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 June 13, 2012



Step Five of PA:

Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Have a great proactive day!


Smile Laughing Smile Laughing

clement ci

wow good day. i did everything on my list. Well, not quite true. Some things took longer than i thot. I had 3 MITs today and one big one. Made only a little progress on the big one. Ok so that's not good.

but, on the positive side, i did get a lot done and was balanced, not work-binging.

so B-

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


god to me

well while i was making my list of things i'm thankful for, i started feeling great and feeling connected to god.

And i was thinking about the christian music i listen to and how the artists are all so divergent and creative and yet how they convey the same central, biblical message in all their songs...

And i got to thinking that even tho i believe in One God, that's not limiting AT ALL!. In fact it's like having blurry vision, and then putting on glasses. One single set of glasses, but it helps me see the vast wide diverse world more clearly.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


Love this, Clement <3

Metaphor Mouse! Because playlists are better than tasklists.

hjf2bme's check-in 6/13/12

As I check back life on the road to recovery from procrastination...I relaize that my auhter is one year older than me in earth years...I wil be sweet 16 in recovery years July 1st God willing!  Today was my last day of work unti July 2nd...I have already started procrastinating! What kind of reovery s tat? WEll, I just don't do wll with unstructured time! So, I let myself have a little rest and now I have to get back on te wagon of no procrastinating...

Friday is the Dday for me...Daedline day..I have a professional organizer coming over!! 

Ok, so strategies...break it down into manageable bites...God help me to be realistic...

Food...dinner...clean kitchen...go thru fridge...make a menu and shopping list...

Clothes...put in a load of laundry...go thru clothes left out to decide where it goes...

Transportation...clean check...gassed up check...fix back panels colleges for transripts... Sarah, Rita, Betsi,

Ok, that's enough for now...Ready or not, here I go! 

Ask and you shall receive

Just want to report a success here I just had ...

I was on the couch, crying and praying, and I asked my Higher Power to give me work. When I finally got off the couch, I went to my computer and saw an email sitting there from my agency to apply for a remote part-time job they were offering me. I just sent in my resume! I can't believe how quickly my HP delivered. Just hope this gives some encouragement to everyone. Going through God is a much quicker and more successful way of making things happen. Of myself, I'm a mess. Thank you God. 

re: Ask and you shall receive

Wow that's great! We have a very good God to bless you that way. Interesting, cuz i'm just about to make a list of things i'm thankful for. I'll put this on the list ;)

Along these lines, in the 7:30am phone mtg today the topic was faith and trust, with faith being believing, and trust being acting on that belief. Analogy of a rock climber and his ropes. Need to use them--depend on them for them to have a benefit.

Such good news!

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb



What the hey: I'm back, at least for today. 


  • 30 situps
  • Shower
  • F Oil
  • Mouthwash/brush  


  1. Apply for some position
  2. Job search (10+ minutes)
  3. Volunteer search (10+ minutes)
  4. Practise chanter (10+ minutes) 
  5. Python scripts (10+ minutes)
  6. Website brainstorming (10+ minutes)
  7. Website coding (10+ minutes)
  8. CompTia cert planning  
  9. I.C. records and trans
  10. Research business card costs (paper, ink)
  11. Pet care: Afternoon/evening
  12. Dishes
  13. Put out bin
  14. Lock up house 
  15. Mouthwash/brush  
  16. Bed before 0100


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

ag ci

Much running around accomplished today for medical appts etc. Stopping now for lunch and check of to-do's:
Lunch (read RFQ)
Respond to vp on rfq
Pause for some Step 11
Blood draws, ship
Book chiro and massage
Bill client P
Look at checking account
Pay backlogs as funds allow

Some of the following may stretch out til Friday, but it's haunting my head so I want to capture it here and free up some mindspace:
Budget for the trip
Find replacement batteries for J scooter
Find a ramp for J's scooter (or another way to transport it on vaca)
put away IG files
Clear right side of desk
Clear 9 things from Task List pop-up
Clear 20 emails
Submit a draft special edition (childcare)
Check and set sprinklers
Stop paper and mail
Buy portable printer and printer paper

"My boundaries enclose a pleasant land." Psalm 16

wrkinprogrss: 06/13/12

Hi and good wishes to all!

