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, 16 Jan, 2012

Thanks Lucky

Appreciate the positive words!

wrkinprogrss: 01/16/12

Good wishes to all for your day and your week!

Question for myself: What am I choosing to concentrate on, today?

Reminder to myself: Breathe in wonder. Choose to hope. Choose to act!

assess laundry needs and schedule next
eat oatmeal with pear and walnuts
shower, etc
email check-in buddy
take pants to dry cleaners
2:30 appointment
laundry for Mon, Tue appointments
make shopping lists (good enough) and finish grocery shopping
cook vegetable soup
use balancer
do 15 minutes of Qi Gong

In Progress:
check in and bookend at P.A.

To Do:

notice how I feel, physically, and make notes for chiropractor
do at least 5 minutes of some kind of additional house-neatening

therapy homework: note when I say no to myself, ck if want to do any more book reading?
read or watch or listen to something related to possible better futures

aim for bed by 21:00, alarm 5:00 (early appointment, tomorrow)

Maybe Also:

shop for new glasses frames?
work on CS story?
figure out a job work pull-tab for Tue?

pay library fines due online?
start zine?
think about hosting P.A. online chat meeting again?
make progress on pre-tulip weeding?

tracy-la check in 1-16

I have been working on "Creating 2012" and went to a workshop run by a life coach.  The main point of the workshop was taking action, no matter how small the action or step. That is the basis of 12 Step Recovery too:


Act Your Way into Right Thinking

The PA program is one of action. For years, many of us have tried to analyze why we procrastinate. The fact is that no amount of thinking will change our habits. To change, we must act.

We act by writing down an action plan, calendaring our appointments or actions, by picking up the telephone and calling a PA friend or sponsor, by going to a meeting.

We act by making our environment free of distractions that we use to procrastinate instead of taking actions needed to achieve our goals. We act by planning our day so that we spend as little time as possible procrastinating during those periods when we are likely to be tempted by distracting or mind numbing activities.

We act by walking away from distracting or other activities, which are not on our plan.

As we work the Twelve Steps, we take actions, which result in concrete character changes. As we take the right action, our thinking changes and right thoughts come. But first we must act. What actions shall I take today?

Lord, direct my actions.

 Adapted From Food for Thought: Daily Meditations 

Since I live in Los Angeles, former UCLA Baseketball Coach's Seven Creeds comes to mind:


John Wooden's Seven Point Creed, given to him by his father Joshua upon his graduation from grammar school:

  • Be true to yourself.
  • Make each day your masterpiece. Don't try to be better than anyone else but have your best day.
  • Help others.
  • Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
  • Make friendship a fine art.
  • Build a shelter against a rainy day.
  • Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day


Often here we think about what we don't do well or see how and when we procrastinate but we should also remember what we do well. We don't procrastinate ALL the time after all :)

When you do something you are proud of, dwell on it a little, praise yourself for it.

—Mildred Newman

Each one of us is very good at something. Maybe it's baseball or tennis where we display talent. Maybe we're good in math or at giving reports. A few people are talented at being good listeners or helpful friends. To recognize our own talents we may need help from others. It's always so much easier to see our faults, or the ways we don't meet our own expectations.

But the fact is we are all skilled in many areas of our lives. To accept praise--better yet, to quietly give it to ourselves--is a sign of healthy growth.

What things have I done well lately?


From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families  



re: taking action

that piece about taking action was less threatening that most i've read. It encourages me to do it, which helps me. Thanks.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


Thanks tracy-la, these are

Thanks tracy-la, these are wonderful! 

Metaphor Mouse! Because playlists are better than tasklists.

Please help me email my mum this week!

(((I like the playlists idea)))

Thanks for the idea. Playlist.  Or experiment list.  

An experiment can never really be wrong.

Nor can play. Great ideas. 


Steppin check in

Next up:


Concert piece

Journey 11:15

Ah, today is a holiday for me yay!   I had an extremely busy weekend with work and family.  It was productive and enjoyable but I am tired and I'm glad I have the day off.   It's catch up day around the house today.

