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.

Tuesday 4th September 2012

*Every decision sets you free

Every decision strengthens you  


 Ulrich Schaffer



 And thanks to pro and Movingalong for guiding me in setting up this thread starter

LucyA's Tuesday Evening List

Hello everyone.  This is my first comment on this forum, so if anyone is still checking in at this hour, I would love some encouragement!  I don't mind people commenting directly; I'll just rewrite the list at the end.

My To-Dos for Tuesday Evening:

  • Do laundry for work tomorrow
  • Practice piano for 20 minutes
  • Shower
  • Bed by 11:00
One hour and forty-eight minutes to go!  : )


Tuesday Evening List: Conclusion

Well, I didn't practice piano, but I did do laundry and shower.  I'm getting to bed at around 11:45, which is a little disappointing but not awful.  I think the check-in did spur me on to do better than I would have otherwise.

Milli108 first check in

Hi all.  I'm checking in for the first time and hope I'm doing it right.  Tonight:

read ten pages of an AP quality book

 and then in bed by ten.   

Good luck!

Good luck Milli!  Let us know how it went!

Elvira going to bed

Immensely stressed and feeling paralysed ... but am posting here to try and make myself go to bed NOW.


Susiesue's daily check in tuesday


  • pirate stuffLaughing
  • upload photosLaughing
  • continue with weekend stuff 


tila - Tues

Lots scheduled today. Study plan: 

  • LG - 28 
  • LR - 33 (1/2) (working on it right now)
  • Review all
  • RC 46 + review - if time permits

DaveRC - Hi. I'm a procrastinator!

This comment has been moved here.

9.4.12 checkin babarino

project A

Project B

project c

call with k

meeting with l

exercise tonight

sign order

thank you all for being here

Lavida CI Tues. 9/4

Thanks mole for the appropriate starter as I have made a decision:

I am not using any money I earn to hold onto this place -- I will accept the eviction because it's time for me to get out of this haunted cave I've lived in for 6 years. This is God's will. I might have 2 weeks at most to pack up my crap and get out of here. 


*Every decision sets you free

Every decision strengthens you  


Here's what I will to do today:


  • Write 12 daily (I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me)



CAll Verizon *after payment today Laughing got extension

Comcast / Dentist / Clinic / SM

Court: Call CAP about registry Yell bad news: program ended last week, no help

Call PayPal to increase daily ATM limit

Call to get free boxes and start packing NOW!

Call to find a mover

Call to find low-income housing

Get bubble wrap and tape and start wrapping



  • Continue taking more of my supplements and water
  • Continue eating more fruits/vegs with each meal
  • Read Bible
  • Connect with HP
  • Light candle/incense, play music, read graf of romance novel

WORKOUT 10 minutes


  • Set myself up with agencies online and look for jobs on their sites
  • Look for jobs on LinkedIn via groups and agencies 
  • Apply to jobs I find: Emphasis on REAL, PERMANENT JOBS
  • Start getting online portfolio together now that agency wants it



kromer 9:55 CI

Had a nice relaxing long weekend. Today I'm fresh and at work and I need to focus.

Specifically, I will:
Go to mtg
Put refs in endnote (this has been on the list forever, but I think I can finally get to it today) (working on this now)

Do sequencing on R8 samples
Start R8/S8 SMF
Make a detailed schedule for the week (will do this soon)
Email adviser about mtg (will do this soon)
Cooking for the week

If I have more time, I will:
Organize slides, update nb
Update probe design wiki
Start probe conjugation
Clean bathroom

brd's first check in


  1. prepare meeting agenda
  2. run checks
  3. 15 minutes of reconciling Amex bills (Not much, but more than I've been able to get myself to do lately)
  1. Call insurance company (left msg)
  2. drain water heater
  3. stop by grocery store
  4. 15 minutes of gardening 

Welcome brd!

Welcome to you and all the newcomers!

Hypatia's check-in

busy morning - now an afternoon of paperwork

  • return clinic list
  • MRI form
  • CSA report
  • go through e-mails
  • make catch-up list
  • plan catch-up
  • go through P Log
  • phone calls
  • do two reports
  • O's letter


  • Tai Chi
  • revision notes for unit 3
  • CHALLENGE - letter to B
  • tidy bedroom 



spoonfulofdirt check in tues sept 4

Thank you to Mole for starting this thread and to all members of PA.

5am wakeup

day's intentions: morn routine, complete 2 goals card, aa, 1hr pull/push/kb exercise, 1 hr instrument prac, 1 section driv saf course, 1 action on thank you notes, 1.5 hrs eve meditation, eve routine, pa check-in  

9:45pm sleep 

may you all have a day of progress.Wink 


Real substantial trust will come from real substantial doings.
-Anna Deavere Smith

closing check in

After strong on task morning, ended up spending 4 hrs finishing online driv course. It's good to be done with the course, but bingeing on it kind of shot the rest of the day. Good awareness to have. Now eve routine and bed. Gratitude to all.
Real substantial trust will come from real substantial doings.
-Anna Deavere Smith

movingalong's Tuesday

focus for today:

Releasing patterns that are not really me ...