I like Lucky's idea of having a Ta-Da list instead of a To-Do list--thanks, Lucky! Here goes:

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

**hi-pri or hard-scheduled for today:**

Big Smile morning teeth care
Big Smile think re priorities
Big Smile call in Rx renewals

Big Smile make ck-in post
Big Smile email accountability buddy
Big Smile make a pass through job email

address B's reply!

Big Smile sing R song
Smile eat something healthy
ABCDEF (preferably before noon)

shower, etc
handwash dbr for Thur eve
resolve some T proj details

del ld laundry
decide if doing other laundry today (dark load? pj's?)
remove some dup'd info from A

listen to an archived Marty Nemko radio show
incorporate P changes into A

5:00pm appointment with Dr. E
decide if going to farmer's market
spend 10 minutes consolidating trip-planning mindmaps and looking for most important action items

do Qi Gong
do Dr. Patrick exercises
make notes re possibilities for transport to airport

further NVC reading
evening teeth care
take bedtime Rx

**other recommended job work for today:**

start drafting change-tracking info re roadmap mvg from A to T and addition of Payroll info

submit timecard
clear more disk space
draft reply to K?

**recommended other items for today:**

start loading dishwasher
make dstore shopping list for Thur
aim for bed by 11:00pm

**useful or gratifying to do today:**

do a (timed?) journal writing re a "stone-skipping" Q
brainstorm re other bug next acts?
work on fs re-org for bkups
use balancer

**heartmind resource questions and ideas**

reframe "shoulds" to "prefers" and "chooses"?
practice finding the useful?
ask myself: what do I need right now? (besides centered feeling and confidence!)
ask myself: what superpowers do I have?
ask myself: where is the treasure in this experience?


katia 6.13

Things I've done already
-Replied to threads on (other) forum
-Made important connections
-Gotten me and my son dressed

High Priority
-Traffic court
-Break down lab report
-10% of break down chunks
-Business post on BM

Medium Priority
-Decluttering. anything.
-15 minutes doing 31 stuff
-figure out registering for classes

Would be nice priority
-Recipes for saturday
-Rock Band

There's 26 chunks, so if I can do 3-4 tonite, I will be pleased.

double post- sry

How the heck did I double post. meh.

Progress: List for Wed. 6/13

Okay, day is starting around 12:30.

PRAYER is going to be an important part of my day today. 

Pray every second, every minute, every hour if that's what it takes to connect with my Higher Power and surrender. 

1. Take shower and get dressed, do makeup. 

2. Go get food. 

3. Watching my soap. I have to include this to get a realistic picture of how I spend my time and I am allowed to do things I enjoy. 

4. Read Bible devotional for today. 

5. Do a 12-step workbook page. 

6. Attend UA meeting. Since I missed all the meetings today and won't be around to do the night ones, I'll listen to a recorded meeting on how to use the timesheet. 

7. Watched Joyce Myer on TV: topic was letting go of the past, battlefield of the mind.

8. Take nap.

9. Get some food.  

10. Leave at 6:15 for practice, which basically will take up the rest of the night.

Decided I will try to work nights (after practice tonight) and do all the dreaded tasks in the middle of night since I am having no success at all during the day. Will try: 

  • Do a microburst to just start writing one assignment. I will do as little as possible. Just to start and say I did. 
  • Do a microburst to just start the job search process. Anything is
    allowed, again will do as little as possible. Just to start and say I
  • Get a present for my dad.

Just spent the last hour crying on the couch. I've hit bottom again. The main emotion is grief. Too much pain over the past 1.5 years. I've hit a plateau since starting recovery 4 months ago. In a lot of pain. Thanks to this forum for letting me share.

6pm update: I would classify today as Meltdown Mode and Total Insanity. I do not feel sane today. I think I've been attacked by demons or something. I think God is trying to teach me that it's Him or it's this demonic, Satanic nightmare of the world invading my thoughts. I can't sit on the fence anymore. If I want freedom, I have to surrender to God completely. This has been one of my really bad-to-worse days. Asking God to heal every traumatized cell in my body from head to toe. Amen. 

"Non"-Progress Wed. 6/13 Check-In

Hello all,

I just woke up, at 10:30 even though my alarm was set for 5:30. Honestly, I just give up. I can't seem to surrender to my Higher Power to see what he wants for me or how to do this right. I don't know what to do for myself anymore. 

