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 15 February 2012

tracy-la check in 2-15

Tough day. Staying late in my office and focusing on the backlog is making me depressed. Nothing some Girl Scout cookies can't fix I guess.

Did get work done but it's frustrating. Feel like I'm banging my head against the wall. But I am taking action.

 Am going to post what I'm doing so I stay on track:

9:30 - 10:00 clean desk  

10 - 10:30 write article for husband's office

10:30 - 11:30 - clean office / desk [archeology dig]

11:30 -  clean desk



AllOfTheAbove, wed 15 feb, 11:54 pm.

I'm really satisfied with the Pomodoro technique, which I've been implementing since aprox. 3 days now. But I have to keep focused and keep on guard; there's always a danger of believing that all is fixed and there's no need to keep investing energies on skipping procrastination.

Today, I:

- Gave a class - made income :).

- Made 3x25 Pomodoros learning Pd.

- Washed dishes, kept kitchen clean.




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


Thursday 10.15 am

Thanks for the starter, Lucky.

I have lost the habit of posting this week although I have used the chat box and went to the online meeting.

Seems I really do need to post here as not doing so well today. Late start after staying up till 2am reading novels and stuff on the internet and eating far too many snacks. A typical relapse pattern for me :(.

Yesterday I was fairly productive at client's office - at least that project is progressing ok.

But must get back to 'difficult' AND overdue project today and also attend health appt.

Having a shower would be a good start. And I resolve here and now to play no more computer games until after 6 pm today. Hp please keep me strong. Also I will postpone the laundry till tomorrow or this evening to make more time for project work.

Thank you all for being here :)

My Check in for 2/15/12 Need Support

I am not feeling well but want to try not to give up.

Feeling very Overwhelmed. By my messy apartment. Embarassed

Make Master plan for cleaning Apartment.\ I am feeling very tired today. Felt better yesterday.

Need support

Use /try Chat box?  
Feeling very shy today.

Break down each room into small steps.



living room

Walk in closets

Hall way. 

supporting Richard-bklyn

i use the 'break it down' every day, usually several times a day.

including tonight with all the financial papers i had to get in order. Overwhelming. But i'm almost done, one small step at a time. I took breaks when necessary.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


Thanks for the support Clement

Thanks Clement for the suggestion

I am learning  to take projects  that feel overwhelming and break them down into steps. I actually liked doing that last night , kind fun and interesting. I now  know that this one of the tools for overcoming Procrastination. I think its a great tool.

Good wishes, Richard-bklyn!

Sending you good wishes!

I can totally related to having a messy living space--I have that problem, too.

At this point, I'm just trying to develop a routine of doing at least 10 minutes a day on it. 

Hope you find something helpful for you, here at P.A.! (Have you tried any of the Tools for Recovery, yet? They're at .)

And hope you feel better, soon!

Thanks wrkinprogress

Hi Wrkinprogress.

Thanks for the tools link. I looked at it and it had alot of Good adSmilevice.

I may also try the chat room for support. I have not tried that before.

Thanks for the Good Wishes it made me feel like trying again.

I really appreciate it.

Happy Birthday Journey

Best Wishes for a Great Year


wrkinprogrss: 02/15/12

Thanks for the great starter image, Lucky! It made me laugh with rueful recognition but also amusement. Laughing

Good wishes to all for your day!

I want to feel even better about how I use time, today, than how I feel about my time use of yesterday. So:

I choose accomplishment in reality over escape, today, particularly in these ways:

  • I choose to be free of the compulsive trance of doing online puzzles--I know that doing even one is one too many, because one almost never feels like enough.
  • I choose to do my non-fiction listening only during chores or exercise or travel and before 22:30.
  • Before 18:00, I choose to set a 10-minute timer for any non-fiction reading by eye. After 22:30, I choose to set a 15-minute timer for any non-fiction reading by eye.
  • I choose to do my fiction listening only between 18:00 and 22:30 and during chores or exercise or travel. 
  • I choose to read fiction by eye only after therapy group and before 22:30. 
  • I choose to experience silence after 22:30. I encourage myself to be in bed by 23:30, even if the lights aren't out. I want to feel rested and energetic when I wake up, tomorrow! I want to enjoy mornings!

(I did well with most of these, but slacked off on setting the non-fiction timer after 22:30 and got to bed late, again--01:00ish? 02:00ish? not sure.)

