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.

Monday 24 September 2012

Monday 24 September 2012

(thanks to Lavida for this thread-starter idea)

WingArtist's Check-in

2 days till my classes begin! Hope my old habits stay away from my productive hours.

Here's my agenda:


  • Attend Info Fair (11:00 AM)
  • Lunch
  • Bus Tour (2:00 PM)
  • Dinner
  • Late Night Party
  • Sleep (11:00 PM)
Wish me luck!


Piqued's check-in

The thought of making a list of to-do items is paralyzing me. So, I'm just going to list one thing, do it, and then add a new item to the list. And while I'm at it, I may as well create conditions that increase my likelihood of success, such as listening to the rain forest CD while working. Very calming... CD became non-calming, so I ditched it for now.

1) Test SNP defect fix; planned start = 4:45 PM; actual start = 4:45 PM; took two 15-minute walks and purchased three books off of Amazon (eek!); however, did complete task at 6:25 PM. 

2) Test IA2TE fix; planned start 6:30 PM; started on time; purchased yet another book off of Amazon!!! This is not good.  

elvira's evening

A sudden onslaught of stuff that has to been done tonight and the upshot is that I haven't done any of it.

I will go to bed soon, but before I do I will

  •  hack back the jasmine to clear a path to the back door
  • put the rubbish out
  • put the side gate key where the builder will find it tomorrow
  • make some room in the back hallway for the builder to get to the tap
  • clear some room round the kitchen sink
  • leave the kitchen window key where he'll find it 
  • remove embarrassing personal items in the bathroom from sight


Tiptree CIwr

to be done:

- rehearsal
- test bug
- test another bug
- modify xml code and create zip
- diagnose import issue
- work on documentation -- at least one doc completed
- work on IE issue
- edit adm. guide
- walk dog
- work thru 200 emails
- set waivers
- read 15-25 pp
- write test for options
- write test for access to blocked pp.
- meditate

kromer 3:20 CI

I am just back from a work trip, which went pretty well.

I need to spend most of this afternoon relaxing, since I didn't really get a weekend and I want to be able to be productive this week. However, I also have a few things I need to get done. Here is the plan:

*Take a walk (at least 3 mi)
*Finish typing up rough draft (will do this soon)
*Email adviser with draft+asking for mtg
*Add mtgs to schedule
*Call a friend+my mom (will do this soon)
*Quickly check on expts

*Activate phone 
*Unpack, clean kitchen, clean room, clean bathroom, start a load of laundry
(will do this soon)
*Make a schedule for the week

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 movingalong for starting this trend.

Things I have done today

1. Went to the 5:45 a.m. telephone ACA meeting

2. Took shower

3. Got dressed

4. Went to my nurse's appointment at 9 a.m.

5. Cook and ate breakfast

6. Went to tha 12 noon telephone ACA meeting

Things I will do today

1. Cook and eat dinner

2. Wash dishes

3. Get tomorrow's forum ready

4. Clear tables

5. Do the EA reflection for today

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

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

Thanks for letting me share

Lavida CI Mon. 9/24

Thanks for reposting the post-its, movingalong! and glad everyone likes them ... I thought it was great for PA when I saw it (and I'm also a post-it freak).


  • Write (goal is 4 a day) DONE: InnocentInnocent
  • Post resume on job site / start searching DONE
  • UA phone meeting 8:30pm
  • Do floor/chair exercises
  • Practice a little
  • Take supplements/Rx & other self-care
  • Read Bible devotional for today


  • UA Meeting 8:30am
  • Return Comcast
  • Call Verizon
  • Assess bill list for this month
  • Assess job vision/goals
  • Decide on website host


WingArtist's Check-in

2 days till my classes begin! Hope my old habits stay away from my productive hours.

Here's my agenda:


  • Attend Info Fair (11:00 AM)
  • Lunch
  • Bus Tour (2:00 PM)
  • Dinner
  • Late Night Party
  • Sleep (11:00 PM)
Wish me luck!


InnerTruth's work for today

A client was supposed to send me work for today and he hasn't done it yet.

What I'm going to do is work on my homework and keep checking my email every half hour or so.

Also do my laundry at 12:30 and go for a short run while it's in the dryer.