So far I have exercised, had a healthy breakfast, showered, made a start on the laundry and made my todo list.   Here's my list for today:


  • Plan
  • Exercise
  • Shower
  • Laundry - started
  • Dishes
  • Make potato soup - started
  • Install Itunes on this comput er
  • Reformat mp3 player, install sd card, reload
  • Check work email
  • cat litter
  • Bills and  Budget for the 15th - paid the one critical bill but didn't do the rest
  • Write up new exercise checklist for gym  - started
  • Organize a couple more kitchen cabinets - started
  • Straighten living room and dining room
  • Dust and vacuum bedroom
  • prescription
  • Read and relax fora n hour before bedtime
Off to finish up that load of laundry now.   Laundry is never ending!


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

clement ci

once again, y'all's sturggle working it out here encourages me.

NOTE: today i hopped out of bed with all motivation to attack the day.


i got interrupted by work while typing this ci.

altho i started off the day fast and with energy, i'm losing motivatio now.

oh, btw, i was going to say that i almost never hop out of med in the morning with motivation. it's been years since it has happened.

i am overwhelmed at how long this task is taking, and i dont want it to take that long, so i am avoiding it. As usually, this is invalid logic. So instead i will break it down and tolerate the uncomfortable feeling that this will take longer than i want. Longer than i think it should. But it will take as long as it actually does.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


Stressful time

Had a very stressful weekend, distracted by divorce-related issues that came out of the blue after a quiescent, seemingly peaceful period. Didn't impact upon me immediately, other than a little irritation, but gradually started consuming more and more of my attention, and making me feel progressively down. Need to get my focus (such as it is) back, at least enought to keep moving forward at work. I have had the experience before of getting swallowed up by my personal drama and becoming unable to work. One step at a time.

Goal 1: Work a while on the overdue, long projects that I had intended to make progress on this past weekend. I need to find a way to work on these things every day, even if it's only a little while. Waiting for expansive chunks of uncommitted time does not work, and the projects just get older. Maybe I can devote 2 hours now, before I get heavily involved in anything else.

Goal 2: Lunch

Goal 3: Work on new cases. 1 hour?

Goal 4: Spend time on carryovers from last week. 2 hours?

Goal 5: Break

Goal 6: If still on schedule, work on old projects again. 1 hour?

Goal 7: Work on some overdue paperwork other than cases (doesn't matter which)

Goal 8: Leave by 7:30 PM. Just want to get away. No specific plan after work.

Goal 9: To bed by 10 PM. Find I need extra sleep when feeling stressed and down, but still resist going to bed. Need to try to correct that.

Back to report. 

 Hugs, 4change, that

 Hugs, 4change, that sounds really hard. 

Metaphor Mouse! Because playlists are better than tasklists.

Please help me email my mum this week!

kromer 10:55 CI

Having a really hard time getting started..I feel like such a failure, and like I have so much stuff to do, that I'm just stuck. (I got almost nothing done last week, which is part of why I'm so stuck-feeling.)

OK, top priority are:
*Email about visit planning
*Do some girls grp planning and email
*Book a hotel in baltimore
*Start l28 staining and R10 staining (planning this out now)
*Start on presentation

Next priority are:
*Make a schedule for the week (will do this soon)
*Start s8 staining (which I did last week but didn't image--I feel like a moron, need to do better next time)
*Clean out fridge
*cf, check (will do this soon)
*Work on w18,446 plan

*Insulate a window, make soup and biscuits.

ok, that's a lot but doable. I'm also getting lunch with a friend at 1.
Right now, I'm going to email about visit and book a hotel.

hjf2bme's check-in 1/16/12

Rough weekend...too much free time, too cold, too warm and comfy in bed...Thank God for the Preamble, Signs, Tools and that helped a little...Just for today....Each moment a new beginning...

watch sermon 


Cat litter



work work

out w Carolyn

buy ink, blotter

print pics for everyone

buy shampoo

work for friend



sort socks

mtg w prof. org. at 9pm 

ready or I go!!


