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Friday February 24, 2012



Have a great proactive day!


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clement reactions

i know i'm 3 days behind, but just reading friday's posts.

just about every time someone posts, it give me encouragement. Because whatever the post--i'm doing well, i'm doing bad, i have done nothing all day and now it's 3pm, 8pm, 1am, i have hit rock bottom, all i can do is show up--whatever the situation, good or bad, the very act of posting means there is a the very least a chance for improvement, and for many people here, it is a big chance, and for some even dramatic improvement. It does my heart good.

specifically i was moved by vic's post. It seemed so so so accurate to my situation, i had to requote:

These observations would be academic and pointless if our friend never
took the first drink, thereby setting the terrible cycle in motion.
Therefore, the main problem of the alcoholic centers in his mind, rather
than in his body. If you ask him why he started on that last bender,
the chances are he will offer you any one of a hundred alibis. Sometimes
these excuses have a certain plausibility, but none of them really
makes sense in the light of the havoc an alcoholic's drinking bout
creates. They sound like the philosophy of the man who, having a
headache, beats himself on the head with a hammer so that he can't feel the ache. getting more time strung together,, progress not perfection

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


agnus ci

ridiculously late! but here nonetheless. On my way out to an OA convention where I am supposed to present a workshop for which I have not prepared...except to keep asking my HP for guidance. Still need to drive there (30 minutes), eat dinner (30 minutes), greet many friends (20 minutes), prepare (20 minutes) and deliver at 9pm.  I'll just make it but I think I'm gong to miss the opening ceremonies at 7, sigh.

Anyway I am grateful for what recovery I have today. It's much better than it used to be!  Before PA I felt totally hopeless; now there's hope in my heart. I still have ADD/ADHD, alcoholism, eating disorders and codependence, so it's unrealistic to expect perfection, lol!  But I do know that today's overwhelm, squarely faced, unlocks the possibility of better timing tomorrow. 

"My boundaries enclose a pleasant land." Psalm 16

wrkinprogrss: 02/24/12

Hi, Everyone. Good wishes for your day...

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

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

* I choose to postpone doing any online puzzles until between 21:30 and 22:00--I know that doing even one, before that, is one too many, because one almost never feels like enough.
* I choose to do my non-fiction listening only before 22:00, and
only during chores or exercise or travel before 18:00.
* I choose to do my fiction listening only between 18:00 and 22:00 and prefer to do it only during chores or exercise or travel or project progress.
* I choose to read fiction by eye only between 20:00 and 22:00.
* I choose to experience silence after 22:00. 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 a good part of the morning and get to my afternoon appointments and plans with time to spare!

Done (or Done Enough):
update clearout goal item with recent progress
eat at least one non-prepackaged meal, today
shower, etc
use balancer (at least briefly!)
unload dishwasher
make 10 minutes of progress on "clearout" (items in kitchen sink to be reused or recycled)
do 15 minutes of Qi Gong (be careful to twist from lower place!)

In Progress:
bookending and check-in at P.A.
practice asking for an excellently-suited part of myself to lead the V (maybe I could sing and expand the song I'm writing for and about this?)
do at least two loads of laundry (delicate and either light or dark) (light load drying now)
make progress on job work including meeting with S at 11:00--let's try aiming for the equivalent of:

5 or more productive 15-minute bursts before noon (all 5 done by about 12:35),
6 or more further bursts before 15:00, (not done at ALL, alas)
4 or more further bursts before 17:00 (did 1 burst in this time period), and
2 or more further bursts before 18:00 (did 4 burst-equivalents in this time period, making up 2 of the 3 owed in the previous period)

To Do For Sure:
take bedtime Rx

I'd Like To Do At Least Some of These, Too:
do a few minutes of yard neatening
try some more Shiva Nata
make some increment of progress re getting Tai Chi prompts correctly set up (at least brainstorm next steps)
do a little library book skimming
send thanks and Qs message to A
make a little more progress on beading
journal a bit re DC vs. Rally &/or relation of regression/luck to procrastination recovery

Rexroth Check In

Thanks for starting lennon.

Late check in as I was ill last night and nearly went to hospital and have been feeling a lot better today but largely in bed.

Prayer and reflection
Checked emails, posts and post
Read a lot of book on travel - nearly finished now
Washed up and tidied up
Looked up and listened to hymns on youtube so I know the tunes
Phoned friend

Continue to rest
Finish reading book
Write journal
Prayer and reflection
Bed and sleep

@ Rexroth

Sending good thoughts your way


me too! 

