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.

Thursday 18th October 2012


The distance doesn't matter;

             it is only the first step that is difficult.

Marquise du Deffand 

Nurture the foot that takes the step, bathe it in oil, speak to it softly, and set it on its way. 

ms friday (early!)

  • make 1 video
  • gym
  • eat with self care
  • call ivan book tours
  • put next weeks planning online
  • speak to g about seminar.
  • 1 hr march planning
  • financial plan
  • up ontime


Late check in. Not very organized today, but I've gotten the necessary things done. The rest of the day:

3:10-4:45 work (as many for sci as possible)

4:45-5:15 pick up drawings

5:15-5:30 relax

6:30-7:30 dinner, cleaning, call Rachelle

7:30-8:30 e-mail, prep notes for tomorrow, prep for tomorrow

8:30-9 shower/vit 

9-10 lang, read



Piqued CI

Fell off the productivity wagon due to vacation, work deadlines, funeral, and general bleh. Climbing on again now...

Goal: Make a fearless inventory of everything I'm behind on at work. Take the document in question to my upcoming (tomorrow!) review at work so that my manager and I can sort through what needs to be done when.

Results: Combed through the 700+ emails in my inbox, creating a list of all to-do items that were lurking there. My to-do list references the email title, and the emails that made it onto the to-do list were moved into a storage directory so that I could find them later. Still need to go through my sent mail, which also has at least 700 messages in it. Also, I know that I have several to-do lists scattered around here and there. All in all, it was a good start.

Making discomfort a daily goal is the key to making progress. Robert Leahy

Hamlet's checkin

found mysel in a new state of grace today.  Thank you, lord. 

1. Contact Wes(DONE)

2. study up on OR organization

3. tel conf 

4. declutter entry way (2 bursts)

5. eat 3 healthy snack

6. target mail (link to snack)

7. gardening blog

8. Procrustean blog (DONE)

9. mastercard (link to snack)

10. meditate

11. Water plants

InnerTruth's check-in

I got off track a few weeks ago and need to refocus.

Here's what I'm going to do before my class:

  • Pay BMO & TD
  • Phone Employer
  • Call Heather
  • Review client work
  • Have dinner
  • Put meat in freezer

After class

  • Wash dishes
  • Finish reading paper
  • Get ready for early am walk

Lavida Thurs. CI task list


Write 6 articles - DONE (including 4 from yesterday): Innocent InnocentInnocentInnocent Innocent_

Drink 8 glasses water - DONE: Tongue out Tongue out Tongue out Tongue out Tongue out_ _ _



  • Job search, including UA meetings
  • Writing 6 articles

6:30 wake up, bfast, Bible, get ready

7:30-8-30 Write article 1

8:30-9:30 UA mtg (job related)

9:45-10:45 Write article 2

11-12 Job search

12-2 lunch/workout/shower/errands

2-3 Write article 3

3-4 Job search

4-5 Write article 4

5-6 Job search

6-7 Dinner/Bible

7-8 Write article 5

8-9 Job search

9-10 Write article 6

10:30-11:30 Stretch, prayer, get ready for bed

11:30 pm bedtime


Take blood test

Call in results to nurse

Call post office

Go to gym just to find out where it is, etc. (workout today is optional)




break it down!!! >>> then Make each job contact

"I would like to learn how to get specific, but not be perfectionistic about it so it's more of a guideline than an absolute rule" ... "I think it will help me feel more secure knowing
that tonight I will spend some time making a job search list so I can
identify the exact actions to take"



MUST pay partial phone bill (prayer: stay connected and let me pay rest on Tues)

MUST get PO Box

MUST call friend

MUST finish laundry

MUST workout at park or gym

MUST start 4th step

MUST start sharing in meetings & seek sponsor


tila - Thur

Health issues yesterday, feeling much better today.

Plan for today:

  • read blog posts on LG, do 37 and 38 (35/35/2 hrs), also did the dreaded task
  • review problematic LR questions, make notes (2 hrs?)
  • finish up with summer clothes, do sw, j, mt
  • kitchen, dinner, mop floors, whites +1 , also cleaned the car, washed misc, paid a bill, planned a shopping trip


Phoebe's list for 10/18/12


Thank you Mole for the starter.

I don't tend to write here often or to be in the chatbox but I still visit this site almost everyday. You guys are just inspiration to me, so thank you all for that! :)

Probably need to intract more, so here's the list of things.

