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.

Wednesday Apr 20th 2011

Finding a way check in

Thursday 11.20 am

Thanks for the starter, Hypatia!

Busy, lots of little stuff to get done before Easter. Trying to avoid anxiety, just keep going!

Accept that I won't get 'round to' everything today.

A pretty good day. No billable hours, but lots done on the home front.

fudoshin: day 93 : 1:46pm

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


This is the 93rd 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 56 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 21 of this.)
  • 56 days of exercise (I'm on day 8 of this).


Rexroth Check In and Out

Woke after disturbed sleep and

Prayer and reflection
Tidy up and think
Bath and wash hair
Checked emails and post
Friend rang, he had been hurt not badly but I went over to see him and we spent lunch to early evening together
Went shopping with him and bought shoes - this is important for me as I find any clothes difficult to buy and I had been putting this off for ages
Home and phoned another friend to make Easter arrangments
Checked website
Looked up recepies
Relaxed a bit

Write journal
Prayer and reflection
Bed and sleep

Night Folks



tracy-la check in weds april 19


Hurried and worried until we're buried
And there's no curtain call,
Life's a very funny proposition,
after all.

  —George M. Cohan

Often, when we involve ourselves in a whirlwind of activities, plans, and
expectations, we push ourselves so hard that we don't derive any
satisfaction from success. We need to face our limitations. We can't do
everything we want. Even when we can do a great deal, if we overextend
ourselves, take on too much, we will not enjoy ourselves, and there is
no reason not to enjoy our work.

Our activities are part of what we are. If we choose to live in a frantic
hurry, worrying about the next moment instead of this one, we'll miss
life entirely. Part of self-knowledge is learning to pace ourselves to
our own speed, learning to set goals we can attain for each day. When we
do this, we can say, "Now that I've completed this, I don't have to do
one more thing to feel worthwhile."

Am I trying to do too much too fast?

From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families



1.  EXERCISE. Exercise at 6 am during week / 7 am weekends / if can't
meet scheduled times, schedule other times.
  [DONE SmileDid Bootcamp at 6 am & was only 5 minutes late - they hadn't started class - will set a goal of  being 10 min early so I can stretch before class. Class lasts 6 weeks so lets see how long it takes];

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);[Done - finished organizing closet - it was 1/2 hour of work leftover from weekend organizing project. Now it's complete & only requires maintenance ]

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  - DONE 

4.a.  PREPARE FOR NEXT DAY. Check calendar PM / send email or text reminders if needed / add tasks to master case list. Before I leave office or at end of day.DONE 

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

6.  USE TIMER AND TRACK TIME DURING DAY.  IF NEEDED CHECK IN HOURLY AT PA at   5 am / 6am / 7 am / 8 am / 9 am / 10 am / 11 am / 12 pm / 1 pm2 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 [ - started on timesheet

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 DONE at 1:30 pm; 6:30 pm; 

10. LIMIT INTERNET TO 5 MIN CHECKINS (except PA/certain worksites) from 6 am to 8 pm week / 7 am to 7 pm weekends  DONE except for two 15 min sessions in the morning and afternoon.

11.  WORK 1 HOUR ON BILLING [TWO 30 MIN INCREMENTS] DAILY/7 HOURS WEEK - 6 week goal. If I don't meet that goal . . . $120 goes to a hated charity from the website tool.

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! 


wednesday update


Well better late than never, i suppose!

 i've done a number of things today that i've been putting off. I'm going to go see my therapist and have a relaxing evening, hopefully. 



great article:


Journey 11 am

Checking in while sitting in a boring meeting.   I feel rested after my nice day off yesterday.   I have a high priority administrative type task that I need to take care of first thing, and I've already started on it.   After I get that finished I'll make a todo list for the rest of day but I know this one thing has to be done first.   I have 3 hour-long meetings today too, and I want to get at least a couple of hour of project work done.


