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.

Tuesday 11 December 2012

Only have 'Happy Tuesday' to offer today...but didn't want the lack of a quotation to let me put off checking in.

Have a great, productive day. 

fudoshin: checkin: 11:28pm

Please do not leave advice or feedback.  Thank you.  Prayers welcome. 



This is a transcript of a phone call I got from a helpful person in program who helped me and told me to do these things:

1) from the gut letter to the neighbor and to the mediator, write her a letter in a 

2) ask when have I felt like this before, attached to the feeling not the incident but the feeling

3) a dear higher power letter and see what comes out

3) dear self letter, may want to read them, 


Do the same thing with the mediator, "How dare you call yourself a mediator, you don't know how to do ...."

Confrontation Letter (also a journal letter)

1) THis is what happened: my neighbor complained to me, and to whoever about the noise I make walking.

2) My interpretation of those actions is or are....explain those

3) My feelings about my interpretation are...

4) In the future, I prefer ...


Maybe those methods can help you to get along with your neighbor or another option with G-d.

Que Sera's Tuesday 12/11

Today could have been better.

*I quickly studied for and completed a final exam that was for today.
*I socialized with people.
*I emailed about scheduling a necessary meeting.
*I emailed my advisor about my plans over the break.

Most of that was either emergent (I was replying to an email I received today) or already scheduled, but that is what I got done. Tomorrow is another day.

Piqued's check-in

Starting thoughts
: It's 5:23 PM. Getting a late start today. Yesterday was surprisingly productive though.

-- Respond to emails about other CQ DONE 
-- Do NL, use spray DONE
-- Get Tilex mold/mildew DONE
-- Start RV application NEARLY DONE

Another day
-- Review install doc
-- Leave R a message about restarting next year?
-- Return Amazon purchase
-- Pick recipe for intimidating potluck; RSVP; call B?
-- Respond to other NR emails
-- Put out feeding log for woodpeckers

Ending thoughts
: I believe this is the first day I've crossed everything off the to-do list. It only happened because I was willing to leave things off of the list and accept that they just wouldn't get done on Tuesday. Somehow not having things left on the to-do list at the end of the day is leaving me feeling like I've been productive (even though those things are still on the do-on-another-day list). Some sort of mind games going on here... Regardless, I am starting to regain some confidence in my ability to make myself work on tasks that intimidate me. The chatroom has been a tremendous blessing!!


Tuesday - Tabula Rasa

Took the weekend off after a very busy week last week, and only worked a few hours yesterday. Self care! 

The open house went really really well. Fingers crossed we get offers over asking price!

1. Fill out return form. 

2. Check on listing in Examiner.

3. Breakfast

4. Review criteria for mystery shop.
5. Complete mystery shop.

6. Email re: overdue projects.

7. Drop off package for UPS.

8. Look into email forwarding for T.  

kromer 2:10 CI

Today so far has been devoted to meetings.

I need to continue with writing today. That's the main focus:
1 rough section of results (working on this now)
2nd rough section of results
Very rough version of discussion (working on this now)

(These do not need to be great, they just need to be done, as a starting point for further revisions)

I also need to:
Email about committee (this has been on the list for *weeks* and still hasn't happened)
Go to dinner with bible study

Mail books
Finish laundry (will do this soon)
Buy stuff for care package
Get slides (not gonna happen today)



riddled's evening

Within the next 2.5 hours, I want to

  • cook & eat supper
  • do 1 machineful of laundry
  • phone A
  • store away dry laundry from yesterday
  • do the dishes
  • continue application form + related documents for T. (as far as I get)
  • get ready for bed

(Also did:)

  • took out trash
  • phoned P about G

andy check in12/11

wake up/clean up 
prep food
drive to work
punch in
pa check in
meeting prep
write email to Denm
send BL C to C
talk to B about I
work on BC
meet with A about BC 

Hypatia's check-in

baby steps again. lets see how far I can get

  • two backlog reports
  • maybe two more backlog reports


eleanor BE's Tuesday List no.2

books for Monday

Nee refs, Syd refs, Cor refs

Sort J's forms 

Write to mentees


work out what to do re H and A reading list

2-4 be available for M students

4pm - MA meeting

- write to M re party

- write to party email list to badger those who haven't answered

gotmusikk's Tuesday

Oh, I pushed my boundaries yesterday of what I was capable of... it was shocking how hard it was to do what I said I would.  To really do it.  Today I'm aiming to do it the way I want to (no other tasks sneaking between my 1 cycle of 15 min. tasks), but I'm feeling so down.  I hope I can.

Check-in @ P.A.
Process my inbox completely

meditate 15 mins.

Complete 1 cycle of 15 minutes each of:
-- dishes
-- back exercise/practice
-- massage

(tonight: feed sourdough)

If there’s time after I complete what’s listed above, I will select 2 activities and cycle them in 15 minute bursts.

3 things I did well today:
1) Used the chatbox to help me move past feeling depressed/discouraged this morning, instead of letting it dictate the mood of the day.

3 things I can improve on:

3 things I’m grateful for:


"Do I prefer to grow up and relate to life directly, or do I choose to live and die in fear?"

-- Pema Chodron

Journey 8 am

Happy Tuesday!   I'm feeling better today and I'm going to exercise for 20 minutes, have a healthy breakfast, then check back.  

Update 9:30:  It felt good to exercise even though it was a short easy workout.   I had a nice breakfast and I'm in the one conference call/ meeting that i have today.  (well, now there are two lol) After this meeting, I'll change clothes and get cleaned up, then make plans for the rest of the day.

Update 10:15

I'm posting my todo list here today since I'm working from home.  

  • Project R meeting 
  • Work w/vendor on major project as needed - started - maybe done?
  • Project O planning
  • Project O meeting
  • Project V - review script
  • Work on speech at least 30 minutes
  • review goals
  • Call the bank too late, do it tomorrow
  • find 2013 calendars
  • make cheese apples do this tomorrow also
  • check card
  • haircut maybe? YES
  • dinner
  • dishes
  • start wrapping for party - at least 15 minutes
  • filing - 5 minutes

   I'm so happy to be feeling better finally, it seemed like I was sick forever although it was only a week . . .I feel like a weenie knowing that some of you deal with chronic illness and pain and manage to keep going . . .I pray for your health, perseverence, and spirit today. 

Update 4:30 - I'm going to call it a day and go get a haircut!


Let your purpose rule your day - Steve Chandler

Knifisher's Checkin Tuesday 11th Dec 08:50

Feeling a bit sorry for myself this morning. Have cried Working from Home for a few hours, which is fine because the task I have to do is very repetative and so would do better at home with radio on anyway. (she says) Woke in the night thinking about so much stuff, and I'm worried I've forgotten half of it. But there are some calls I need to make and some of those might ease my worry.


  • Work - I-ing for  A done all 4 x 25 min poms planned Laughing
  • Research travel for later
  • Call Transport call back after 2 - grrr Called them back and got it done
  • Call P people
  • Call R
  • Call Fwy
  • Call Aztec
  • Shower
  • Post J Card - no, I forgot to take it and it's her birthday today (Weds) :-(
  • Leave at 12.30 not even slightly


ms tuesday



  • go to work being friendly yet assertive.
  • finish write ups today
  • go to event tonight.
  • go for lunch with b 
  • write gift list
  • pack for tomorrow
  • bed early.
  • begin playlist
  • eat mindfully
  • watch spending
  •  no naps


Rexroth Check In 07.41

Feel a lot better today and am keen to get on with things.

Up prayer and reflection
Checked emails and posts

x Washup and clear up kitchen
x Clean kitchen floor
x Email landlords and file papers
x Change bedding
x Wash bedding
x Bath and wash hair

now I am tired and have a very little clearing and cleaning to do and I am done 12.40

Work on book
Look at craft work

possibly some other things but this is enough to start

Well it is late and I have done very little else just a small amount of admin and that's it. I have rested and feel OK about not doing much.

Night Rexroth 23.05


Today is December 11, 2012.

thanks lennon!

Have edited accordingly!

My Day Today

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

I want to thank Eleanor for starting the 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. Cook and eat breakfast

5. Take shower

6. Get dressed

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

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

9. Go to the grocery store

10. Go to the 12 noon telephone ACA meeting

11. Go to the 1 p.m. telephone CLA activity line

12. Cook and eat lunch

13. Go to the 3 p.m. telephone DA meeting

14. Wash dishes

15. Cook and eat dinner

16. Go to the 6 p.m. telephone OA meeting

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

18. Do my 11th Step for OA

Thanks for letting me share

Mole's check-in

I can't think of anything better than having a happy Tuesday, Eleanor. And I apologise for abandoning thread starters, but iPad only copes with difficulty, and I am trying to cut down radically on keyboard/cut pasting until my arm improves.

i really empathise with you Clement. It is so easy to think one has really licked the procrastination when you have tight externally induced schedules and when it's over, it feels as if you have to start planning from scratch again.

This morning - have written with voice - not the same as by hand and I find myself nodding off or wanting to like I used to before joining this group.

have washed up 


shop for evening meal

thank c for last night 

 eat healthy lunch


 2 appt with L

organise roster 

 4.30 walk w B 

cook evening meal for A 

eat it and enjoy A's company

 bed at 11 

when am I going to plan my plan?

when am I going to do CC? 

clement ci - day 34 attempting abstinence

[ woops i posted monday's post here all day monday. now this is my tue post :P ]

9:46am : ... not sure what happened ...

10:49am : It's been 10 min since i last went off plan. i read 1 email that was not planned. But, do plan reading miscellaneous, low prio emails? Do i never read another interesting, but low prio email again for the rest of my life?

And a new concern about the characterization as an addiction. Addiction means that, over time, the urge to "use" will abate. When i feel lethargic, dread, begrudging, forcing myself to do something i REALLY dont want to do, i am labeling this as the urge to "use". But is that so? If i suffer from something more like ADD, then perhaps i will *always* feel these... 11 am pa phone mtg ...

:) ci
:) rdy
:) 11am pa phone mtg
:) v task
:) pj task
:) quiet time
:) sort tasks. are there any that must be done today?
:) e task

...after 11am phone mtg. that prompted me to write my list. TURNS OUT the reading in the meeting was on the chemical dependence of alcohol, and one participant reported that the new APA DSM has now included gambling in substance abuse because it has a similar effect on the brain. I have heard ADD is a dopamine disorder. And dopamine is involved with reward and pleasure. So "using" there might be doing those things that will provide dopamine release, which is impulsive, escapist behaviors. Similarly, NOT doing those behaviors might feel like withdrawal.

I can't quite pinpoint what i feel. There's even a sadness in it. lethargic, dread, begrudging, resigned, feeling down, perhaps depressed, deflated, joyless, flat, unhappy. All of those are close. And part of it. But none of them nail it. I can't peg it.

12:51pm : It's been 1 min since i last went off plan. There was a problem w/ my computer clock and i impulsively jumped into it, and related things, instead of scheduling it. I'm sorry, God. Please help me to do better. Thank you for infinite new beginnings.

12:56pm : it's been 6 min since i last went off plan.

"Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself... May the God of encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. ... May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." - Romans 15:2-3a,5-7,13

10:55pm : It's been 15 min since i last went off plan. i've been loose with my plan today. Not checking it and just guessing what might be the next right action. But i am a bad guesser. I should not trust myself. I should use my tools. God was so gracious to lead me to finding them, the least i could do is use them. And now it's bedtime. My day is done. I've done many things on my list including my MIT. I have an interview tomorrow and i should go to be early, get up early, be refreshed, and not rushed so i can get there early. My mind is making the right choice. My flesh is weak and urging me to "act out" or "use". God i am powerless, please help me. This post is helping me.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


Eleanor BE's Tuesday List

books for Monday

Nee refs, Syd refs, Cor refs

Sort J's forms 

Write to mentees


work out what to do re H and A reading list

2-4 be available for M students

4pm - MA meeting

- write to M re party

- write to party email list to badger those who haven't answered

my first check in ever 14.10 gmt

I am going to review the audio of a supervisor meeting I had for my phd, make notes and plan what actions need to be done. It takes as long as it take but I am going to break it up into 30min chunks so as not to time binge


(ps I hope I am using this thread in the correct way..if not please accept my apologies and correct me !)

please add a new post rather than replying, macphd! Thanks!

Hi there macphd. If you reply to a post then the person who wrote it can't edit it. It took me a while to get this! Would you add posts to the top of the list rather than clicking reply, so people can add to theirs, cross things off etc? Thanks! Laughing

...add a new comment, rather...

Hi again macphd - what you do is go to the top of the list and click on Add New Comment. 

Yes of course! Thanks for

Yes of course! Smile Thanks for pointing that out. I thought I may have made a mistake lol Sorry if I have made things more difficult for anyone

@macphd, welcome!

Don't worry.  I can see why it's easy to assume that one should reply to the bottom of the page.

You're not alone.  A large percentage of new participants have done the same thing.  It happens all the time.  Totally understandable!

It takes a while to figure out that we actually need to click "add new comment" to the thread-starter at the top.

We're glad you're here. Welcome!

Thank you very much for your

Thank you very much for your kind words Smile