I want to follow the schedule I made with the timesheet from UA, but it's not working. I want to get up early so I have enough time to do everything, but it's not working. I build up a lot of energy as the day/night goes on, and then I'm too hyped up to go to bed early. Spoke to a friend last night around 10 just when I was supposed to get ready for bed. Well I got to bed by around 10:45 but i need time to settle down before actually falling asleep -- didn't happen till 11:45, then took past midnight to actually sleep. So 5:30 wasn't realistic. Woke up to the alarm tired and stressed. Stayed in bed 5 hours. 

I feel HOPELESS! Cry You guys, what am I going to do? If I don't start doing my work from home, I will have no savings whatsoever in 3 weeks. This is my LAST CHANCE and I'm caving under the pressure. Doing a tiny bit of one thing doesn't seem like enough, yet when I plan something that could work, I FAIL EVERY TIME!


Can anyone further along in this program or (UA/DA) please help me figure out what to do? I know I'm supposed to turn my will over to Higher Power but I don't know how! I've lived my whole life trying to control me and I don't know any other way!!! HELP!!!! THANK YOU. (Not putting a progressive task list in this post so you can reply). 


I wish I had answers, but I'm still desperately searching myself...Just writing to lend my support and understanding.

Thank you

Thanks, Crazybug :)

I'm trying to figure out what went wrong, and I realized that I'm trying too hard. I'm being perfectionistic and unrealistic. I can't expect myself to go from 0 to 100 right away. 

I need to learn a. patience, and b. acceptance. 

I need the patience for gradually changing my schedule. It takes the brain/body at least 3-4 weeks to change a pattern, so going to bed earlier and waking up earlier is just not going to happen right away in the drastic change I expected. 

So I'm going to accept that for now, my days will have to end later and begin later. I can gradually change maybe by 1/2-hour increments over several weeks' time. 

So ... will plan to start my day today around 12 or 12:30pm, and just accept that I probably won't actually get to sleep till around 12 or 12:30 am!

Thanks for listening and being here. 

p.s. I just realized that my original post goes along well with today's Step 5 :)

progress re: bedtime

I know alot of people are really into waking up early and whatnot, but that just isn't me. I think it's more important to find "your" flow than try to mould yourself into someone else's. I know I would feel very resentful if I "had" to go to bed around 10-11. But I do try to keep it before 1 am unless I'm out.

I think it is very frustrating that we as a society have this 9-5 mentality. In other cultures it is perfectly acceptable to have dinner at 10 pm and take a midday nap.

Of course, if you have a job to get to that would be bad lol. But I think you can find a happy medium! Don't beat yourself up!

Welcome! :)

Thanks Katia

Thank you, that is very true! And no, right now I don't have a 9-5 job to go to, so it's better for me to go with my own internal time clock I guess. :)

hi progress

well you sound so sane! In your 2nd post ;)

I doubt i have anything to say that will help. But i did want to say that turning it over to Higher Power does involve a feeling of losing control. It is trusting Higher Power that you wont run out of savings--or that if you do Higher Power will still be with you to guide you through that. It is really letting go.

So your reaction is actually a sign that you're on the right track. I have the same feelings often.

While letting go is really scary, people on the other side of that report back that if you can do it, when Higher Power fills the void it's way better.

I have not worked the steps myself. But i did join the sun night 8:30pm eastern phone meeting to work the steps as a group. I believe that in all the world there is not 1 single person who has worked the PA steps all the way thru. We will be the first ;)

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


Thanks Clement

Well thanks for noticing that. See my latest post at the top of this page -- without doing any job search activities at all, all I did was cry and pray to God, and he actually delivered a job opp. immediately to my inbox. It's pretty amazing actually. Proof that surrender works! :)

Crazybug CI 10:32am

I wasted nearly 8 hours yesterday( and the day before...and so on...). This morning i have wasted 1hr 45min.  So, I'm going to check into chat to keep myself on target today.

My goal over the next 2 hours is to:

1. Determine the goal of the analysis

2. Outline the steps to achieve analysis and what tools are needed

3. Begin logging time on the analysis

Shout out to Journey: 'enjoy the suck'!!

But first a small snack to keep blood sugar stable.

Thanks to everyone for being here.

