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.

ms steps towards great success.... 92 days and counting.


hi all

I have a project due in 92 days. This is the kind of work that I have most procrastinated about in the past. In  particular the type of procrastination in which it seems like I am waiting the perfect idea to arrive before I get started... which of course feels awful and stuck and leads to crappy work, lies and disappointment. There is enough time to not have to repeat this pattern. 

Steady good-enough will get this project done.

Hiding and avoiding and wishing things were different will not only mean that the project fails but also that I have 92 days of misery ahead.

I am going to use this space to check in with how it is going. I am also using an external person for some type of checkins.

thanks all



trying to use this thread again - 42 days until next project dl

today was actually good. I started working reall late on but I enjoyed it when I got into it. 

Well done MS! So happy


Well done MS! So happy for you! YAYYY!!! 


Congratulations MS! When one paer succeeds, we all succeed! Thanks for sharing your experience, strength, hope. I am happy for/with you.

Congrats to MS on finishing!


adding on a gold star

Yes, well done MS

All of you who mange to complete their goal are an inspiration to the rest of us.


triple congrats MS- Well done!

Well done on completing! YAY!!!Cool


deep gratitude to all

thank you PAers. My project is done and though there were many unexpected problems and allnighters towards the end I knew I had done my part and could work through the extrenal hickups. I didn't feel like I was having to hide and lie, I didn't feel ashamed of myself and that is unprecidented. 

The most wonderful thing is that I have hope for the future, that procrastionation doesn't have to be the defining (in)action of my life. 

So thank you again everyone, for your company and support. Thanks to pro for starting and maintain this site.

see y'all in the chatroom.  

congratulations ms!

Great news!  Now relax and enjoy your triumph.  You deserve it


Well done MS

Many congratulations on getting your project finished! And thanks for sharing this good news. It is always inspirational to see a fellow PA-er finishing something.

See ya in the chatroom,


35 days left

one fun, productive, hopeful day followed by the exact opposite. This is okay. even at these ratios I will get this done in time.

Best of luck!

Best of luck to you MS. Wishing you a great day ahead today.


39 days

filled with fear but some excitement too. I managed to get some stuff done arter work today, including, hopefuly a title. 

Ms I hear you

Good to hear there's some excitement mingled with the fear at least! Sometimes when my fear isn't tooo bad I think 'I should try and use this adrenaline..' sometimes it works.. but it can be quite exhausting to work like that.. not that I currently seem to have any choice as it is a recurring factor.. but yep good you have some positive feelings too! Sounds like you're getting there .. slowly slowly but surely..

I've got my big project on so I can relate.. I just had two full days free to work on it but probably ended up doing about 2 hours in total! Better than nothing I guess!

Good luck with it Ms - great that you did some stuff after work.. I occasionally manage that but mostly think I am allowed to not do anything coz I'm tired or am allowed to relax coz I've been at work.. Which is just a trick I play on myself really as the times that I do get absorbed in my project does actually energise me!... which is probably like 10% of the time actually doing it to 90% of the time thinking about doing it or avoiding it.... anyway enough of me!

Keep it up Ms!

thanks dotty

and solidarity too. see you at the end of our projects. x

41 days to go

I wasted much of today, but when I really needed to I turned it around and (hopefuly, just waiting for a file to load) have gotten my to do list done. it felt awful at first but it got better. I must remember that the more i often I can practice turning it around the easier that will become. Now off to bed. more tomorrow. 

so it's 42 days now.

I have moved forwards but there are still so many unresolved decisions. from now on I will atempt to make decisions quickly, most can be rectified later but the more I ponder the less sure I get. gosh all of this is vauge. tomorrow i need to work on the schedule and on scenes. 

GO MS :) GO MS:)


thanks calypso


71 days left.

I did nothing productive today. 

72 days left

today was okay. I had lots of other comitments but I did manage to do a solid block of work on this project. I need to remind myself that often the first 2 bursts feel pretty awful but that it gets better after that. 

78 days

fairly useless day today. I only managed to work on the less urgent stuff.

79 days

I did very little today. I also noticed that the 3 markers for depression/procrastionation have been problems over the last few days (food problems, oversleeping and overspending). I will try to use this observation to get myself back on track and feelin better. 

I did manage a little work on my essay, though am still doing a bit of the dreaded "waiting for inspiration" nonsense. I also ordered some of the things I need for the project. 

80 days and counting.

ok today. had some progress in terms of writing the text, but got up far too late to have a trult productive day. a lesson to learn. 

You can do this! Just put

You can do this! Just put your head down like a bull facing a red bullseye.....huff, puff, CHARGE!

thanks chatty! 

thanks chatty! 

81 days and counting

after an extended christmas break I am back and working. Today I tackled a text I am trying to write and did some planning. I need to do more than this each day but it is considerably better than nothing.


90 days left

I am still stinking ill but trying to move forwards, working through rather than thinking at, problems. I realsie decisions are a real problem for me, but putting them off doesn't make them easier. It makes them feel biger and more painful. I have one descision to make before the end of the day. putting it off is pointless. 

Good luck ms

Wishing you all the best with the project.

I know what you mean about the waiting for inspiration part... I could wait forever... I really like this quotation. I dont know who the person is that said it, Chuck Close, but it makes a lot of sense.

Good luck,



“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration.

Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to
work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning
to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of

All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of t

work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to
dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything
happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and
something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will
push you in another direction.

Inspiration is absolutely
unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great
idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the
case.” ― Chuck Close


Hooch, this is so, so, so true!!! Thank you for this great reminder that typically, I have to move my feet and then my mind will follow :) 

hooch I cannot tell you how

hooch I cannot tell you how apropos that quote is! thank you so much.