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, July 5, 2011

This is a famous picture. And a famous man. Al Gore - in his office, as presented by "Time Magazine". Do you notice the FROG on his wall? Warning: If we do not take care of that FROG while it is still quite small, it might grow bigger than we can possibly digest!!!

New paradigm

Back from a 3 day weekend that I really didn't enjoy much, spending it alone. Went to bed late watching movies online, got up late, came in to work in the evening for a few hours each day. Didn't manage to get caught up. Monday had a glimmer of clarity that this isn't working. Decided - for the umpteenth time - that the late nights at work during the week take too much out of me and give back too little in return. I don't know what to do about my lack of productivity. But the cost to me as a person of staying at work every night until late, trying to catch up, neglecting everything else, is too high. Seeing as how it isn't making me happy or especially better at what I do, I absolutely have to adopt a new paradigm. The new paradigm has to be:

1. Internet news/sports no more than once a day. In fact, if I can manage an indefinite news hiatus, or series of breaks lasting longer than a day, that would be ideal.

2. Work-related email can be checked 4 times a day; otherwise people start asking, "Did you see the email I sent you about...?" which doesn't reflect well on me. Non-work related email can only be checked twice a day, preferably at home.

3. Work has to be attacked early, with minimal distractions, and a commitment to not go over 12 hours in a day without a very compelling reason (e.g., a specific project deadline). That means getting in early, and getting out early.   

4. Sleep has to an integral part of the day's planning, not another thing to procrastinate about. It has to allow for 8 hours of sleep (to start; if I find that still isn't enough, I will have to add to it), yet still allow me to get up early. I have to develop a formal bed time, not just an "I give up" approach when I find myself dozing in the middle of playing internet solitaire. I am going to say 9:30 PM for this week and see how it goes.

5. There has to be time for reading, exercise, and reasonable upkeep of
my person, apartment, finances, and auto, all of which are in a state of
neglect, varying from mildly unacceptable to fairly calamitous. 

I realize none of this is new for me. I keep rehashing the same goals and wrestling with the same issues, with procrastination at the root.  Perhaps repackaging the model in my mind will help me to assimilate it.

Back to report. 

Vic 7/5/11

Show up (done )

The frog in my office has been too scary to look at

Time for the old frog dissection .

Scribbler's Tuesday CI 10:15 a.m


  • Get up at 6 (8 due to staying at gf's)
  • Make bed
  • Exercise
  • Healthy breakfast
  • Coffee, paper
  • Check-ins


  • Fix tail light
  • Update Quicken
  • Pay bills
  • Q - E, BN, AW
  • Send music email
  • Cancel voice session
  • Deliver Meals on Wheels


  • G inspection sticker
  • Healthy lunch
  • File 1 BN
  • File 1 HITEC
  • Call 5 re: franchise
  • Apply for health ins
  • Update 5 custom pub

Once again I haven't exactly killed on all my tasks, but I've done pretty well, including writing two articles and getting started on a project I've avoided for weeks. And it's now 7:30 p.m. So I'm going to call it a day and try again tomorrow.


  • Healthy dinner
  • Rehearse
  • Read, relax
  • Bed by 10:30 or so


  • File CMOCEO

Hypatia's check-in

Interesting that despite a desk that looks like a disaster area he is still able to be very productive!

I'm not doing too well at the moment - overwhelmed by everything that is piling up.  I therefore have only one target for today

  • get to the bottom of the grey tray having actioned or filed everything therein
  • got half way through.  will carry on tomorrow morning

off to the chatbox because I'm going to need it!


Journey 10 am &

I had a lovely day with family on the 4th of July holiday yesterday.   I made a cake decorated like a flag and it was delicious and every piece of it was eaten so I was proud of it!  I'm not the world's best cook so I like it when something turns out really well like that.      

But the fun is over and I have a busy busy week.   I am on call and I have to keep the grandkids tomorrow while my son and his wife attend her grandfather's funeral in a town a couple of hours away.    So now I have five days of work to get done in 3 days and I'm stressing over it, so I'm avoiding getting started.   I commit now to making a to do list not only for the day but for the rest of the week so I can plan for getting everything important done, and letting the less important stuff slide.  Some of the tasks are new to me because we merged with another group, so I'm doing some of their stuff this week for the first time. 

I'll check back when I have the day and week planned.

Update 12:30 pm  Well I have done none of the above but for an excellent reason.  The technical lead from the merged group called me to walk me through all the stuff I need to do for them this weekend and it's all ready to go now, except for a few final touches that we are meeting to do on Friday.  A big stress factor removed. 

Now back to the todo list, I still have a lot to do but I feel much more confident now that the unknowns are resolved.


 Avoiding the truth consumes great effort and energy. - Jim Loehr

Check in for Tuesday

Got a few things accomplished yesterday but not as much as planned. I started my day today at 9:00, which is a vast improvement over the past few months. 