Need to do:

-look through E's presentation

-download LL

-search for the matiral about ms

-find last lecture

-finish the report (Please do this! It's getting really embarrassing..)

-copy the lecture notes

-go to bed before midnight!

Vic October 18,2012 Thursday

Show up (done), calender, exer

Feel like I took a wrong turn since last week,  my "recovery road" in PA is full of potholes, had lots of flat tires,patched,  but am still on the road, and know there are others on this road as well, hope to see the highway soon. 

kromer 10:30 CI

Today my main task is to be phone-accessible, so I can answer the phone when a friend calls. I have asked to have a difficult conversation, so I need to not make the friend pay phone tag. (Had the converstation! Yay! It went as well as could have been expected!)

So, I'm going to accept that, first, I'm not necessarily gonna be super productive today, and that's fine. But, there are a bunch of tasks I can work on without leaving my computer. I may not be at peak concentration, because I'm nervous, but I can still make progress.

I will do any of the following tasks that seem appealling and that I can get through:
*Write up review comments (will do this soon)
*Finish getting section headings
*Get outline together and email to Mu and EA
*Write 2 pages (working on this now)
*Write 2 more pages
*Genotype (will do this soon)
*Make heat maps
*Work on career plan
*Make pub-qual image

Chattydo - Daily Check In

  1. Dr. Appt
  2. Renew prescription online
  3. Make appt with Fallon
  4. Gym (cardio)
  5. Gym (weights)
  6. Bill 8 hours Overdid this - billed like 13 hours. 
  7. Have J clean LC
  8. Have J clean kitchen
  9. Finish character evidence graph
  10. Do policy exclusion graph
  11. Do discretionary graph
  12. Memorize drills
  13. Read Hearsay section
  14. Clean downstairs bathroom
  15. Clean upstairs bathroom
  16. Vacuum downstairs
  17. Vacuum bedroom/LC
  18. Have J vacuum his room, bathroom, closet
  19. Have J clean his bathroom
  20. Have J wash his sheets
  21. Have J clean his room
  22. Have J do PSAT questions
  23. Put something out for dinner
  24. Make dinner delegated to G to pick up fried chicken and potato salad at market
  25. Finish the Gray book.

brd's Thursday check in

  1. Sales tax refund
  2. energy tax exemption
  3. status email to boss

Lavida CI Thurs. 10/18

Updated post: 

Just read 2 Thessalonians, and this part really struck me: 

"For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat." and "work in quietness and eat their own bread."

These are the values I did not learn growing up. I am grateful I have this new faith to follow to get my life back on track. 

Will start doing my work now.


Good morning, PA.

Woke up later than planned ... had a nightmare and I think it threw me off. 

Feeling scared. 

I supposed this means I need to take some sort of new action towards getting a real job. 

My goal is to write a minimum of 6 articles daily so I can get out of my homelessness hell. Yesterday (I think) was the first day ever that I was finally able to complete the bare minimum of 4! :D

But I really need to start applying for jobs. That thought feels overwhelming. Once again, I need to break this down. I need to start writing down lists in my notebook and just go one by one, because a job search has many roads that can be taken and it scares me!!!!!  :confused:

Help me God, to know where to go, what to do. Lift me up out of this, and restore me. Amen. Lavida


Thank you Jack for a new addition to my vocabulary - this is the positive concept to counteract the negativeness of pro-crastination.  And yes, I have this problem about going to bed too!


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 good wishes are  more than welcome.) 

1. breakfast

2. check email
3. weekly planning

4. work on FT for 4 hours  - 8 x 'pomodoros' (8 down, wow!)
5. PA processing - 1 pomodoro 

6. lunch at 12:30pm
7. tq Pat, book next RD course
8. email friends, social events, EW,W-Y, StH, LUM, BrY (optional) 
9. email Pun
10. room tidy 10 mins
11. early dinner at 5:00pm
12. leave for SL by 5:30pm  and attend SL & GN
13. to gently work through any unpleasant withdrawal symptoms from any increased productivity today Thursday 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 be aware of my inner angel too.
14. start getting ready for bed at 11pm to wind down and develop bedtime anticrastination to be asleep by midnight. I managed this yesterday with the loving support of PA-ers, and I am very grateful for this. 

