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.

Friday November 18, 2011



Have a great proactive day!


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tracy-la check in 11-18-11


No Exit

We have tried many ways of avoiding problems and pain. In addition to procrastination, we may have used food, alcohol, drugs, sleep, sex, compulsive activity, or excessive daydreaming to try to escape whatever it was that we did not want to encounter. Undoubtedly, we found that nothing worked permanently; the problem or pain remained.

It is the attempt to avoid discomfort that turns fear into panic. Whatever troubles or threatens us becomes more unmanageable when we pretend that it does not exist. Now that we have the PA program and contact with a Power greater than ourselves, we can confront our problems without searching frantically for an exit from reality.

Our pain is what teaches us the things we need to know. By being willing to be broken, we are able to become whole. Through our distress, we are watched over by the One who heals us. We need no exit.

Thank You for the faith that overcomes panic.

Adapted From Food for Thought: Daily Meditations



Do not compare yourself with others, for you are a unique and wonderful creation. Make your own beautiful footprints in the snow.
  —Barbara Kimball

Comparisons we make of ourselves to other women or men do destruction far greater than our conscious minds are aware of. Positioning ourselves or her on the "beloved pedestal" prevents the equality of sisterhood or brotherhood that offers each woman or man the freedom to be solely herself/himself.

Comparisons in which we are "the losers" darken the moment, cut us off from the actual rhythms of that moment. The consequences can be grave. Within any moment might be the opportunity we've awaited, the opportunity to achieve a particular dream. We must not miss our opportunities.

Each life is symbolized by a particular set of footprints in the snow. How wonderful and how freeing to know that we each offer something uniquely our own. We need never compete to be noticed. Each of us is guaranteed recognition for what we contribute, because it is offered by us alone.

Envy eats at us; it interferes with all of our interactions. It possesses all of our thoughts, caging us, denying us the freedom to achieve that can be ours.

I will look with love on my sisters and brothers. I will free them and myself to be all we are capable of becoming.

Adapted From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations 



P.A. Thought for the Day
I have gotten over my procrastination. I was always putting things off till tomorrow and as a result they never got done. "There is always another day" was my motto instead of "Do it now." Under the influence of procrastination and distorted thinking, I had grandiose plans. At times, I was too busy getting over the problems my prior procrastination had caused to start anything.

"Some day I'll do that" - but I never did it. In P.A. I have learned that it's better to make a mistake once in a while than to never do anything at all. We learn by trial and error. But we must act now and not put it off until tomorrow. Have I learned to do it now? 



Late check-in

Wasted 1 1/2 hours today surfing the net, catching up on email and reading the paper.

Very proud that I finally finished my email newsletter. I was afraid to finish it and send it out for review. I have lost confidence in my abilities because I'm out of practice. It's a vicious cycle. I don't write and then it takes me longer to do anything and then I'm so wound-up I make mistakes. I always think I'm going to be judged.    

Couldn't finish my "to do" list yesterday as I developed a stiff neck. Took some aspirin (didn't really help) and laid down to watch TV to wait it out. Felt terrible and couldn't think straight. Went to bed on time and woke up feeling somewhat refreshed.

5:30 pm check-in - Depressed about major contact not returning my phone calls. Will deal with it on Tuesday when I see his assistant.

Back is killing me. Need to take a break and run. Should get up from my chair more often.

Work for rest of day:

  • Apply to 5 jobs (applied to 2 jobs instead. Will apply to 1 more tonight and the rest on the weekend)
  • Call potential employer before noon to meet with them to give them my ID. I have a feeling they are going to rescind their verbal offer.   not in. call back on Saturday.
  • search for career jobs on internet (time myself) - 60 minutes (should have taken 30 minutes)
  • update jobs search spreadsheet
  • call bank to get credit card rate reduced 
  • research LI connections
  • Finish planned apartment clean-up for Monday & Tuesday.
  • Call friend to meet to look at computers for her.
  • Call sister to borrow transit pass.
  • Check-in at 4:00 pm (5:30 pm) and check both emails then.
  • Post "to do" list before bed.
  • go to bed by midnight.  

Journey 11:30

Happy Friday!   I had an early and long meeting which just ended so haven't even made my todo list yet.   I know I need to to finalize prep for this weekend's install, and that's the Most Important Thing.    

I value my time and use it wisely - Journey

kromer 10:15 CI

For today:
*Do microscopy work (checking 2 9-mo samples and email EA about it, look at my own slides and take notes on this)
*Check on expts, plan for being more consistent with this.
*Shop for yg, go to yg
*Do c.m

clement ci

pray for strength to stay on track today.

the touch of the master's hand:

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

Vic 11/18/11

Show up, suit up, look up (done)

Snapped out of my "downward spiral" , little help from friends, stepping back, walked,etc. So grateful for tools and willingness  to change with help of program .

Friend turned me on to great book :The Gifts of Imperfection by Dr. Brene Brown  web site:

Go Easy on Yourself, a New Wave of Research Urges (New York Times article)


Amazingly, All easier said than done,scary to changeone's thinking., even if true, but possible with help of PA(ers) Thanks for being here.



Rexroth Check In 08.40

Woke feeling fine - thanks to the Lord

Up prayer and reflection
Checked emails and posts

x Out to photocopy friend's letter
x Finish writing letters on behalf of friend, file everything and phone him
x Sort out washing
x Email another friend
x Finish listing images for copying
x List problems arising from friend's attempt to transfer images and what I want done
x Deal with mail if any
x Clean up in kitchen inclding floor
x Bath and wash hair

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth Check Out

All of above and
Worked out a different way of sorting images so I can do it myself and I am too tired to do it at the moment
Did the washing and hung it to dry
Tidied up everything

Prayer and reflection
Bed and sleep

Night Folks


My day

I have a friend coming in, so I need to get everything done relatively early.

Wake up at 9

(10-1200) X-Rays for my hip

Eat Lunch 

(1:30-3:00) Clean apartment

(3:30-5:00) Catch up in STAT.

5 on.... PARTAY!!!!


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 CLA meeting

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

5. Take shower

6. Get dressed

7. Eat breakfast

8. Get my things ready to take to the no-kill shelter

9. Go to the no-kill shelter

10. Go to the 12 noon telephone ACA meeting

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

12. Clear chair

13. Wash dishes

14. Cook and eat dinner

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

16. Go to the 10 p.m. telephone DA meeting

Thanks for letting me share