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 October 3, 2012


Tool One of PA:
Break It Down: Break down projects into specific action steps; include preparation tasks in the breakdown.

Have a great proactive day!


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Lavida CI Wed. 10/3: What a Wednesday...

Okay, today not good. I mean, it was all about just taking care of basics for survival. Got no work done, whatsoever. As opposed to the great job I did yesterday.

This is attributable to my physical state, which is on the weak side today for female reasons. I did what I could, and I suppose getting off the couch was an accomplishment for a day like this. Oh well. 

Feeling more pressure to get a new place to live in case friend decides to kick me to the curb in a few weeks. She's worried, and I asked God to remove those irrational fears from her so I can stay here as long as necessary until I save up enough money for my own place. I really need this roof over my head, God. Even if I've complained, it's because I'm not used to living with other people after 6 years alone - it's a huge adjustment and one filled with stress. So Lord, please forgive me and thank you for your mercy. I wll try to not think or say negative things re: friend and instead show my gratitude that I've been taken in. Thank you for continuing to take care of me and give me my daily bread (and place to rest and shower). And please direct me toward the full-time job I need so I can get my own new place. And please tell me where I should live. Amen. 

tila - Wed

Didn't get enough rest last night, hopefully coffee will wake me up eventually. Plan for today: 

  • Finish up (mixed) 3/1, 3/2 and 4/1 LG & RC; start 3/3.
  • Finish up vacuuming, dusting, steaming, organize cps  
  • Laundry – w, b, bl, r, mat
  • H wreath - try to finish up, start decorating the outside, sand the fence (almost done on the inside)
  • Kitchen, dinner, call dr’s office, library (tomorrow)

stopthemadness checkin

Leave for work by 9:30 am

Make conscious effort to leave work by 7 pm

Daily excercise routine


crappy wednesday

  • go see g
  • finish proposal break down each step towards it being done first.
  • draft ep mail.
  • go to gym.

today was a write off. I've

today was a write off. I've written tomorrows list. tomorrow is a fresh start.


Thanks, Lennon! Here's my

Thanks, Lennon!

Here's my day:

7:10-8:45 writing, with two breaks

8:45-9:10 get ready for work

9:10-4:45 commute, work

4:45-6:15 run

6:15-10 evening routine

Good luck today, everybody! 

Amal's check-in

Alarm set 7:30am
Pro check-in

prepare for meeting



log calories (diet) 

walk (1 hour)

next day's list + Pro check-out

Maximo's check-in Wed 3 Oct 7.40 am

Thanks to lennon for the starter - breaking down tasks is important to me so they don't overwhelm me.

My list for today

1. FH Project 10 mins (at top of the list) Smile Done
2. Office papers 10 mins (also moved to top of list)
3. Wash hair Smile Done
4. Prep for Spanish Undecided Part done
5. Spanish group - got cancelled
6. Reply to V.
7. Card to AF
8. Sandwiches Smile Hubby did this
9. Start Gib job Smile Progressing well
10. WW
11. Exercise bike 15 mins

Wishing everyone here a blessed, happy and productive day.

16:25 update - plans went to pot first thing - next door's builders turned up and that unsettled me.


clement ci

I've had a really bad past month. Procrastination gone wild. And the funny thing is even tho i know the 12 steps and tools will help, and God is really there and totally willing to help, all i need to do is ask, i didnt ask.

And i dont know why. It's as if i was in some void.

And now that has changed. And i dont know why. I dont feel like i'm in control of my life. Not of my lack of willingness before to take healthy steps, and not of my willingness now to take them.

Maybe it was intentional on God's part. To show me my true helplessness and depravity, so i would rely on him all the more. Maybe he wants me to have first-hand knowledge of my need for Him. I've been humbled.

i write this because it means it'll be fresher in my mind tmrw morn and thus i'll be more likely to surrender to the program and thus succeed. Lord help me pls!

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


Re: clement ci

hi clement, just wanted to express solidarity because September was also one of the worst months of my life. I was evicted from my home, for exactly the types of reasons you describe here so well. It's like I couldn't control my life, the bottom dropped and I just kept falling and couldn't bring myself to pick myself up. Like I've said in other posts here, there were no alarm bells going off like there should have been. Or maybe there were and I just wasn't able to heed them.

I also concluded that God allowed this to happen to get me closer to him because now I am completely reliant on him. It takes a situation like homelessness and poverty for me anyway to be forced to lean on and trust him. Whereas before, I was always relying on my family to save me. 

I am also asking the Lord to help me please, because now I have to face the next phase of my severe bottoming out, which is finding a new place to live on almost no money.  But even through all this, I have to say that God has given me just enough every time. The one night sleeping in my car for 4 hours was followed by a rescue when God gave me this current place to temporarily stay with my friend, and food/shower. So, I know he absolutely does take care of me, and asking is critical. The great thing is that He truly does deliver on his promises, something that I am finally experiencing on this path with Him. It is not always in the timing or way I expect, but it is there. 

Anyway ... I'm with you!


clement ci 2

:) 1. ck wk email. dont "do" just gather and address only emergencies. I can do quick ones RIGHT AFTER I PLAN !!!!
:) 2. plan.
2.5 quiet time
3. OK 2 things from email scan:
3.a. group thing
3.b. acccept mtg and set myself reminders
3.c. and while i'm at it i might as well set up my other mtg and my reminders.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


Welcome back clement!

Happy to see you are back with us clement! Smile

Surrender to our hp is not always easy, that's been my experience.

