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, 23 January 2012







Have a great proactive Monday everyone!

Check-in at 3:19 pm.

Monday, aaah. Yesterday I slept 18 hours straight. It was good because it happened on sunday ;I . I lost my phone... I take it as a sign to not focus too much on gadgets and possessions.


-  Do riffs.

- Write work.

- Cook.

- Email O.

- Answer Chaf.'s invitation.

- Sow tomatoes.


I already:

- Had breakfast.

- Gathered material for Movie (warning: you already have enough material. Start it instead next time.)


Fear is only a thought and as a thought you can ignore it.

agnus ci, update 4:34pm

 started loggin in here hours ago and got sidetracked. gonna be that kinda day. HP asked me to refrain from coffee this morning and I did, but i use coffee to manage my ADD and the consequences are awful. J just begged me to have a cup of coffee! i haven't eaten lunch oe made a list or accomplished much other than clearing a few backlogged emails....

off to eat, pray, and make a list.

4:34pm - this is insane. I still have not eaten lunch. There are 10 different items open on my desktop and I am trying to work them all at once while swatting incoming emails that demand immediate attention.  God help me!  (deep breath, 3x) ----  OK, swatting a Boss-demand, then stopping to eat NMW (No Matter What).

"My boundaries enclose a pleasant land." Psalm 16

wrkinprogrss: 01/23/12

Hi, Everyone, and good wishes for your day!

Today, I choose to concentrate on reality (rather than fiction) until at least 18:00. (Did OK with the letter of this, so-so with the spirit.)

Did or Did Well Enough on Monday, 01/23/12 Smile:
P1 prioritize
P0 brush teeth, splint
P2 schedule next act re shopping for new glasses frames
P2 submit timecard
P0 get early pills, eat something
P1 3 15-min bursts of work progress before noon (finished only about 5 minutes late)
P1 4 more 15-min bursts work progress before 15:30
P0 ck meeting times, prep+do
P0 warm & del loads laundry
P2 5 minutes kitchen sink progress
P2 email check-in buddy
P1 4 more 15-min bursts work progress before 18:00 (did but 3 out of 4 were very late)
P0 Qi Gong
P2 balancer
P0 bedtime Rx

Made Progress on Monday, 01/23/12:
P2 check in and bookend at P.A.
P3 think when car maint incl tire rot (looked up mileage intervals)
P1 some sort of hopeful future rsch (noted SG as person interested in reasonable amount of energy per human being, and did some initial research re TED Talks)

Did Not Do on Monday, 01/23/12:
P0 shower, etc.
P2 massage heel

P1 grocery shop &/or cook b-rom+ricex
P2 dark load laundry

P3 5 min. neatening toward password finding
P3 10min. making zine notes

Bonus Items:
P4? 5min. Tai Chi rsch / draft Qs?
P3 5min. business paperwork/decisions microsteps (which?)
P3? 5 min on weed front bed 4tulips?


Okay, Friday was NOT a good day. I started out strong, but then I panicked because I had to start a new project. Today is going to be different. I have some new projects that I have to start, but that is okay. Also, I am going to start exercising today. :)

To Do List:

  • Go to gym to set up account
  • Exercise--Go at least 3 miles. Try to run, but it's okay to walk if you have to. 
  • Come home and shower and dress.
  • Make bed
  • Put in a load of laundry
  • Lunch time phone call to hubby
  • Read through Rs and give feedback
  • Check email for anything urgent/important
  • Clean purse
  • Wipe down table
  • Get the trash ready to go outside
  • Feed birdies
  • Take out trash
  • Check to make sure correct document got sent through

  • Update work to do list

  • Determine a new big project on which to work

  • Big project 1 hour
  • Laundry to dryer
  • New load to washer
  • Grocery list and coupons

  • Big project for 1 hour
  • Dishes

  • Fold clothes in dryer; clothes in washer to dryer

  • Big project for 1 hour
  • Make dinner

  • Clean up dinner
  • Email M.
  • Go grocery shopping
  • Put away groceries
  • Pack hubby's lunch
  • Email and review for M.
  • Go to bed at 10, and you can read for 30 minutes.

tracy-la check in 1-23 - New Energy Coming

For me, it has become apparent that working on my failing to take action on important tasks is at times tied to my trying to please others and codependency. So this weekend I didn't get my tasks done but got kids' stuff and friend's stuff done. Part of my recocvery is from codependency. So this reading below speaks out to me.


1. pack for Iowa trip - be at airport by 2:30. flight leaves at 4 pm and LAX is a zoo always now.

2. new year cards

3. V bill

4. V letter

5. exercise

6.  new matter - email re: same

7. calendar / messages / voicemail

8. prepare for project H. copy in pdf. call RS

9.  2 other bills

10. 2 other bills

Reading #1

New Energy Coming 

Fun becomes fun, love becomes love, and life becomes worth living. And we become grateful.
  —Beyond Codependency

There is a new energy, a new feeling coming into our life. We cannot base our expectations about how we will feel tomorrow, or even a few hours from now, on how we feel at this moment.

