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 30 November 2012

Friday 30 November 2012

Joy in action!

Tabula Rasa - 12:13 PM PST

Late checkin today due to taking the cat to the vet. Clean bill of health, aside from some dental work. Smile

Had a very good day yesterday, but had to gaurd against "time binging" on work. Read some articles here that helped. Today I am very tempted to "relax" because I did so well yesterday, the whole insidious "reward" thing. Going to work 20/10s or Pomodoros to help refocus and combat the demand resistance.  

Migraine aura never turned into a full blown headache, thank God, so feeling about 90% better.  

-Finish Q Billing

-Pick up binders from office
-Drop off binders
-Work on printing order
-One load of laundry washed, dried and put away 

-Deposit check

-COBRA paperwork
-COBRA payment
-Rent home
-Rent office
-Submit pet insurance claim  

Movingalong begins again on Friday

Today is a new day, this hour is a new hour.

I begin again to recover.

Journey 1 pm

Happy Friday!   I took the morning off to do some emergency babysitting, and now I am not really in the mood to work but I guess I must!   There is nothing I can do on Major Project today.   I will finish the documentation which is due today, and take care of a couple of things that involve actually going to talk to people yuck.    If I get those things done, and order another Christmas gift today, I will consider today a win.

Update 2pm:  I took care of the things that involved talking to those humans.   Now I'll do my weekly time sheet then spend the rest of the day finishing up the doc.


Let your purpose rule your day - Steve Chandler

Innertruth's check-in

  1. Clean up PC
  2. Contact city re room booking
  3. Listen to DP podcast
  4. Put HW write-up into newsletter
  5. Write elert
  6. Write STD article for newsletter
  7. Reference Sue Horner's write-up on MM
  8. Book review - 1 hour
  9. MEH write-up
  10. Grocery store/drug store
  11. Run
  12. Go to bank at Y & L to get money for MP
  13. Buy MP
  14. Wash one load dishes

Set both alarms for 8:45 am

Get ready for work

Bed by 1:00 am (went to bed at 2:00 am)


@ mustichoose - solidarity, Too Perfect

I have just ordered Too Perfect and 'look forward'  to reading this (actually my fear-of-change\procrastination devil in me is dreading it).  My Demand Resistance is at a very challenging level now, so it would be good to get a deeper insight into this soon.

By the way if you click edit on your post below then (as long as no one has commented on it) you can update this with more of what one has done or not done if you like. Some seem to enjoy striking through completed tasks like this .

All the best with your journey in procrastination recovery! (And time for me to start to G.O.D. - Get Out Devil!)


mustichoose check-in

Good morning to all in my time zone; appropriate greetings to the rest! 

Second check-in...still very unstructured. I did rise at the appointed hour and used a micro-burst to clear the dish drainer. Saw it sitting full as I brewed coffee and began to think but, caught myself and just did it. Minor distraction while I figured out a more effective method of cleaning the tip of the turkey baster but I managed a few precious moments of mindfulness.

I've used the last 2 1/2 hours to read several eye-opening, head-slapping, laughing, and choking on tears chapters in Too Perfect. Indeed!

Also lost an hour to mindless surfing.

Now I need to unload the last piece I picked up, find a place for it in the queue I've yet to create and then I'm off to meet with a client to pick up yet more work. 

More on what I do and don't later in the forum somewhere.

This afternoon...well I have to prepare dinner and do several other things. I'll check back with a proper list when I return.

My first online inline edit. Very cool.

12:30 - 1       lunch and reading.

1-4               in the shop using 30 min. on/15 min off to:

finish choosing/moving wood for C's bookcase

initial milling

inspect CH's chairs and break down the worst one

4-5                 clean up and prep dinner

5-6                 work on topic for 12-step mtg. Sat. am

6-10               domesticity and 12-step mtg. w/P

10ish              online reality check


And thanks movingalong for starting us out. And to everyone for making an us possible.

11 pm reality check....Well...lunch happened, then reading, surfing, reading, sleeping. Into the shop at 3 and had to fixed
a broken drawer. Chose and moved some, but, not all of the bookcase
wood. Clean-up, read, surf, go to meeting. Putter about, talk to P for a
bit about what I've been reading and feeling. She agrees that a timer
would help so, that's first on the list tomorrow. After last minute prep
and 11am 12-step mtg.

