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Monday 7th January 2013

OMG where are all the Australia ppl?! I haven't started a thread in eons.

Promise 11. Living inside a structured life will no longer frighten or threaten us. Rather we will make friends with time. We will embrace structure and enjoy planning.


EleanorBE's Monday list

Many thanks for starting Clement. Especially as today I had the opportunity, in my time zone, to start the thread and just couldn't. 

Ok, was just using the fact that I'm in a rush and can't think of how to start the Monday thread to put off posting! SO I'll post monday here and then if I'm inspired in the night will start Monday's when I wake up!

Get up early and finish reading J's chapter

Go to work - take laptop

See J re. deadlines for IP

Go through docs for IP and make nec changes 

Go through plan for afternoon session. 

Plan short intros to H and Z's work

Meet W

Do copying for afternoon session - delegated 

Go through work email, do short replies, note longer responses needed for later

Write to Ta.s re. Tues

Write to Ma.s

Check out how you're getting first readings to Ma.s


Teach long session

Go and meet A.  


@movingalong nice checkmarks ... :)

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb



the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


moving's monday

All in code. -- Hope I remember what it all means!

  • update prdaSea. group
  • Write Sc.
  • Write Li.
  • Write Kmda

Well, I finished these four little tasks.
Many "unchecked" undone items remained.
Remaining items moved to Tuesday list.

WingArtist Check-in (1/7/2013)

Well, haven't been to this site in a long time (go figure). But since most of my classes are hands-on experience, my procrastination habit may change a bit depending on my momentum choices. But it's still hard to get around my habits as it is to those who are stuck like me.

Anyway, here's my agenda:


  • Get Textbooks
  • Check-in PA and Chatbox for advice
  • Read 7 Habits (Relationship Bank Account)
  • Draw my 5th drawing for 2 hours (3-5 PM)
  • Eat Dinner (In progress)
  • Continue with 5th or Start drawing my 6th in 2 hours (6-8 PM)
  • Prepare supplies for first day of winter quarter
  • Set up my blog (yes I am planning to do my blog from now on)
  • Brainstorm blog post while watching Oswald cartoon (Review post)
  • Watch Fullmetal Alchemist Episode 13
  • Hangout with friends
  • Sleep at 11:30


Drawing Progress (3PM)

Finished my drawing for today! First time I sensed step by step timing! Now to do other side projects and relax for tonight!

  • Get Textbooks
  • Check-in PA and Chatbox for advice
  • Read 7 Habits (Relationship Bank Account)
  • Draw my 5th drawing for 2 hours (3-5 PM)
  • Eat Dinner
  • Continue with 5th or Start drawing my 6th in 2 hours (6:40-8:40 PM)
  • Prepare supplies for first day of winter quarter (In progress)
  • Set up my blog (yes I am planning to do my blog from now on) (In progress)
  • Brainstorm blog post while watching Oswald cartoon (Review post)
  • Watch Fullmetal Alchemist Episode 13
  • Hangout with friends
  • Sleep at 11:30
  • Innertruth's check-in

    Haven't been to this site for more than two weeks.

    Felt I didn't acomplish anything in that time except visit my family.

    I'm accepted into a twelve week Cognitive Behavior Therapy program, starting in January 22.

    Goals for day:

    1. Update calendar with school schedule
    2. Check both emails
    3. Send out email elert
    4. Write thank you note for Xmas present and mail it
    5. Look at job websites for freelance prospects
    6. Apply to health club for reception job
    7. Sort through newspapers and spend no longer than one hour reading them
    8. Recycle
    9. Hand wash sweater
    10. Laundry including putting away all dry clothes
    11. Put away clean dishes
    12. Put away groceries
    13. Package meat and put in freezer
    14. Put up signs for lost watch
    15. Put away clothes on chairs

    Vic 1/7/13

    Show up (done), just for today i will have a plan, i may not follow it perfectly but i will have a plan, exer

    thanks clem both for the starter and psalm 91. Am feeling shame and hope to shift to acceptance and gratitude. Thanks. 

