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 7th September, 2012

 Success nourished them;

          they seemed to be able,

                     and so they were able.

Virgil Aenead 

Good morning talented Procrastinators.

May your day go well.

Apologies for the marked deterioration of visual welcomes. I am working rom an iPad which has limited functions.  Internet is strictly off limits on my computer for reasons of procrastination! 

elvira's evening

Feeling overwhelmed by communications from others needing decisions by me. I just know I can't do it tonight, any more than I could jump out of a plane. I hope I'll be able to do it after a good night's sleep - BUT I WILL DO IT TOMORROW COME WHAT MAY.


I have already


  • opened mail
  • been for exercise
  • eaten 
I will
  • do 15 minutes tidying the living room
  • check the map for my journey tomorrow 

InnerTruth's check-in

  1. Answer emails
  2. Apply to 3 jobs - SF, UofT, B
  3. Check paper for movies
  4. Call sister
  5. Run
  6. Pick up Rx (after work instead of before)
  7. email marketing (no time for again, will do Sunday afternoon)
  8. Dinner @ 6 pm
  9. Leave for work at 6:30 pm
  10. Home at 12:30 pm
  11. Meditate to wind down from work

Check in PA 2x today.



kromer 9:55 CI

I am working a half-day today, because I'm leaving on church retreat.

I'm going to take today as a day to plan, regroup, organize. To that end, I'm going to work on:
endnote task
updating project wikis
check on expts

I also need to email abstract to EA

brd's Friday check in


  1. financial reports
  2. process 401k contributions
  3. 15 minutes on amex reconciliation


  1. clean out quick file
  2. call brokerage 


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 8:30 a.m. telephone CLA meeting

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

3. Cook and eat breakfast

4. Go to the 10:30 a.m. telephone BDA meeting

5. Prayer and meditation

6. Do my 10th and 11th Step for OA

7. Do my EA reflection for today from Wednesday to today

8. Wash dishes

9. Clear tables

10. Go to the 12 noon telephone ACA meeting

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

12. Warm up and eat lunch

13. Take shower

14. Get dressed

15. Fix dinner

16. Go to the 3 p.m. telephone OA meeting

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

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

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

20. Do my numbers

Thanks for letting me share


Hope everyone is having a good day. If not, there's still time to get back on the horse and keep going!

Here's my day:

7:30-9 write/morning routine

9-9:30 recycling/commute

9:30-4:45 work with two breaks

4:45-6:30 Em/commute

6:30-eve routine

Let's see how it goes. 

Vic 9/7/12

Show up (done), calender , swim

Faced my fears yesterday and worked out. Hope to continue today.

Lavida CI Task List Fri. 9/7

(Task list -- please do not reply but you can reply to my "Summary" post, thanks :)

Note to self:


  • Write 6-8 daily (I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me)
  • SLEEP: 11PM-5AM
  • Morning routine: 1 hour 5AM-6AM - Bfast, Exercises, Bible/Pray, Shower
  • Writing routine: 6AM-9AM
  • Lunch/Moving routine: 9AM-2PM Boxes, Movers, Packing, Selling, Storage, Place
  • Writing routine: 2PM-5PM
  • Dinner/Moving routine: 5-10 PACK!
  • Evening routine: 1 hour 10PM-11PM - Wash/brush, Exercises, Bible/Pray

Call: Dentist / Clinic (MONDAY)

Get free boxes and PACK NOW!

Decide on storage unit NOW! 

Call 2 movers for info + CALL 3 FRIENDS NOW!

Call extended-stay place

Take pix of stuff to sell as soon as items cleared



  • Continue taking more of my supplements and water
  • Continue eating more fruits/vegs with each meal



  • 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



Lavida Summary CI Fri. 9/7

"If you feel you're about to drown, remember Tool 1 and Break .. It .. Down"

Yes I feel totally overwhelmed from packing to move because of my eviction (the judge denied my request for an extension, so in 1 week I will be getting the notice and will only have a few more days after that -- don't know which day!!!)

I will post my task list in a separate post so other PA'ers can reply to this one instead. Any words of wisdom or support I would welcome right now -- I feel very alone and scared -- I have one person who is helping me in my life coordinate everything but it's still scary, but I am grateful I have that person to help me. 

I have to pack, get more boxes, get storage, call movers, get friends to help move probalby instead of movers since I have no money, get a room at an extended-stay hotel so I can pay weekly, ETC ETC ETC 

SCARED AND OVERWHELMED. But I know it's time for me to leave this apartment -- here for 6 years, far too long! Too many bad memories, isolation, and I know once I get through this hell I will have a fresh start. 


All the best

I keep you in my prayers - I hope all goes well for you.

For lavida

Reading your post made me remember when I had to sell my house and move. It was a hard time, although like you I did have help from one true friend which made a big difference. If there is anything I can do, a private chat perhaps, or anything else a random procrastinator friend can do, please let me know. I am praying for you and sending you all the constructive, helpful vibes across the ether than I can.

All is not lost. This may be hard at times, but I did discover that I was going to survive the experience, despite its unpleasant moments. And now I am happier than I have ever been in my life. So some good may yet come out of this for you, and I sincerely hope that it does. (((lavida))) x


"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)

Lavida, I'll pray to St.

Lavida, I'll pray to St. Joseph for you. You might know this already, but he's the patron saint of all housing issues. Good luck.


