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 20th July 2011

Welcome to Wednesday

Called by some Humpday

Lets get on with it.

Definite parallels Hypatia

Wow, I imagine our work settings are probably different, but avoiding finishing reports is something I can certainly relate to. Hang in there.

Domino effect

Got started working late yesterday morning. I tried to make a plan to recover in the afternoon, but misjudged how long some things would take and had some unexpected interruptions. As a result, I gradually lost control of my evening work plan, and left work hours later than intended. This led to a late bedtime, difficulty getting up this morning, and another late start today.

Feeling down this morning. This business of always being behind in everything, be it work, bills, exercise, diet, sleep, or personal development, is very frustrating. Yet the anxiety and feelings of avoidance all of these things prompt in me, which I allay by procrastinating and distracting myself online, serve to keep me continually struggling to catch up. Ironically, when I do get caught up in one area, I don't quite know what to do with myself, and tend to dawdle until I am back in the situation I am most accustomed too, behind and breathless.

Well, I have no realistic plan to catch up today. All I can really do is plug away. I have to strongly resist the urge to procrastinate. I have to avoid self-recriminations which only make me feel worse about myself and more anxious about what remains undone. Finally, I have to develop a backbone when it comes to ending the workday. Feeling guilty about leaving at a reasonable hour sets me up to become more tired, less efficient, and definitely more unhappy as the week wears on. Trying in vain to decrease stress about work this way only creates stress in my non-work life, because things I need to attend to keep getting put off.

Goal 1: 11 AM-12 Noon: 30 minute blocks x 2

Did well with this

Goal 2: 12 Noon to 1 PM: Meeting

Meeting ran over until 1:15 PM

Goal 3: 1 - 1:30 PM: Lunch

Lunch 1:15 - 1:45 PM

Goal 4: 1:30 - 4:30 PM: 30 minute blocks x 6

Oops. Resolve faded, 1:45 - 2:45 PM email, news checking

Goal 5: 4:30 - 5 PM: Break

Goal 6: 5 - 7 PM: Work on old overdue cases

Goal 7: Leave shortly after 7 PM

Goal 8: 8-10 PM: Personal time

Goal 9: To bed shortly after 10 PM

Okay, off I go. Back to report.



Hypatia's check-in

I'm in a situaiton I've identified as particularly prone to procrastination.  I've seen 4 clients today, and now need to get the reports dictated.  This is the point at which iIusually find something else more "urgent" to do.  I've got a few small items that must be done today, and then I have GOT to persuade myself to write these 4 reports before I go home tonight.  Chatroom here I come!

  • deal with phone calls
  • today's reports #1 #2 #3 #4
  • in-tray
  • J's report


kromer 10:15 CI

Yesterday was a little better than Monday, but today I overslept and am having a hard time getting started.

For today I need to:
*collect sample
*Finish updating  records
*Email D w/ condolences
, email about thesis comm
*Blood donation
*Orders, sol'ns
*Brainstorm paper figures (come up w/ 5 options and mock up at least 2)
*Shop and cook

Scribbler's Hump Day CI 8:32 a.m.

Thanks for kicking us off, Rexroth. And thanks to all for being here. You're important to me.

Wow. I have a lot to do. And my girlfriend wants me to take off early to hang out with her and some friends. Erk. Well, I'll see how it goes. May have to skip the run, for starters.


  • Get up at 6 (hour late today, but I sure slept well)
  • Make bed
  • Exercise
  • Healthy breakfast
  • Coffee, paper
  • Check-ins
  • Run (Tabata! The friend to time-strapped exercisers.)


  • Update Quicken
  • File sellbiz FC
  • File vacation FC
  • Outline whyinsure
  • Draft whyinsure
  • FC whyinsure
  • File whyinsure
  • Invoice whyinsure


  • Healthy lunch
  • Ck Million11 final
  • Call 3 re: golfbank
  • File 1 BN (deal)
  • Rewrite kerrivlle
  • Send kerrville expenses
  • Update 5 custom pubs
  • Q - E,  AEO (?)
  • Send music email
  • *Apply for health ins (if poss)
  • Hang out w/RB and friends (?)

Well, the time has come for me to go hang out with my gf and her friends. Eesh. I'd rather stay and work, but that's what I agreed to do. I'll try to be more focused -- and say no to interruptions -- tomorrow. 