Sorry to hear about your bad month; sounds like things are starting to improve for you, I hope so.

thanks findingaway

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


Hamlet's checkin

1. FOY exercise (Done)

2. meditate

3. eat 3 healthy snacks

4. moldova project(this will take all day; do in 1-hour blocks)

5. call from gene

6. declutter kitchen in 2 bursts

7. daily mail

8. Andy Burgess


frogprincess - Wednesday 10/3/2012

Fill in 1120 draft

Fill in 600 draft

Check status of sales tax and withholding - State

Contact re: license fee 



Create list of references

Draft introduction

Submit references and introduction to 502 by Tuesday

Begin reading Chapter 5 503

Review forum requirements

Determine content for final paper

Begin assembling final paper.

Draft questions for visit with Jeff

Findingaway CI Wednesday

Thank you lennon for the thread starter.

Yesterday I FINALLY sent off my finished projects. Now is the danger of falling into a lull where I don't do much, especially as I have no work lined up (also a concern).

First I will compile my lists for this week, many of which are on bits of paper on my desk. It will be easier if I tidy up and am more organised. After that MIT is to send email related to previous projects, make at least one call seeking work, and put in seed order. Later - I did everything here and some more things as well! even though I wasted time too.

Wishing everyone all the best for their Wednesday :)

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 5:45 a.m. telephone ACA meeting

2. Go to the 6:45 a.m. telephone OA meeting

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

4. Cook and eat breakfast

5. Read the EA reflection for today

6. Take shower

6. Get dressed

7. Go downstairs and pay my rent

8. Pay my Cable/Internet/Phone package

9. Take out my trash

10. Take out my recycling

11. Go to the 10:30 a.m. telephone 12-Step meeting

12. Go to the 12 noon telephone ACA meeting

13. Get some food from Dare to Care

14. Put food away

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

16. Fix and eat dinner

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

18. Prayer and meditation

Thanks for letting me share

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. breakfast, 
2. check weekly planning 

2. check email, KW email to DW
3. work on SCP for 1.5 hours
4. find 10 items clutter \ 10 lines FT

5. lunch 

6. leave for DW by 1.10pm 

7. weekly shop 
8. check RD FS schd
9. email FT MLC & GRO  
10. work oni FT for 1/2 hour 
11. summary email to flatmates + emergency contacts
12. email Critics, Tues Eq workshop & GAL new friends (optional)
13. research tax credits 
14. email friends, social events, W-Y, StH, LUM, BrY, ANJ (optional) 
15. read UNER (optional)
16. check glasses lost property HK  (optional)
room tidy 
17. dinner
18. to gently work through any unpleasant withdrawal symptoms from any increased productivity today Wednesday as I move to recovery from my debilitating addiction to procrastination & compulsive task avoidance to alacrity and task perseverance.
19. 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. Be extra vigilant as I've been slipping badly recently, and practically love myself enough to do this. Pop into Chatbox checking around 11:45pm tonight if I feel I am slipping.
Money mouth 


  • thanks lennon- needed to read that!
  • up early
  • readings
  • hair
  • landlord
  • go hosp
  • ring sponsor
  • go to meeting
  • go to Uni
  • look at j wsx 3
  • print out 
  • order book amazon
  • set up database
  • benchmarks for sr
  • look at five journals
  • try to sort comp acc
  • dinner
  • rehab excercises

my ONE thing...

apologize (and change my bad attitude).

hi bill

i dont know you, and have no idea whether this would help you or not. I hope it doesnt hinder.

But i was just listening to a song on youtube and reading the comments and many people said the song helped them forgive someone, so here it goes:

"Losing" by Tenth Avenue North : < >

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


re: 10th Avenue North

I love that song, and that band :)


Well it helped me anyway. A lot. Thank you.


"Freedom comes when we surrender to the sound
Of Mercy and your Grace, Father send your angels down.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


EleanorBE's Wednesday list

Thanks lennon! This is such important advice for me - I think in the long run getting into the breaking-it-down habit not only makes tasks seem like it's possible to start them - you can just do the first mini-task - I hope that in the long run it'll stop me saying yes to so many things I shouldn't as I'm learning that things to do are usually so much more than just one...thing to do. 

Get up 6.30

Get up email from C re work she did for AT

Make notes for meeting

8.15 - leave for AT meeting

9.00 pre-meeting with N

9.15 meeting 

To work

11.15 meeting at P

At Some Point - meeting with B and M

2.00 meeting with MC

3.00 meeting with Patricia

Write C's 3 qs

Finish off Pa
- as far as was possible

Plan tomorrow's class

Print pics for tomorrow's class

Get f for tomorrow's class- tomorrow

Check out what tomorrow's class needs for next two weeks- tomorrow

Add info to qp where necessary- friday

Read MoB

Check work email

Reply quickly where possible

Reply to S.S.

Make list from non-quick work emails

If R has sent you new d's email, email her- tomorrow

Print off L chapter - friday

Look through S't papers- may not even be able to go to meeting

WHAT a day

Good grief, that was an unrealistic Wednesday list. I have worked from 6.15 a.m. to 10.20 a.m., including whilst on transport and over lunch! I did have an hour  around dinner to eat it and chat to partner. But that's about a 15 hour day! And look at all the things that have to go on tomorrow's list. Things will lighten up a little bit this Friday.

Salamander's check in - Weds 3 Oct '12

Thank you, lennon, for the thread starter - a timely reminder for me!

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. Smile

  • Breakfast
  • Morning routine
  • Washing in, out and put around


  • Washing up
  • Dust downstairs (10 minutes)
  • Hoover downstairs (15 minutes) - Again, this not really quite long enough!


  • Cat meds @ 1215
  • Clean kitchen surfaces (one at a time) (1 hour)
  • Sweep kitchen (5 minutes)


  • Back up data on hard drive
  • Bedtime routine
  • Personal grooming

"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)