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.

Monday August 29, 2011

Happy Monday, Everybody!

Have a great proactive day!


Smile Smile Smile Smile

Scribbler's Monday CI 8:07 p.m.

I don't know if just using Outlook and not posting here is going to work. My problem is getting distracted by online political discussions. I get into these things and spend vast amounts of time researching and writing posts. Meanwhile, paying work is being neglected. I have written a Cost Benefit Analysis a la Smart Recovery, and it's given me some insights that may prove useful. But it's still a problem. I'm irked. I spent a few or perhaps even several hours today doing that. Highly annoying. I really dislike sitting down in the evening feeling I have shirked my duties. 

 Well, I guess I'll give it a try tomorrow. Perhaps I'll just post quickly here and save the detailed task list for Outlook. There's gotta be a way. 

wrkinprogrss: 08/29/11

Short List:

job work:

  • ck mtgs status
  • reply to D's Q
  • incorporate rcts (work in progress, could do more on this)
  • meet w/ B & Y
  • research refresh needs (need to brainstorm next micro-step on this, I think)
  • ck stat rpt for other priorities

make mammogram appointment
make 40min. cleaning progress (never did get to doing this deliberately--may have gotten in a very few minutes)
ck Rx status (checked once at about 12:20pm; not yet ready)
 do del ld laundry
 do at least 15 minutes of Qi Gong
 use Balancer (did at least a bit--not sure how much, now)
bed w/ lights & sound off by 9:30pm (not even close)

Why and How:

 As part of choosing to have a satisfying amount of accomplishment, today, and making my surroundings more pleasing, I will postpone computer activities involving LJ, photos, and fan-fiction until after 6:00pm AND after doing 40min. of house-work. Before that time, I will also limit online audible browsing and online LNow browsing to 15 timed minutes each. (possibly a 40min. prerequisite was too much?)

 As part of nourishing and rebuilding my personal integrity, I commit to doing at least 30 minutes of job work before doing any of the following as a reward, starting now:

  •  Checking personal email
  • Taking photos (timed 15min max) (went over by about 10 minutes on this)
  •  Changing or uploading photos as a reward
  • Coloring (and after coloring one item, I will do at least another 30 minutes of job work before coloring again) (did OK on this until I hit my work hours for today goal, then totally splurged)

As part of caring for my body, today, I will do at least 15min. of Qi Gong, use the Balancer (did do some), and turn the computer off by 9:00pm. Further, I will choose to to move toward bed and sleep after 9:00pm, postponing reading and listening until another day.

Additional Possibilities:

check SR
post this at PA

clean shoes!
cook rhubarb

 change towel
draft G email re economic course
do th h/w journaling re self-abandonment (or self-sabotage)

think re &/or experiment w/ dance solo
research ordering new braces
make initial Tai Chi mp3 recording?

submit timecard

Innertruth checking in

Sat at my desk at 9:00 am for the first time in weeks!

Spent about 1/2 hour doing the things I shouldn't be doing instead of getting to the tasks at hand.

Productive work done already:

PIC email

Canvass schedule

Schedule coffee meeting

Rest of day:

- Update job schedule

- Apply to 3 jobs before lunch

- Misc tasks mid-day -  1. Call Chris, 2. Renew prescription, 3. Letter for Alec, 4. Complete 2 reports for Linda and mail. 5. Email Walker law


- 2 jobs

- Call sister

- Update schedule depending on tonight's plans


- Register for IABC & BOT events for September  

- Update September calendar

- Update schedule for Tuesday and cross off what has been done



Mollie Check-in 8:30am

I've set a goal for today and discussed it and rewards for doing it with my partner. I am going to do 3 bullet lists, give feedback on rpp, and do a bullet list on letter. If I finish by noon, I will leave work @ 3pm and we'll go to a museum. If I finish by 3pm, I'll leave work at 3pm, but no museum.

I'm grateful for this program.

Mollie Check-in 10:30am

OK, I am working on this stuff, which is really good. Have made a lot of progress on the first bullet list. Going to finish it up and move onto the next.

back again...

And back again. Having to write a report at the last minute again... :/

Just procrastinated work by reading a few articles about procrastination here on the forums. I hope it will help at least. Learned about "cognitive behavioural therapy" and "structured procrastination".

Structured procrastination (doing other things instead of the main task) is something I am actually quite familiar with, but it has one big problem: How do you get the main task done? Especially when you don't have much time left to finish it and it is extremely important?


My calendar doesn't look so great so far... :

I did probably complete some tasks, but since I haven't kept track of it, I'm setting everything to zero.

Well anyway: Today's task:

-Finish some sort of report draft, even if it isn't great and has a lot of copy/pasting. But finish something which looks like it's finished, even if the contents are not great, even if I have to fill it with lorem ipsum stuff. Basically get started and hope it will work out not too bad somehow.


P.S.: I noticed that setting my firefox shortcut to "firefox -P nonexistentprofile -no-remote"actually helps by making me choose my profile everytime and more importantly offering me the option to "exit" before even starting.

It's like a warning page: "Warning, you are probably about to waste your time. Are you sure you need to access the internet now?"

It has worked a few times. I just need to make sure to always close my browser when I'm done. Look up what I need and close it.

Overall, I'm still not very efficient, but maybe over time it will get better. I hope at least. Otherwise, well, things might change a lot... for better or worse... :/


Each Day A New Beginning :)

Thank you God for a new day to begin anew!

Rough Sunday...slept, procrastinated, and "researched"(surfed/procrastinated) on the computer all day...I let my thoughts and feelings and the weather get the best of me...until I was at the point of desperation...So, again, Thank you God for a new day!

Today, I am up and at it, making a dry run for my real first day back to work tomorrow...I have made a good start already and plan to continue the trend...instead of actually going to work I will try to make some closure with this house that I have been fighting all summer...I am not going to write down what I plan on doing...In my desperation last night, I read tools for recoevery and it talked about keeping a time log...that is what I am doing today...on, for today, I am just going to check in on my progress physically, mentally, and emotionally as I go through the day...So, ready or not, here I go!! Have a sunny new day everyone!! tHANKS FOR BEING HERE FOR ME...

10:00am TIred but keeping moving...have gotten a good amount dining room bedroom bathroom...after a little break i wil...

put bed linens in wash...

vacuum spot treat and steam clean bedroom carpet


start den

1:00 job well done!! Tired but feeling good that I am being productive... 

Break water protein fruit

1:30 Den 5:30 still workng on the den...have lsot my speed but have also done a lot besides just the den like laundry make bed drive daughter to practice  talk to friend on phone...wil now work on living room siince I am on that floor and then go back down and finish den by straightening papers putting Christmas stuff away...and vacuuming...

Monday August 29, 2011

Goals before starting work:


study Sql 

shower, breakfast, meditation

get daughter to bus, with lunch

decide whether or not to drive to temple and pray with others.



cut lawn and backyard

write thank you note

put down ideas to write mother in law a letter

change bird cage

pack dinner



My Day Today

I want to thank my Higher Power for this program, this website, the telephone and online meetings, and my life.

Things I will do today

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

2. Go to the 7 a.m. telephone DA meeting

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

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

5. Go to the 12 noon telephone ACA meeting

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

7. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

8. Eat brunch

9. Cook and eat dinner

10. Make bed

11. Wash dishes

12. Make business phone calls

13. Send out Al-Anon literature for today

14. Call my instructor for help

15. Finish up one of my assignments

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

17. Take shower

18. Get dressed

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

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

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

Thanks for letting me share