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.

Just wanted to introduce myself

Hi everyone,

I've joined the PA this week and couldn't be more excited. :-) 

I have difficulty with achieving long-term goals - like an admissions test that has been postponed for about 2 years now.. It's easy to start but then I always find excuses to change the study plan and focus on the mundane day-to-day responsibilities.

I started avoiding large tasks when I studied for math in elementary school!! It got much worse after the move to another country, where being busy 24/7 is considered a sign of success. I did seem to look successful, was even named the Outstanding student at my school. I managed to stay busy after the birth of my kid, going to college, volunteering, working on research project. BUT - the one thing I want for myself - getting an advanced degree - I can't accomplish as of today.

I tend to lose focus instantaneously, and have to write down even the simplest of tasks. If I don't write them down, they don't get done. Even though the majority of the day is spent in front of the computer screen, typing up the to-do list does not work, it has to be done by hand. When most of the items on the to-do list aren't done, I come up with excuses like "I'll wake up early tomorrow and get it over with - how hard can it be?", or "why does everybody want something from me, can't they do it themselves?". I am the queen of excuses.

Keeping myself busy seems to help out a bit - the more tasks I have planned, the more gets accomplished in a day. But, my house is a mess (and I used to be so neat and tidy!), my head feels like it's going to explode from all the pressure, and my inability to keep myself in check WILL affect my family if I continue on like this.

I need to: be honest with myself, divide big tasks into manageable ones, sleep more than 5.5 hours a day and understand that perfectionism doesn't get things done. 




hi tila

would you believe i read peoples' intro comments for encouragement for myself. Some deep center of myself experiences joy when i see someone has new hope of changing a situation that has been difficult in their life for so long.

As for you, you sound well on your way. Seems like you've already learned a lot about yourself and the things you struggle with, things very similar to me and many here.


the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


hoping to succeed

Hi Clement,

thanks for the encouragement. Smile I think perpetual optimism and realization that there are others who depend on me keep me going.   

Welcome tila!

Glad you have found us here. Hope you can use the tools and resources to make a difference to your life. The best thing I have found is that I am no longer alone with this problem.

Keep coming back! :)


Hi Findingaway,

delighted to have found the PA! Resources are great, but my biggest motivation here are the people who keep coming for daily check-ins. Makes me better organized, too. Cool