Embracing my better self.

Movingalong's Tuesday update -- refocus

Wow, I got off-track relatively soon.

Redirecting my focus to where higherpower would guide me ...

movingalong Tuesday again ...

All kinds of avoidance/escapism.
Choosing now to follow Greater Wisdom.

Vic 9/4/12

Show up (done), calender, walk

 Lots of life changes, need to focus on positive and gratitude. One day at a time. Do next right thing.


  • Up early
  • go to appointemnt at hospital
  • find rest of references
  • find ph books
  • fix references
  • bibliography
  • lunch
  • readings
  • ring sponsor
  • pharmacy

  • bank

  • pay bill

  • ring m r m

  • g oto uni

  • print out doc

  • put m edits in 
  • print and proof 
  • photocopy refs
  • post office c
  • email M final doc  YAY YAY YAYLaughing
  • shopping
  • get packed for holiday
  • accounts

Salamander's check in - Tues 4 Sep 12

Starting at 1000

  • Change cat trays
  • Take rubbish out
  • Clean kitchen surfaces/worktop
  • Sweep kitchen floor
  • Hoover upstairs
  • Paperwork at desk
  • Post Office re CT goods and invoice
  • Back up data onto external hard drive
  • Speak to AA
  • Radio Times


1406: Hopeless! Fell asleep all morning (after a bad night) so that time has gone. Floundering a bit.

1801: Haven't done anything. Tired and grumpy. Feeling like a failure. Anything i get done now is a bonus. Am going to identify single next actions on all the above. And remember that tomorrow is another day.

Oh wait! I did spend some good time on an overdue jobsearch. That was good, albeit not on my lists, something I was conscious needed doing soon.

1846: OK, having a medicinal cup of Assam tea to focus my mind and then I will get on with cooking a healthy nutritious dinner. THEN I will come back to this list and see what may still be done today, most importantly, what most *needs* to be done. (I've been reading on the website to give myself inspiration so I don't fritter the day away just because I've had a bad night beforehand.)

2020: This day is not getting better. The prawns I defrosted were not good so I've binned them, which rather screws up my plans for dinner. I guess I can make beans on toast and that's healthy and quick. Am so dispirited.

2251: Have been busy, not procrastinating at all. But not completed more of my list than changing cat trays and Radio Times!

NB Tomorrow get cat laxative for T.



"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." (Anais Nin)

frogprincess Tuesday 9/4/2012

Hi everyone.  My list for the day is:

1. Draft and submit class introduction

2. Send email requesting interview appointment-
this was unnecessary because I received a follow-up call

3. Select 1 video to promote before 12pm

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 Mole 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. Take shower

5. Test blood sugar

6. Cook and eat breakfast

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

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

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

10. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

11. Read the meditation books

12. Go to the 12 noon telephone ACA meeting

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

14. Do my 10th and 11th Step in OA

15. Do my Sixth Step in NA

16. Declutter 500 e-mail

17. Cook and eat dinner

18. Go to the 6 p.m. telephone OA meeting

17. Go to the 7 p.m. telephone OA meeting

18. Go to the 8 p.m. telephone CLA meeting

19. Go to the 9 p.m. online EA meeting

20. Go to part of the 9 p.m. telephone OA meeting

21. Go to the 9:30 p.m. telephone CLA activity line

Thanks for letting me share

Finding a way CI

Good work on the thread starter, Mole!

Incidentally, Mole, if you are reading this, it doesn't have to be people in the 'early' time zones (mostly Australia and NZ) who start the threads. I read something you wrote in another post along these lines - sorry not sure where. Sometimes someone from a 'later' time zone will have already started the thread (much appreciated), but it is also fine to post on the previous day instead. I have done this a lot when I really haven't wanted to take the time to start the new day's thread. Just another option!

Back after a long weekend away with family in town. It was great to spend time with them.

Now must focus on project M, not much else that is important this week, but this must be done! 

I started before 9 am and have already made my list for the week, happy about that. 

Wishing everyone all the best for today! Smile

Yoh - Tuesday 04/09

It's already tuesday here, but I am going to bed now. I am posting this since I saw EleanorBE do it (day before) and looked like a great idea.

Today I got more or less my study done for my wednesday exam on a basic level. So tomorrow is exercise time. I really have to keep myself to that. It is the best way to improve and get ready for the exam, but I know myself, as soon as I start doubting myself I start reading parts of theory again.

So plan is doing 1 exercise of each chapter, 10 mins max per exercise, 15 min breaks in between complete cycles.