Recycler CI Jan 16 8:50am EST


Thanks, Lucky, for the thread starter :)

This weekend I played via my hobby; and even prepared some actual meals.

This morning: up, took puppy for a walk, ate breakfast, checked email and Internet.

Have started the clothes washer & dishwasher on their first loads of the day.

Have taken a [mild] caffeine pill for energy; hoping it will kick in soon.

No school for me today since it is a holiday here; but at 2:30 I need to remember to go to my Therapist. Need to do some other things, but will try to putter around the condo until it is time to go. May update CI later.

Probably the next project will be bagging up some trash. (not too hard ;) but I'm going to build up to it ;)

Update: Took 2 bags of trash to the dumpster, walked puppy. Folded clean towels from dryer and put away. Did second loads in the dishwasher and clothes washer. Fixed & ate lunch, & walked puppy. Friend repaid a loan, so I bought some stuff with funds. Now: more puttering until it is time to go to therapist.

Have a great day, everyone! :)


Thank you, gals & guys, for being here! :)

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. Eat brunch

2. Clean the stove

3. Go to the 12 noon telephone ACA meeting

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

5. Clean the bathroom

6. Go to my mothers and the store

7. Go to the face to face NA meeting

8. Go to the 9 p.m. online EA meeting

9. Eat dinner

10. Take shower

11. Re-Pack 

Thanks for letting me share



Get out of bed at 7:45 AM
Make and eat breakfast
Have a shower at 8:45 and get dressed
Clean my bedroom and pack my studying materials
Leave the house at 9:45 AM - doctor's apointment
Start studying at 11:30 AM and do 1 round of (10+2)x5
Make and eat lunch
Start studying at 01:30 PM and do 2 rounds of (10+2)x5
Have a snack
Start studying at 04:00 PM and do 3 rounds of (10+2)x5
Have dinner
Start studying at 08:00 PM and do 3 rounds of (10+2)x5
Have a shower 
Write my to-do list for tomorrow
Meditate for 20 minutes with some good music
Turn of the lights at 12:30 am

Fermiona - recap

Get out of bed at 7:45 AM - DONE
Make and eat breakfast - DONE
Have a shower at 8:45 and get dressed - DONE
Clean my bedroom and pack my studying materials - DONE
Leave the house at 9:45 AM - doctor's apointment - DONE
Start studying at 11:30 AM and do 1 round of (10+2)x5 - NOPE :-(
Make and eat lunch - DONE
Start studying at 01:30 PM and do 2 rounds of (10+2)x5 - NOPE :-(
Have a snack -DONE
Start studying at 04:00 PM and do 3 rounds of (10+2)x5 - DONE
Have dinner - DONE
Start studying at 08:00 PM and do 3 rounds of (10+2)x5 - PARTLY
Have a shower - DONE
Write my to-do list for tomorrow - NOPE :-(
Meditate for 20 minutes with some good music - DONE
Turn of the lights at 12:30 am - DONE

Lucky's Playlist

Up by 5 :)  
Check in :)
Shiva Nata :)  
Write 3 stories :)  
Post on WB
- tried, pic didn't work
Email, facebook, twitter, LJ - one session each - in progress :)
Reschedule CCCS - Call 0845 0700960 am from landline :)
Call Streamline re pwd :)
Let SITR know new address :)
Seek support on PA for mum email :)
Check Gretchen Rubin happiness project blog :)
Reorder prescription :)
Prayer/bible reading time :)

Delete spam on C website

Plan all findings-out necessary for CCCS
Bathroom shelves
Find earphones & vitamins
Try & fix iTunes
Cranes & sewing stuff upstairs :)
Cut fringe
Find library application pack
Find old DMP sheet with acct nos
Mend trousers
Fold 5 cranes :)
Clear table
Clear kitchen :)
Write down money spent :)
Journal :)
Put out tomorrow's clothes
Tomorrow's list 
Bedtime reading
Phone & computer downstairs 
Bed by 10