When I come home at 10:30 pm I'm not going to watch TV. I'll do my reading for class until midnight.

So until I get my work from my client, I can't start prioritizing it.

It seems like two weeks ago I had so much time on my hands. Now I'm so busy I can't get everything in.

Still problem with sleeping too much!   

Vic 9/24/12

Show up (done), cal, exer

Thanks for starter L and MA

For me, in addition,  2 top slogans:

attitude of  gratitude


tila - Mon

So happy for the brand new week. Plan for today: 

  • Continue LG - d 1-5 (5 2.5 hours left)
  • Stop @ RA (tp) & SF (exchange oo), PO
  • Dinner, kitchen, prep tsh for DH   


Thanks for the starter, Lavida. Hope you're settled in your new place.

6:50-7:50 copyedits DONE!

7:50 move car/eat breakfast DONE!

8:10-8:40 copyedits DONE!

8:40-9:10 get ready for work, gather things for post office DONE!

9:10 commute DONE!

9:30-4:45 work (breaks for lunch took it! and e-mail DONE!) on time, with hair only slightly damp!

4:45-5:30 post office DONE!

5:30-6:30 editing DONE!

6:30-10 to-dos; clean (clutter), water plants; eat dinner; shower, vit. and prep for tom.; languages; read 

Have a great day, everybody! 

Hypatia's check-in

back at work, and the afternoon is filling up with things I MUST do.  But I must also try and keep up with the paperwork

  • write prescription
  • complete this morning's reports
  • find and file I's papers
  • in-tray
  • work plan for afternoon
  • lunch


ms monday

  • return recoder.
  • find out why email shortcut doesn't work.
  • get phone email acct sorted.
  • act on whatever j says.
  • partition new harddrive
  • tell home people about roof.
  • gym. 
  • email file.
  • do 2 hours on new proposal in 15 min clumps.

Maximo's check-in Mon 24 Sept 8:30 am

Thanks to Movingalong and Lavida for starting this thread.

My list for today
1. Invoice to G. Smile Done
2. FH project - 10 mins.
3. Declutter paper piles in office Smile Looking much better - clear space on desk now!
4. Exercise bike - 20 mins
5. Aviva website Smile Done
6. E. newsletter
7. E-mail B Smile Phoned instead
8. Money to joint a/c Smile
9. Look at Pomodoro technique

Wishing everyone here a good day despite wet and windy weather in the UK

Mole's check-in

Well, I AM a late starter today. All of you here - fresh-faced and bushy-tailed, and it is noon again in my zone.  Many thanks Movingalong and Lavida for getting the week going with such good thoughts.

Why did I not post my plan before ? The reasoning was that I really want to get a better going to bed habit going and thread starting and plan listing were making me quite late some nights. However, even without doing that I went to bed just as late.  Really, I think I just need to be more realistic about time allocations, counting backwards from bed-time as if I were preparing a Christmas dinner.  I know I feel much better if I have planned my day the evening before. And it is a pleasure to find snippets to start the thread when it comes down to me.

Yesterday afternoon was a bit grim, facing my muddle. I need to tak a HUGE breath and attack a bit of it, but not let a day go past when I don't even ten minutes. Every day for the rest of the year.

This morning was good writing - the freedom/pomodoro combo working well and becoming regular.  Someone in a post these last few days talked about the SUcces of this burst  technique is because we P's thrive on adrenalin rush deadlines  and by specifying the expectation we have a whole sequence of mini-deadlines. Great insight. I wish I could rember which of you it was so that I could thank you properly.


Healthy lunch (nothing prepared & need to do some planning around this for the rest of the week). Eaten good burnt food and not much planning

Email H  re survey done

CC plan and review - done possibly emails if time one

5.30 pm am running out of time - one hour before I go, must eat and do blue line.

10 min declutter binge

30 mins on planning tasks for making my house liveable 

4 walk?

6 healthy meal

7 - 10 ringing

Get clothes etc ready for tomorrow  

May not be checkingin tomorrow. Have to travel a long way for a funeral ( not someone close to me - supporting a friend).

Finding a way CI

Thanks for the starter movingalong and lavida - I like it a lot!

I have made my new lists for this week, hope I can make some progress. For today:

Work: keep going on K and C projects: 1. allocations 2. figures, ring N, decision re Tues, redo template, read new material.

