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.

How do I start?

I'm new here, and totally baffled. Could someone give me some help in getting started? Thanks.

getting started

I just posted the signs of compulsive procrastination, and a list of tools for recovery. Click the Articles button and you'll see them listed. The Tools list should be very helpful to you.

I REALLY need this, so please be patient with me.

I've been a member for a few days, and I just know I need to be here.I'm self-employed, and there's no lack of work for me. Lately I've been using negative addictive behaviors to get by, and I feel like crap afterwards. Politics, weather, the economy, my employee, etc. have only a minimal bearing on this, but I hear myself telling lies to cover it. I also "borrow from Peter to pay Paul" too much, and then end up "here" again. I'm a member of a popular 12 step program, and thank God that problem has been virtually gone for several years. I've treated my procrastination as a "defect of character" all this time, and it isn't working, and things are nearly as bad as prior to the other 12 step program. I just need help, and I think it's here. Sorry for taking so much space. Thank you.

no need to apologize

You have nothing to apologize for! (Attempt to make a joke here that might fall flat... Perhaps add CoDA to your 12-step list? I say that only because codependency causes people to apologize for things that aren't their fault.)

You're by no means the only one in a 12-step program here (besides this one, of course). I'm 9.5 years sober in AA, and I volunteer answering phones at AA Intergroup (just started the phone thing).

That line in Step 6 of the 12-and-12 about procrastination being "sloth" always upset me because I was as powerless over my procrastination as I had been over the substances I abused, and the moral element stung. It's ironic, because AA was started partly in response to the prevailing view that alcoholism was a disease of immorality - that alcoholics simply lacked the good morals and will to stop. That's not the problem, as anyone who has struggled with alcoholism or drug abuse knows, and the same is true of procrastination. This is not a matter of good morals and adequate will power. There is more to it.

Welcome and getting started

Welcome Lark you've found a friendly and supportive site.

What's worked for me is:

1.Read the info on the site. Not all on one day.

2. Reflect and perhaps write on how procrastintion has affected your life.

3. Bookend.

If within the way you see the world then pray and meditiate.

I've gained so much and am so greatful.

Wishing you well and welcome.

Regards Rexroth

bookending, bookending, bookending

Jump on in!


getting started

You might find the articles on the site helpful - click the "Articles" button at the top of the page for a list.

For nuts and bolts help getting moving, I've found bookending here to be extremely helpful. Click the "Forums" button at the top of the Web site, then click the Check-ins board. The first message listed, "Why bookending works", will tell you how to go about bookending.

start bookending

We share our "to do" lists and help keep each other on track in the bookending forum. Today's post is here.

You can also check out the book reviews.

Start small, get some small victories, and work your way up! Welcome!