Here's my plan for today: 

10:00 - 11:00 - apply 1 job

11:00 - 11:15 - client call

11:15 - 12:00 - apply 1 job

12:00 - 1:00 - fundraising letter

1:00 - 1:15 - lunch & get ready for MD appt

1:15 - 3:45 - MD appt + travel

3:45 - call Donna, pay MBNA 

4:00 - 6:00 - fundraising letter, prepare for tonight's campaign meeting

5:00 - take meds 

6:00 - 6:30 - dinner

6:30 to 9:30 - travel + campaign meeting

9:30 - meet sister, go home 

10:00 - relax

11:00 - schedule for Wednesday



9:45 to noon - job search, 3 jobs, update spreadsheet and file jobs

noon to 12:30 - make dr. appt, coffee appts, answer emails, connect with new contacts on SM

12:30 to 1:00 - lunch

1:00 - 3:00 - Fundraising letter, call Louis

3:00 - Call Chair of prof assoc

3:00 - 4:00 - banking, pay MBNA

4:00 - 5:00 - PIC newsletter

5:00 - 6:00 - go to campaign office

6:00 - 9:00 - campaign

9:30 pm - home

10:00 - 11:00 - TV

11:00 -11:15 pm - schedule for Tuesday


Thanks for the thread Rosebud!

Work 8AM-5PM: 

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

-read 1 hr s 

-release s [DONE]

-update w table [DONE]

-find md detail [DONE]

After Work 5PM-Sleep:

-go through accounts payable

-add chat 

-find email solution

-get real quote from homeowners ins

-check how good homeowners ins company is 

-get rr going

-fix website look

-make list of cust for email 

-checkout hw site

-tighten dining chair legs


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 Rosebud for starting this trend.

Things I have done today

1. Went to the 5:45 a.m. telephone ACA meeting

2. 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 9:30 a.m. telephone PA check-in

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

4. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

5. Take shower

6. Get dressed

7. Cook and eat brunch

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

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

10. Go to the 12 noon telephone ACA meeting

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

12. Make a couple of business calls.

13. Pay bills

14. Make bed

15. Wash dishes

16. Print my unofficial transcript

17. Make copies of different papers

18. Mail important papers

19. Go to the 2:30 p.m. telephone PA check-in

20. Go to the 3:30 p.m. telephone PA check-in

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

22. Go food shopping

23. Go to my mother's apartment to give newspapers and get pennies

24. Warm up and eat dinner

25. Test blood sugar twice

26. Clear tables near the couch and the computer

27. Clear floor

28. Put groceries away

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

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

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

32. Go to the 10 p.m. telephone CLA meeting

30. Go to the 11 p.m. telephone ACA meeting

31. Do numbers

32. Write some answers to questions to my Step in NA

Thanks for letting me share

kromer 7:30 CI

This morning is a little bit of a panic (I have a presentation at 10 that's not done yet, but I'm confident if I focus I can make it "good enough
Update 9:53. Finished!

Then I'm speaking 10-11:30ish, and meeting with adviser to discuss my presentation 4-5.
I need to take notes after I speak and after the mtg. 

Those are the most important things to get done, but I also need to:
*Email Lis
*Make a schedule for the week
*Check on expts

*Start planning out Southerns 

*Call home
*Email FWC

Rexroth Check In

Thanks for starting Rosebud - like the frog!

Up prayer and reflection
Check emails and sort date and time of appointment
Out to buy fruit and veg that I might have got yesterday
Phone chat with friend who is coming over later
Loaded and put washing machine on
Tidied up stuff on table and various things I'd left around
Written journal for yesterday that I forgot last night
Read through todo list for going away

French - sort out information for tomorrow
Work on financal records
When friend comes write letter(s) for him and get his help in setting up tent and possible getting GPS to work

Kind Regards


Rexroth Check Out

Sorted out some French for tomorrow but not enough
Very constructive work on finances - still a little to do but I did not intend to finish today
Sorted what letters to write for friend and spent time listening to him as he was distressed
Friend put up tent and I need a new tent - a little disappointed but I need to know in time to do something about it
It was raining so we did not take the GPs for a walk
Spent a time online looking at tents - I feel getting no where
Relaxed a bit - watched programme on web
Washed up and tidied up

Put rubbish out
Prayers and reflection
Bed and sleep

Night Folks


Rosebud, July 5, 2011

I'm out of sorts. Too many things going on. Visitors from overseas will be in the country this summer. I am expected to arrange, find a way  to meet them, plus I will be busy looking after my 8 year old granddaughter who is also coming.

But that is the nice part!!!

Anyway, we can do only so much. And once I get  moving things may not seem quite as overwhelming. Or demanding. Or unreasonable. 


  1. Got up
  2. Made coffee
  3. Uloaded dishwasher
  4. Went back to bed 
  5. Up again
  6. Bedroom window
  7. Breakfast and meds
  8. Logged on
  9. Read mails
  10. Wrote mails
  11. Fed cat
  12. Got dressed
  13. Thinking about what to do today ...
  14. Trimmed some bushes, "talked" with some of my plants
  15. Out of house errands
  16. Need to do something ejoyable!
  17. Tidy up tidy up tidy up ......
  18. Paper work (not enjoyable but necessary)