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.

Friday 1st February 2013

'He who gains a victory over other men is strong; but he who gains a victory over himself is all powerful.'

Lao Tzu 


A worker's prayer.


May I be granted release from the bondage

  • of time lost,
  • of talents wasted,
  • of good omitted,
  • of vain complacency in success.


May I obtain the grace

  • to work in an appropriate spirit of balanced humility and not humiliation;
  • to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my inclinations;
  • to work with gratitude and joy, considering it an honor to employ and develop, by means of labor, the gifts received from Higher Power;
  • to work with order, peace, moderation and patience, without ever recoiling before weariness or difficulties;
  • to work, above all, with purity of intention, and with detachment from self.



-- adapted/changed/updated ...  derived from an old prayer to St. Joseph.


(Posted because I need this today.)


@movingalong: Thank you!

This is beautiful.

InnerTruth's check-in

Need to get a handle on my chronic procrastination.

To do's for rest of day:

  1. 2 hours newsletter
  2. email HW re newsletter
  3. Call Income Tax department
  4. Call Margaret
  5. Call Jack
  6. Run
  7. Keep time log
  8. 2 hours newsletter (in evening)
  9. Calendar for February
  10. Wash dishes
  11. Hand wash blouse and sweater
  12. Look up school location
  13. Get ready for class tomorrow
  14. Mail letters
  15. Buy milk and food for Saturday's lunch

ms friday

  • write up tut
  • email re bookings
  • get bookings
  • test out green s
  • download file converter
  • download video

gotmusikk's Friday

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

12pm Duo Reh

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:
-- After a day of trying to be "on plan" and then constantly getting derailed by my negativity and procrastination urges, I started to feel very existential and filled with dread, just like I did last Monday.  I used tools that I've gathered to get myself back on track - saying "even though I feel like this, I love and accept mysef exactly the way I am", and then journaling about anything I could feel grateful for and why.  That got me out of it.  Thank God.

Things I can improve on:
-- When I can feel my negativity strongly at the start of the day, be willing to sit with it and explore it instead of push it off through various means.  I'll have to deal with it eventually, so I might as well be kind to myself and deal with it right away.
-- As I realized last Monday:  I need a friend who I can talk to when I'm going through a crappy moment.  Or, I need a buddy to work through procrastination/negative emotion problems as they arise.  Perhaps I can post something/ask someone. 

3 things I’m grateful for:
1) Change.
2)  Good food.
3) Being able to talk through things here.  I get so much more perspective after typing out my insights here.  Thanks to whoever reads them!


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

-- Pema Chodron

Jack's check-in for the day

Thanks jalla for a great quote and happy graphic!



- FT - activity report, new conclusion, next steps, budget x2 pomos

- speak to S at 5pm

- dinner

- go to SW 

- prayers at 11pm & bed 

[DONE: ✔]

[DONE: ]

RisingUp Check-In 2/1 Friday

[DONE: ]

clement ci - day 84 attempting abstinence, 4 from self

10:08am : It's been 10 min since i last went off plan. relatively good morning. I am 2hrs behind schedule. Now, my HUGE challenge today is facing my to-do list which has like 10 hi prio things on it. But i'm going to let god do that for me.

Last few days I have been laying in bed in the morning not able to get out of bed, and i have prayed for god to give me the strength. And what has happened was that i got distracted or something else has come up and i got out of bed without dealing with the resistance. I am interpreting this as God doing it for me. Getting me out of the way, and getting it done without my effort. And it occurred to me this morning that he may be using that to teach me what it feels like when HE does something instead of me. What it feels like to be surrendered to him. To not be relying on my own efforts. I believe he still wants me to try, to act, to move forward, but he wants me to see that as not something that *I* am doing but something HE is doing thru me.

c.s.lewis has the same idea in Mere Christianity

After the first few steps in the Christian life we realise that everything which really needs to be done in our souls can be done only by God. And that brings us to something which has been very misleading in my language up to now.

I have been talking as if it were we who did everything. In reality, of course, it is God who does everything. We, at most, allow it to be done to us.

It took 52 min to find that quote. Clearly, god has to keep doing it to me. And i have to keep allowing it.

:) ci
:) v task
:) quiet time
:) 11am pa phone mtg
:) r task
:) s task
:) prj task
:) sort tasks (with fear)
:) client visit
:) busi reg -- started

1:27pm : i refuse to feel good about myself because of my accomplishments. I will instead feel good about myself because God loves me.

2:11pm : it's been about 1hr since i last went off plan.
It's been about 3 hrs since i last relied on myself.

3:05pm : it's been 1hr 54 min since i last went off plan, and
3hrs 54min since i last relied on self. now client visit.

