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 December 21, 2011



Have a great proactive day!


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Falcon CI Wed. - pack stuff to mail

O.k., really, seriously.

I want to get the stuff mailed.

And I really don't have time to pack it up tomorrow, since I'll be running around trying to finish shopping, doing laundry, etc.

And I've put it off way, way, long enough.

So it's time to do it tonight.

It's not even hard!  Or painful!  Or anything!  It might not even be time-consuming!

There's no good reason not to do it.  

I'm gonna head over to the chatroom for some support getting started.


Falcon CO - stuff is packed!

Done!  Thanks to companionship & cheer in the chatbox!


tracy-la check in 12-21


"We possess such immense resources of power that pessimism is a laughable absurdity."  Colin Wilson


But where are those immense resources today? They cannot be accessed because today I am nursing my resentments or indulging my anxieties. 

Did I put it on the top of my "to do" list to nurture my smallest resentments or my hidden insecurities or anxieties? Can't I see that these are all the things that shut me down? All the things that hide who I really am.

When I'm shut down like that -- I am out of action and my life is getting worse. Because I am out of action. But now there's a crisis. And in a crisis? In a true emergency? I rise up and you see me at my best!

So the overriding question of life is: Who will produce the crisis? Fate or me? How will I now live? Waiting for outside emergencies and challenges to wake me up? Or living another way? The way of the warrior.

Chapter 7, Time Warrior, Steve Chandler 


Hand on the tiller

Oak-hay. Good day yesterday. A few slipups, but productive. Made some progress in mulptiple categories. Did I get everything I wanted done? Nope. But, as *findingaway* pointed out yesterday in a related posting, one can have unrealistic goals, so that failing to meet them isn't failure per se, and certainly not something to beat oneself up over. The important thing for me is to keep moving and not get stuck. Am I making enough progress to finish what *must* get done, in time for me to travel on Saturday and take my vacation? I don't know. If I stop to think about it, I am a little skeptical, but I am purposely avoiding concentrating on that, because it will only make the pressure worse. Instread, I am trying to focus on the 30 minutes (or 15, if it's a quickie) in front of me, with some sense of trying to move forward in all categories. Morning taken up with meetings, time to get cracking.

Goal 1: Work on 1 case, up to 30 minutes.

Goal 2: Lunch

Got bogged down right here. Started answering email, some of which generated additional email, and wasted an hour. Feeling very frustrated. Trying again, will concentrate on the 15 minute cases at least until 5 PM.

Goal 3: Work on cases, decide for each either up to 30 minutes if it looks longer, or up to 15 if it looks straightforward. Try to do as many of the 15 minute ones as possible first. Those will be gone and I will see heartening progress, i think.

Goal 4: Break around 6 PM to reassess and take a short break. Trying to avoid my usual sit down dinners, because I currently prefer to keep pushing, then eat something light after work.

Goal 5: Leave work between 8:30 and 9 PM. Later than I would like, but it's 1:15 and I am just getting started because of the morning activities.

Goal 5: Personal time 9 to 11 PM.

Goal 6: Go to bed *at* 11 PM.

Back to report.


unrealistic goals

Very true!  When I find that I'm consistently not completing my todo list, often it's because there are TOO MANY THINGS on there and not enough time built in for transition, unplanned tasks, breaks.   Surprisingly I seem to get more done, and feel better,  when I put fewer things on my list and actually complete them.   


Be confident.  Stay focused.   One thing at a time.

Max Barraclough


Mind, Body, Spirit
- Meditate for 20 minutes
- PAI, PA before after, MMB
- Stretch, 0 pushups, 0 pistols, 0 pullups (DAY OFF)
- 1 pitcher of protein shake, vitamins, pill
- Brush AM, PM

Reliable/In touch/Communicative
Respond to all e-mails within 12 hours


Forms to LS reg
e-mails to LS reg
Budget: format, L bo, reconcile, EOY bo, make it good
5 presents
Order muscle milk
write DM
install Macab
FH contact
DK contact
B photos to A
E-mail 5 for din
G recontact

Call USAA fraud
Call USAA stolen laptop

Pick up laundry

Morning routine - 2 (2)
Meditate – 12 (12)
PAI – 26 (26), MMB – 17 (17), PA - 21 (21) after 2 (2)
Stretch - 21 (21), Pull-ups - 0 (4), pushups - 14 (14), pistols 14 (14)
Shake - 11 (11), vitamins - 20 (20), pills 0 (12)
Brush AM/PM - 10 (10)
Read: WSJ 2 (2)
Respond to all in 12 hours: 2 (2)


clement ci - danger zones


i have many danger zones. Times / situations where i'm likely to get off track.

Today is one: i have free time.

yes, let me celebrate. I finished all my 2011 work late last night. (ironic cuz i JUST posted in a thread from 12/19 about how we should end on time and start again tomorrow. But i did not. I stayed up late to finish. But, i have been cutting myeslf off and going to bed on time lately, so i took 2 days, last night and night before, to stay up late and finish. Cuz i knew i had other things to get done today and i needed the time. Dunno, maybe i'm just rationalizing away my addictive behavior. :/)'s danger zone is that feeling of copious amounts of free time. I've been at this for 30+ years and i know how that goes. At the end of that copious period i may have done none of the helpful / fun things i wanted to do cuz of so many distractions / time binges along the way.

I know the next right thing: go to the club, workout, and have my quiet time. That should steel me for the rest of the day, to enjoy it, to do all the next right things that are part of this day.

I am here to steel my will. God grant me strength.


i'm back from the club. now--even tho i'm not working--make a schedule. It will help keep me on track. No one thing more urgent than anything else.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


Journey 7:30

Working from home today, and I'm on vacation starting Friday so I'm in vacation mode and don't want to work.   I had planned on going to the gym this morning and running some errands on the way home, but a dog mess changed my mind lol.   I'm washing bedding now and I'll do an exercise video.   I've been messing around on the computer for half an hour, time to get busy.  I will exercise, then fire up the work laptop and make my todo list before breakfast.  Back later to post MITs

Update 11:00 took me a while to get started but I finally did my exercise and todo list.  I had a conference call at 10 which just ended.  MITs follow.

  • exercise
  • plan
  • performance meeting
  • quiet time (been neglecting this!)
  • help h. with new project - 1-2 hours - started - waiting for him now
  • work on OS cert - 1-2 hours - took about 3.5 hours but I am FINISHED at least until my boss reviews and suggests changes
  • team meeting
  • work on goals for next year
  • RH review - didn't get to this because I spent longer than planned on cert
  • TM - start speech research OR work on web site - 1/2 hour
  • errands - lib, po, grocery store - 1 hour - I'll do this tomorrow or Friday
  • dinner
  • dishes
  • laundry
  • make up bed


Be confident.  Stay focused.   One thing at a time.

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 8:30 a.m. telephone PA meeting

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

3. Eat brunch

4. Call my apartment manager

5. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

6. Take shower

7. Get dressed

8. Clear my floor near my bed

9. Go to the 12 noon telephone ACA meeting

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

11. Go to the 3 p.m. telephone CLA meeting

12. Go to my job at 4 p.m.

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

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

17. Write list

18. Do numbers

Thanks for letting me share