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 7th November 2012

“Time is a gift, given to you, given to give you the time you need, the time you need to have the time of your life. ”

Norman Juster, The Phantom Tolbooth.


Enjoy Wednesday everyone.


Vic Wednesday 7th November 2012

Show up (done), cal, exer

still need to exercise

Have been humble enough to start reachingout for help.

tila - Wed

Day started off with the migrane. Plan for tonight: 

  • finish up the review (working right now)
  • do Wk 9 d1 - 5 sections timed, review
  • dishes, BOB printables - play/read with DD (never got to BOB, but did other things)

11.7.12 Babarino CI

Hi all!

thank you for being here. seven items on list for work. one for personal.

one work task done


update 5 done


ended up with 12 work things on list. Got all except for two done. One personal to do tonight.

clement ci

yesterday i wrote a reminder to myself : "i see my accomplishing a task as proving i'm not an addict, instead of as a period where i was given the gift of recovery from addiction"

Even now, this morning, that idea seems more distant than it did yesterday. I am afraid that if i have a couple days of healthy task accomplishment, i will forget this idea altogether, forget that i'm an addict, and cease depending on God for my recovery, and instead feel like i'm good enuf, thereby setting myself up for the next set-back, and the cycle will continue forever. When the good times hit, i will be incapable of seeing the bad times ahead, as i am undisciplined about my tasks and yet accomplish tasks thru work binge.

I dont know how to break this cycle, or convince my mind of what's true. I guess i depend on God for that, too.

Anyway, i have 13 min before phone meeting. I'll start my quiet time.


Dear lord god, thank you for giving me the bible, the incredible source of truth!


"So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times i pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me,

'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness'

Therefore i will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, i am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when i am weak, then i am strong. - 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

This really fits my situation.


I dont have "surpassing greatness of revelations" but i can put in that place "executing tasks on plan on time". I do not want to be conceited, and here Paul didnt either. I dont have a thorn in my flesh, but if God were to choose to give me one, i guess i would be grateful.

Actually the addiction itself could be just such a thorn in my side, *IF* i always remembered i have it. So i guess i ask god to make that happen. Dont let me forget. Hitting rock bottom ( losing a job or family or having a major health crisis ) is one the ways addicts get to the point where they never forget. God please dont let that happen to me--or my family. Please find some other way. Thy will be done.

The idea that God's power is made perfect in weakness is important. It's akin to what i've been saying, that God grants me the power of recovery; my strength or abilities dont do that. That let's God's power, not my power, be displayed in me.

The 7th step prayer contains this same idea :

Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness
to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life.

so this is not new.

Lord, i trust you to keep guiding me / teaching me in this.


well... my thorn in my side is the last 2 hours i've spent unwisely. Debilitating guilt is growling at the door. God is keeping it at bay for now. I will return to my task list and try to be of service to god, my family, my coworkers and the human race.


oh my!

someone pointed me to this in chat. This is exactly what i'm experiencing :

From the 12 signs of Compulsive Debting (debtorsanonymous) .... Sign # 5. Difficulty in meeting basic financial or personal obligations, and/or an inordinate sense of accomplishment when such obligations are met.

Rewritten for PA by PA member "Gwen D" ... sign #5 -- Difficulty in meeting basic work or personal obligations, and/or an inordinate sense of accomplishment when such obligations are met.


it's not about willpower, it's about willingness.
To leg God do it in me.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


kromer 10:15 CI

Today I have lots of small tasks:
*Do half of the counts for 1 samp
*Finish outline
*Finish captions
*Email about comm. mtg
*Compose difficult email to a friend
*Email about E's shower
*Call C
*Update financial records (did about half of this)

*Finish getting higher-res. figures
*Update colors

*Make model figure


Thanks, EleanorBE for the quote.

I, too, am feeling tired and muddled today. I just have to keep telling myself that the best antidote is being productive and looking back on the day as having accomplished something.

Here's my day:

7:50-8:50 write

8:50-9:10 get ready

9:10-9:30 commute

9:30-4:45 work (prep for mtg, 10:30 mtg, lunch, e-mail)

4:45-5:15 library, gas station, home


5:40-6:40 as many to-dos as possible

6:45-8:00 make dinner, clean, prep for tomorrow, shower

8-9 dinner

9-10 lang, read 

Wednesday check in

- bhw

- fwd CS email 

- email D

- colour dye issue

- n's

- minimum 10 mins S

Easily distracted today, hard to focus. Try again tomorrow.

Jack's check-in for the day

1. OR x3

2. weekly planning, check shows 

3. email OL, LY etc 

4. floor itdy photo x1 pomo

5. lunch at 12pm

6. leave for DRK at 1pm, get cash

7. aft nap

8. leave for SL by 5:15pm

9. go to BB to arrive by 7:30pm

10. pick up mags

11. read BB ch3 tonight

12. in bed by 11pm, asleep by midnight

Money mouth 

Rexroth Check In

Woke early abd very tired and feeling muddled.

