End of Semester Tasks
I'm new to PA, been with CODA for a while and think the 12
steps is an amazing tool and way of life. It's helped me a lot and I'm grateful.
You can read why I'm here: http://procrastinators-anonymous.org/node/4287
I hope, that this will be a place where I'll report in twice
a day. In the morning I'll write what I'm planning to do today and when and the end of the day what I actually did. Visitors are welcome to read and support is even more welcomed.
Day 1- August 15th - The kids were out for two and a half
hours today. In those two hours I managed to do 2 X 10 Minutes = 20 min. It
seems like very little, I admit, but I was surprised on how much I got accomplished during
these 20 minutes and how focused I felt.
The kids went to the babysitter at 10:30 and I started working at 11:40 - after these 2 distractions.
1. I felt compelled to write an email to my cousin. The
razionalization behind it was that I had something important to tell her that
might help her with some problem she's having and it will only take a minute. It took 5 minutes or more and the truth
is that it was procrastination.
2. Checking my email - I'm compulsive about it. If I see there's new email, I have to read it. Serenity prayer to finding techniques to
avoiding email while working.
12:10 finish my first 10 min - starting to review what I've done up until now.
Another distraction - my husband comes home and tells me he
lost 10k$ on some bad investment he did. I get upset. He plays the guitar (his way to procrastinate
and avoid feeling or doing). It's a big distraction for me and I beg him not to play until the kids return at
12:30. He agrees after 5 minutes. I really do need to learn how to work even if
he's playing the guitar, because he does it all day long...
Checking emails again. (I think I need to find small rewards
between each 10 min slot, but not escapes like food/email).
12:30 - go for my second 10 min slot.
12:43 - the kids are back :-)
I won't be able to work tonight, because I have some important commitments to the family.
I'm already 4 days late on my paper. My professor asked me by when do I think I can hand it in? I can't answer such a question, so I asked her what's the latest she'll accept?
I also did a call that I wanted to procrastinate doing.
All in all, I feel that I'm trying to face the difficulties and reality. I hope and pray that I'll learn to take it step by step and not think too much about deadlines.