    tila- Mon

    Struggling to stay awake, but otherwise fine. Plan for today: 

    • Study - 5 hours (2 left)
    • Call preschool, RA, TA, post office, SF, receipts
    • Dinner, pick-up
    • Meditation, read for 30 mins
    • Dreaded task - done

    RisingUp To-Do List Mon. 1/7


    Walk 45 minutes

    Stretch 30 minutes



    Pay phone bill

    Work: 3


    Job app

    Job inquiry email

    Strength/Dinner/Grocery/Library card

    Work: 3

    Outreach call

    God time/Read Anon lit, Bible, insp.




    RisingUp Checkin Mon. 1/7


    Thanks clement, apropos post!

    Oh boy am I frustrated right now. I spent hours and hours yesterday organizing and planning every area of my life in an effort to stop time binging and being vague and time drunk most of the time.

    Well, I did really well this morning, walked for 45 minutes, read Bible, made breakfast, did 30 minutes of stretching ... and then just when it was time for me to start WORKING, my demand sensitivity kicked in knowing I had a bill that was due today, so instead of waiting till lunchtime to pay it, I felt I should "get it out of the way" -- little did I know that there was a discrepancy in my zip code for 2 accounts that caused me to not be able to make the payment! Phone call after phone call ensued, now here I am 1.5 hours later, after 12 noon, and only just done with that stupid task to pay a crappy past due bill!!!!

    What do we do when the UNEXPECTED happens and it throws us off our schedule? HELP! Now it may be too late for me to reach my earning goal for today unless I stay up way too late. I already started my morning 2 hours late today because I couldn't get to sleep till late. 

    I am under major pressure to earn a certain amount of money each day, and I was really motivated, and can't let this one snafu derail me. 

    I am open to replies here if anyone knows of a solution for situations like this, thanks! 





    @RisingUp difficult bill

    I can only speak from my own experience. Take what you like, leave the rest. That's the AA / 12 Step wisdom.

    I have done exactly what you have reported. If it were me, what i believe would be true based on my current understanding of all this is...

    1. the bill really does need to get paid.

    2. the urge to do it RIGHT NOW is one thing and one thing only : the addiction talking. I quoted this in last night's post, but it bears repeating for myself right now ( because the voice of the addiction is SO STRONG in my head ) :

    This is from "15 points for an alcoholic to consider when confronted with the urge to take a drink"

    It says not to reproduce it, but here's the link online

    3. Expect as being normal, that for a time, perhaps a long time, you will recurringly experience:

    a. The nagging craving for a drink.
    b. The sudden impulse to just take a drink.
    c. the craving, not for a drink as such, but for the soothing glow and warmth a drink or two once gave you

    So when i feel what you describe--the sudden urge to do something off my plan--i am attributing it to this addiction phenomena.

    3. the process with the bill is more complex because of past procrastination. This happens to me frequently. Less now, thank GOD!

    4. "normal" people ( eg people who can easily make and follow a plan ) run into administrative snafu's with bills and such. It happens. Sometimes it is NOT a result of our procrastination, and could have happened to anyone. Your situation sounds like such an example ( not knowing full details, of course ).

    I pray God strength and vision for your recovery, RisingUp!

    the touch of the master's hand:

    fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


    RisingUp's cry for help

    Hi RisingUp

    i don't know whether this might work for you in the future - it often does for me. When I've decided to do something (a project/writing, etc) for a given number of hours, I use the pomodoro technique - which is basically 25 mins off, 5 mins break, 25 mins on. They are very firm about not doing anything but the stated intention in the 25 mins on, and not doing anything that would potentially become involving in the 5 min breaks ( make a coffee, do a couple of exercises, feed the cat kind of activities are fine) AND when your mind wanders off to other things you feel should be done and suddenly become urgent in your head during the 25 min stints, you write down what it is (pay bill in this case) and then get back to what you are doing until the 25 mins are up. I always use a timer. Then you look at and have to decide whether really is life threatening not to do it until the time you have dedicated to your project is up. Somehow the space between the first impulse and acting upon it can stop reactive doing.


    good luck


    @RisingUp @Mole delaying the impulse

    i totally totally can vouch for the writing it down instead of impulsively doing it. For me at least, the impulse is simply an addictive urge, just like needing to drink. I can personally vouch for

    1. most of the time, what i thot was urgent, i gotta do this right now, and hour later, is, i could do it or not, or wait.