If I can update, I will with some sign for every exercise done. That's it! Practicing time!!!!

Good luck to all of you with your own lists, I bet doing it together, we can all get it done in the best way possible!

Not going good

Today is definitely not going as supposed to. Too much procrastination, practically no exercises done.

Will put laptop and phone back in car, apparantly I can not handle that responsibility or something. 

Doing better

I was completely lost in my way earlier. Then put the computer and phone in the car, got some food and started working. 

Have been doing my exercises finally until now. If I look back I get down about the amount of lost time.

That is why I do not look back but only forward. My exam is at 9 in the morning, so that is a bit over 9h time left (excl, time to get ready, including sleep). Let's make the most out of that! 

Time to end the day!

The rest of the evening/night I still got some good work done. Better go to bed for a couple of hours now, then do my last reviews in the morning and go beat that exam! (or so I hope :D)

Good night all! 

EleanorBE Tuesday

Great that this is up already. Don't know if Mole is in Australia or New Zealand or just keen to check in before the new day begins! I'm in the UK and it's only 10.15 on Monday night but I've just reposted my Monday list with things crossed off and I'd like to write tomorrow's before I forget what I didn't do today... Also I find it really helps me sleep well if I decide what I've got to do tomorrow and write it down. Otherwise I just wake myself up to fret about things.


Make J's cake

Go to library

Skim through /all/ of Chapter 4

Continue with refs

Write down all books you haven't finished with by end of session

Check email to see if J/J/RM have sent me email addresses

Send email to TAs/TAcs

Go to station

Travel to S - on train,

- do E's M.O.

- read articles

Book in to B and B

Go to R3

If not too tired, write up R3.


Mole and the night before

I'm so so sorry Eleanor, I've just realised by replying l have kyboshed the possibility of you editing your list.

I am in Australia rather than an ultra early bird, but I absolutely agree with the benefits of writing a list the night before. It is calming and it means you don't begin agonising over list making at the start of a day - when you know that you ought to be getting on with something else. 

Thanks Mole

No no, you haven't kyboshed it, I can just post it again and edit it under your message. Or under this one. I'm getting into the habit of doing it once, then again at the end of the day so it's up twice and I can see the magnificent difference between Scary To Do List and Unprocrastinated...Done List!


EleanorBE Tuesday - results.

Make J's cake

Go to library

Skim through /all/ of Chapter 4-
very useful, glad I made myself do this

Continue with refs

Write down all books you haven't finished with by end of session- forgot to do this but reserved them all so can do it on Thurs

Check email to see if J/J/RM have sent me email addresses
they hadn't, so I asked them again

Send email to TAs/TAcs- no, as didn't have addresses, see above

Go to station

Travel to S - on train,

- do E's M.O.

- read articles- only got one read but v. useful

Book in to B and B

Go to R3

If not too tired, write up R3.- Too tired! Will put this on tomorrow's list.

Well, I didn't get as far as I wanted to today - but I had another bout of stomach upset - in the library loos, oh dear! So didn't do badly considering. 

E.BE xx

Looking good.

Don't know if you like comments on your lists, but it's looking good from here. Maybe that you got less done than planned, but seems like at least you started all your tasks and most got done too!

Keep up this spirit :) 

Thanks Yoh

I love comments - thanks so much!

I just went to Wednesday too - GOOD LUCK with your exam!


Mole checking in

 Important message to self (and anyone else!): take time to listen to Rowan Pelling again on procrastination: Helping Hamlet on BBC Radio 4 listen again iPlayer before it is taken off the site.  

Ah Tuesday: what do you have in store with me?

Tidy bathroom and living room Innocent

Pick flowers for TInnocent

Smile7.30 coffee at cafe with G:

8.30 delivery to L? Not needed

Wash up, tidy kitchen:Innocent

9/9.30 - 12.30 writing -finish roughing out H scene Undecided Not so good. Distracted. More this afternoon.

Lunchtime check-in 

Complete Ringing survey find out about visitors for J. YES

1 more hour writing NO

Work out timeframe for history walk and sketch ouwt elements No

Email to J and check other urgent ones. No

CC No.

Card for B No

Half an hour for weeding More or less

4 walk with B (and wrap book) or on own No

Take out rubbish YES

Now 7.15 Ge the to the cafe 

  Not such a good day. Mostly faffing, also a sleep, and a plumber, and a bit of support for someone whose mother had just died

RE: radio show

Mole, I managed to download the radio show because I was afraid it would be removed before I had time to listen. I don't know how legal this is because it is not downloadable through the BBC Iplayer software but for the reason that radio shows may contain music fragments and that they do not have DRM processes for that yet. So I'm not trying to push illegal content or something but if you (or someone else) are interested after it is deleted, know that I still have it.

Welcome Newcomers!