There are no two moments in time alike. We are recovering. We are changing. Our life is changing. At times, things haven't worked out the way we wanted. We had lessons to learn. The future shall not be like the past.

The truly difficult times are almost over. The confusion, the most challenging learning experiences, the difficult feelings are about to pass.

Do not limit the future by the past!

Reflect on the beginning of your recovery. Haven't there been many changes that have brought you to where you are now? Reflect on one year ago. Haven't you and your circumstances changed since then?

Sometimes, problems and feelings linger for a while. These times are temporary. Times of confusion, uncertainty, times of living with a particular unsolved problem do not last forever.

We make these times doubly hard by comparing them to our past. Each situation and circumstance has had its particular influence in shaping who we are. We do not have to scare ourselves by comparing our present and future to a painful past, especially our past before we began recovering or before we learned through a particular experience.

Know that the discomfort will not be permanent. Do not try to figure out how you shall feel or when you shall feel differently. Instead, trust. Accept today, but do not be limited by it.

A new energy is coming. A new feeling is on the way. We cannot predict how it will be by looking at how it was or how it is, because it shall be entirely different. We have not worked and struggled in vain. It has been for and toward something.

Times are changing for the better. Continue on the path of trust and obedience. Be open to the new.

Today, God, help me not judge or limit my future by my past. Help me be open to all the exciting possibilities for change, both within and around me.

 From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie 

P.A. Thought for the Day

Procrastinators are people whose procrastinating got them into a "blind alley." They haven't been able to learn anything from their procrastinang experiences. They are always making the same mistakes and suffering the same consequences over and over again. They refuse to admit they're compulsive procrastinators. They still think they can handle their work without structure, eliminating distraction triggers and procrastination triggers. They won't swallow their pride and admit that they're different from ordinary people. They won't face the fact that they must spend the rest of their lives working,doing tasks and responding to requests in a different way. They can't visualize life without having to follow a structure that works for them. Am I out of this blind alley?

Adapted From Twenty-Four Hours a Day    


thanks again tracy-la

these readings help me. (But i dont wnat that to make you feel pressure to continue them.) Today i'm hit by:

"Do not limit the future by the past!"

oh how i need to do that. In fact, i have made progress in this area. This used to plague me way more than it does now. Now, i just need reminders to stay the course, keep moving forward, make the best catch-up plan, this minute is the first minute of the rest of my life.

"We make these times doubly hard by comparing them to our past."

This is just so true! And yet, so hard for me to remember, nonetheless.

The talk of how problems can shape you reminds me of a bible verse that gives me great comfort and hope

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. - James 1:2-4


Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4

These verses are like the phrase: "If it doesnt kill you, it makes you stronger."

In my own life, when i endure "bad days" it is teaching me that i am indeed powerless, or at least on some days i am, and i do infact need HP to save me. And i am learning to wait for His rescue, and it does come. In fact, yesterday was a very bad day, and this morning is already looking up.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


Being gentle on myself...

Woke up today with a migraine.  Again.  


If I can tolerate enough light to really work, I will start by noon and try to...


--line up all the due dates for everything with grad-school apps.

--practice at least an hour of piano

--practice an hour of flute

--and if my head is markedly better in the evening, I might clean the apartment.


But I will do what I can, and not beat myself up for what I cannot.


And I will continue to remind myself that I am not without hope, I am still breathing and so things are much better than they are worse.  There is always hope for improvement, and even if the grad schools reject me for the combined Masters and eqivelency, I can always try for just the equivelency and then apply for the combined once they see that when I have a schedule, health, and a purpose, I succeed very well. 

smilinglight 11:15am

Not sure if i'm doing this right. It's my first day here :)

This is what I have for today:


  1. Work on 50 problems 10 20 30 40 50
  2. Email a thank you
  3. Speak to customer service
  4. Order book and plan study
  5. Find and note deadline
  6. Buy groceries
  7. Cook
  8. Return calls
  9. Two loads of laundry - 1 2
  10. Two loads of folding clothes - 1 2
  11. Wish friends for birthday
  12. Exercise   


ok Let's see what I have to

ok Let's see what I have to do.

Financial aid stuff - maybe call the office (Done)

Brush hair 3 seperate times for waves to form (wanna look good for the ladies)

Brush 1 (Done)

Brush 2 (didn't make it)

Brush 3 

Finish application for pizza hut (Done)

Good luck Journey!

Toastmasters, huh? That's so cool. Do well, but most of all enjoy it!

Thanks 4change!

I haven't given a speech in a while so I was nervous, but I did ok!   

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

Next steps

Okay. Got the most heinously delayed big project done. In retrospect, too much worry, anxiety, and delay. It was long, and did require several hours to wrap up, even at this late date. But, in the end, it wasn't impossible, just stressful. The approach is faulty, of course. The evolving approach I have been trying to cultivate and tweak with my daily work, with the goal of moving through everything every day, even if it isn't finishable, may be much more effective at achieving steady progress on these big jobs as well.