    2. sometimes ( a minority of the time ), an hour later, i still feel like, yeah, this has gotta get done now.

    3. there has never been harm in waiting for an hour. For me at least, the sense that there will be harm is simply a deception. I need to use that strong a word for myself to counteract the power of the feeling in me.

    the touch of the master's hand:

    fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


    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 clement for starting this trend.

    Things I have done today

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

    2. Went to part of the 7 a.m. telephone DA meeting

    3. Ate breakfast

    4. Went to see the nurse at 9 a.m.

    5. Went to the grocery store

    6. Went to the library

    7. Did numbers

    Things I will do today

    1. Cook and eat lunch

    2. Take shower

    3. Get dressed

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

    Thanks for letting me share

    gotmusikk's Monday

    Progress, not perfection.
    Consistency over emergencies.
    Do the thing that feels healthy, not "shouldy" or escapist.


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

    meditate 15 mins.

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

    -- massage

    4pm - Dunk
    8pm - RUN

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

    Things I did well today:
    -- When an email came in that freaked me out, I didn't let it throw me off schedule (in a spastic effort to make them happy) and I answered in such a way that allowed me to stay on schedule without puting them off.

    Things I can improve on:
    -- I still don't quite follow my timer when it beeps.  I did better at it today than some other days, but as the BF pointed out to me, even when I don't have something concrete to do afterwards, I should still stop to honor the "firm line" that is the beep.
    -- I got crabby when he pointed this out to me, even though I know he's trying to help me get better.

    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

    kromer 10:20 CI

    Today I need to:
    Do sequencing
    Come up with nomenclature proposal, email to adviser
    Move data off microscope computer, organize blocks
    Finish updating refs (I'm probably not going to be able to do more than microburst this, but I'll try to at least do that soon)
    Lists of next action steps
    15 min work on galaxy
    Add career events to calendar
    Finish repairing zipper
    Do a load of laundry
    Make soup
    Order bday present for brother
    Call parents

    Finish cleaning TBE jug


    @Journey lol

    would you believe i just cut-n-pasted from yesterday's thread, "Sunday 6th December 2013"



    the touch of the master's hand:

    fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


    Journey 9:30 and hey it's January not December lol

    Happy Monday!   In the office today, feeling a bit grumpy and fuzzy this morning.   I kept one of the grandkids yesterday and although I enjoyed spending time with her, a three year old can really wear you out.   So I'm starting the week happy but tired. 

    Busy time at work starts TODAY and will go for the next 6 weeks or so.    Time to buckle down, suck it up, face the music.    I will get my work done but also plan some down time so I don't get overtired.   I ain't that young anymore after all lol.

    I have been to the gym, checked email/calendar and I am going to grab a cuppa and get the todo list done now.   I'll check back if I get stuck.

    Have a productive and enjoyable day everyone.


    Let your purpose rule your day - Steve Chandler


    Thanks for great starter clement. I loook forward getting to that point of enjoying planning and structure and making friends with time as detailed in this step. 