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter.  Try again.  Fail again. Fail better." - Samuel Beckett

Rexroth Check Out

Thank you movingalong and journey.

Finished all in list including reading the book
Friend came round and I explained what I had done over his work and what I needed to do

Go to sleep

Night Rexroth

Typical Friday

Had some highs and lows this week. Spent part of the week very resigned to the notion that I would not make it at this job, self-esteem hovering mere inches above the ground, like little black storm clouds around my ankles.  however, also spent significant time on new and unfamiliar, but rewarding, tasks. Now I cruise into Friday with accumulated fatigue and accumulated work.

Stressed about a disorganization- based ball drop drop today: something I meant to package up and send out for external consultation at the beginning of the week I inadvertently put on an office chair instead of the shelf where it belongs.  The case popped into my head earlier today and I only now found it.  Grr.  One step forward, one step back. 

Well, have to add disorganization to my list of faulty executive function skills.  Might have been avoided if I had stayed with a method I tried out recently.  When I tried to map my workday a couple of times, rather than just meander through the day, working on whatever seems pressing, I found it time-consuming, but it really kept me in touch with the items I am working on.  Normally when I try to think about my work, it seems very nebulous and vague, and I don't really have a clear view of what is out there (how many, how old, how pressing; it's all a jumble) , let alone a cogent plan to tackle it. 

Anyway, I actually don't feel too bad at the moment, after getting off to a very negative morning mentally.  Not sure whether it's due to some degree of self-acceptance, or to the chocolate I just snuck, or to Jo's upbeat reply to my very down recent post, or all three.  But I will try to ride with it.  

Goal 1: 30 minutes of effort x 2 to get this case dictated, packaged, and on its way.

Goal 2: 30 minutes on, 10 off, repeating until I need to break for lunch

Goal 3: Lunch

Goal 4: 30 minute on, 10 off, repeating until, oh, maybe 5 PM

Goal 5: Spend at least 30 minutes x 2 on a big overdue project

Goal 6: Spend 30 minutes planning what I want to work on this weekend.  Next week is a short week in the office, traveling Wednesday, away until the following Tuesday, so I want to be as caught up as I can.

First, I need to send a note to a friend who has inexplicably dropped off my radar.  Maybe a little outreach is in order.  My self-absorption (or is that wallowing?) may be getting in the way.

Back to report.

kromer 10:30 CI

Kind of a short day today (I was late to lab, b/c I wanted to get a bday present for my roomie and then there were train delays. And I think I have to leave early to cook for youth group.)

In this time, I will:
*Finish opt. fix
*Practice freezing in isopentane
*Write script (will do this after I get home)
*Finish counting 1, start 2nd (made some progress on this but didn't happen all the way)
*Call CH (will do this soon)
*Check expts

OK, can do! starting w/ working on opt. fix

Vic 2/24/12

pm ck in

Wasted most of day until 3pm for one more dreaded task, tried to prepare, in every way, just made myself crazy, until 3 pm and then left and it took 10 minutes to do in office.

More aware of my patterns. Reminds me of BB p23

These observations would be academic and pointless if our friend never
took the first drink, thereby setting the terrible cycle in motion.
the main problem of the alcoholic centers in his mind, rather
than in his body. If you ask him why he started on that last bender,
the chances are he will offer you any one of a hundred alibis. Sometimes
these excuses have a certain plausibility, but none of them really
makes sense in the light of the havoc an alcoholic's drinking bout
creates. They sound like the philosophy of the man who, having a
headache, beats himself on the head with a hammer so that he can't feel the ache. 

 getting more time strung together,, progress not perfection



Show up (done), Calender, Basics

Yesterday turned out to be a "4th dimension day"  ,  grateful for the program.and hp

I love reading the AA history "Least we forget",

Bill had been a conservative atheist.

Bill Wilson wrote:
we became alcoholics, crushed by a self-imposed
crisis we could not postpone or evade,
we had to fearlessly face the proposition
that either God is everything or else
He is nothing.

