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 November 1st 2012

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” - Mother Teresa

Enjoy November everyone.

Piqued CI

Goal: Tackle the 604 items in my Sent emails list (file, delete, add to to-do list). 

Status as of 10:11 PM: 502 items left

Status as of 10:30 PM: 406 items left

Status as of 11:06 PM: 288 items left

Status as of 11:57 PM: 90 items left

Status as of 12:13 AM: 0 items left

How could this task, which seemed so impossible, now suddenly be done?

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

clement ci

so now the problem is people with generators are running out of gasoline. And it's hard to get resupply trucks into the region. and many gas stations are without power.

But our generator is natural gas, connected to the house supply, so we are doing well.

Our water is still up, but the water company itself is running on generator power, so as long as their generator is up, we'll be ok with that.

So again we are very fortunate.

But i am in some indecision about what tasks to do, what to do next. I with i was better able to prioritize.

So this is my attempt at helping that. check in here. make a list, prioritize and start executing. Rather than sitting around fretting and stressing.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


clement ci 2

i didnt do what i said.. i wasted 1.5 hrs.

I need God's help and ask for it. I feel guilty. I'm giong to try again.

1. quiet time.

Wow! I thot that good guilt / bad guilt thing was just good advice. But it's actually in the bible. Or something very similar. The way i say it is

good guilt increases motivation to do better next time.
bad guilt decreases motivation to do better next time.

So, I had just chatted "i need to squash bad guilt" and then i read this in the bible:

"For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you" 1 Corinthians 7:10-11a

Repentance doesnt mean just "being sorry" it means turning from one's wrong path to the right path ( even tho you still might fall short later ). This verse uses "grief" to describe the Corintians after they were scolded by Paul. So very close to, or perhaps identical to, guilt.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


it was 2 Corintians 7:10-11a, not 1st

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


re: clement ci

"Surrender and Take the Next Right Action

hi, just here to relate to your post ... I reached "impossible" today so I decided to meditate on the couch and let God speak to me. I just had to do it a second time, because I still can't get myself to write any articles and it's almost 9pm. 

God told me this: "Stop trying to stop the struggle. Instead, put the struggle aside, ASIDE, and let me handle it." 

This sort of goes in line with the issue of not inducing guilt on oneself, because the disappointment, struggle, etc. is just more trying to run things with our own minds. No, God told me to get out of my mind by setting those thoughts aside. 

When I asked him "what should I do? I'm totally paralyzed!" He said focus on LOVE and having a relationship with me, that he loves me and wants to converse with me. 

I got these 2 scriptures from my conversation with him: 

Matthew 6:33 (seek first the kingdom of God and all will be added ...)

and especially Philippians 4:8 (meditate on these things, that which is good, lovely, etc.)

In other words, to sum up: do NOT keep trying to fix this procrastinating behavior/struggle. Seek God first, let him work with you and through you, and set aside your own struggling mind. 

p.s. after my first powerful session with God earlier today, I actually found myself able to apply for a job!!! I stuck through the process for several hours and sent out letter/resume, first time in months. The writing, that's another story, so I'll be seeking God tonight ... 

re: seek ye first, lavida


i have a reminder that goes off every hour that says "seek ye first..." That verse goes on to say "...and all these things will be added unto you."

so, basically, exactly what you said.

i know in my head that He can deal with my procrastination. It's step 2 after all. I just keep holding on. I dont know why.

I'm not sure what else to say. The gap between what i know and what i can actually live out is too big and discouraging. And being discourage about it is another example of it.

"I am powerless." I am waiting for God's salvation. And i KNOW it will come. That's one thing; i dont doubt anymore. I know this is temporary. It's just that those thoughts dont give me any encouragement.

But I am glad God granted you victory so you could apply for a job. That's huge!

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


re: not wallowing in guilt

Excerpts from BigBook of AA, page 86:

we constructively review our day.

What could we have done better?

But we must be careful not to drift into worry, remorse or morbid reflection, for that would diminish our usefulness to others.

After making our review, we ask God's forgiveness and inquire what corrective measures should be taken.

clement ci 3 - guilt and tasks planning

yep, exactly! 3 confirmations of that idea now. As if god was trying to get thru to me ;^)

ok, 6:54pm:

1. DONE: quiet time.
2. list tasks, prioritize, plan.

wait, i feel like i can do this ?!?!

