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.

Friday, 3rd February

The weekend's in sight - let's finish strong!

someone mentioned taxes...

 Yesterday after seeing some shares here about brave PAers and their tax situatons, I got my nerve up to do a quick scan of my backlogged and current tax status. The resulting $ figure was terrifying, even before estimated penalties and interest. It will take years to square up.  But I'm becoming more willing.  I was too scared to even explore it before.

I have to remember that even though the amount due is much higher now, that's because HP has blessed us with abundance!  I have only one overdue and one current tax return, much better than when I started PA and had 5 years of BACK tax returns due.  We were very poor then, so it was mostly penalties rather than taxes due. This time it will be both, with interest.

"My boundaries enclose a pleasant land." Psalm 16

Recycler CI Feb 3 4:45pm EST


Thorough vs partial clean-ups for my condo.

Dad visiting 2 Saturdays from now = some clean-up time every day, for thorough clean-up

Friend visiting tomorrow (!!!) = partial clean-up. Even though that sounds easier, I find myself somewhat paralyzed on it, and not beginning. (I've already had a Full Day, so I'm "starting the day again" at 4:45pm).

Maybe I will put on some music. Sometimes that helps me wriggle around a lil bit ;)

7:25pm Update. Have accomplished some things. Not by trying, but just kept moving my feet, picking up things, and carrying them to the trash or where they belonged. Walked puppy and made a phone call.

Saturday plan: Up, walk puppy, put puppy in crate. Take boxes and trash bags to dumpster. Take shower. Go early to post office and mail pkg. Go to puppy class. Home. Lunch & nap. Take another shower. Clean up a little more. Friend visit at 4pm.

OK, I've done about as much as I'm going to do today ;) So now for some well-earned rest & surf the internet :)

Have a great weekend! :)


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

Agnus showing up

I'm also having a tough time with planning today, but i did have some nice prayer time at the start. it seems that when i take time to really pray, read and meditate (per Step 11 in BB, "upon awakening"), i get too mellow ...  the morning slips by and I've no plan, no energy, the phone starts ringing, emails fly into my Inbox at breakneck speed, and suddenly it's way past lunchtime and I still haven't made a plan or eaten....sigh

BUT, I keep showing up.  I know that somedays I am able to share less about the problem, more about the solution. So I will keep coming back, and striving to get back to the tipping point where it's more recovery than procrastination.

"My boundaries enclose a pleasant land." Psalm 16

Hard start today

Started the morning with two meetings back-to-back and haven't been able to recover. Need to get focused. Another meeting scheduled for this afternoon at 2 PM is also weighing on me and distracting me. Should I try to prepare for that meeting? If I do, will I get anything done today? Should I not worry about the meeting and try to get some cases done? Or just procrastinate and distract myself from making a decision? My usual conundrum. Already ate an early lunch since I missed breakfast becasue of the morning meetings.   

Okay, let's try to work for an hour until the meeting, so I don't feel like i am trying to start working at 3 PM on a Friday.

Goal 1: 30 minutes x 2 blocks

Goal 2: Meeting

Goal 3: 30 minutes x 8 blocks

Goal 4: Leave by 7:30 PM

Goal 5: Bed by 10:30 PM, as I have to work Saturday

Back to report.

Hypatia is celebrating


Yesterday I tackled the 300 or so e-mails in my mailbox, chucked out the ones I didn't need, filed the ones that need action, and responded to quite a few.  I'm now at Inbox Zero, which I haven't been for about 8 months.

Monday and today I tackled a large pile of medical reports that needed checking and countersigning, some of which went back to last September.  I was able to e-mail two social workers and tell them that all their reports were on their way.  I've just got two more to do on Monday, then I've done the lot!

Ok, there's still a huge backlog of everything else, but I've now abolished one source of complaints and am feeling very pleased with myself.



Inspiring, Hypatia!

way to go!   

"My boundaries enclose a pleasant land." Psalm 16

Wow, Hypatia!

Wow, great news! Thanks for sharing it, Hypatia!

Strong work Hypatia!

Since I live with a chronic backlog of email and reports, I can imagine how good that must feel! Happy Friday!

Vaskaat 3rd Feb

1) Research jobs and apartments (at least five postings each)

2) Get RAM module (wasted money because I didn't order it online, which wouldn't have been an issue had I done it earlier in the week)

3) Study 2 coding languages (at least 10 minutes)

4) Brainstorm; prepare framework for site

5)  Call Mon.?

6) Look at headlight chassis


--Get to bed at midnight. I have been sleeping past 1000 regardless of when I get to bed. It could be 12 or 4 in the morning, doesn't matter. 

Rexroth Check In

A very late check in

Up prayer and reflection
Checked emails
Out to show for most of day - work related - made many useful contacts and had many useful discussions
Home and check emails again and post
Rest and wonder what to do next

Clean and tidy up a bit
Sort out material from show and file it - so much easier if I do it today when it is fresh in my mind
Email friend re his claim and tribunal hearing
Take it easy the working day is nearly done

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth Check Out

I've tidied up a bit and sorted out most material from the show. I feel very tired and a bit fed up and wish I had done better. Now I need to get to sleep in good time.