Bill said we shouldn’t be shy on the matter
of prayer. He said it works if we have
the proper attitude and work at it. And
then he lays out what I call the four
parts of the Eleventh Step: (1) What you
constructively review on retiring at night—how
well you practiced the Tenth Step. (2)
How to ask God for direction in the twenty-four
hours ahead. (3) He then turns to the
actual dealing with the day. He speaks
of prayer and meditation, suggesting that
there are many helpful books, which may
be obtained from one’s priest, minister,
or rabbi. He adds: “Be quick to see where
religious people are right. Make use of
what they offer” (4) Finally, he covers
the means of dealing with agitation and

Vaskaat 24 Feb

1) Shower

2) Brush teeth

3) Take in recycling bins

4) Research jobs (at least 10 minutes)

5) Volunteer opportunities

6) Pet care

7) HTML scratch pad 

8) Look for thumb drive (found it)

9) Bring filters to kitchen 

10) Finish SR book 

Bed by 0030 

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

Recycler CI Feb 24 9:30am EST


Up, walked, ate breakfast, showered.

Next: brush teeth, take meds.

12:05pm: Brushed teeth, took meds, napped. Up, ate lunch.

Have a great day, everyone! :)


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

Journey 8 am & updates

I am feeling a little better although I asked to work from home today so that I can continue to get well and avoid sharing germs with my teammates.   I feel a little guilty about this, but not much  :grin:.   I really could have driven through the horrible weather and made it in to the office today.   I will let the minor guilt spur me to put in an extra good day of work instead of letting it send me into a procrastination spiral.    After all, I am doing it for *them* not me, right?

Update noon - todo list

  • C. meeting
  • M. meeting
  • Begin prep for duty pager week - started
  • Time sheet & weekly report
  • Quiet Tiime
  • Shiva Nata
  • Review spreadsheets
  • Request security update
  • add dates to goals
  • work on project M install
  • work on project O port
  • Registration for class
  • Decide about dinner
  • added - request volunteers for Monday's meetin

Update  5:30 pm:  Well I did everything except work on my two biggest projects :( but I did the best I could for today, since I'm still feeling pretty bad.   I didn't do everything on my list but I put in a good day's work, I was just slow. 

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

Richard-bklyn Check-in 2/24/12

  1. TOL2AM
  2. Prayer & Meditation 
  3. read destuckification
  4. read wikibook procrastination
  5. wash and put dishes away
  6. clean desk
  7. put N&#'s in cell phone
  8. take measurements
  9. Watch Dog training Videos
  10. Take night time meds

Lucky's playlist

Shiva Nata
S website
Pay £1 towards gas & electric
Catch up on email
Story for website
Remind A re money
FP prep
Bins & recycling
Prayer time
Clear table
Write down money spent
Put gas charity app in Toodledo for this weekend
FB chat at 7
Tomorrow's list

Metaphor Mouse! Because playlists are better than tasklists.

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. Test my blood sugar before breakfast

2. Eat breakfast

3. Take shower

4. Get dressed

5. Go to the 8:30 a.m. telephone CLA meeting

6. Go to the 9:30 a.m. telephone PA check-in

7. Go to the library

8. Go to the grocery store

9. Go to diabetic group at 1 p.m.

10. Eat lunch

11. Go to the 4 p.m. telephone DA meeing

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

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

Thanks for letting me share


What did I do

1. Went to diabetic group at 1 p.m,

2. Went to the library to drop books off

3. Ate lunch

4. Went to work at 5:30 p.m.

5. Tested my blood sugar two hours after lunch

6. Looked for my debit card which I have found

7. Went to the 10 p.m. telephone DA meeting

Thing I will do tonight

1. Test my blood sugar for tonight

2. Inject insullin

3. Write my list for tomorrow

Thanks for letting me share

Wake up /Bathroom

Wake up /Bathroom

                Feed Chickens, Cats, Dog Sadie, Rabbit, Ducks
                Shower get dressed for the day- put on something nice
                Turn on computer, printers, get coffee

                Check emails- all 2 accounts. Respond to emails
                Read news, look at image on Bing
              9:00 am    
                Lunch Preparation- Baking Bread? get that started, Roast or Chicken

                Project Management- step by step project logistic for ongoing project.
                Start Making Lunch- side dishes, bake a cake, boil potatoes etc,.
               10:45 am
                Lunch Preparation - I have got the beans on

               12:00 pm

                1:30 pm
                Work on project- Always have an ongoing project, see notes from 10:30
                Coffee Break with NIV, SWA, MA, VA 
                MSC updates
                Prepare evening meal
Call Kids


                Jay Leno or Murder She Wrote - sleep

Lead me not into distractions or panic, but deliver me from failure. For I am a procrastinator..... Naddy


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