Overview: 12 current cases. Will try to devote up to 6 hours total, 30 minutes or less per case, and 1.5 hours to next overdue big project 

Goal 1: 3 hours, up to 30 minutes per case - may get interrupted by a possible meeting with a client

Goal 2: Lunch

Goal 3: 1.5 hours, up to 30 minutes per case

Goal 4: 1.5 hours on next big project

Goal 5: Break

Goal 6: 1.5 hours, up to 30 minutes per case

Goal 7: Leave between 8 and 8:30 PM (this is key to following thru on bedtime, thus getting amount of sleep needed, thus being able to get up early, thus getting here early in the morning, yet this remains elusive; has to be a critical focus)

Goal 8: To bed by 10:30 PM (even if I fail with #7, this has to be treated as the safety net to set up the downstream benefits; instead, if i get home late, I go to bed even later; must change this behavior)

Back to report.


wow congrats 4change

on getting "the most heinously delayed big project" done. That's real victory!

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


kromer 10:25 CI

Busy day today, but not too bad:
*Finish R10 and S8 stainings and look at these (almost done w/ this, working on finishing)
*Finish W18 plan, talk to M, start b. (working on this now)
*Check on expts (will do this soon)
*Email T about mtg (will do this soon)
*Suspend probes
*Ad for UROP (will do this after I get home)
*If get protocol, start L28 staining--otherwise, start control staging

*Type up H notes and announce (will do this after I get home)


Babarino CI 1.23.12

Hi all thanks for being here.

I have three priority tasks for project one. Will work on other three projects if complete priority tasks.

Starting task one on project 1.

Good chunk of project 1 done.

project one almost done for now. one more task left.

Project 1 done except for what waiting on from someone else.

Going in to project 2.

sidetracked on other project. Continuing with project 2 now.

project 2 done. sending one more fax and then headed home for the day. only personal stuff left to do.

Journey 10 am

I'm giving a speech at Toastmasters today at noon so the whole morning will be spent preparing.   I'm not even going to attempt to do anything else except maybe make my todo list for the afternoon.  I'll check back after the meeting.


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

Lucky playlist

I'm just back from a long weekend away, haven't had that email from my mum yet. I want to get straight back into my anti-procrastination habits but also acknowledge that I need to rest. So I'm trying to make a short playlist and committing to my helpful internet habits: before going online, decide what I'm doing, set timer, announce in chat & pray.

Walk dog

Check & deal with R situation

Clear up builder mess

Email catchup

Write 3 stories


Make a start on prep for CCCS apt

Prayer/bible reading time



Tomorrow's list 
Phone & computer downstairs 

Bed by 10 

Metaphor Mouse! Because playlists are better than tasklists.

Please help me email my mum this week!

Vic 1/23/12

Show up (done), calender (done) basics (almost)

Time to steer my ship into the pages of the BB.

Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. p 164

Being wrecked in the same vessel, being restored and united under one God, with hearts and minds attuned to the welfare of others,p 161

If what we have learned and felt and seen means anything at all, it
means that all of us, whatever our race, creed, or color are the
children of a living Creator with whom we may form a relationship upon
simple and understandable terms as soon as we are willing and honest
enough to try. p28

We were now at Step Three. Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
"God, I offer myself to Thee-to build with me and to do with me as Thou
wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will.
Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!"p63

My hp did help me when I took step 3 yesterday. Need to do again and perhaps many times today.


Good morning, everybody!

08:45 alarm clock - DONE
09:00 get up, wash hair - DONE
      start washing machine - DONE
      eat breakfast - DONE
10:30 study 1.01-1.12 - DONE
12:00 make lunch, eat it  - DONE 
      empty washing machine 
13:30 study 1.13-1.22
 - DONE 
15:00 snack, break
 - DONE  
15:45 study 2.01-2.11
17:15 break
17:45 study 2.12-2.20
19:15 dinner, break
20:30 study 3.01-3.09
23:00 study 3.10-3.16
01:00 turn off the lights

fudoshin: day 4 : 11:10pm

Please do not leave advice or feedback.  Thank you.  Prayers welcome. 



I'm continuing with this no-stalking thing.  Just wanted to give myself a small pat on the back.


Thanks for the great quote to the thread starter.

My Day Today

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

I want to thank Steppin for starting this trend

Things I will do today

1. Test my blood sugar twice

2. Take shower

3. Get dressed

4. Go to the library and return books

5. Go to the pharmacy

6. Eat breakfast

7. Eat lunch

8. Eat dinner

9. Pack

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

Thanks for letting me share

Steppin check in


Go to doctor DONE

Go shopping with A (remember to ask A about bag) DONE

Call insurance NOPE

Call travel company NOPE

Passport!! DONE

Fix gym password NOPE

Wash hair NOPE

Post letter DONE

Fry chicken NOPE

Shop for camera NOPE

Find book on library TRIED, couldn't find it



Hymns (2 h) DONE

Concert piece (45 m) NOPE

Modern prelude (45 m) DONE

Piano prelude (30 min ) NOPE

Fugue (1 h) NOPE

Get started on sonata (40 min)NOPE


Special task:

Only log into G website once NOPE, checked in trice

 Again, too much procrastination on G website and watching series. But I managed to get started on my practice, and tomorrow is doable, if hard,