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

kromer 10:35 CI

OK, so far today I have started fixation optimization expt.

I need to:
*Finish Maundy Thurs prep
*Finish fixation optimization expt + documentation
*Email about microscope time, try sectioning
*Sample list, email MK

OK, feeling unmotivated but I can work anyhow! starting with orders, followed by CM

calorie counting

4change, i agree that works. Being aware of what i eat makes a difference for me.

OTOH i can get obsessive with it. Trying to strike a balance. i have gotten out of the habit recording lately, now that i think of it.

the touch of the master's hand:

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

re: counting calories

I always make a half hearted attempt at counting calories - I use  It does help when I stick to it, but I don't always stick to it. 

BUT I had wanted to add some more exercise to my routine, so I signed up for a Saturday morning class for the month of may.  SURPRISE, the leader emailed me a food diary and list of allowed food.   I did not know there was a diet involved.  I guess I should read the fine print before I sign up for stuff! 

So I guess I'll be on a diet next month!


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


Thanks for the thread Hypatia!

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

-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


-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

-call aetna check if they will cover dermatology visit 

 -put trash bag in trash can outside [DONE]

-mail checks

-file stuff 

Best laid plans

9:45 AM: So, yesterday did not turn out as planned. A seemingly light day became progressively less so as more work showed up and some things took much longer than expected. I left work at 10:30 PM. So be it. Still have to travel Thursday, so have to keep pushing. 

Goal 1: Devote half hour per case, move on. Sounds simple, but it totally goes against my nature, which is to grind away for as long as it takes on a task (after procrastinating as long as possible), oblivious to other tasks that are equally important and equally time-sensitive.

Goal 2: Spend time on the two long cases (one badly overdue, one from last week), ideally as part of the "rotation" every half hour.

Goal 3: Keep moving. Keep moving. Keep moving. 

Goal 4: Also feeling depressed because I continue to overeat, then feel sick. Practice portion control. Will need to go back to calorie counting. It's the only thing that has ever worked for me.

Goal 5: Leave by 7:30 PM. Need to pack, get ready to travel. 

10:12 AM: Feeling so nervous. Anxious about traveling, anxious about the last minute rush before traveling, worried I won't get everything done. Back tuit.


Sometimes it helps me to say "I am feeling excited" words make a difference and it feels more positive

Sometimes I need to plan an alternative to food, like coffe, tea, etc., or phne call, read, write, etc.

All is well.

clement ci

solidarity katia. and i wish you peace.

big day. lots of opportunity. so many ways to veer of course. Need God. Reading bible now.

10:30 (2hrs later) prayed and read bible. totally worked for me. Am centered and at peace. and ready to work, and to forgo things that are not MIT and to do things at the right time. Thank God.

the touch of the master's hand:

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

thanks clement!

Eh it was just one of "those" days.

Peace! Sigh. Someday!

Wishing you well too :)

nice list vic

vic that is a great list. i was going to list my favs but 1/2 of them are my favs.


the touch of the master's hand:

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

Scribbler's Hump Day CI 7:57 a.m.

Feeling better today. Another packed schedule, with two coach meetings and an overdue article -- or is it two? -- to file. I'm looking forward especially to my first business coach meeting.


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


  • Email Chris re: dinner
  • File Monroe article
  • Meet biz coach


  • Voice coach meeting
  • Healthy lunch
  • Update Quicken
  • Query - BN
  • Email TH re:kerrville
  • S/u franchise draft
  • Outline franchise
  • Draft franchise
  • Proof franchise
  • Send franchise f/c
  • P/u B at 2:45
  • File franchise


  • P/u C at 5
  • Healthy dinner
  • Take C to piano
  • Move camping gear to front of garage
  • Work on campout menu
  • Read, relax
  • Bed by 10:30

katia 4.20

Hahaha Hypatia!

Nice quotes vic!!!