Got Done (or Done Enough) on Wednesday, 02/15/12:
dialed into regular 9:00 meeting on time, only to find it cancelled
reviewed and acknowledged my accomplishments of yesterday (via calendar, ck-in)
email check-in buddy
arrange next step with optometrist
14:00 meeting
do dark load of laundry
run dishwasher
shower, etc.
prep and 17:30 annual health exam
19:15 therapy group
get more bread
read a bit in SOME library book (read in two, actually)
Qi Gong
10 minutes of clear-out progress (recycled a four catalogs/magazines from about 2008)

Made Progress on Wednesday, 02/15/12:
check-in and bookending at P.A.
job work: draft new section
renew or return library book that's due tomorrow (tried renewing, need to confirm if successful tomorrow)
pay and mail phone bill (paid but not yet mailed)

Did Not Do on Wednesday, 02/15/12:
job work: incorporate reviewer comments
job work: commit and rebuild
job work: check build results and announce availability to reviewers

print photo for plant Q to neighbor
make progress on zine writing
aim to be in bed by 23:30


So, I actually had a productive day yesterday and am thankful for that. I left work late, around 10 PM, and felt reasonably satisfied. I did what I could, and kept my procrastination/anxiety/avoidance tendencies in reasonable check.  This morning I am already stressed, getting pulled in multiple directions by different people, each of whom wants me to attend to their tasks (overdue, of course, as is my usual) immediately.  Even if I did attend to any one of them immediately, I don't have a "high gear" I can kick myself into to finish a task right away, unless it is a very simple task. None of these qualify, and all will require me to sit and ponder and study a bit to get them done. Pressure from one direction can really help me to focus and move. Pressure from multiple directions just completely throws me off track and freezes me with decision making anxiety. There is no multiple win scenario. If I focus on one person's task to the exclusion of the others, those others will see me as not having attended to their needs. I also have to resist letting the most pushy person make me attend to
their task first if theirs isn't first in my (delayed) queue. I stink at this. As often as I do it, one would think that failing to please people would not make me feel so ashamed and down. But it does. Well, I have weathered most of the morning, just stressing, and I am still here. I guess I should get cracking on something. Liked yesterday;s approach of focus periods wherein I temporarily eliminate giving in to the  "Oh, I should just quickly check..." internet and email impulses.  It actually feels good to know I resisted for, say, a couple of hours.

11:30 - 12 noon: Work on Project B

12 noon - 1: Scheduled meeting

1-1:45: Work on Project B

1:45-2:30: Lunch

2:30-5:30: Focused internet and email-free period working on big project A that I am being pressured about.

5:30-6: Break

6-7:30: Focused internet and email working on big project A that I am being pressured about.

7:30: Leave. Need to regroup mentally and physically.



4change i had the same thing

3 people all wanting their thing asap. I guess i have it a little better cuz i discuss it with my boss. He WANTS to discuss it, and pick and chose which are more important, cuz it reflects on what his group delivers. So we just order them and i work on them in that order. Sounds like in your case it's more up to you and separate negotiations with other individuals.

Here's to wishing you strength and wisdom in managing your procrastination so that you can get them all done soon, so at least no one has to wait too long. That right there might be enuf--2 or 3 days instead of 1 for the urgent people. Hopefully.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


Just do the best you can

Just do the best you can and kill them all with kindness.. Works every time ;) 


Happy birthday, Journey!

Metaphor Mouse! Because playlists are better than tasklists.

Please help me email my mum this week!

Happy birthday Jo!

Wishing you a wonderful birthday and a happy, healthy, and fulfilling year!

Happy Birthday, Journey! :)


Wishing you the happiest birthday ever!!! :)


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

kromer 10:20 CI

Today I need to:
*Check on expts, do cm (working on this now)
*W18,446 plan
*GC mtg
*JM's practice talk
*Lunch w/ friends

*Schedule for the rest of the week and the beginning of next week (working on this now)
*Look for illustrator files, request article (working on this now)
*Re-process GD's data (working on this now)

Vaskaat 15th Feb

This late sleeping is aggravating. I haven't been getting to bed at a reasonable time and end up staring at the ceiling for an hour or so before dozing off.

1) Shower

2) Brush teeth

3) Check book status

4) Look for ratchet 

5) Coding study (at least 10 minutes)

6) Move old school records from filing cabinet to desk

7)) Research jobs

8 *) Research volunteer opportunities

9)) Clean out wallet 

10) Look for penny sleeves 

11) Put out recycling

12) Wash dishes 

- "A procrastinator's work is never done."

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 Lucky for starting this trend.