Journey 8:30

Good morning . . .working from home again today.   I got everything done yesterday but ended up working until 9 pm so I slept in a bit today.   Today I need to be done by 5 pm so that I can make a nice dinner.  Here's the list:

  • Exercise
  • Plan food
  • Breakfast 
  • DP: Check RFCs
  • DP: SFM research
  • added - open SFM ticket with vendor
  • added - drop off hubby's truck at mechanic
  • Build RH
  • DP: Alloc text
  • M: copy libs
  • M: batch job
  • DP: Build policy
  • DP: Policy plan
  • CA: tape stuff
  • Order mom'd bday present
  • dinner
  • dishes
  • laundry
  • feed birds
  • water plants
  • take vitamins
  • upstairs hall if time
  • qt
  • prep for thursday and friday - started
  • D: look for script if time
  • DP: timeline if time
  • team meeting

A lot but doable.   Just keep in mind that once I get through this weekend I can take a day off to relax.   And the BIC is back from two week vacation tomorrow so that will take some of the load off too.   I'm overloaded with work right now but this is the last of three really hard weeks, and then things should be getting back to normal.  I've had some hours here and there that I've gone into procrastination zombie mode but overall I think I've handled this rough month pretty well.   *pats self on back*  ha ha I literally just patted myself on the back *grin*.  ok, off to exercise!  Exercise is non-negotiable, I don't care how bad things are at work. 

Update 11:45 open trouble ticket has taken most of the morning, which is ok because that's the highest priority this week.   I'll work thru my todo list in priority order and get as much done as possible, but realize that some things will have to shift to tomorrow. 


Embrace the suck!

Hazyjane check-in

Got up reasonably early, had a healthy breakfast followed by a nice walk in the sunshine (which was unexpected: I thought it was going to be raining solid til June 23rd!). With the dogs, obviously. Home, fed them, had a coffee then got to my NA meeting, which was lovely, very powerful and connecting. Now here I am and I feel the pull of procrastination tugging at me, do I let it or do I say NO!!! Let me live life as a free woman, with the support and guidance of my Higher Power let me have a useful, productive, satisfying and joy-filled day!!!!

  •  go and support a new meeting
  • write in journal
  • declutter for 15 minutes
  • plan my final piece of written work but have realised that there's more written assignments left to do than I realised!!! And time is running out!!!
  • look for short-let tenants so's I can leave my flat this summer
  • start writing the final paper, begin with paragraph headings or sections and the number of words I intend/think I can write for those: to amount to roughly 2500 words in total...
  • contact everyone to remind them of tomorrow's rehearsal
  • generate some text for the rehearsal in an attempt to arrive at a final 'script'.
  • spend some time (15-45mins) tidying/cleaning MY bedroom
  • eat something healthy/tasty/quick for dinner
  • go to bed (and sleep) before 11.30pm.

That's a lot!!! I'd better get going...

Thanks everyone for this fellowship.

I also forgot I'd arranged to do a van job this evening which completely cut into the available time. But on the other hand, I earned some money and did someone a favour so it's all good.  

tila - Wed

After a cancelled flight, two long layovers and a super-stressful journey I am able to sit down and check-in. 

Plan for today:

  • 4 LGs - 3 done
  • LR -  finish up d 5, start reading d 6

Since I'm still travelling, not sure about fully completing the planned tasks. i will try anyway.  

Hypatia's check-in

Back after two days off work because the depression got the better of me.  My apologies for not answering the helfpul posts in my depresion thread - the net nanny at work won't let me in to the thread as it's apparently "offensive"!  And i havne't felt up to doing anything at home.

Today's plan, more in hope than expectation

  • e-mails
  • apols for meeting
  • phone calls
  • LAC reports
  • in-tray
  • Friday's report
  • meeting 1
  • exhibition stuff



Lucky's ta-da list

Dream journal


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 7 a.m. telephone DA meeting

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

3. Go to the 8:30 a.m. telephone PA meeting

4. Cook and eat breakfast

5. Take shower

6. Get dressed

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

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

9. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

10. Work on my Third Step

11. Go to the 12 noon telephone ACA meeting

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

13. Warm up and eat lunch

14. Declutter 100 e-mail

15. Go to the 3 p.m. telephone CLA meeting

16. Fix my dinner

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

18. Eat dinner

Thanks for letting me share

Finding a way CI

Thanks for starting us, lennon.

At my desk before 9 am, have looked at a couple of emails. I have my list to follow, and resolve to log into chat if I get stuck. I will allow myself to do an 'easy' job first, as it's better than not getting started!