow, so I suppose I'll work on them tonight.  But for now I"m going to go watch my son practice soccer and try to mellow out some. 


  • Healthy dinner
  • Soccer practice w/B
  • Move camping gear to front of garage
  • Work on campout menu
  • Read, relax
  • Bed by 10:30 or so


Thanks for the thread movingalong! I couldn't agree more.

Work 8AM-5PM: 

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

-Verify all W ordered 

-Fix R issue 

-Fix C issue

-ask mb about o parts  [DONE]

-review EC BOM

-talk to M about EC BOM 

After Work 5PM-Sleep:

-Document stuff for insurance 

-order postcard thank you cards

-fix hole in garage, need drywall and matching wood frame


-set up contact eye exam [DONE]

-check what ei can cover [DONE]

-get passport photo

-submit passport application 

-finish adding c options

-finish adding c photos

-reconcile CC for 1 month

-write check from fs to boa

-check jo's

-mow lawn [DONE]

-call aetna check if they will cover dermatology visit 

-deposit check [DONE]

 -put trash bag in trash can outside 

Phylomon's Just Start List

Thanks, movingalong!

- email TO

- talk to TO

- study

- exercise

- CT status report

- auditing

- publish USP

- email LR about referral

- call TH

Minor goal met

7:56 AM: Have finally cracked the 8 AM barrier on a "regular" day. Back later.

Congrats 4change!

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

Thanks Journey!

The next goal is to do it every day.