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.

Hi and intro from new participant wrkinprogrss

Hi, All,

I'm new here--I've been looking for a good place to post my daily to-do lists, as I find that I do better at accomplishing things if I tell other people I'm going to do them and if I can claim public credit for getting them done.

I only recently realized that procrastination has been a long-term underlying problem for me. This became clear while I was reading The Procrastination Equation. What has been obvious to me for a lot longer is that I am an internet addict. I'm working on moderating my internet use, with help from folks at Online Gamers Anonymous and SMART Recovery, but I have quite a ways to go on that. Hopefully working explicitly on my procrastination will help.

Some miscellaneous facts about me: I'm 52, employed in a high-tech job, and a lifelong California resident. I'm behind schedule on my job work, my rented house is very cluttered and in need of various sorts of cleaning and upkeep, and I've been putting off some big financial things. I'm doing pretty well at exercising regularly. Some of my pleasures in life are photography (currently mostly nature and garden), dance, and reading fiction. Unfortunately, reading fiction has long been a major way I've procrastinated, and photography can be another, though thankfully not to the same extent. The challenge is to be moderate and balanced. I'm not there, yet, but I'm working on it.

Thanks being here--I'm smiling and feeling hopeful as I write this, and I look forward to getting to know you!


Welcome, wrkinprogrss


I am back to this site after a 10+ month hiatus, closed a failed business, moved from Georgia to California California. I am a little bit older than you, and currently work from home--so I am now working to get my work done, rather than computer and other distractions.

I have many of the issue issues you describe, and am so glad we have tools here and can help each other.

Also love reading, etc.--very seldom do I lack for non-work activities I enjoy. Work, cleaning up, and taking care of business are my avoidances.

Welcome wrkinprogress

Form your description  of yourself you've come to the right place.  I can see so much of my difficulties in what you describe.  Keep posting!



Thanks for your welcome message, Hypatia! It feels good to be among folks who understand what I'm talking about without needed a big explanation. Smile

Best wishes for whatever you're working on!


Welcome wrkinprogrss!

Good to have you here. I am a fellow procrastinator via reading fiction, and almost the same age as you.

Keep coming back! Smile

Thanks for your welcome

Thanks for your welcome message, findingaway, and for letting me know a bit about you.

If you have any tips, now or later, about how to consume fiction in appropriate amounts and at appropriate times, I'd very much like to know about them! Escaping into stories is a habit I developed when very young (age 6? 7? something like that), so it's a particular "stretch" for me to think about relating to reading in new ways or making other choices in circumstances where I'd ordinarily read for escape. I'm hoping to find ways to read appropriately without feeling a lot of internal conflict between "shoulds" and "wants."

Best wishes for whatever you're working on,


Procrastination by reading

I too am new to the site.  I also started reading at a very young age and it is one of the BEST excuses to procratinate - just 1, 2, 3, etc. more pages!  LOL

Reading through this thread I had to throw out a thought - have you tried audio books?  You can rent them online but you can download them free at the library too.  You can listen while driving or while picking up clutter - have your cake and eat it too.

I still have to do my introduction of myself - not sure if it is legitimate that I am thinking of what to write or if I am just procrastinating...

Best of luck to you!



the double-edged sword of audiobooks

Hi, TJ, and thanks for the comment!

Yes, I listen to audiobooks a LOT. For me, it is a double-edged sword--sometimes it helps me get going and/or keep going on a boring project. But sometimes I listen to an audiobook instead of doing something that takes more focused attention or willpower, such as clearing up clutter that requires decisions or going to bed at a reasonable hour!

It's been awhile since I rented an audiobook. I mostly buy them as downloads, now--I found that I wanted enough of them that I could commit to buying two a month from, which got me a good ongoing deal compared to single audiobook prices.

I also sometimes download podcasts to listen to during routine chores.

Best of luck to you, too!