Home: doctor's appt, time and talks with G, dishes, cook dinner, music practice x 1 only 2, phone calls to J and T.

Best wishes to everyone today :)

Salamander's check in - Mon 24 Sep '12

Thank you to movingalong and lavida for the thread idea and putting it together. I'd prefer people not to offer comments here so that I can continue to edit the day as I go through my list. But if anyone has constructive feedback or encouragement to offer, please feel free to get in touch by private message.

  • Breakfast
  • Dress
  • Phone re course letter 

By 1000

  • Gym - NO (migraine)
  • Phoned MH

After 1630

  • Change cat trays (10 mins)
  • Take out rubbish
  • Clean microwave (15 mins) NO
  • Clean bathroom sink (5 mins)
  • Put away things in bedroom (10 mins)

"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)

Jack's check-in for the day

My check-in for today.  (I prefer not to receive replies so can can keep editing and updating this list, but any kind thoughts, prayers or wishes are  more than welcome.)  

1. prep & chat R 9am

2. finish work on SCP for > 6 hour in bursts
- use Chatbox bursts to keep motivated & on track done 4 hours, can continue Tues
- read Adn 
- punctuation
- polish new scenes 
- use chatbox check-n as needed

3. lunch

4. continue SCP work
5. Email friends, social events 
6. summary email to flatmates + emergency contacts
7. email ACE MLC & GRO 
8. email Critics & Tues workshop new friends
9. check glasses lost property HK  
10. email draft agenda to EKB
11. dinner 
12. go for a run? tbc 

13. room tidy 10 mins  
14. chill out time - 2 hours (put away cds? tbc)
15. check money to ZNT 

16. skype JH eve, check in JH, & run SCP opening past JH tbc

17. read a bit of "The Procrastination Equation" 
18.  Be aware of end of day bedtime procrastination before when I should go turn in for the night, to push through my demand resistance at going to sleep, and be in bed by midnight for a deserved night's rest. Affirm to myself that I am worthy of good self care and repose.
To try to defeat the belief that the chronic tiredness from lack of sleep that I feel that is exacerbating my compulsive task avoidance and lethargy is what I need to avoid unpleasant emotions and feelings of loneliness that I am afraid might come up and  plague me. And have a week's good sleep to aid my recovery from chronic undersleeping.
And to try to gently work through any unpleasant withdrawal symptoms from any increased productivity today Monday as I move to recovery from my debilitating addiction to procrastination & compulsive task avoidance.

Monday's list

Contact College about overdue assignments
Sign and date work contract
Have Permissions Agreement form signed by employer
Get contract to Mandy
Get PA form sent off!(I feel a bit sad that "fill in form x" and "send form off x" work better than just "forms")
Leave bedroom tidy
Ask neighbours if they have a bicycle pump I can borrow
Check car oil and water
Leave for lunch at midday, not later

I do enjoy the post-its Lavida!
Good luck in your exam Amal.  

EleanorBE's Monday List

Thanks for starting us off, movingalong. And good luck with your driving exam, amal. Not something you can put off I guess!

Here's my list for tomorrow

Go through work mail, answering anything that can be done quickly. 

Put things from emails that can't be done quickly in diary and lists

Check out M's reply to R

Read P's new version of Q/W F application

Redraft my version of above

Send above to Jonathan and back to P

Send above to K, with explanation

Go to library

Read intro plan and work on a section

work on 2nd-to-final draft of L chapter - got to the end of the day without doing this which once again proves that writing must come at the beginning of the day.

Check in to work mail at tea time - give quick answers where poss

Write To Dos from work mail



  • up early

  • rehab hosp

  • research g for j

  • meet sponsor

  • go to uni and print out research on g
  • go to meeting
  • write application 
  • edit application
  • send application 1
  • send application 2
  • write list for hosp appt tues
  • journal 
  • pool and gym
  • rehab excercises
  • bed early

Love the post-it-notes

Love the post-it-notes lavida and movingalong!!! will keep reading them throughout the day :)

Alarm set 9am

Pro check-in

go over driving material

driving exam (yikes)

log calories (diet)

take walk (1 hour)

Tuesdays' list + Pro check-out