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 26 April 2013

Procrastinators Anonymous Promises of Recovery - Morning Phone Bridge

1.  We will release the need for perfectionism, and be willing to begin imperfectly,

(somebody missed fri)


lol, but no. i thot i had changed that...
(i had date 25th)

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


Vic 4/26/13 fri

Show up (done), exer, plan

Tired but grateful

Thanks for starter Clem, perfect pun intended? lol

jays friday 26 april 2013

people say motivation won't last. neither does bathing, that's why we recommend it daily

zig ziglar

make shopping/errand list



washing up/tidy kitchen

file/shread paperwork & CLEAR IT ALL AWAY


clear desk

tidy living room

put all dates in diary

FINANCES- plan month

phone rb

sunday? who?

Cant get started on school work

 Trouble getting started on school work. New to PA. Any ideas? Undecided




This is something a lot of us drag our feet with, Tiffany!nAnd we try different ways to deal with it.  A couple of things I tend to do are - to break it up into really small chunks, to take it away from my house or usual working environment and get it started in a cafe, or in the park, etc and a third, which I have used most consistently and successfully (tho with many lapses, too) is the pomodoro technique (see, essentially using a timer for 25 mins work and then 5 mins break, and repeating this for however long. It's worth having a look at the technique in more detail, because there are some good pointers about getting a really clear idea of how long things really take. after a while you start think inning 'ah this is a one pomodoro task, or a five pomodoro task..' And it is especially good for us procrastinators to have that kind of reality check! 

Good luck with it 


 Thank you so much mole

 Thank you so much mole for your response. I am starting on 1 pomodoro


KF CI Friday 26th April 10:30am

Feeling Ok this morning. Crashed a bit yesterday and was feeling quite sad after my happy morning. No matter, today is a new day. I need to find a way of doing the 'other' things. The things that are not work, but are still important. Need to take half hour/hour to do these things. I haven't made a concerted effort, but the 5 min rest feels like it should be a rest, not another task.

I think I might make a little chart for today, with little squares on, a different tower for each of my aversive tasks, and colour one in each time I manage a 5 min stint on them. Aim for 12 bricks by the end of the day (although I doubt it will take that many) 

Today I have already: 

  • Eaten breakfast (pancakes yum)
  • Did workout and finished knee exercises GO ME!
  • Emptied DW 

Today I will: 

  • Do at least 10 poms for P done 11/10 - knackered
  • Do 2 poms of study
  • Wash up
  • Washing in
  • Washing dry/hang
  • Write email to solicitors (5mins at a time) done 2 x 5 mins
  • Write email to C  (5mins at a time)
  • Write text to j  (5mins at a time)

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 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. Go to the 7:30 a.m. telephone OA meeting

5. Go to the 8:30 a.m. telephone CLA meeting

6. Go to the 9:45 a.m. telephone CLA activity line

7. Cook and eat breakfast

8. Go to the 11 a.m. telephone PA meeting

9. Go to the 12 noon telephone ACA meeting

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

11. Cook and eat dinner

12. Take shower

13. Get dressed

14. Call a former co-worker to see how she is doing

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

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

Thanks for letting me share


Friday is April 26

Mole's check-in

Oh dear, I've been sprung- thanks for stepping in, clement.

i'm not surprised I am a bit out of it - I seem to have lost my diary, trying to back-track my movements (greatly helped by the fact that I checked in yesterday- an unrecognised bonus of being on PA.

9-11.30 write with ppoms

ring people re diary


lunch w K

prov w mem


respond re photos 

prep for mountain

6 E to pick me up - if diary at LP pick it up on way back 

bed by 11


wrote consistently, stuck to poms



Rung lost property earlier. They were closed. Now I have to wait til Mon



the wonderful blustery, gales on the misty mountain- and the full moon through the haze.

Eating chestnuts roasted on the fire with E

Reading Angela Brazil out loud with K


EleanorBE's Friday list

Thanks Clement!


go swimming

go to library

finish S's draft

Write to S

Read C's work

Write to C

Text M and see if he's back for lunch

add extra m.s to e's list and send off her form.

read the two K essays.

Ask T re R.A.

Look at the E form and make assessment for J

Get back to J

Try to email NT again (address copied wrong?)

clement ci - day 167 attempting abstinence, 87 from self

Abstinence from unplanned time.

  • The one thing, the only thing, i can do impulsively is write something on my todo list.
  • The one thing, the only thing, i can do off plan is recovery, something to maintain my sobriety, when tempted. I have come to believe that it is more important to maintain sobriety than to get things done.

Abstinence from relying on self.

We reviewed our fears thoroughly. We put them on paper, even though we had no resentment in connection with them. We asked ourselves why we had them. Wasn't it because self-reliance failed us? Self-reliance was good as far as it went, but it didn't go far enough. Some of us once had great self-confidence, but it didn't fully solve the fear problem, or any other. When it made us cocky, it was worse.

Perhaps there is a better way - we think so. For we are now on a different basis; the basis of trusting and relying upon God. We trust infinite God rather than our finite selves. We are in the world to play the role He assigns. Just to the extent that we do as we think He would have us, and humbly rely on Him, does He enable us to match calamity with serenity.

We never apologize to anyone for depending upon our Creator. We can laugh at those who think spirituality the way of weakness. Paradoxically, it is the way of strength. The verdict of the ages is that faith means courage. All men of faith have courage. They trust their God. We never apologize for God. Instead we let Him demonstrate, through us, what He can do. We ask Him to remove our fear and direct our attention to what He would have us be. At once, we commence to outgrow fear. p68 AA Big Book.

(too long. put this in my bookmarks instead, but do only in a designated break. until then, tolerate imperfection)

:) ci
:) start Instant Boss
:) v task
:) sched
:) quiet time
:) r task
:) s task
:) t task
:) 11am pa phone mtg
:) sort tasks
:) j task
prj task, skip
call nona
:) pud new xray sensor
:) pud norton, progress
:) pud recyling, progress
:) pud pu usb drive
:) pud disk - install - run hd tune, had errors
pud disk install - bill4
:) ka wrk - email and do pdf
h wrk - recommendation
pu wrk - iDev
pud fan
jd hp nb install hw
kuf wrk - recontact
p wrk - rtn
client ku sat?
later: g wrk
later: ht task
put away clothes
:) reflection
:) pre-plan tmrw

It's been 0days 09hrs 54min since i last got distracted (surfing).
It's been 1days 20hrs 35min since i last went on an off-plan bender >15min (60min)
It's been 2days 04hrs 15min since i last went on an off-plan bender >1hr (5hrs 21min, before that 5days abstinence)
It's been 2days 04hrs 15min since i last went on an off-plan bender >2hrs (5hrs 21min, before that 5days abstinence)
It's been 2days 04hrs 15min since i last went on an off-plan bender >3hrs (5hrs 21min, before that 25 days abstinence).
It's been >32 days since i last went on an off-plan bender >6hrs (6hrs on 3/25).
It's been 167 days since i last went on an off-plan bender >1day
It's been ~267 days since i last went on an off-plan bender >1week
It's been 11days 14hrs 59min since i last relied on self. (14 days before that)


not gone off plan for 1:18 ending at 1:40am
felt more grateful to God, than proud of myself, that i had a productive day.

THINGS I AM GRATEFUL FOR (everything i "did well" comes from god, either thru gifts he's given me or the way he's transformed me)

had a very productive day. short term and long term. made my clients happy.
please Lord let me do it again tmrw.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb