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 20th April 2012

One of BGG's gifts to us. Thanks all for being here. Solidarity. 

Hazyjane check-in

I feel rather embarrassed, I've been being quite unmanageable lately, same old same old. Anyway, as it's nearly ten pm and I'm about to have a bath, I'll keep this brief.

Today, took dogs for a nice early walk on the Heath, baked a cake, loaded the dishwasher, got to a meeting and then met my sponsor to read out my step two. She said it was good stepwork, which was nice, and I can feel that I feel better about doing the steps now and am actually looking forward to getting to work on the next one. Also, I mentioned how I felt better when I do any sort of writing, and that it might be a good idea for me to do some in the early part of the day, get it out of the way ('get it out of the way' makes it sound so onerous and painful! It's not though is it? Why do I have that sort of negative unhelpful joyless attitude to something I genuinely feel love for?), so I'm going to start doing morning pages again. Anyway, got home, took the dogs out again, made myself some dinner, then sat at this computer for some ridiculous amount of time, frittering my life away on facebook. I must have a sounder strategy to combat distraction!

But the main thing is I got some important things done today, or one important thing anyway, and I will check in tomorrow morning and start the day right.

Quick checkin

Okay. Have been seriously under duress the last couple of weeks while clearly being "tested," presumably ahead of some determination on my suitability for continued employment.  The load has suddenly increased.  I feel I am being set up to fail.  But now they have p---ed me off.  For whatever reason, unlike my last job when this was done to me and I wilted, this time I refuse to cooperate.  Ironically, my productivity has increased.  Note to self: anger can be a positive driver, at least sometimes.

I have discovered something else.  For the present, I absolutely need to time track and account to myself for my time.  Despite increased productivity while hunkering down and tracking diligently, the moment I stop tracking, I start procrastinating and chunks of time get away from me.  Have to keep myself on a very short rein.

Goal 1: Back to time tracking using a grid in 15 minute increments.

Goal 2: Set time limits for each task: 15, 30, or 45 minutes, based on my assessment of how long it "should" take. Hopefully I will get better at the estimating with practice, but key is to keep moving.

Goal 3: Triage effectively, with an eye to protecting the turn around time. Get quick things out quickly, but do not let any moss gather, even on longer things that seem onerous.  Work on them a chunk at a time and get them done.

Goal 4:  When in doubt, refer to this:

Never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in
except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force;
never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

- Winston Churchill, 10/29/1941


kromer 10 CI

Today I need to:
*start geno (will do this soon)
*Collect 1 samp
*Few more work emails (I have made some progress on this, but haven't gotten all done): still have JW, MK, PR, bioinformatics, and email order left (will do this soon)
*Go to youth group
*2 hrs thinking about R8 (I've done an hour of this)
*Research progress update
*Clean up bench (working on this now)
*Do expt corrections (working on this now)
*Youth group

Starting with cleaning and thinking

Hypatia's check-in

bad morning!  Roof is leaking and roof repair firms are uncooperative.  The one provided by the insurance company stuck a sheet of plastic over the leak which looks as if it will blow off any minute, and did not appear interested in quoting for a permanent repair.

it's now 2.30pm.  Plan for rest of day

  • ring H
  • urgent report #1
  • urgent report #2
  • ring Early Bird
  • file I's phone note
  • sign letter for J
  • today's report


Innertruth's 9:15 am check-in

At my desk at 9 am! Hooray!

Already worked on updating my schedule & spread sheet for work.

9:15 to 10 - check email, email SW, connect with 3 new people on LI, read for 1 pm meeting

10 - 12 - direct mail letter

12 - 1 -lunch

1 - 2 - meeting

2 - call Rob

2 - 4 - DM letter

4 - 5 - check names of prospects on internet

5 - 6 - run

6 - 7 - make dinner

7 - 9 - apply for 2 jobs

9 to midnight - call MO, relax, sort clothes for laundry, do 1 load of dishes

Journey 9 am

It's Friday!   I have been to the gym and I was EARLY to work.   I made a point of getting here early because the new big boss was coming by and I wanted to meet him.  So now to make todo list.   I have realized I am more productive when I spend most of the day on one project rather than spend an hour each on several projects, but I still want to touch each one of those projects or else I feel like I am letting them slide.    Several times I have tried to change my habits so that I work on one thing for longer periods of time but I always end up going back to the old way.   Something to think about.   This morning I will finish the prep on Project M and this afternoon prepare for next week's test.   Have a productive and enjoyable day.


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


I have done the opposite and stayed with one time consuming task for far too  long while others gather dust!  Hoping you find the elusive happy medium (elusive for me, at least).

nice to see you 4change !

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

Agnus ci

MIT #1 - Org chart
MIT #2 - Resume process
MIT # 3 - Banking errands
Call Dan W
Tomorrow's presentation
WHO request
Medicare thing
Prop team call 1:30
Coach team call 2

I think that's enough for today. I admit I am powerless over procrastination and my life has bceome unmanageable. I have come to believe that a Power Greater than myself can restore me to sanity. Sanity looks like a well-planned day with a reasonable workload for an average human being, not my usual grandiose expectations of the super-woman that I'm not! Unrealistic expectation sets me up for the cycle of procrastination-failure-flagellation-escape that keeps me nuts. I make a decision to turn my will (thinking) and life (actions) over to the care of my Higher Power.  Just for today, I will practice committing myself fully to the thing at hand.

Daily checkin

Complete the import of data for S, MI, F, D (I am really sick of it)

Answer to CRUI

LaughingEmpty Inbox

Do Brain Training

LaughingUpdate Blog

Update Expenses (at home) 

Mail for SL - request contacts

Send info on SL to AR 



  • 30 situps
  • Shower
  • Flax
  • Mouthwash/brush  


  1. Apply for some position
  2. Job search (10+ minutes)
  3. Volunteer search (10+ minutes)
  4. Practise chanter (10+ minutes) 
  5. Coding study (10+ minutes)
  6. Contact CU about site
  7. Buy oatmeal, brown rice
  8. Contact N?
  9. Research business cards
  10. Pet care: Afternoon/evening
  11. Sign up for L walk
  12. Wash dishes
  13. Lock up house 
  14. Bring in bins
  15. Mouthwash/brush  

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

Finding a way CI

10.55 am

Thanks for the inspiring starter, chickadee.

Disappointed with myself because I slept in this morning and have lost a lot of time. Stayed up late addictively reading fiction, an old problem. Also the earlier part of yesterday was not very productive either, although I was happy I spent time with friends. Undone tasks, both work and domestic/personal, are mounting up again. Hard to resist feeling guilty and anxious - better if I can let go of that - hard to accept my failings.

Back to my list and re-working priorities.

Best wishes to you all for the day ahead!

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 chickadee for starting this trend.

Things I will do today

1. Go to the 5:45 a.m. telephone ACA meeting

2. Go to the 7 a.m. telephone DA meeting

3. Go to the 7:30 a.m. telephone PA meeting

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

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

6. Go to the 9:45 a.m. telephone CLA activity line

7. Cook and eat breakfast

8. Take shower

9. Get dressed

10. Go to the 12 noon telephone ACA meeting

11. Go to the 1 p.m. telephone CLA activity line

12. Warm up and eat lunch

13. Fix dinner

14. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

15. Read AA literature

16. Do some theraputic work

17. Go to the 4 p.m. telephone DA meeting

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

19. Eat dinner

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

21. Go to the 11 p.m. telephone ACA meeting

Thanks for letting me share