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.

Monday December 3, 2012


Tool Five of PA:
Avoid Time Bingeing: One reason procrastinators dread starting is that once they start they don't let themselves stop. Plan to work on a task for a defined period of time, then set a timer. When the timer goes off, you're done.

Have a great proactive day!


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Vic 12/5/12 wednesday

Show up, done, bl, exer

using my "bucket list" is helping because  it is not as serious and something new.  And i can throw my scraps of paper in my bucket. Then make list. Today will include  mo caender n the bucket.

have been humble enough to ask for help, huge step forwArd surrender and acceptance to hp.thanks pa(ers. )

my chatbox notworking so next 3123 what i wote there

elvira's evening

Been asleep or zombied out most of today, not being at all well. But before I go to bed, i vow to spend some time clearing the top of the stairs.

Piqued's check-in

How can it be 4:24 PM with nothing accomplished? Sigh. Once again, I'm paralyzed by the thought of making a to-do list. Ridiculous, but "it is what it is."

1) Look in CQ, pick a defect to work on, and work on it. Finished!
2) Look in CQ, pick another defect to work on, and work on it. Made good progress...

EOD thoughts: I'm pleased to have made some progress on a task that intimidated me. Apparently I put in about seven hours at work today. Not all of it was productive, but it was immeasurably better than yesterday.

gotmusikk's (better late than never) check-in

This morning, I processed my whole inbox!! HOORAY!  I had quite a bit of catching up to do.

And now I'm telling my internal Negative Nancy to stop dissing me and let me be proud of that accomplishment.

I've been "off task" (organizing/printing out P.A. meeting materials and other motivational tidbits), and am feeling bad about that too.  HENCE, the need for a check-in to keep me on task for the rest of today.


In 15 minute bursts:
practice/back exercise
massage - 1
call MH
pay PatientFirst online
answer 2 emails
take care of Nov. finance routine
fold & put away laundry

"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


Monday Monday...

Good morning from PST!

Wake up
Call with client A

30 minutes on emails

Biz card design (1 hour max)
Work on deliverables for client b (IN PROCESS) 
Put away clean laundry
Wash another load

Pay Rent
Wash Dishes 

andyb check in 12/3

wake up/clean up 
prep food
drive to work
punch in
PA check in

figure out where I am with C
print Gs
Rd Gs
Rd I


order books?

CI Babarino 12.3.12

9 items for today

Thank you for being here!

4 done

kromer 10:30 CI

Today my tasks are:
Email RH
Do sectioning
Update calendar
Email about committee
Come up with new title and abstract, and a discussion outline (made progress on this)
Order backpack
Go through one of BARC hot topics for galaxy
Finish counts for one section


Journey 10 am

Yesterday was a good day even with a couple of unexpected tasks showing up.  Today I am getting a slow start.  I totally have brain fog this morning.    I got sidetracked because I was all determined to make a phone call as soon as I arrived at 9 am and then the place doesn't open until 9 am pacific time and I'm on eastern lol.  So far, I've read email and checked calendar, otherwise nothing.   I will do the agenda for noon meeting right now then do todo list for the rest of the day.

Update 1pm Noon meeting done - someone almost passed out in my meeting and had to be helped to the restroom - I swear Toastmasters is good practice for like, everything.   

Now to give the software vendor a little nudge on Major Project - cause he's supposed to be back in the office today but I have yet to get a reply to my emails. 

Update 3:30 Major Project moving along again now.  


Let your purpose rule your day - Steve Chandler

InnerTruth's check-in

This is the earliest I've started working in a while. Still it's too late!

I just found some important notes I thought I lost.  

Work for today:

Morning & afternoon:

  • Send email to SH
  • Send email to city
  • Call IABC to get #s
  • Check job ads
  • Compose and send 3 emails
  • Check client work (can't do asthey haven't sent my account verification to me)


  • Make pasta for dinner so I can have leftovers
  • Run
  • Wash silk shirt
  • Do laundry and put dry clothes away
  • Wash dishes
  • Do assignment for Saturday
  • Pack for tomorrow
  • Set alarm for 7:30 pm
  • Bed by midnight


Happy Birthday Knitfisher!

Let your purpose rule your day - Steve Chandler

musti's 12/3/12 check-in

Thanks for the reminder lennon. Good luck and godspeed to all.


10am and beginning at last!

Start with three 25/5 minute periods to:

Go thru shop and group pieces by job.

Write actual notes on tasks to be done by job

" .................................................... by individual piece.

Breakdown tasks on each piece (with an eye on ADD/OCD) so that I can get an idea (!!) of timeframes.  


check in after.

Well, 2pm. Two hour lunch/browsing not exactly on task, but, what I accomplished this morning remains! 


Now until 3:30 or so, 3 work periods (25/5)

punchlist of items to remove from shop area.

list of what's needed for tasks #1 and #2

as much actual movement on the above as I have time for.


clement ci - day 26 attempting abstinence

10:02am : it's been about 17hrs since i last went off plan, but 3 hrs of that was a party, 2 hrs was a movie, and 8 hrs was sleep, so... But this morning has been on plan so far.

:) ci
:) sort tasks
:) quiet time
:) txt j
:) 11am pa phone mtg
:) rdy
:) do tasks
:) re-plan
:) 6pm club
:) get milk
:) more tasks

10:30am : it's 17hrs + 28 min since i last went off task. that 28 min was sorting tasks. Seems long but i have a hundred of them, and many of them are important and ripe. And so now i have a list of the most important, most urgent tasks to do today. Oops. I just realized, did i ask God? No. God, retroactively, can you show me what you want me to do today. Thanks.

10:30am : "If possible, so far as it depends on your, live peaceably with all." - Romans 12:18

"Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good." - Romans 12:21

10:54am : God wants me to be part of his people on earth today. At the end of the world, God will abolish evil. But today, in my own life, he calls me to be a foreshadowing of that, in the way i interact with my friends and enemies. Overcome evil with good. Thank you God for this message. Please help me live it.

11:27am : It's been 1 min since i last went off plan. dang. Well, New Beginning, right now. Thank you God for infinite new beginnings. also i went off track during my quiet time. Mind wandered. Both very short, Thank You God!

5:34pm : It's been 6h 8m since i was last off plan. God is with me.

9:34pm : It's been 35 min since i last went off plan. Watched football cuz it was on in the room. I need to plan that in. So i need to look at what else i need to get done. Wait. God, what would you have me do?

10:53pm : It's been 1h 54 min since i last went off plan. A little sketch at one point in there. Didnt have a firm plan, so not sure i was on or off. But i can be imperfect. God is with me, helping me.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb




I definitely have been on the wrong track and am figuring out how to get my life back in order.  Once again all of the unfinished details have come together at the same time, forcing me to face them and deal with them.  It is easy to ignore them when there are just a few, but when they pile up, I know I need to finally do something...i don't have a a choice anymore.  So, here i am trying to figure out ...what to do.

1. send paper work to cy.

2. go through piles of unopened mail, sort and categorize important stuff

3. declutter desk so it can be used without stressing me out

4. send invoice to a

5 take care of z

6. appt at 3 

Ive been busy cleaning up the mess that I made of things.  I am working on priority one...still.  I am thinking that I wish I would do things before they became a terribly uncomfortable crisis.  I can't stand the sick knot feeling I get in my stomach, which is directly tied to my procrastination. Anyway, I am very grateful to pro and pa, this is the only thing that has ever helped me get back on track. 

Hypatia's check-in

after a while away from the board, I'm running into trouble again.  I've been really busy, but things are piling up.  I'm starting to get more depressed again, and it's coming up to the first anniversary of my husband's death.  I'm back to sitting here staring at the computer, with a pile of reports waiting to be written.

  • T's letter
  • M's report
  • put new diary page up
  • W family report
  • check F's report
  • 2 LAC reports
  • clear in-tray folders
  • LAC appt


Good day - not finished yet

Thank you to Lennon  - 

 Today - on a high for last night study but didn't sleep much.  Big productive day at work. finished on time. Went to crossfit class. showered. ate healthy dinner. 


Now - 2000 ring parents

2030-2120 read through viva topics - be brief in first look - COMPLETION not perfection.

2130 2230 viva topics as above

2300 revise yesterday

2330 bed.

 0530 - get up and run.

0700 work.

 Good days, good work and good rest. 

Rexroth Check In 09.34

Didn't sleep well and woke late and tired

Up prayer and reflection
Checked emails and posts
Emailed friend
Listened to phone message
Found some packaging for outdoor kit

x Deal with post when/if any comes - none so that was easy
x Finish packing outdoor kit and put it away - very nearly finished
x Send cheques to pay into bank
x Order sheets
x Return unwanted bank card
x Washing machine one load - done and clothes hund up to dry

A load of finances
More sorting of stuff
Friend came over and was a little help over a buiness matter but also wasted a lot of my time and I still need to do something about the situation
Wrote journal
Prayed and reflected
am in bed and ready to sleep

Night Rexroth 22.35

Blue-eyes' check-in

Hi everyone,

Happy Birthday, Knitfisher!

I'm feeling really good today because I got so much done on Thursday and Friday. Partly because of PA and my first check-in on Thursday, partly because of impending deadlines. That stressful feeling - the knot in my stomach - is gone, at least for now. Today I'm determined to stay in control of my time and not let the procrastination monster take over.  

My list for today:

1. first draft of new translation

2. Prepare and send new invoices

3. Text on l.

Good luck, everyone!  

10:30 pm:  I DID IT! I battled the procrastination monster all morning but in the afternoon I won and got serious and now I can cross off the three most important things for today (plus the laundry and tons of other little stuff that I also wanted to do, like answering personal email).  Thank you pro and PA!! I hope to remember this satisfied, stress-free feeling and build on it. Good night from Europe!

My check in for today

Didn't sleep to well last night. It was my own fault though. Had a light nap and decided to post my list online now instead of waiting. Thanks again to everyone who makes this site possible. I really do have a long road to my recovery. I get a little down at times thinking about so much I have to do, but feel up-beat again when I start thinking of the things that I have accomplished in the last 2 weeks. 


1. Eat healthy breakfast, map out a healthy diet schedule for my lifestyle

 (Breakfast wasn't to healthy this morning, it was convenient)


2. Make appointment with doctor to get a physical under new health care plan 

3. Go to job for acceptance and tax paperwork 

4. Contact ssa about my social again 

5. Check status of my 2011 tax return

6. Make personal calls/emails 

Knitfisher's birthday checkin Mon 3rd Dec

Today is my birthday. I slept really badly, I have sore gums and I am dreading going to my client today. I am going to try really hard to face the thing that I find so aversive at that job. As a birthday present to myself.

I am loved and I mostly have my health and all the comforts I could need. Today I will try and remember the reasons to be grateful rather the reasons why I could be sad.

 I hope everyone achieves what they'd like to today and can find the strength to be kind to themselves in the process. That's the hardest part.

 Love and hugs,

 KF x 

Hamlet's checkin

1. Meditation(DONE)

2. email Kate(DONE)

3. call Street

4. cook Veggies

5. book hair appt (DONE)

6. OR organization Research

7. Gardening blog

8. Pickup Study

9. 3 healthy snack

10. mail

11. water plants

My Day Today

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

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. Cook and eat breakfast

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

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

7. Read my version of the Third Step prayer

8. Do my Fourth Step in DA

9. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

10. Read the meditations

11. Go to the 12 noon telephone ACA meeting

12. Call my DA sponsor

13. Take shower

14. Get dressed

15. Go to the bank

16. Refill my medicine

17. Go to McDonald's for food

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

Thanks for letting me share


Thanks lennon

  • readings 

  • HIO
  • meet with sponsor

  • journal

  • call re t ticket

  • decide on d

  • let G go 

  • HIO

  • go to U

  • print out LD
  • ring d 
  • j ws
  • print
  • accounts
  • journals go down list of refs
  • widen search
  • add into database
  • start cuting down choices
  • put up posters and do brochure run
  • dinner
  • rehab excercises
  • look for sp and bc
  • Aim for nearly finished database
  • HIO
  • rehab excercises

Salamander's check in - Mon 3 Dec 2012

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

Major thanks to the Mole for kindly suggesting a "Not allowed to touch kitchen floor day". I remain grateful for her advice and anyone else's who has something to suggest that I can use to help myself move forward when I am currently stuck.

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)
  • Wash cat trays.
  • 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)

suppenkasper - Monday, 3rd December

Hello, and thanks to lennon for starting this thread.

Just a short list for tomorrow (I'll expand it later): The list of things left to do for today:

Get up 30min earlier ... at least 10min
Stay at work after core-time for prep
go home and eat

1930 M13G, AbiK

2000 M13L, check

2020 ek

2050 markings

2200 folders

2230 EOD

Conclusion for today: In the end i got a victim of time-bingeing.... and now I will have a short night, being tired tomorrow... damn!


Thanks for your attention. - suppenkasper




EleanorBE's Monday List

Thanks for starting lennon!

Here's Monday

- get diary and check out week- oh dear, left it at work

- Check work mail

- answer quick mails

- make list of tasks from other emails

- write to al re ga's

- write to ga contacts - DC and  S - tomorrow

- make rest-of-week list in diary, inc. new mod, ga int and contacts- tomorrow


- ring M re day off in Jan

-get W's email re. IP stuff

- re-read IP stuff

- decide what you need to say to IP meeting

- write to Wendy re. IP meeting

- go to library - mix bursts of:

- last an refs

- last la refs

- going through lo chapte

ms monday

nearly there with my application. thsi si the last full day I have


  • buy book rc
  • finish each sections (write out and tally here tomorrow)
  • c&P (tally) 1, 2, 3, 4
  • details (tally)
  • partners (tally)
  • dev pod (tally) 1,2, 3
  • gym
  • finish all sectionas and send onwards for checking.
  • in evening do suplimentary work
  • vac
  • go to drs
  • go to cobbler
  • new idea 1,2,3,4,5
  • eat with self care and kindness
  • no napping 
  • be careful with money