1:22am : it's been 5 in since i last went off plan. It's harder to tell when/if i was relying on self. I think i was when i was talking about my business. I think i was when i was worried about going on a procras binge tonight.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


kromer 9:25 CI

Today I have a bunch of non-work stuff that's going to take up my time today:
*Have brunch with a friend who's visiting from out of town
*Pick up futon
*Go to youth group

I also need to:
Fix up resume and post to TBP website in prep
Find book for order
Email again about scale bars

Check on expts (working on this now)
Work on rt/fs
Take images for supp. fig (will do this soon)
Help K w/ BrdU expt

riddled's afternoon ToDos

  • hang up laundry 1
  • weekly report: entries for yesterday & today
  • mend JJ trousers
  • pack JJ bag
  • laundry 2: remove stains - put in machine - hang up
  • file notes: break it down so I can measure progress
  • file M/B notes: collect in one folder (a lot seems to be missing; will work with what I found now, maybe rest will turn up later)
  • file M/B notes: sort folder
  • file M/B notes: check for missing printouts
  • file M/B notes: rewrite/digitalize/condense
  • file M/B notes: sync with calendar
  • phone A about training today, schedule tomorrow, carpe (unreachable, wrote mail)
  • go to JJ training (decided not to go and to keep working instead)
  • keep updating todo list for today + weekend

hazyjane ci friday

I have a plan, the question is, will I stick to it?

  • get to the reference library and study
  • plan exactly what I need to write in my essay
  • write an outline
  • write the bibliography
  • insert a meeting somewhere (there's one at 1pm or one at 7.30pm)
  • also, go and get my new headphones on the way to the library
  • and not to forget, I'm going out tonight, late, which is really a bit silly but... I always think I have plenty of time, and I know I don't, but it's been arranged and I can't very well wriggle out of it as it was my suggestion!!!!
Thanks P-A peeps for being here and Jalla for the thread-starter, I will try and use the chatbox as much as possible for motivation from fellow-bursters :)

It's an inside job...

Salamander's check in - Fri 1 Feb 2013

Thank you, jalla, for starting this thread for us today. :-)

Today's tasks:

  • Up early to put bins out
  • Morning routine
  • Pay credit card
  • Plumber visits mid-morning
  • Gym?
  • PD 
  • Declutter for 15 mins - Mistress Bedroom
  • Crisis Cleaning - 2 hours' total
  • Evening routine

"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)

Knitfisher's CI Friday 1st Feb 07:10am

Well I got that return in yesterday. Not pretty, but it's in. And there's a weight from my shoulders true enough.

  • Breakfast
  • Shower
  • Email re:bins
  • Knit sample
  • Talk to P on skype
  • Leave for class at 9.30am no excuses 9.45, not bad. Still no excuse though!
  • Do at least 6 poms for LP massive 9 done tired now.
  • Fill out person list
  • Contact rest of people re dress code, food after, donation details avail
  • book EB
  • book haircut
  • move car
  • Do 10 mins on Tribute
  • NEW washing on Wink
Things to be done, but not nec. today
  • Ask Sltr about council tax form
  • Collect CDs from mum's
  • Choose (up to) 3 songs
  • Choose a poem (or none)
  • Collect info for tribute
  • Write tribute
  • Order of service
  • Buy Memories book?
  • WHB (1 hr)
  • Invoicing

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 jalla for starting this trend

Things I will do today

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

2. Cook and eat breakfast

3. Get medicine ready

4. Take shower

5. Get dressed

6. Go to doctor's appointment at 10 a.m.

7. Go to the bank website and see how much money I have

8. Go to the bank

9. Cook and eat dinner

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

11. Go to the 10 p.m. telephone DA meeting

Thanks for letting me share

EleanorBE's Friday list

Back in here from being off sick and not really procrastinating, just lying in bed with a fever! 

Tomorrow is a bit hectic. I feel /really/ behind. 

- re-read MP article

- plan session

- go to library and copy BH, EH and T/A pieces

- re-read BH on train

- at work, get BG article

- do multiple copies of all of above

- meet G before H/A class

- run H/A class

- google ingredients for eve

- cook for C and K. 

Vic 1/31/13

 Show up (done), plan, exer (y)

p 63 AA BB:

"We were now at Step Three. Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
"God, I offer myself to Thee-to build with me and to do with me as Thou
wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will.
Take away my difficulties, that victory
over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy
Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!" We thought well
before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last
abandon ourselves utterly to Him."

Mole's check in

thank you so much for starting the thread jalla and welcome to February, everyone.

it is nearly midnight, so well past my absolutely not a minut past eleven bed- time, but I have been to the movies and will be better off in the morning if I have something down here for tomorrow.

7.30 cafe book table for L for Sat

9-12 outlining and print out for K

lunch with K

2-3.30 prov. With mem 

wsalk back

find someone to fix leak in roof. 

allocate definite times in Feb plan

5.30 walk with C

7 eat

 eexercises make list of correspondence and prioritise 


check in 


Bed by 11