Gosh, I never knew that! St Joseph's a busy man! Smile

Somu's Friday (and short review of Tue to Thu)

Several lessons:

1) When other people or events are in the driving seat, such as Tue and Wed this week,  it's much easier (for me) to be productive. Had two VG days :-)

2) When I'm in charge (yesterday), it's easy for productivity to be terrible. I was a bit tired, but that's a pathetic excuse :-(

3) Check-in here is a good process. Use it as reminder of principles (micro-bursts, which I prefer to call "kick-starts"; silver bullet, which I prefer to call "talisman"; and pomodoro technique (working in 25-minute bursts), for which I haven't yet developed my own pet name

4) Personally, I prefer rules to be expressed in positives. Instead of "avoid", I'd rather use an active verb like "pursue" or "work" etc. So the bingeing rule for me is "Work in 25-minute, intense bursts, then switch to something else important". And perfectionism... "Pursue good-enough to excellent depending on circumstances. Most times, good-enough is enough; beyond excellent is unattainable and a waste of time".

OK, this 25-min slot has expired, so bye for now and have a good day.

Findingaway CI

Thank you Mole for another great thread starter!

Must do: clothes washing, dishes, check dates for input to RL and RC, bike ride, lunch date, shopping, ring J, sign up for M, ring DS, H practice, cook dinner.

If possible: f receipts, ring C, email J, mending, start input, read EDO doc.

I'm sure that's more that enough, it's 11.15 am local time already.

Have a good day everyone!

Welcome Hamlet!

You are doing fine with the check-in :)

Good to have you here!

Oh - PS - you don't need to put the date in the subject header of your post. Most people put some version of their username eg Findingaway Check In, but it's all your choice.

got it.  Thanks.

got it.  Thanks.

Friday, September 6, 2012

checking in for the first time.  Hope I am doing it right.  Going to try not to be ambitious and end up sabotaging myself for not getthing everything done.  So just 3 items

1.  Contact Bill G

2. E-mail to Shilpa

3. Finish gardening blog


not sure how to strike out items 1 & 2 which i managed to finish in a "burst" just now (any tehcnial advice is welcome for this Luddite).  Moving on to item 3; expect it will take the rest of the day; but aim to finish before clock strikes midnight. 

Click 'edit' ...

... then


  • highlight what you want to cross off by clicking and dragging across it
  • click the ABC  icon above - the 4th one along
  • you'll need to unclick the ABC again before writing anything else, or it will all be crossed out!
Hope that helps.



EleanorBE's Friday list

Friday looks something of a challenge! 

U/S - ask F re. points

Put spare bed back

Go back to CC and try again 

If above doesn't work, ring them

Ask R re 280

Judge 2 x apps

Record books 

Send TA message

Ask T if she'll greet E

check when E could have t visits

introduce P to E in email

Do PG marking

Send back PG marking

Do draft of series prop

Read J's emails and answer if nec

Write to C re S in P

Thank Tr

Phone room bookings re training

Decide on L chunk for C'b paper

Read p's latest

Reply to p asking re workshop time/groups

Redraft Br application

Book lunch for training

Write to K re training

Send all Br stuff to JN


Go to H

Go to B

Go to J and J's party


Can't believe today really happened

I honestly think that is the most Things I've got Done in the whole of my life. I think I will have to pay a visit to the Success Stories thread!



Good for you! Cool

Thank you Elvira! check lists for me now for a week as today (Saturday)'s is

- put tootbrush in case

- go to airport

- get on plane!

Back in a week!

Salamander's check in - Fri 7 Sep '12

Thank you, O Mole, for starting the thread with such a true quotation. If you act "as if" something, then quite frequently you find you *are* that thing. Or so I have found... Cool That is my understanding of that quotation.

Gratitude also to my Higher Power, who/whatever S/he/it is. I'm learning.

Yesterday when I set tasks in groups of three, it was extremely successful for me. I will try that again for a while to see if that was just luck or is in fact a useful tool for me.

Start time:1500

  • Colour hair
  • Hoover downstairs
  • Phone L re Excel sort query

: Nothing here that can't wait. I think I have a migraine coming. :-( Will rest for a bit in case. Tomorrow is supposed to be a very busy (and enjoyable) day.

1814: I have slept on the sofa almost all day (as well as last night in bed). I am still aware a migraine is lurking. None of the jobs below are suitable for when I feel like this. I will take another look at the paperwork (now tidied) at the desk if I feel I can manage that without making things worse.

  • Go to Leisure Centre
  • Phone DD re sum owing
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Sweep kitchen floor
  • Scrub kitchen floor
  • Clean microwave 
  • Phone vet re cat meds for T
  • Wash bedding

1837: Have decided not to get stressed about migraine?/no migraine? and just to log out of here for today, having a quiet night. :-)

Wishing the rest of you a good and constructive rest of the day. 


"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)

movingalong's Friday

1) mind my own business

2) let go

3) ask higherpower to guide me

This approach really helped today!

Mole's Friday Plan


7.30 cafe: read rough draft, edit done

8.30 -12 rewrite scenes for handover Done

12 - 1 Scene to K, lunch done

Walk to fishmongers  too wet and windy!

Email K2 re TC duties S18 & WC speech; & A for photo

Corr. Z post done

Parcel post for S, S & J done

Condol to P

Pay bills P & M

prep speech for C dinner

Shed not today

7 plus Do whatever you like