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


Tiptree CI

20 things for the month of November:

1. clock 160+ hrs
2. clean home and maintain
3. exercise 4 hrs/week (16 hrs)
4. read Anna Karenina
5. practice piano at least 1/2 hr/day (15.5 hrs)
6. practice guitar at least 1/2 hr/day (15.5 hrs)
7. reorganize/clean
8. sell $250 worth of stuff
9. cull/donate 50-100 items
10. read 30 books to each of my kids
11. read 2 technical books
12. play no computer/video games for at least a 1 week span
13. no arguments
14. get holiday gifts early
15. see 3 movies in theaters
16. 4-day weekend w/ family and no work
17. clear 5-8 bug items per week
18. write up budget plan for clearing debt
19. meditate daily
20. implement GTD

11.1.12 Babarino CI

Hi all!

Have eleven items on list today. Seems like a lot. Remembering that motivation follows action.

Committing to get two done in next hour.


Got two done. had to work on something else. committing to two more before lunch


Got two more done. On to next items.


completed eleven items. some items were not necessaryily "completed" but I took a look at them and figured out what next steps were needed and sometimes those steps had to be done the next day because of the time needed to complete.

It is important for me to just look at something and make any kind of progress on it. As long as I have made some progress, it is not just some thing that is lurking in the dark causing anxiety.


Vic November 1st 2012 Thursday

 Show up (done) , cal, ex. November 1st 2012   Thursday

Thanks for starter EBe. reminds me of "tht's why today is 'THE PRESENT"

I hope I do not abuse this gift frommy HP

kromer 10:20 CI

I've been fighting with figures this week. I really want to focus and finish that today. I also need to do some chores, at home and work.

*Finish figures
*Finish outline
*Write figure captions
*Email out
*Do geno. PCR
*Correct o/c cages (working on this now)
*Check on expts, restore (working on this now)
*Stop by store (lettuce, bread, eggs)
*Have bf over for dinner (eek!)
*Pack for trip
*Email about hotel
*MU notes

Elvira's Thursday

Here's what I want to do today:


  • go to mass
  • get advice about cough
  • email chapter re events and membership
  • wash hair
  • weather permitting, move more of raised flower bed back (but it's chucking it down now)
  • prepare for w/e away
  • tidy more of  living room
  • exercise

  I think I'll have an early night tonight instead of finishing the list. 

jay's thurday 1st nov

eat Smile


wash up

wash/dry clothesSmile

look at financesSmile

pack ebay parcelSmile

pack R pacel

phone dentist & DHSmile

phone about SM and make a DECISION * and act on it
SmileSmile AT LAST!

fill out removal form

go post office

appt at 4

eat lentil stew

have a bath, wash hair and try to stay calm

work on 30 day plan with a postive outlook

REMEMBER THERE IS STUFF I CAN NOT CHANGE, try to figure out a way around it


Jack's check-in for the day

1. quick email check
2. put away clothes
3. put away CDs
4. 10 min room tidy 
5. weekly planning
6. start pomodoro log 
7. check YV for tonight 
8. reply emails, gang to Fri eve, MM transfer
9. SP call SB, RL, JJ
10. FT x 6 pomos, mini-extension MR
12. lunch at 12:30pm
13. resume pomos 
14. go for a run at 4pm, shower, change 
15. early dinner at 5pm 
16. leave for YV by 6pm
17. write para for SL 
18. Get ready for bed at 11pm, asleep by midnight. Was successful last night, but must be aware of "pink clouding" & a false sense of security, as pride can come before a fall.

Salamander's check in - Thurs 1 Nov 2012

Thank you, EleanorBE, for starting the thread. I think being in the now and remaining there consciously as far as possible is key to helping me with my procrastination issues.

I would appreciate it if anyone who feels moved to comment on my post here would write to me privately rather than post in reply to this post - so I can still edit this post here. Thank you!

Alarm set: 0800

  • Breakfast
  • Washing - in, on and put around to dry
  • Shower and dress, make bed
  • Change cat trays
  • Hoover downstairs

Home Visit

AS visit

  • Declutter in study (15 mins x 2)
  • Sweep kitchen floor
  • Scrub kitchen floor (30 mins)
  • Admin at table (30 mins, inc bus pass & vision2learn week 1)
  • Clean kettle
  • Clean fridge/freezer doors
  • Clean bath with microfibre cloth
  • Cook nutritious meal

"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)

Calypso's check-in

Grateful this morning. Today I am working though the parts that I need to write section by section, methodically, staying grounded, and in service of hp, hp will be done not mine.