Up prayer and reflection
Checked emails and posts
Checked address of shop
Bath and washed hair and changed to go out
Checked draft letter which I have got wrong and haven't yet found the info I need
Looked up some info regarding issue
Put dishes away and put dry clothes away

x Go out soon and meet brother for lunch in about 40 minutes - I love meeting my brother for lunch, he lives abroad and it is so good to see him and yet I don't feel I want to move out of the house
x Buy some things on the way back
x When back think what to do next

Today seems difficult and I don't know why.

Thanks for being here

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth Check Out

Got back and slept as I felt tired.
Did some work on writing and some on camera
Written journal
Prayed and reflected

Now bed and sleep

Night Rexroth

Maximo's check-in Wed 7 Nov

Thanks to Eleanor for starting today's thread, with a useful reminder that "time is a gift" - a precious gift that I must not waste.

My list today
1. Shopping
2. Cash from bank
3. Order knob for slow cooker
4. Order calendars
5. Exercise class
6. WW Smile Done
7. Start Y job
8. FH project - review where I am
9. Transfer Pomodoro PDF to Kindle
10. Declutter office - 10 mins

Hamlet's checkin

1. Foy Exercise

2. meditation

3. 3 healthy snack

4. pickup kitchen

5. mastercard reward program

6. book air tickets

7. resume gardening blog

8. plan writing projects

ms wednesday

thanks  for the starter EleanorBE

the specifics

  • paycc
  • divide gb and email
  • wash 1 obj
  • if needs be make another o
  • buy thread
  • draw lines
  • sewing machine
  • long walk
  • go to dinner
  • write 200 words on proposal
  • find some specicfics for proposal.
  • buy and post engagement card.

 the constants

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

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 EleanorBE for starting this trend.

Things I will do today

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

2. Cook and eat breakfast

3. Go to a friend of mine's apartment and do work for her.

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

5. Go to the 12 noon telephone ACA meeting

6. Fix and eat lunch

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

8. Take shower

9. Get dressed

10. Fix dinner

11. Go to work at 5:30

12. Wash dishes

Thanks for letting me share

re: "Time is a gift"

Thank you for the thread-starter, Eleanor.

I've shared this quote in the past
and it seems time to share it again.

Too many times, discouragement has been the bonus for unrealistic expectations, not to mention self-pity or fatigue from my wanting to change the world by the weekend.

Discouragement is a warning signal that I may have wandered across the God line.

The secret of fulfilling my potential is in acknowledging my limitations and believing that time is a gift, not a threat.

Hope is the key that unlocks the door of discouragement.

May I always remember that the power within me is far greater than any fear before me.
May I always have patience, for I am on the right road.

-- from "Alcoholics Anonymous Daily Reflections"
reading for March 2.

"Time is a gift, not a threat."

thanks movingalong

Just what I needed to read- thanks for this movingalong!Laughing


  • h i o
  • up early
  • readings
  • finish chpt 2 writing
  • write list for lc
  • write nov list 
  • write letter to hospital 
  • write letter to mngr
  • journal
  • call sponsor
  • call d
  • drop in envelope st f c
  • meeting
  • w- in
  • health food store
  • uni
  • 9 journals
  • put into database
  • ring 
  • banking v
  • pool/ gym
  • H I O

Salamander's check in - Weds 7 Nov 2012

Thank you, EleanorBE, for starting the thread. 

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
  • Follow Morning Routine (no
  • Move furniture to allow


  • Washing - in, on and put
    around to dry
  • Weekly Focus (Kitchen):
    Scrub kitchen floor (30 mins)
  • Admin at table (30 mins) inc
    bus pass & update diary
  • vision2learn unit 1, segment

Log in after HULA visit

  • Kitchen: clean work surfaces
    (30 mins)
  • Back up data to hard drive
    inc emails
  • Ring DN re birthday - tomorrow
  • Tidy up inside car/bring in
    rubbish - tomorrow
  • Test smoke alarms
  • Radio Times radio segment
  • Follow Bedtime Routine
  • "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)

EleanorBE's Wednesday list

- Before leaving, try to cut down SG section of An chapter

- Go to exhibitions

- Go in to work

- Go to pp to sign accounts

- Read application and get in touch with C about it

- Keep going with An chapter

- Send An chapter to G - 

- Meet with C
- C ill so has cancelled

- Rearranged meeting with C 

- Check to see if you can do meeting on Wed 14th 11 am

- Write to B and tell her above

- Go to J's lecture

- Read some of the adm. apps - don't think I'm going to manage to start this today.