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 28 November 2012

Wednesday 28 November 2012

Today I can start where I am.
Mind clear as water.
Leave guilt behind.
Take a step.

One step is not a little more,
but infinitely more,
than nothing.

keeping on

Thank you to chickadee for this thread-starter!

ANNOUNCEMENT 9e 6p chat meeting.

starting now in chat...

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


Gwen D: check-in 1:00 PM then edit 1:00 AM

So much resistance to writing a list! But I must. Eeek. I am really afraid of failing or something, and that is keeping me from even trying!


X do laundry

X wash dishes

clean refrigerator and

X get all in the garbage for tomorrow morning

X make piles of paper -- toss, file, act upon (sort of)

touch budget file and conduct appropriate online banking

X vacuum

X sweep everywhere

X dig around to find bag with back exercises in it, (first thing I did. All else came easier after that)

try to set up place for jewelry and mirror? 

X hang spice rack (second thing I did. It was a committment to put holes in the new cupboard)

X water plants (last thing I did)

throw away pumpkin and other things that are old and useless  (most everything got gone)


PACK -- four days in one small bag, vitamins, healthcare, makeup, warm clothes, dressy/comfy with variations... iPad and charger?

correspond with P. Will newsletter happen? Can I get started?


Ugh. That is all very hard. It is incomplete and lacking.  

Note to self: I had to force myself to eat, then take a warm bath before I could get started. Weird. 

Gnothi Seauton ~ Know Thyself

tila - Wed

So far, I've been following the daily plan. More for today: 

  • LG - 2 1 more of PS; BL - 2 + pp. 13-50, 51-84 (start)
  • LR - RoA
  • sort cs, ncp, dinner, Dad's ornmt, 1 more ornmt, vacuum l/r closet
  • laundry, tree skirt  

Hamlet's checkin

Today, i am going to run around and get ready for my friend mailyn's visit.  In the past, i would just skip checking in because i am doing all the things i enjoy -- menu planning, shopping, cooking -- so, have no trouble getting started.  Now, i am aware that consistency is an important component to getting my life under control, so i am checking in to begin that practice.  The only task i need to discipline myself to do is to

1. pickup the living and dining room

2. pick up prescription

Tabula Rasa - 9:45 AM

Good morning world

1. Prep for meeting with L and M
2. Teach class  

3. Research / Prep for meeting with L tomorrow

4. Billing if receipts are ready  Receipts weren't ready

kromer 10:45 CI

OK, getting a slow start today, unfortunately. I need to set some manageable goals for today.

First, I will do some short tasks:
Email about committee
Finish R. comments (will do this soon)
Check on R8 rederivation(will do this soon)

Then, I will do some work on my paper:
Assemble comments
Email EA
Come up with title and revised abstract
Do 1.5 hours of counts

Then I will do some work on SMF
Start collecting samples

And:  go to meeting

clement ci - day 21 attempting abstinence

This is a life experiment at abstinence from procrastination. To my knowledge, there's no definition of what abstinence from procrastination means, and several have been suggested on this board. I am trying : abstinence from unplanned time. I have a tendency to jump on bandwagons and so I will only know how this experiment is going when I can look back after 1 month, 3 months, 9 months, 1 year. The idea that every minute of my life will be planned seems suffocatingly restrictive to me. But Step 3 is "Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God." and that step will return us to sanity ( Step 2 ). I have come to believe that subjecting all my time and tasks to a plan is subjecting them to God's will. I intend to always ask, what does God want me to do today? What does god want me to do next? And whatever that answer is, I intend to do nothing other. At this point in my faith journey, I accept a life entirely submitted to God's will.

10:28am : it's been 1h 35min approx since i last went off plan. Am feeling resistance for upcoming plan. Even tho i know it's best. And i have a mtg at 11 so i gotta be on time. No time to delay. I dont feel i have the power to do this, so i ask God to help me.

9:39pm : it's been 5 min since i last went off plan. New beginning. Today my struggle is my mind wandering w/o me realizing it. rather than deliberately making choices i know are not best for me / God's will. I am going to plan, chat and InstanBoss.

first wk task.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


andy b daily check in 11/28

Thanks for the beautiful thread starter.
I am feeling acknowledging my powerlessness this morning after two days of major procras behavior.
I am praying for a better day, if it be my higher power's will,
wake up/clean up
prep food
drive to work
pa check in

review what i want to do today
Prnt ms

read ms
c. mlat


check apt time
directions to dmv
prepare e-files
a. F cat
b. MI cat
c. gal
d. bc

mustichoose first check-in

Good morning people.

Still spinning and up to my ass in alligators so I'll be brief.

It's 10:21 here and I'm going to go into the shop until lunch.

I'll try the Pomodoro timing tool and see how it works.



Welcome MustiChoose

Let your purpose rule your day - Steve Chandler

Kodos check-in

Thanks, movingalong and chickadee!

Things have been going well the past few days in terms of productivity, but that was mostly because I had a big project to complete. Now, I'm back in my "weeds" of answering e-mails, dealing with mail, excavating forgotten projects from my desk...

Here's the plan for the day:

8:45-9:45: all email inboxes as close to zero as possible

9:45-4:45 work (clean desk, open enroll, start on to-dos)

4:45-6:00 copy, mail, buy envelopes and boxes

6:00-6:30 mail on stairs

6:30-7:30 make and eat dinner, potatoes for tomorrow

7:30-8 make banana bread

8-9 clean/prep for tomorrow/shower

9-10 lang, read

Have a great, productive day today, everybody! 


My check in

I'm actually happy with myself. It's only been 2 days since I've been checking in again and writing out my list. But I feel like I'm back on course after my re-lapse. I've been completing everything on my list in a timely manner. Now I have to just keep focused on what I'm doing. Here's my check in.


1. Call DOL again to follow up with claim

2. Shower, shave, get ready

3. Go to library to print out its

4. Go to 3pm meeting

5.stop by macys

6. Send out emails, make personal calls, schedule interview.

7. Straighten up apt.

8. Cook dimner

9. Prepare for Thursday mornings appointment. 



Journey 7:45

Good morning!   Working from home today.  I am grateful for the oppportunity to work from home on some days and I will work hard to be worthy of my employer's trust. 

I have several meetings today, and I want to work on my major project, my documentation project, and do that Christmas order that I have postponed for 3 days now.  I also need to run out and pick up my dog's medication at lunchtime. 

Right now, I will exercise for half an hour, have a healthy breakfast and get dressed in work-from-home clothes.   I'll be back here to make a structured todo list and schedule at 9 am.  

Thanks for being here.  

Update 11:15 :  Todo list done, 2 meetings done - one easy, one difficult.   Now I'm going to have a coffee and get dressed - I'm still in my exercise clothes :).   Next, call the vet and make sure I can pick up doggy meds at noon.   If so, head up there at 11:45 and that will be my lunch break. 

After vet, work on major project - review logs and gen.   By the time I am done with that it will be time for next meeting.  I'll check back about 3pm with progress report (or lack thereof lol)

Update 1:30 The vet's office was closed at lunch - luckily I called ahead.   Did I get work done instead of going to the vet?   No, I ate an unhealthy lunch instead and got completely off track.   Will I let this ruin the rest of the day?   No I will not.   I know that sudden schedule changes often throw me for a loop, as it did today.   No prob.  I'm putting it behind me and moving forward.   I'm in a conference call now and I'll go ahead and start reviewing logs for my major project while the conference call is going on.

Update 10 pm I ended up working on major project for the entire day, which is fine.   I can't work on it much the rest of the week because the vendor will be unavailable.  I finally, like JUST NOW, did the Christmas order.   I kept putting it off I think because I didn't want to spend the money, but hell it's gotta be done .  


Let your purpose rule your day - Steve Chandler

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 movingalong for starting this trend.

Things I will do today

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

2. Eat breakfast

3. Go to the 8:30 a.m. telephone PA meeting

4. Go to the 9 a.m. telephone ACA meeting

5. Go to the 9:45 a.m. telephone CLA activity line

6. Go to the 12 noon telephone ACA meeting

7. Go to part of the 1 p.m. telephone OA meeting

8. Cook and eat lunch

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

10. Fix dinner

11. Take shower

12. Get dressed

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

Thanks for letting me share

In the next hour


I will call in to the meeting.

I will do 20 minutes of Yoga

I will make and eat breakfast

I will be present in seeing my partner off to work.

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the
don'ts.  Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts.  Listen to
the never haves, then listen close to me...  Anything can happen, child.
Anything can be"

Shel Silverstein

Jack's check-in for the day

Thanks movingalong for a lovely threadstarter.

My tasks for today.