Mole's check in

Thank you Eleanor and Mother T.

my writing, thanks to pomodoro an PA check ins, has been going well. Unfortunately, so well my arm injury, dormant these last five years, has flared up again so I am laboriously typing with one finger of my left hand.

this morning: draft of chapter near completion and mouldy apricot buds removed from tree.

healthy lunch eaten.


2  blue line 

massage arm 

declutter back room 1 pom

admin: pay J, banking, sign and send probate docs, email re ring fest permission. Email J  (stop if arm hurts) 2 poms.

massage arm 

4-5 gwalk with L 

mem 1 pom 

massage arm 

 check out voice recognition .

eat healthy meal.

wash up 

write to R from G 


massage arm 

11 bed

My Day Today

I want to thank my Higher Power for this program, this website, the telephoe and online meetings, and my life.

I want to thank Eleanor for starting this trend.

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 a.m. telephone DA meeting

4. Eat breakfast

5. Take shower

6. Get dressed

7. Go to my podiatrist appointment at 10 a.m.

8. Go to the 12 noon telephone ACA meeting

9. Eat lunch

10. Wash dishes

11. Do numbers

12. Make the appointment for the PRG

13. Eat dinner

14. Read the meditations

15. Test blood sugar twice

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

Thanks for letting me share

Lavida 11/1 CI

"Surrender and Take the Next Right Action"

Yay Mother Teresa :)

Glad that yesterday is gone, because yesterday I failed again. Only 1 article done despite more motivation than usual. What gives? I have to say prayer constantly apparently, a few times just isn't enough. I NEED my HIGHER POWER TO RUN MY LIFE, before I run myself even deeper into the ground!

Help me, God, to get this writing done AND get myself a new job. I cannot move forward with my life homeless. Nothing and I mean nothing can work for YOUR purpose through me if I am unable to be in my own home and have resources. I need to be restored! Please, God, show me mercy, for all the horrendous financial mistakes I have made and keep making because I am a financial screw-up! Do for me what I clearly cannot do right now. Thank you, in Jesus' name, amen. 

deleted double post

"Surrender and Take the Next Right Action"

to Lavida

Keeping you in my prayers

clement ci - internet is back

we were not the hardest hit by sandy, by any means, but we're still without power. But we have a generator. I have been very grateful and saying many prayers of thanksgiving to God for how fortunate we are. We did lose internet from mon-thu so 3 days, but it's ok.

Actually, it was quite clear that i needed internet access to work my program. Not being able to check in, and connect with fellow sufferers made it harder for me to stay focused and make forward progress. I tried to mimic the experience just on my non-connected ipod, and it helped, but not as much as being here.

we still had cell service ( thank God! ) and i still had the phone meetings and check-ins and they helped a lot. So again thank you God there too.

Actually, right now is an example--i was really down and anxious before coming here today. But i'm starting to feel better now.

Thanks for being here

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


re: clement ci - internet is back


hi clement, glad you made it through okay! good to see you back, lavida

ms thursday

the specifics

  • find out what gallerys have on.
  • get internet fixed at work.
  • spend time at work listening to others and with kindness
  • exercise, even if just a walk.
  • write up in evening.

 the constants

  • eat with self care and kindness.
  • no napping.
  • be careful with money.

EleanorBE's Thursday List

So it's still Wednesday in the UK and I'm really cross that my cold won't go away and won't let me think straight. But this is NO EXCUSE for not paying this stupid bill that got sent to my old flat. I'll soon start getting nasty letters about it. So after teaching my class tomorrow I'm not allowing myself to leave for the library (or for home if I feel really terrible) til it's paid.

Just read Ms Thursday's list and really liked that she put 'listen to others with kindness'. I think I'll try to do something similar each day. Will think about this on train. 

Skim re-read WW

If time, write a response to FF

Print out M groups

Go through work mail

Respond quickly to work mail where poss

Make list from other work emails

Contact M re A's work 

Do D's reference 

Teach class

 YAY! I did it! And in fact is was less than I though!

Tell W and IP re room

Read W's IP letter and respond 

Print Gr chapter

Do copying for Friday class 

Plan Friday class

If well enough, go to library and finish refs for La chapter - was fine this morning but teaching an energetic class has sent temperature through the roof so won't be going to the library. Should be able to go Sat am to make up. 

Go home and try to write GGF

Write to M re submission date - didn't do this. On it goes to Friday.