Sooooo. I had a very rough day yesterday. Connor's father texted me (didn't reply, will block the #) but it upsets me. AND I was working really hard on my bio hw and expected to hand it in on time only to have Connor magically kick my laptop, highlight it, and delete everything!!!!

I'm exhausted and burned out.

Anyway. . .
-Vitamins & #1 #2 #3
#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9
-Sim card
-Reservations => called but could not this far in advance
-Plan for the week

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 Hypathia for starting this trend.

Thing I have done

Went to the 7 a.m. telephone DA meeting

Things I will do today

1. Go to the 8:30 a.m. telephone PA meeting

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

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

4. Go to the 3 p.m. telephone CLA meeting

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

6. Test blood sugar twice

7. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

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

9. Post Al-Anon literature for the rest of the week

10. Eat brunch

11. Eat dinner

12. Read the material

13. Start on my paper

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

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

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

17. Go to the 4:30 p.m. telephone PA check-in

18. Take shower

19. Get dressed

20. Make bed

21. Wash dishes

22. Do numbers

Thanks for letting me share

Vic 4/20/11

Show up (done) So grateful for the PA site to check in and connect. Some uplifting thoughts from one of my friends:, my pick is #10 Thanks Moving A for starter, (Easy Does it But Do It)- start by being kind to yourself today (GO AHEAD, SURPRISE YOURSELF-last year I gave myself a surprise B-day party- no one was more surpised than myself!!! Surprise yourself, what do you have to lose? Go to the mirror and give yourself a smile, surprise yourself))

1 * Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue!

2 * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
3 * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

4 * Drive carefully... It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker..

5 * If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague

6 * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it..

7 * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

8 * Never buy a car you can't push.

9 * Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

10 * Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

11 * since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

12 * The second mouse gets the cheese.

13 * When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

14 * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

15 * You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
16 * Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.

17 * We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

18 * A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

19 * Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.

20 * It was I, your friend!

(thanks vic)

Pay special attention to #s 19 and 20 :) since that will definitely be me!! Smile

 Hugs, tracy-la

movingalong seeking a balanced Wednesday

Hello all.

I tend to procrastinate on doing tasks.

I tend to procrastinate on participating in recreation.

I tend to procrastinate on getting decent rest.

Yet all three are a part of a balanced life.

I'm reflecting on "balance" this week.

Today I choose to:

  • have spiritual time
  • care for myself
  • care for my pets
  • laugh
  • organize some paperwork
  • rest
  • get some exercise!
  • get some fresh air
  • organize some *more* paperwork

-- movingalong

Hypatia's Thread-starter: Get a round "tuit" (Get around to it)

Dear Hypatia,

Thanks for today's thread-starter!

I've always loved that joke.

I remember the first time I saw this ...
Someone gave me a round piece of paper
with the fake word "tuit" written on it ...
I was given the instructions that I could use that "round tuit"
the next time I felt I was
"waiting to get around to it".


Hypatia's check-in

I'm on annual leave this week, and using it to catch up at home, and also to get to know the area we moved to 4 months ago.  I've taken it easy for a few days, but now need to get some things done

  • get printer to work
  • send insurance claim form
  • 30 mins Java project
  • 2 change of addresses
  • 2 items from urgent pile
  • clear up kitchen
  • telephone estate agent
  • telephone solicitor
  • ironing



What is this 'ironing' that you speak of?  }):grin:

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


Ironing - a chore designed purely to irritate procrastinators.  When I was a student I took care to buy as many clothes as possible that would dry without needing ironing.  These days cotton blouses appear to be the fashion, and my husband always wears shirts that need ironing.  Before we moved house I had a cleaning lady who was quite happy to do it, but now there's only me!

today's list

  • get printer to work
  • send insurance claim form
  • 30 mins Java project
  • 2 change of addresses
  • 2 items from urgent pile
  • clear up kitchen
  • telephone estate agent - left it too late
  • telephone solicitor - left it too late
  • ironing