Each day a new beginning, right? Right. 

andy 11/30 chck in

wake up/clean up 
prep food
drive to work
check in w pa

class fs
kab & m of a
copypaste mat into efiles
water plants

deal with T email
reply to E email


.(oops, sorry, I posted in wrong place)

@andy_b, you won't be able to edit your post now because I replied, but ....
you can do this:
reply to me, by clicking reply at bottom of my post here,

and re-post your list as the reply, and then edit it as needed.

andy 11/30 chck in

no worries 

andy 11/30 chck in

wake up/clean up 
prep food
drive to work
check in w pa

class fs
kab & m of a
copypaste mat into efiles
water plants

deal with T email
reply to E email

gotmusikk's Friday

Process inbox - 1, 2, 3



In 15 minute bursts:



Later today:

clean up my context lists

take notes on Self-Compassion book

Good luck to everyone on this day!!

"Do I prefer to grow up and relate to life directly, or do I choose to live and die in fear?" -- Pema Chodron, Comfortable with Uncertainty


Heruk 11/30/12

complete 3 speech rescheduled for weekend

book daughters plane tickets baby mama drama prolonged

pay fine

Do speech critiques 2 classmates 1 ted talk finish at least 1 tomorow and the other saturday
visit school counselor 


 Thanks, movingalong!

 Slept in today, and I'm going to try to take it a little easy. Here's the rest of my day--

8:30-9:10 get ready for work

9:30-9:45 e-mail

9:45-4:45 work (lunch, e-mail, clean desk!!)

4:45-6:00 church, buy book for B

6-7 clean, get ready

7:00 go out 



My Friday

Thank you to all who make this site possible. This is my first full week of doing check-ins since my relapse a month and a half ago. My week has been more productive, and I've gotten everything accomplished that I set out to do. My day today is actually pretty light since I've gotten so much accomplished during the week.


1. Healthy breakfast, shower and shace

2. Straighten up my apartment

3. Make grocery and cleaning list

4. Prepare for job offer interview

5. Go to job offer interview

6. Stop department store to visit friend

7. Go home, make healthy dinner, prepare for work in the morning. 

clement ci - day 23 attempting abstinence

:) 1st check for urgent email only.

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.

Why am i doing this? Because i have detected in myself the overwhelming urge to surf the web, or do other than my MIT, or other escapist activities. That overwhelming urge sounds like addiction. I have to consider that i might be getting "high" off of going off plan by whatever method. The AA cure for addiction is abstinence. 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.

9:07am : It's been 1h 5min since i last went off plan. I jumped into a work task that should have waited, cuz other urgent hi prio things are on my plate.

:) ci
:) quick check of tasks
:) abbreviated quiet time
:) MIT wk tasks
:) prep
:) 1pm mtg
:) quiet time
R - postponed til tomorrow
:) choose more tasks
:) do tasks
:) break :D
:) re-plan
:) choose tasks
:) do tasks

4:31am : deliberately staying up late tonight cuz there's a decided advantage to now vs tomorrow. It's been 8 hours since i last went off plan. Now sleep and continue tomorrow. I will make plan for tmrw.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


Jack's check-in for the day

Thanks movingalong for such a joyful image!  It's sunny where I am and so I must go for a run later today.


1. OR

2. email to postpone report submission

3. email replies

4. call doc 

5. read s3 literature

6. do q229

7. go for a run 

8. leave for sl by 6:15pm

9. go to GH

10. in bed by midnight 



  • get ready 
  • readings
  • tidy
  • HIO
  • ring d
  • decide if going w
  • email m
  • ring sponsor 
  • text os
  • email m f

  • write journal
  • put in journals so far
  • do 15 more j
  • print out l docs
  • meeting 
  • more journals
  • condolence cards  send
  • gym and pool
  • rehab excercises
  • groceries
  • dinner

Rexroth Check In 08.34

Slept well, cold almost better, nothing lasts forever

Up prayer and reflection
Checked emails and posts

x Shower and wash hair - except I had a bath
x Put on washing machine - done finished and clothes out to dry
x more sorting of stuff - I've done a bit it doesn't seem much but it is significant as it concerns things I have not dealt with for ages
Order sheets on web - still wondering and worrying if it is the right thing to do
x Admin - a little and important see next post
x Deal with post when/if it comes - I have and I can't remember what it is.

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth would apprecate help please


It is the evening and I have had a miserable day.