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


  • G inspection sticker

Journey 9:30 & updates

Good morning!   I'm working from home today and my daughter is visiting . .. a dangerous combination.   I'm feeling a bit sluggish too although I have been out for a nice long walk/jog,   I'm jogging about half of the hour now . . . I'm increasing it VERY slowly and starting to think hey maybe I can actually become a jogger in my dotage.   I've always injured myself every time I tried to learn to run and ended up going back to the elliptical or the bike, but I actually love running.   If it's warm outside.   I'm not that big on going outside in the cold.

Anyway, I will probaly check in frequently today because I'm just not in the mood to work and I'll need the accountability.   I'm starting instant boss, and then I will complete my morning routine which includes making todo list.   First thing I want to get done is some research/documentation for the DR plan.   It won't be fun but it is a frog I need to eat.

Update 12:30 I've been in reactive mode all morning.   I started working on the frog above and then got called to join a 30 minute meeting in which I told them I was trying to work on gathering their info if they would just leave me the eff alone.   Of course I put it much more tactfully but I was quite annoyed.   Had another meeting about new project, then finished up the DR info and I am just now getting around to making my todo list for the rest of the day.   I will make it quick, no need to spend a lot of time planning, as I know what I need to do.


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

Daily check in

I have felt very lethargic and unmotivated for the past little while.

About 9:00 last night I ran about 3k without having any cramping in my legs and felt really good. It was still hot but not unbearable.   

I woke up at 7:15 pm, after having about 5 hours of sleep and decided not to go back to bed. I read the paper, showered and went for a walk and got back home at 9:00 am.

I need to change my routine so I can try to get out to run (or take a long walk) in the morning before it gets too hot.

I investigated a support group for people with depression and I will check it out next week. My therapist hasn't been very helpful, but I know I need to help myself more.

Tasks for day:

9:30 - 10 - Business emails

10:00 - 12:00 - Newsletter

12 - 1:00 - Lunch & telephone friend MEH

1:00 - 3:00 - Newsletter

3:00 -3:15 -break

3:15 to 5:15 - apply to jobs

5:15 - 5:30 - get ready for BBQ

5:30 - 9:30 - travel to and from BBQ

9:30 - phone friend MO

10:00 - 11:00 relax, watch TV

11:00 - bed


Thanks for the thread

Thanks for the thread Rexroth!

Work 8AM-5PM: 

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

-read 1 hr s 

-work with me 

-update cm

-talk to mk

-finish form for r [DONE]

After Work 5PM-Sleep:

-go through accounts payable

-add chat to site

-get real quote from homeowners ins

-check how good homeowners ins company is 

-send out 20 emails for rr

-checkout hw site [DONE]

-tighten dining chair legs

-take out trash [DONE]

-haircut [DONE]

-squat/bench/pullups [DONE]

-start blog

-grab colicchio book

-buy trash bags [DONE]

-add ll c [DONE]

Rexroth Check In

Up prayer reflection
Bath not working so phoned landlords
Checked emails and posts
Emailed and phoned people with whom I have a complaint and I am devoting too much energy towards resolving - I need to be doing other things
Emailed friend who had a rough day yesterday
Phoned friend to ask him to give me some letters which I need to assist him
It is now nearly midday and I have not done many things I need to do for myself

Personal admin -x- in the middle of now in midafternoon
x Check mail when/if it comes
x Study French

I have so much I need and want to do and I am still not feeling completely well though much better than yesterday

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth Check Out

Admin but I am avoiding some tasks
Wrote journal
Prayer and reflection

Go to bed and go to sleep

I feel a lot better

Night Folks


Loving it!

I am loving the fact that I made PA my home page on the computer! This is how I unwind and regroup after work...but it leads to getting sucked into surfing the net for...long periods of time!! Great way to surfing for important/necessary info...we can justify anything, eh? I went to ameeting for another recovery group last night and the topic was honesty! bluck! Recovery for me is more than just quitting the physically unhealthy things...It's more about changing unhealthy habits, thought processes and actions...Honestly, I have been procrastinating lately to the point where my life is unmanagable! Constant honesty (vigilance)is the only way to break out of the old unhealthy habits for me!! Having the PA webpage as my homepage is really helping me to stay honest (accountable) about my actions and thought processes...Thank You PA for being here...and now for what I need to do:

Ready or not!!

12:30 get a healthy lunch

1:00 leave for car appt.

get caught up on work stuff while waiting

call re: loan while waiting

read a book while waiting

get to work for 4:30



pack bag for tomorrow

bed by 10!!

ready or not, here I go!