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 January 4, 2012



Have a great proactive day!


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Findingaway late CI

2.30 pm Thursday

Have done some useful things today but now procrastinating. Upset by call from hospital re my mother.

Yesterday was ok at client's office though not my best day.

Need to get back to my list and prioritise.

Just saw this, I'm so sorry

Just saw this, I'm so sorry to hear about your mother *hugs* Praying for you & her!

(Thanks Lucky)

Thank you so much for your prayers and thoughts. I should say however that my comment was a bit misleading in that my mother is not in the hospital at the moment (I am glad to say) but I have had an upsetting/frustrating time with the hospital trying to get some follow up care.

But she does have cancer. The good news is that she is very well at the moment, but no one can say for how long . . .

Argh, that must be very

Argh, that must be very scary. Wishing her the best of health for a very long time to come... and I know hospitals can be impossible - you have my sympathy!!!

re: Innertruth

"But just because I started off on the wrong foot doesn't mean that I'm destined to stay there."

i love that!

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


Max Barraclough


1. New habits

- Morning routine
- Respond to all 12 hours
- Read blogs & WSJ

Morning routine recent days: 282, 87, 150 

2. Tasks

Read AE book
bank issues: fraud, laptop
Call D
Call E
Call UP
How to deliver mail

piano sched
Linens, pillows, pillowcase shop
sched cleaner
update DF spreadsheet

NYRB subscription / check others

Chrome sync Mac

Recon Rodonk
Remodel Annex

Recent days: 41%, 40%, 10%


Innertruth's noon-time check-in

A step backward.

All the negativity about my life is coming back now that businesses are open and they're posting jobs.

Slept in, read part of the paper and got off to a very unproductive start.

But just because I started off on the wrong foot doesn't mean that I'm destined to stay there.

Lesson learned from yesterday's unproductive day - keep a time log - to find time leaks.

To do:

12:30 - 1 pm

4 pm edit

  • Check bank balance
  • email sister
  • Thank you Barb (moved to 8 pm)
  • Organize job search stuff

1 -  2 pm - PIC notices, call Pat

2 - 3:30 - Job search

3:30 - 4:30 - Go to bank (if needed), grocery shop (not needed!)

4 - 4:30 pm -break and late lunch

4:30 - 6:30 pm - apply for jobs

6:30 pm to 8 pm - run and groceries

8 to 10 pm - newsletter, Thank you Barb

10 pm- post Thursday schedule

Changes  to schedule: 2 1/2 hour phone calls to friend and potential client, 1/2 hour revising proposal and sending emails   

Times changed for the stuff below (changes are in red) 

3:45 - 5:00 - Job search (if not at bank)

5:00 - 6:00 - run

6:00 - 6:30 - dinner

6:30 - 9 pm - newsletter

9:00 - post Thursday schedule


katia 1.4

Excited that I got so much of my lab report done last night! I have 1/3 of it to go, but it is the scariest part. But I want to get it done!

To do today
-Oil change?
-Vacuum pine needles before connor eats more
-Finish lab!
-Email lab!
-Call re EZ pass
-crunches :( resume
-Mail health insurance form
-fill out dental forms
-put dishes away

clement ci


it feels a little different today. Feels like i will be posting here or its equivalent for the rest of my life. Like this is just how i do it. This is the daily medecine i take for my illness.

1st day back to work. There's a lot of tasks. not hard ones, but ones i have resistance/avoidance against.

but i will just keep pushing forward even with the fear and discomfort and anxiety. Not high anxiety today. Not knots in my stomach. Just really dont wanna.


the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


clement ci - list making reduces overwhelmed-ness

i want to report that i was overwhelmed with what i had to do today. i had all these things i needed to do in the back of my mind.

that was the problem--they were in the back of my mind.

Because of good habits i've learned here, i made a list. Know what? There's only 7 things on it. Not all have to be done today. And there is one that's most important/urgent.

So making a list made my vauge list of overwhelming tasks become concrete and manageable. I am so blessed to have this new view of my work today. Thanks HP.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


re: Feels like i will be posting here for the rest of my life

ditto . . . I certainly feel that I've improved since coming here, but I still need you guys.  


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

re: journey

the solidarity is comforting! Tx!

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


Can only agree on this.

double post

Can only agree on this.

Can only agree on this. Just the other day I overslept (like several hours), had procrastinated on lots of important stuff that was getting urgent, my appartment was a mess and it all made me feel like never ever leaving the bed.

But then I remembered to do a check in, and then it all seemed more managable. Now, a few days later, my apartment looks decent, I got started on the important stuff and I got a good feeling about tomorrow. Just reading other peoples lists are sometimes enough to get me back in the game.  

We're all working our way through this problem.

re: solidarity

yes i have to comment on this, even tho i already said it. Cuz i am so happy about it.

This was the original inspiration of the founders of AA. That, somehow, sharing our stories encourages all of us. I am so grateful and blessed to have this fellowship.

Thanks all of you!