    • readings
    • tidy
    • laundry
    • HIO
    • ring d and d
    • ring hairdresser
    • banking
    • get present L
    • go to meeting
    • meet L coffee
    • journal writing 
    • go to U
    • Apply j 3
    • HIO
    • return emails M, B, K
    • Reciepts print
    • Litrature review
    • print articles
    • print journal guidelines
    • print plan and timeline
    • ask c, n, L student card
    • groceries
    • writecards
    • dinner


    Mole's check-in

    Thank you Clement. Here's one australian who didn't get their act together earlier! I did come to the site but I was out and about and it was hard to start a thread - so I lurked, and am very grateful that you have opened this up.

    now it is a quite satisfying have done as well as will do.

    i am putting some effort on planning rather than doing or perhaps I should say on doing a plan.

    morning spent planning, doing washing, adding to memoir,


    writing to  FF

    organising green waste to be picked up

    writing to K re paper

    applying  to Cy 

    finding blood group for S ,books for C  


    tranf for int prot

    memory eexercise

    tidy for T

    practice pbm

    eat healthily 

    walk to town 

    take Rs card to ringing 

    meet up with band

    bed at 11 


    SmileGood morning




    prepare home


    work computer

    get daughter


    clement ci - day 60 attempting abstinence

    1:30am late sun night / early mon morn : pre-planning. big day. financial appt. prep for client wed. Thank you god for this client!!!

    :) ci
    :) quiet time
    :) r task
    :) s task (car)
    :) elder deacon
    :) pj task
    :) v task
    client prep
    :) 11am pa phone mtg
    :) 1pm - 4 mtg
    :) shv icec
    :) po,c task
    client prep
    :) fix pp

    9:47am : it's been 5 min since i last went off plan. i started to consider whether i should "play" with my thread starter. Then i realized, that's no on my plan. nor is it close to the most important thing for me today.

    this document saved me from a bender last night. kept me on plan.

    15 points for an alcoholic to consider when confronted with the urge to take a drink

    now for my quiet time. Ray Lewis is an American Football Player, a linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens. He is in his 17th season and is a 12-time pro bowler. He is an incredibly enthusiastic human being and the heart of the Baltimore Ravens defense, a first-ballot hall-of-fame'r and one of the best defensive players to ever play the game. He is a warrior, brother, and widely considered one of the best role models in the NFL. He announced his retirement on Wed before the playoffs began. However far his team gets in the playoffs this year will be his last year. The ravens won yesterday. Next week they will play currently the best team in football, the Denver Broncos. After yesterday's game, during interviews, Ray removed his shirt and had "Psalms 91" printed on his Under Armor. I share Psalm 91 with you here:

    He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
      will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
    I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress,
      my God in whom I trust."

    For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
      and from the deadly pestilence
    He will cover you with his pinions
      and under his wings you will find refuge
      his faithfulness is a shield and a buckler
    You will not fear the terror of the night
      nor the arrow that flies by day,
    nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness
      nor the destruction that wastes at noonday

    A thousand may fall at your side,
      ten thousand at your right hand,
      but it will not come near you
    You will only look with your eyes
      and see the recompense of the wicked

    Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place--
      the Most High, who is my refuge--
    no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
      no plague come near your tent

    For he will command his angels concerning you
      to guard you in all your ways
    On their hands they will bear you up,
      lest you strike your foot against a stone
    You will tread on the lion and the adder;
      the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot

    Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
      I will protect him, because he knows my name
    When he calls to me, I will answer him;
      I will be with him in trouble
      I will rescue him and honor him
    With long life I will satisfy him
      and show him my salvation.

    - Psalm 91

    11:26am : it's been 1 min since i last went off plan. I was off plan for just 2 min. Something caught my eye and i read it. back to plan, with god's help.

    10:18pm : it's been 20 min since i last went off plan. I have to now make some decision about what to do... sort tasks... dont want to, but it is the right thing to do. Is it? God, what do you think? Make me open to your still small voice, please.

    10:42pm : It's been 44min since i last went off plan. i'm running out of time. I did not sort my tasks, cuz i remembered an urgent one i might not have time for if i sort. Hmmmm is that on plan? God grant me wisdom to know the difference

    2:02am : I read 12-15 of "15 points for an alcoholic to consider when confronted with the urge to take a drink" and it helped, because i was this close to not going to bed and stying up for hours sufing, or tv or something. Tx God.

    the touch of the master's hand:

    fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb