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 June 8, 2012



Tool Three of PA:  Ask Yourself Why:

While you are visualizing doing the task, see if you can detect what it is about the task that feels odious to you, what uncomfortable feeling you are avoiding. Knowing what's behind the avoidance can help you get past it - for example, address real problems or ignore irrational fears.

Have a great proactive day!


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Hazyjane check-in

It feels a bit late to be doing this, gone 8pm here, but I know this stuff helps so I really really want to get back into the habit of posting my intentions and actions.

  • plan my activities over the weekend. I need to make some time for study/writing/research for Uni, as it's getting hectic getting towards the end of the year.
  • do some decluttering (I resist this badly!!! Time to get to grips with it...)
  • clear off and sort through the pile of clothes on top of my chest of drawers.
  • walk the dogs.
  • get to bed early(ish)

I also want to relax, do some reading, watch a bit of tv... but because of my late start today and general, what was the word? Lollygagging?... anyway, because of not having any proper focus, I wasted many hours today and I really shouldn't indulge myself. Work for a reward, don't reward the not working...

Saturday morning: went to bed late so am now up late, second day in a row: this is not the best way to start the weekend... 


wrkinprogrss: 06/08/12

Hi and good wishes to all!

My list for today:

Big Smile = done or done enough
Smile = made or am making progress

Smile take Rx and supplements
Smile bookending in chat

Big Smile morning teeth care
Big Smile update yesterday's check-in post and make today's (involves prioritizing)
sing R song

Smile make a pass through job email
Big Smile prep and make wiki updates by noon (2/3 on time, 1/3 late)
ABCDEF exercise B4 NOON

Smile follow up re email issue
do just-cleanup bug-closing and bug-updating
make progress on working through P notes

Big Smile email accountability buddy
Smile eat something healthy
Smile address and reply to B's email re fix effects (now awaiting reply to Qs)

Big Smile shower, wash hair
Big Smile shevel, tape hand, etc.
assess/schedule: next laundry when?

Smile take S course
make progress on roadmap details

modify O to remove rdmp duplicatn
other bug progress/warnings?

clear some more disk space
hunt notes re bkups filesystem reorg, figure out next act

Big Smile prep to leave for Dr.F by 5:05pm
Dr. Patrick's exercises

trip or homework reading
teeth care
aim for lights out by11:00pm

unload/load dishwasher
make progress on trip prep including some reading
think re Bill's latest, reply

Onward! May I choose better over worse, today!

Step right up!

And sign up for opportunity to lead this week's online 12 step meeting!

Sign up sheet is here:


Thanks for your continued service in doing the reminding, Katia!

I got your message! :)

alright 4change

read your post about lollygagging before getting stareted--while i was lollygagging before getting started.

And i got inspired. No more PA atm, just get started with very important work that people are waiting for.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


Progress with a small p

I have been doing better at work, although I continue to run behind.  I have even been managing to leave work earlier to have a little personal time at home.  Two key issues remain.  A major obstacle for me is my difficulty getting started.  I routinely lollygag most of the morning before getting serious in the afternoon and into the evening.  I also have a significant problem making time to work on big projects, so that they tend to pile up.  I really need to focus on these two areas if I want to inch forward. 

Goal 1: Grab something and *get started*.  It doesn't matter what.  My anxiety and indecisiveness about what to begin with is the first part of this obstacle I need to surmount. The fact I would rather be doing something more enjoyable feeds my ambivalence about starting.  10:45 A - noon

Goal 2: Attend a scheduled meeting in building next door noon-1 P

Goal 3: Return to my building promptly (eliminating another opportunity to meander) and have a quick lunch 1:15-1:45 P

Goal 4: Work intently for a 4 hour block, averaging 30 minutes per case, with leg stretching and bath room breaks as needed 1:45-5:45 P

Goal 5: 30 minute "real" break 5:45-6:15 P

Goal 6: Concentrate again for a 2 hour block 6:15-8:15 P

Goal 7: Spend 15 minutes as a first step to organizing my cluttered office.  I tend to make a pile of things when I am unsure what to do with them.  However, once a little time passes, I am even less likely know what to do with them.  I *dream* of having a nice, tight desktop with only the essentials visible, and everything filed in a logical place rather than a mishmash of important and useless things with no rhyme or reason.

Goal 8: LEAVE AT 8:30 PM.  NO EXCUSES. 

Goal 9: BED BY 11:30 PM.  NO EXCUSES.

Regarding these last two, I will have to work this weekend, catching up on daily work and
especially on the big projects which are gathering dust, so I do not
want to do my usual of staying Friday night until after 11 PM, then
staying up late at home, which makes me get up late Saturday and get the
weekend off to a slow start.  I also have to finish up as much as I can
at home of more heinous divorce related financial paperwork, which never seems
to end, and, along the same lines of pain, try to chip away at my overdue
(extension filed, fortunately) and greatly anxiety provoking income tax
return.  Bottom line, have to set the dominoes properly if I want them to fall my way: "early" to leave work, early bedtime, early rise, more gets done.  At least, that is my hope.  Back to report.

Hypatia's check-in

Had a good day yesterday.  Spent the day preparing for an exhibition next week.  It was essential work, but not the stuff that normally grind sme down so i came away quite happy.  Today it's back to backlogged reports, and I'm getting stuck just thinking about it.  Off to the chat room, I think.

  • e-mails
  • panel reports x3
  • find court report
  • filing
  • in-tray


Tiptree CI

Done by the end of the day:

partly done 1. implement redirect for blacklisted pages - 2 hr est.
2. clean office - 45m
3. finish and return novel - 1 hr
4. read tech book - 1 chapter - 30-45m
5. exercise - 1hr
6. repair T. accounts 1.5 hrs
DONE 7. submit exp. report 45m
8. investigate dcm issue - 1 hr
DONE 9. get import issue testable - 1 hr
10. meditate 1/4 hr
11. test delta 1 hr
12. practice guitar 1/2 hr
13. watch the rest of movie 3/4 hr
14. cull 10 items 1/4 hr
15. scan something to sell on eBay 1/4 hr
DONE 16. find and pay city bill 1/4 hr

1. fix issue w/ warning sent to browser
DONE 2. meeting w/ manager

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

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

3. Take shower

4. Get dressed

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

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

7. Go to the 9:45 a.m. telephone CLA check-in

8. Cook and eat breakfast

9. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

10. Read AA literature

11. Go to the 12 noon telephone ACA meeting

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

13. Warm up and eat lunch

14. Declutter 100 e-mail

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

16. Fix my dinner

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

18. Eat dinner

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

Thanks for letting me share