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


kromer 10:30 CI

Send 3 tricky emails
Org email (will do this soon)
Plan stainings (made good progress on this)
Check expts
Talk to MG about W18 plan, finish write-up of W18 plan
Look into D1 (will do this soon)
Take for hist (will do this soon)
Bug, add
Winterize windows (hardware store closed earlier than I thought, so instead I'll take up pants)
(in the evening)
Call CH 

OK, starting by signing up for sectioning time, doing tricky emails, planning staining

Journey 8 am & updates

Yesterday was just ok, but I am now back in the swing of things after vacation.   I spent some time yesterday reviewing my goals for the year and generally getting back in the groove.   However, I tried to work on the RH project for about 3 hours and only got about an hour's worth of work done because I kept letting myself get distracted.  I'll forgive myself for getting a slow start after vacation and do better today.   

We forgot to leave the water running last night and this morning the well pump is frozen and I have no water.   I successfully shifted all blame for that error to my husband  :grin:  The good news is that it should warm up a lot by afternoon so it should unfreeze by itself. 

I've checked my email and calendar, and took care of one quick task already.   I will now exercise with a video then make my todo list and check back.   CYA L8TR

Update 10:30 I have water and a todo list, and I have completed 2 of my MITs.


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

Lucky back again

I'm back, having lost my job and had a big row over the squalor in my home all in one day...! First time I've made a to-do list in months. MUCH FEAR!

Fridge & cupboard
Tidy table & living room
CV emailing
JSA app
Collect dog food (if it arrives)
Shiva Nata
Prayer time

wb Lucky

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

Thanks journey!  So

Thanks journey! :)

 So far, none of this but have paid phone bill. Priorities now:

Fridge & cupboard
Tidy table & living room  

 I have probably till 6ish to do these and it's now 2.40, so reasonably achievable if I weren't so in knots I'm not sure I can even face going into the chatbox!! Um... I'm going to make coffee. Can do that! 

Phew! I managed all of them

Phew! I managed all of them just in time! I was going to lose my home if I didn't complete that. I don't know why I didn't just say that earlier to explain why I was so terrified, because we're all anonymous here so it's not as if I could hurt my housemate by talking about it.

Basically, she was away over Christmas, and asked me to clean the house while she was gone. What I actually did was make more mess and then not clean it, despite being up ALL NIGHT trying to find the willpower the night before she came home. So she came back yesterday to an absolutely filthy house. She has OCD (what Emma from Glee has, only a milder case) and it really triggered it - she felt awful, I felt awful, we had a huge row (neither of us having had any sleep) and she threatened to give me notice if it wasn't clean by today.

SO IT IS NOW CLEAN and the new arrangement is that I have the following weekly cleaning tasks:

Mop hard floors
Hoover downstairs (twice a week)

If I miss any of these, I'll be given a month's notice. She's happy for me to hire a cleaner if I don't feel up to doing it myself one week (I couldn't afford every week) but that'll require me realising ahead of time that I'm not going to manage something, which I find difficult. So I'll need to keep an honest eye on my mental state and think a few days ahead.

Before I forget, I also need to redo the sink and the George Foreman grill after dinner tonight as I didn't clean them properly (and the top of the bin, which I didn't do at all.)

I don't think she's being unreasonable given how difficult it is for her to be around dirt and how often I've done things like this in the past. My procrastination is VERY tied to compulsive messiness, and it's a wonder we've managed to stay living together so long with such incompatible mental problems!! 

This has been a bit of a day, so I'm going to take a break before attempting the rest of my to-do list, which now looks like this:

Not going to happen 
Laundry Not going to happen
Kitchen :)
Bathroom :)
Floors :)
Fridge & cupboard :)
Tidy table & living roomSmile 

CV emailing
JSA app 
Collect dog food (if it arrives)  It didn't
Shiva Nata 
Prayer time 
George Foreman
(Forgot to add) Tomorrow's list

Things I know I need on tomorrow's list: 

Check/clean out cupboards 
Collect dog food
Go to bank
Buy & change light bulbs 

Set up ocado payment £24

re: lucky

we've all been there. Our procrastination *** hits the fan. I hate it. But it's our life, huh?

and THAT is why i hope to keep checking in here my whole life and doing the tools, so that i can avoid my next crisis. O God please give me the strength to continue to work this recovery.

I'm so encouraged that you did it Lucky! Good job! It gives me hope for myself.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


Thank you!! *HUGS*

Thank you!! *HUGS*

Kitchen smiling
Bathroom smiling
Floors smiling
Fridge & cupboard smiling
Tidy table & living room smiling  
CV emailing smiling 
JSA app  - Can't do online, call 0800 055 6688 tomorrow
Shiva Nata :)

Prayer time smiling 
Writing  - part done
George Foreman
Tomorrow's list 

Steppin check in


Concert piece



Audition song for E


Do the dishes

Clear livingroom


Clean bathroom

Black laundry if possible


Make shopping list

Mail A

Renew passport



Stiff paper

Bathroom supplies

Something to keep my newspapers in

Not on the litst but done:

Clean the entire fridge

Take epic nap (kidding, but it was such a good nap)

Hit the gym

Edit: Didn't get too much done on the list, mostly because i just added things at random and didn't think through if I had time enough to do it. I knew I was tired from yesterday, so I should probably have guessed that I would need to take a nap at some point. In other words be realistic about how much I can do in one day.

My Day Today

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

Things I will today

1. Take shower

2. Get dressed

3. Eat brunch

4. Go to the dentist

5. Go to change my class to audit

6. Print out my class

7. Get my class book

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

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

10. Eat dinner

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

12. Take out carts

13. Take out trash

14. Take out recycling

Thanks for letting me share