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.

Attacking My Days & Habits 1 Day at a Time


"Attacking Life Means Seizing The Day & Then Going Out There & Making Things Happen. Attacking Is The ONLY Secret."

"Discipline Is Remembering What You Want" -- CLARITY. PURPOSE. INTENTIONAL ACTS. PAUSE to remember what's important. Persevere.  

#1 Know Why It Is Important Knowing and remembering the importance of a goal or task will help you in meeting the challenge of following through even when your “mojo” is just not there. Choose goals that are important to you. PLAN my day and WORK my PLAN!

• I commit to the structure of exercising 30 minutes + every day because I want to get rid of stress, sleep better and be healthy and in a better mood.

• I  commit to the structure of doing timesheets and working on billing for 30 min daily because I want to have steady cash flow and have a successful business. I want to have money to travel to Europe, Asia and Africa.

  • I commit to stop responding to email ad hoc and emptying my email box daily. Instead I put into place a system for processing and responding to my email at set times because (1)  I want to carve out undisturbed time for my more thoughtful work and (2) I want to be a dependable colleague.
  • I commit to the structure of returning business calls within 24 hours because I want to be a dependable colleague.
  • I commit to the structure of doing 8+ billable hours daily because I want to get the work done and have a succesful business. 

  • REMEMBER #2 Set Boundaries & Be Okay With Others' Displeasure. You Don’t Need Everyone’s Support. You won't be able to please all people all time.
  • Dave calls on cell phone, asking for a response to an email he sent 1/2 an hour ago. “Dave, I’m working on this filing deadline right now. I’ll be able to look at the email by 11:00 and can respond then.”
  • “Bob, I did notice your call yesterday and it definitely is important to me, but I had a full plate. I always try to get to people in 24 hours.”
  • #3 REMEMBER - I Will Likely Hit A Wall and it seems like nothing is working. The excitement and hopefulness of finding a way to work with my time issues, procrastination habits, ADHD, etc.  starts to wear off. I MUST PERSEVERE
  • If I can anticipate this challenging middle part, hopefully I will recognize it as just part of the journey. 

    At this point I can

    • Strategize the best way to move forward.
    • Alternatively, I may decide to alter my goals, if I decide they are not the right ones.
    • So, when the going gets tough, I should NOT go it alone or give up. Instead, reach out and strategize with…

      • a friend or family member (who can I call? V or K?) 
      • my accountability partner SE
      • a coach or therapist (hire one if needed

~ David Campbell

 "When You Work Hard At Something You Become Good At It -- Master It & Good Things Will Happen." 

"We Must Be Willing To Get Rid Of The Life We've Led [Planned] So As To Have The Life That Is Waiting For Us." 

~ Joseph Campbell

 "If You Can Imagine It, You Can Achieve It;  If You Can Dream It, You Can Become It." 

~ William Arthur Ward


March 14 - Day #6 / 90 - Take It Easy

No meeting today. I did 2 meetings the other day so I am still on track.

Tracked time.

Did reach out today for an hour.

March 13 - Day #5 - exertion / exhaustion

Went to a meeting today. Tracked my time. Spent a lot of time on kid and personal activities. But I tracked it even though at the end of the day there were only a couple of work hours. 

 I now am in a crunch time and recognize that I am in my cycle of overwork / underwork. I have a patter of overworking, becoming tired, then missing a day or two or three. It is now midnight but I want to get this project finished. Let me see what I can do without missing work the next day.

March 12 - Day #4 - Giving away my time

I have a long history of voluntarism and working for organizations when I don't have time to finish my own work. I have done work for free for clients when there is no need to do so and no benefit to me.
Attended a meeting today. Tracked my time.Still had trouble sticking to my planned schedule. But I am writing it down. Finished my timesheet yesterday and today.

March 11 - Day #3 / 90 - Time Indifference

Time Indifference - we put off what must be done and do not use our time to support our own vision and further our own goals.

In whay ways have I shown time indifference even though I may run around like I do not have enough time?

Attended 1 meeting. Tracked time.



March 10 - Day #2 / 90 - what's under vagueness is fear

Meeting #3

Made plan for day. Still need more specifics, time, and block out time. 

March 9 - Day #1 - Awareness, Acceptance, Action

1. Meeting - telephone meetings - 2 meetings

2.  Keep daily timesheet / complete by end of day

3.  Check in with coach - email [not completed - do tomorrow]

4.  7 actions for day - write out

1. Mtg with new client M - complete paperwork and send email

2. Project R - new matter - draft letter and complete

3. Recovery work - 2 hours 

4.   Clean up desk 25 min block

5.  Create R notebook



It supposedly takes 12 weeks to master a habit.

Use tools:

(1) Time recording,

(2) Set larger goals,

(3) Daily intentions on my actions and list my intended actions;

(4) Take action and report to coach or action friend or PA friend on daily basis;

For the new habits I want to work on -- goal date is 6/9




There is no such thing as a long piece of work, except one that you dare not start.
—Charles Baudelaire

A big assignment can be scary to face. We may start to think that how we do on the assignment will determine if we're good or bad people. The more we think about it, the harder that task seems. 

The key to overcoming our negative feelings is to say to ourselves that we are capable of finishing our projects. We must say it over and over until we start believing it's true.

 Then we can attack the assignment with vitality and positive energy we didn't know we had.

We can make up our minds to do our best and accept that from ourselves. We say Edison was a genius, but our light bulbs still burn out regularly. Even Einstein was wrong once in a while, and he knew it, but that didn't stop him from trying.

When we feel afraid to start something because it seems too big a job, let's stop and think what the first step would be, and do each small step in its own time.

What can I start that I've been putting off?