I've been back from abroad for six weeks and I've been ill for four, nothing serious colds and brochitis. Before I came back I made a reasonable list of things I wanted to do for the next year of so. Perhaps I might post them. I have done very little but I have done a little. Now I am being bothered with old business issues which somehow I can't resolve although I have been willing to for so many years.

Any advice, guidance support would be welcome.

I have and shall continue to pray and do step work.



I prayed for you.

It's hard to give advice. You've been here a while. What tends to work for you? You seem stuck not getting started? Most people here ( me include ) it seems use "break it down" and microbursting to get started. break it down small enuf that we can do the first step or first part of the step. then do that step.

And do this with bookending. Either on the phone, with a buddy, in this daily thread, or in chat. This one really helps me too.

But each person is different. 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. Take what you like, leave the rest.

Feel free to contact me thru my profile on this site, if you think that'd help.

May God grant you courage to change the things you can,
and the strength to work your program, one day at a time.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


Thank you clement

Thank you clement.

Prayers appreciated and I shall think on what you write.

Regards Rexroth

More Hugs For Rexroth

I am sorry to hear about the difficult time you are going through. :( You should go ahead and post that list of things you wanted to accomplish in the coming year. There seems to be something about writing (or typing, posting) your intentions that makes them concrete & more likely to happen. Just (your favorite search engine) Gail Matthews written goal study Dominican University.

You said you have done a little and that, my friend, is way, way better than nothing. Also, you said you are continuing to pray and even though prayer sometimes feels like the least you can do, I keep hearing that it is actually the most & best you can do. When it rains it definitely pours (as evidenced by those left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy). Just keep plugging away Rexroth, this is just the storm before the calm. :)

If not now, when?

Thank you Sazz Ma Tazz

Thank you Sazz Ma Tazz

I shall post my list when it is ready and that is a good idea. I do find it hard to put a timeframe on what I want to do.

"You said you have done a little and that, my friend, is way, way better than nothing"

Very wise and exactly what my CBT person said to me. I have tended to think "I haven't done everything so I have done nothing" or sometimes "I can't do everything so what is the point of doing anything?"

Regards Rexroth

Hugs to Rexroth

I don't really have any advice because you seem to give it a good try every day :)  But thinking of your struggle and saying a prayer for you right now.


Let your purpose rule your day - Steve Chandler

I don't know why everything looks crossed out - is it just me?????   :grin:

Thank you Jo

Thank you Jo

For prayers

Regards Rexroth

@journey, re: cross-outs.

Yes I saw that too, it was there, but now it's fixed!

cross outs

I know what happened! Someone forgot to add the / or the > or something to the html for < strike > < / strike >

If you don't close it it will strike the rest of the page. I know because I have done it many times but fixed it right away! lol

Mole's check-in

What a fabulous joyful and energising thread starter moving along. and a great antidote to disgusting weather here: 33 degrees and 75km winds - humidity rising. 

mega-congratulations to Salamander for spotless floor.

i have been completely snowed u der this fortnight. At lunch time I finally overcame every upload/download/printing/brainfog/confidence-meltdown/word-count hitch and met the last of four deadlines. Now I need to make sure I don't slide into all or nothing - as it would be nothing's turn and that is just depressing. So this afternoon I shall:

plan December ( I find Christmas a horrible time so tend to go into denial  which only makes it worse)

this will take me most of the rest of the day, I think but I shall do it in bursts.

 make card list, write four 

Blue line 

water garden

spend one hour on  memoir

eat light supper


cool shower

bed by 11 


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. Go to the 8:30 a.m. telephone CLA meeting

3. Cook and eat breakfast

4. Take shower

5. Get dressed

6. Print a page from the format

7. Go to diabetic group at 1 p.m.

8. Warm up and eat dinner

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

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

Thanks for letting me share

ms friday



  • work on proposal in bursts (tally here)
  • work on career part in burst (tally here) 1 2
  • reply to 2 student emails
  • call ai re coffee
  • read 1 chapter of procrast book
  • go to gym.
  • something social in evening.



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


EleanorBE's Friday list

Oh that's great, movingalong, it made me laugh and want to jump around with them.

Tomorrow goes - 

- before work - get up a post email to check time

- get F to mail ss re no OH

- plan class

- teach class

- interview for ad post


Salamander's check in - Fri 30 Nov 2012

Thank you, pro, for maintaining these boards for the fellowship. Thank you also to movingalong for starting the thread.

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 (15 mins)
  • Phone MH (1 hour)
  • Living Room: Clear altar and coffee table (15 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)