Things I will do today

1. Test my blood sugar three times.

2. Eat breakfast

3. Take shower

4. Get dressed

5. Go to the 12 noon telephone ACA meeting

6. Go to the 1 p.m. telephone OA meeting

7. Eat lunch

8. go to the 3 p.m. telephone CLA meeting

9. Wash dishes

10. Clear tables

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

12. Eat dinner

Thanks for letting me share

Journey 8 am

Today is my birthday so I'm taking a vacation day and relaxing!  I do want to get a haircut today, otherwise I am just going to goof off all day!


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

@Journey - happy happy

Hope you had a fun goofing off day and wishing you the best in the coming year!! tracy-la

To Journey

Happy Birthday and many of them

Love and Peace Rexroth


Hope you have a wonderful and very relaxing day!

And now seems a good opportunity to thank you for all your posts. Witnessing your recovery is inspiring!

fudoshin: day 26: checkin

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



Yes, so I need to try something different, b/c clearly this is not working exactly.  I need to establish some ground rules, because simply not stalking is not enough in order to get and feel healthy.  So I'd like to establish some healthy boundaries for myself:

  • no video-streaming Monday through Wednesday (that means not using YouTube, vimeo, dailymotion,  netflix in order to stream videos)  I won't die, it's just three days a week.

Perhaps I should even reward myself, if I "do good" so to speak.  Yes, sounds like a good idea.

Things I would like to do, whether or not I can actually do them, so that I can keep in mind what my goals are:

1) to commit to 30 minutes of studying per day for school, using my clock to time myself and get started

2) exercise for 30 minutes each day, in order to start my goal of doing a running plan, so that I can do the 5K in May.

3) avoid skin-picking and pulling

4) Figure out if I can still get credit for past course work

5) fix my sleeping schedule, and show up on time for my classes.

6) attain the right thesis adviser for me

7) take the GRE's again

8) Get a part-time job that works with my school schedule and enables me to feel financially secure and independent, preferably in my industry of computing or in math, the area of my research.

9) Brush and floss my teeth before bed, and sleep in my bed at night.  It takes about an hour to do this.

10) Go to one OSPA or PA meeting, one SLAA meeting and one CoDA meeting per week.   (I think it's enough to go to four meetings per week, even though I'm in four programs.)

11) Read my affirmations and goals, especially my goals,because it helps me to know where I'm going.

12) Get back to step work with "a" sponsor.

Recycler CI Feb 15 6:10am EST


Thanks, Lucky, for the cute threadstarter :)

5:30 up, walk puppy, feed puppy, eat breakfast, check email & internet.

Successful day yesterday with organizer lady visit. I'm glad I asked for help, because I needed it! Today will I do some follow-up? We'll see! ;)

3pm. Exhausted after puppy class. Had one nap. May need another nap?

4:55pm. Second nap worked. Whew! I have a class Final Exam tonight at 6pm and needed to be at least 1/2 way alert for it!!! I feel like a wimp for needing 2 naps, but Puppy Class is tough!!!

Have a great day, everyone! :)


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

Rexroth Check In 10.08

Woke late from a miserable night's sleep and with a sore throat. On the good side I don't feel as anxious as I did.

Thanks for starting the thread Lucky.

x Up prayer and reflection
x Check emails, posts and snail mail if any
x Wash up
x Bath and wash hair
x Check I was charged correct prices on food order
x Out to collect balance of prescription and some throat pastles
x Put on washing machine and hang washing to dry
x French study
x Step work
Travel writing
x Start preparing papers for tribunal hearing next week - I have not put off doing this earlier as it seemed it would not be necessary and I so resent having to do it
x Write journal
Prayer and reflection
Bed and sleep

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth Check Out

Above x

Prayer and reflection
Bed and try to sleep

Night Rexroth

Lucky's Playlist

Pill :)
Walk dog :)
Despam website - In progress, waiting on someone else
Online grocery shop :)
Shower :)
Call CCCS :)
Call British Gas :) (massive queue, used ringback) 
Find skirt & tights etc, wash if needed - In progress
Get contact lens fluid down from attic & try to revive contact lenses :)
Get boots down from attic :)
Look at changing gas suppliers :)
Contact G re rent - Check re C being affected by eviction proceedings :)
Call SLC 0845 0738 889, offer £1 :)
Call Bryan Carter ditto :)
Contact friend creditors - In progress 
Contact M/C re bc :)
S website :)
Walk dog (again) :) (barely!) 
To town for 6 - allow time to get cash :)
Journal :)
Email mum :) <<<<LOOK!!!
FP prep :)
Shiva Nata
Work on secret project :)
Prayer time :)
Tomorrow's list :)  

Metaphor Mouse! Because playlists are better than tasklists.

Please help me email my mum this week!