1. breakfast

2. answer q 27

3.  light email

4. lunch

5. leave for TH

6. meet friend and enjoy TH

7. go to SL

8. restful evening

9. in bed by 11pm, please HP/GOD/Good Orderly Direction! 

Calypso checks in

Thanks Movingalong for the text for the day. Grateful to hve found this room.

I woke up late today. This made me decide I need to be in bed by 22:00 hrs pm, or 23:00 hrs pm at the latest. Then I can journal and read.

Now I need to forgive myself for getting up so late.

Today I will:

1) plan talk & practise it 5 pomos minimum

2) go to gym & yoga practise shortly at home & other sport too is possible

3) do a minimum of 3 items om list of to do items  

4) attend meeting tonight on skype (meeting starts qute late so be mindful to g to bed straight after meeting)

5) do morning routine before starting on nr 1 or any of the above despite the fact that it is not morning, i.e. pray, meditate, and get right motivation and be mindful


ms wednesday


Today is the day after a fairly successful day. I know that traditionally this is a time in which I am particularly likely to procrastinate, working through this is important and worthwhile. 


  • look through work for s tomorrow
  • work on project outline in bursts (tally here)
  • work on further section in bursts (tally here) 1
  • read a chapter of procrast book
  • vac
  • call e
  • buy 1 christmas present
  • put aside money for 14th


  • eat with self care
  • no napping
  • be careful with money 


Rexroth Check In 07.56

Woke in good time. I'm tired and fed up. With the programme I shall be up and doing rather than lying in or on my bed feeling sorry for myself.

Up prayer and reflection
Checked emails and posts

x Check post when/if it comes
x Out to get some food as I have nearly run out
x Tidy kitchen and be in for landlord's maintenance person this afternoon
x Finish sorting landlord's file even if I don't get info from other tenant - I did a really good job of this and it was difficult and I had been putting it off for ages. It is not finished but I chose to stop and intend to finish it tomorrow
x Work on book and travel file - very little


French study
Constructive mostly work related conversation with friend on phone
Finalized food delivery for tomorrow which will keep me going in most things until the New Year
Wrote my journal

So now

Prayer and reflection
Bed and sleep

Night Rexroth 22.23

That will do for now

Regards Rexroth

EleanorBE's Wednesday list

So, it's midnight in the UK and my Christmas puddings are about to come off the boil. I'm usually in bed by 11 on a work night - so am feeling tired - but satisfied. Thanks for this lovely starter, Movingalong.

Wed goes like this 

- fix date for B show

- read D's stuff for meeting

- read through my stuff for meeting

- dept meeting

- plan thursdays training

- do copying for thursday's training

- any more time? WCs for La chapter.


thanks moving along!

  • readings

  • HIO

  • meet sponsor

  • go U print out all l docs
  • email m
  • call in script
  • add in database journals so far
  • do 10 more journals
  • call b re appt

  • accounts

  • journal

  • go to meeting 
  • gym and pool
  • change pin
  • banking
  • pharmacy pickup
  • pickup posters
  • bithday card d
  • edit ms paper
  • decide how to handle M situation
  • HIO
  • decide if going to concert? 
  • dinner
  • u course get stuff out and ready
  • relax
  • HIO

Salamander's check in - Weds 28 Nov 2012

Thank you, pro, for maintaining these boards for the fellowship. Thank you also to movingalong and chickadee for starting the thread with that quotation.

Major thanks to the Mole for kindly suggesting a "Not allowed to touch kitchen floor day", which may be just what is needed to get the entire floor made spotless!

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!

  • Follow Morning Routine
  • Put washing in, take it out, put it around to dry
  • Sweep kitchen floor (5 mins)
  • Scrub the 2nd quarter of kitchen floor (10 mins)
  • Scoop cat trays (15 mins)
  • Washing up (30 mins)
  • Vision2learn assignment no. 1 (deadline: Fri 30th Nov) (4 x 15 mins) (1 done)
  • Phone MH (1 hour)
  • Living Room: Clear altar and coffee table (15 mins)
  • Make nutritious meal & freeze excess (45 mins)
  • Clear bedroom hotspot (15 mins)
  • Clear bedroom nightstand (10 mins)
  • Clean up Lily's bedroom floor (30 mins)
  • NHS job application (deadline: Thu 6 Dec)
  • Tidy up inside car/bring in rubbish (15 mins)
  • Admin at table inc bus pass & update diary (1 hour)
  • Follow Bedtime Routine

Best wishes to my fellow procrastinators with your day ahead.


"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)