Prayer and refelction
Bed and sleep

Night Rexroth

kromer 10 CI

OK, yesterday was kind of a waste work-wise, but I did get a chance to pray and now I'm feeling a lot better/calmer. And I'm here not!

For today:
*cm (will do this soon)
*deacon stuff (sorted got half of this done)
*finish counts, photo another
*resuspend probes
*finish YC's paper
*girls group notes
*t-pass, library books
*edit proposal
*shop for fruit salad stuff

*mtg + prep +notes

*Choose and send out jc paper

starting with proposal and counts. Then cm and deacon stuff

Vic 2/3/12

Show up (done) basics, calender

good meditation today:

February 3 - If Man Oppose

Only believe. The walls of Jericho fell down. Was it axes or
human implements that brought them down? Rather the Songs of Praise of the
people and My Thought carried out in action.

All walls shall fall before you, too. There is no earth-power. It
falls like a house of paper, at My miracle-working touch. Your faith and My
power -- the only to essentials. Nothing else is needed.

So, if Man's petty opposition still holds good it is only because
I choose to let it stand between you and what would be a mistake for you. If not
-- a word -- a thought -- from Me, and it is gone. The hearts of Kings are in My
rule and governance. All men can be moved at My wish.

Rest in this certainty. Rely on Me.

"Be not afraid, only believe." Mark 5:36

pm Long story short, after what happen today, I do believe. definitely touched by the master's hand.

good chuckle below.




thanks vic

i will rely on him! i need it today (2/4)

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


clement ci

"my worth is not measured by my work achievements, even when I am struggling with work" -findingaway

wow. I REALLY need to let that penetrate way down. Not that i haven't heard it before, eg one of my favs is:

You can't do anything to make God love you any more.
You can't do anything to make God love you any less.

and, yet, i SO easily forget. I forget more than i remember.

lucky the situation with your mum email sounds hard. I know the feeling. Overcoming is possible, even if very hard. Praying for you.

as for my day...

I have made progress in my recovery. I have 2 years of improve performance reviews. But this morning it seems same as ever.

Overcoming is possible. It is hard. God will help me. He wants to help me. Hmmmm makes me want to connect with him in prayer / bible reading. I think i'll do that.

take what you like. leave the rest.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


My Day Today

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

I waant to thank Roundand for starting this trend.

Things I will do toda

1. Test blood sugar three times

2. Eat breakfast

3. Take shower

4. Get dressed

5. Go to group therapy at 9 a.m.

6. Take bags to a center

7. Do numbers

8. Go to work at 2 p.m.

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

10. Make three OA calls

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

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

13. Go to the 10 p.m. telephone DA meeting

14. Put insullin in me

Thanks for letting me share

Lucky playlist

Hi all!

I'm just coming out of (or trying to come out of) a typical Lucky pattern: have important revelations about myself > get scared and lose the plot.

In very short terms, I realised that if I'm going to get over my procrastination and other problems, I need to accept my body and the fact that I'm an adult - which is TERRIFYING for me. Then I spent a few days getting nothing done. Now I'm trying to get out of that phase and I have so much to do this weekend. 3 or 4 separate social things (and I'm usually not v social) plus need to bake, clean and do financial sorting.

Also want to reboot my good internet habits - think I was being too restrictive last time making myself only check email etc. once a day - so will just do the 'decide what I'm doing, announce in chatbox, set timer, pray' thing. But even that is hard, argh!

Nothing from my mum yet (see link in my .sig) - I'm worried she's not sending me the important health email because I didn't reply to a previous non-health-related one, so I need to do that and I'm procrastinating on it a lot. Afraid I'll get a response back of the order of 'How could you not reply to this email, I've just found out I'm dying and I didn't feel able to tell you because you hadn't replied, you are no longer my daughter.' Which I know is unlikely but it's still freezing me up pretty effectively!

At work:
Finish & post interview files
Desk tidy

Buy razors, hair serum, 2x stuff from charity shops, lunch

After work:
Prayer time
Bake shortbread
Make icing
Pack book
Tomorrow's list

Metaphor Mouse! Because playlists are better than tasklists.

Please help me email my mum this week!

Roundand's check in

It's all about project x today and this weekend. If this works, I get a long way towards to re-inventing myself. (If it fails I also move towards re-inventing myself, but by a different route)

[1] practice 60 second pitch, with improved narrative

[2] re-read event manual

[3] finish reading the free book - highlight and adopt terminology

[4] turn up

[5] blow them away

[6] panic 

Wish me luck, guys. 

(BTW, is anyone using ? I started last night, it seems pretty helpful as a tool for focussing on your positive motivation)

The unexamined life is not worth living. The unlived life is not worth examining.

Roundand's check out

[1] done - it was a great 60 second pitch according to all I tested it on

[2] done, but not carefully enough (see [5])

[3] got halfway through, learned a lot

[4] done

[5] not exactly - they revised the format since I last took part so that they now wanted a 30 second pitch. I got cut off half-way through and my project wasn't selected to go through

[6] actually I ended up on a good project, and as this time I'm the most experienced on the team I'm having a very different experience from last time, and learning a lot more in the process. 


The unexamined life is not worth living. The unlived life is not worth examining.