Amal's check-in

Thank you Mole for the lovely thread starter :-) 

Alarm set 7:00am
Pro check-in
finish quotes for T11, begin outline for analysis, start writing section

driving lesson 

log calories (diet)

walk (30 min)


next day's list
+ Pro check-out  

Makingithappens daily check in

I missed a couple if days of check-ins since I decided to take off due to having a cold and a cough that I'm still at the tail end of. Here is my check in for today. 


1. make a healthy breakfast

2. Do laundry

3. Mop floors in apartment

4. Write termination report for an employee

5. Go to work

6. Hold staff meeting

 7. Finish off work day

8. Go home

9. Shower

10. Rest 


Hypatia's check-in

Just got informed my morning appt has been cancelled - that's great!  I've got a clear morning for paperwork - good and yet not so good as I still hate paperwork.

  • clear desk 
  • I's dictation  that took 3 hours so nothing else done!
  • prepare for autism meeting
  • prepare for staff meeting
  • verification
  • in-tray
  • Obs papers
  • TAC papers
  • wash soup bowl 
  • talk to sec about diary
  • LAC reports
  • lunch
  • observation
  • meeting


ms thursday

today I am making a pitch/interviewing. I need to work consistantly until I leave to meet the client. I hae prepared somewhat for this and by the time I leave will have prepared a reasonable amout. I need to remember that getting this isn't just in my hands, it's about what best suits the client and what others pitch.


  • work on points in 10 min bursts for 1 hr.
  • work on points for 15 min bursts for 1 hr.
  • shower.
  • ironing.
  • print docs.
  • check on transport delays. 
  • no napping.
  • eating with self care.
  • when I get home plan next week at work & reply to emails from s and LL  


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. Cook and eat breakfast

4. Take shower

5. Get dressed

6. Go to individual therapy at 10:15 a.m.

7. Go to the grocery store

8. Test blood sugar twice

9. Go to the 12 noon telephone ACA meeting

10. Eat snack

11. Prayer and meditation

12. Read the EA reflection

13. Go to get bank statements

14. Wash dishes

15. Call Goodwill about proof of income

16. Eat dinner

17. Go to the 6:45 p.m. telephone OA meeting

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

Thanks for letting me share


  • up early
  • tidy 
  • readings
  • ring t
  • ring d b sec re appt
  • ring d h for appt 
  • go to gym
  • pool and rehab
  • go to c appt
  • ring sponsor
  • email m
  • dinner
  • get gift
  • go to meeting
  • visit v
  • rehab excercises

EleanorBE's Thursday List

Thanks for the starter Mole - and thaks for your lovely comment yesterday!

- Get up early, go in to work

- photocopy L speech

- go through class

- teach class

- run extra office hour 

- get up p's email and reply to it

- write to JN re CB's question

- plan Friday's class

- get M readings onto ta reading iist

- decide when you're going to plan next week's training and put in diary

- read 15 pgs of J's work- totally unrealistic again! It's not like I'm putting this off, it's really enjoyable. My days are just too long right now. Will do it on train journies this weekend. Much quieter than at work!

- pack f reading for train- oh dear...I can't actually remember what I meant by this!I took Pro's point about staying anoymous but sometimes I can't remember what my own letters stand for!

- Unplanned - respond to M's pa stuff; 

- add emp, ret, pg to Friday list

find DVD

pack books and DVD for tomorrow's class


Salamander's check in - Thurs 18 Oct '12

Thank you, O Mole, for starting the thread for us. 

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. 


  • Clean kitchen surfaces
  • Clean kettle & fridge doors
  • Continue declutter work on study (another 15 minutes)
  • Clear up catsick!
  • Take out rubbish for bin men

Today has gone to hell in a handcart. I've been procrastinating badly all week, and hardly done anything. I wish I knew how to get around it. I suppose I have to go to the chatbox and do things in real time there...

2154 - another go at it! Use the advert breaks!

"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)

Mole's check in

Note to Neon - I often don't get all the things done that are one my lists - but I definitely get more done having made the list and put it up here. The only thing that consistently works for me is to have certain things I do every day including weekends. It somehow reduces the likelihood that I will put it off til tomorrow or the next day. Good luck with your endeavours.

Now, my plan 

blue line 

7.30 cafe - D?

9-12.30 write with pom - consolidate

healthy lunch

1.30-2 declutter back room

filing/admin ( go through tray ) 1 pom


3.30- 6.30 LTLW 

blue line


 Go to bed by 11