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, October 12th, 2012

Feel the need for 12-step related check-in as I need healing and haven't found anything outside of 12-step literature that helps me recover. I'm posting a random PA tool and step today as a reminder of what PA is here for. 


PA TOOL 7: Avoid Perfectionism: Procrastinators have a tendency to spend
more time on a task than it warrants, so tasks that should be
quick to do take an agonizingly long time. Notice this tendency
and stop yourself. Some things require completion, not perfection.


PA STEP 3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.






clement ci

came to post my mantra for today. and whaddaya know, it's somewhat consistent with step 3:

Seek first His kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you. -Matthew 6:33

This helps me ( a little ) get out of my own head and my own self-pity and think about something bigger than myself.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


Makingithappens daily check in

Very busy day today and I overslept. I have to shorten my list now because I know i wont get everything I needed to do today accomplished. Now the main goal is to take care of whatever personal needs that are most important before work.

1. Pay phone bill

2. Call legal departmen

3. Pick up paychecks

4. Make bank deposits

5. Call power company

6. Get phone synced again to company email

7. Eat late lunch

8. Go to work

9. Discipline 3 staff members at work

10. Set up new bar procedures and policy

11. Observe bar staff

12. Execute close out procedures

13. Go home 

tila - Fri

Focus on the positive. 
Plan for today:

Concentrate on completing a lot: 

  • 4/3-4/4, 3/3-3/5
  • kitchen, dinner, finish up with summer clothes, finish steaming
  • dentist, sprts, gas
  • Draft e-mail PDM, order mug, ip 

kromer 10:55 CI

This week has been really tough.

So, I need to scale down and do ONE task at a time.

I will, first, come up with a list of collection tips. This should take me about an hour. 

kromer 3:15 CI

I finished the list of collection tips! And I also figured how to evaluate collection and ordered some new instruments.

That means I've done 2 solid hours of work. Which feels pretty lame, but it's a lot better than I had done the rest of the week.

I will now try to figure out the biomaRt issue. 

movingalong's Friday

tasks carried over from yesterday:

new tasks:

InnerTruth's check-in

  1. Read email
  2. Answer voicemail messges
  3. Note for Pat
  4. Send elert to John
  5. Stuff for Anita
  6. Afternoon - listen to JL speech
  7. Call Dr. Parker re eye appointment.
  8. Call Dr. H. office
  9. Newsletter
  10. More prospecting
  11. Call Sheryl
  12. Pay BMO
  13. Run


1. Review for class tomorrow and organize notes.

2. Wash red sweater

3. Wash one load of dishes

4. Read newspaper

5. Pack lunch for Saturday

6. Put pills in container

6. Recycle






10  charts contact nr  D am pp read D
1030 schedule D (here)
11 call , isig D    TSPT
12 hb exer
1 CA 
2 get something for y
230 look at money
330 water for heater 
6 done 

Vic 10/12/12

show up (done)

wonderful time w our son. now time to pack, etc. etc. am just ppprroo...15 hr drive back home.

ok 1. shower2, cal g. ck back/

my ONE big thing...

delete 5GBs from my laptop C-drive TODAY.


P.S. with regards to today's reading on perfectionism/procrastination, i heard recently that "fear" is a 4-letter word for procrastination, tee hee. i love it.


  • get ready
  • tidy
  • go to uni 
  • do three journals and check 1st
  • ring sponsor
  • make apt dr
  • contact comp centre
  • go to meeting
  • back to uni 
  • job ws
  • print out 
  • two more journals
  • gym
  • pool rehab
  • visit v
  • skypre am
  • rehab excercises

ms friday

  • email j with full list of term
  • spend 2hrs at studio
  • gym
  • 30mins on intreview prep. working on a quick discussion of the project.
  • clean work space.
  • try out new c.
  • check on status of studio.

EleanorBE's Friday list

Hi everyone. Thanks Lavinda for starting the thread. This was definitely me yesterday - taking ages over preparing one tiny bit of a class - and it was an introductory exercise that we don't even really need to do.

Here's today's list

Finish prepping class HALF HOUR TOPS!

Organize teaching obs 

Go through tss meeting agenda and notes to extract actions

Put actions on list or in diary

Put new essay questions up for CD 

Write to VD re M attending meeting 

N's letter

Send ga requests

Teach class

Do o.h.

Meet E

Work on dtp report (finish it??)


Well I feel like deleting all the things I didn't get done yesterday, Friday, because I'm embarrassed there's so many of them. Chaotic start to the day with two staff ill didn't help but I can't really use that as an excuse - the real problem was that one admin task that I'm still working on is taking ages. It's not that I'm being all perfectionist about it. I'm just not good at the kind of thinking that it involves. Now I'm supposed to have the rest of today (Sat), Sunday, Monday and Tuesday for writing - but I've got all these admin tasks that should have been done yesterday hanging over me. Maybe if I time table some short admin bursts amongst my writing bursts I'll get it all done - and it'll make the writing seem that much more enjoyable! Well, I'll go and do a Saturday check in and see how it goes.

Hamlet's checkin

1. FoY Exercise

2. get tickets for Indian Dance

3. contact Paul

4. Meditation

5. eat 3 healthy snacks

6. resume gardening blog

7. attend to plants

8. Pick up entry way and Credenza

9. IRS request

10 Target mail

11. Gene's V-mail


Amal's check-in

Thank you Lavida for posting the PA tool, was very helpful as you've reminded me to revisit the 12 steps for guidance

Alarm set 8:00am
Pro check-in
write - finish section 1 - began quotes section 2 (write with deadline in mind)

groceries, cleaning, bills
log calories (diet)

walk (1 hour)


next day's list + Pro check-out 

Jack's check-in for the day

Thanks lavida for today's thought. Yes, perfectionism is something I must learn to avoid!  Regarding the Steps, I think I need to have worked steps 1 & 2 before I can for step 3 turn to my higher Power. But I am inching towards getting a sponsor etc. 
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. weekly planning

3. job app - bullet point action plan, draft letter then revise CV, 3 hours

4. check email

5. lunch at 12pm

6. work on FT for 3 hours  
8. summary email to flatmates + emergency contacts
9. email Critics, Tues Eq workshop & GAL new friends (optional)
10. prep for RD course, read book
11. research tax credits 
12. email friends, social events, W-Y, StH, LUM, BrY (optional) 

13. EB afternoon chat
15. email K, closure
16. check glasses lost property HK  (optional)
17. room tidy 10 mins
18. email sibs  
19. early dinner at 4:30pm
20. leave for CD by 5:00pm  and attend CD
21. to gently work through any unpleasant withdrawal symptoms from any increased productivity today Friday as I move to recovery from my debilitating addiction to procrastination & compulsive task avoidance to alacrity and task perseverance. Be clear with, loving and forgiving to myself. And when I am up to it to gently analyse how to describe this fear that grips me, to love the neglected baby in me, cherish him, and ask what he needs. And to simply note this down.
22. start getting ready for bed at 11pm to wind down and develop bedtime anticrastination to be asleep by midnight. 

Salamander's check in - Fri 12 Oct '12

Thank you to lavida for starting the thread.

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
  • Shower and dress
  • Wash sheets - take out, put around to dry


  • Clean kitchen surfaces (one at a time) (1 hour)
  • Sweep kitchen (5 minutes)
  • Scrub kitchen floor (1 hour - break it down)


  • To Post Office
  • Chase RT re sub


  • Job application forms 
  • Cook curry for weekend
  • Weigh and soak split peas for weekend


"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)

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 lavida 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 8:30 a.m. telephone CLA meeting

4. Go to the 9:30 a.m. telephone BDA meeting

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

6. Cook and eat breakfast

7. Prayer and meditation

8. Read the meditations

9. Go to the 12 noon telephone ACA meeting

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

11. Cook and eat dinner

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

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

14. Take shower

15. Get dressed

16. Fix dinner

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

18. Eat snack

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

Thanks for letting me share