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, 30th August 2013

In any given moment there is no past or future,                        Just the great expanse of NOW.

Vic 8/30/13

 show up (done),exer, plan, follow through

Accepting Our Best

We don't have to do it any better than we can - ever.

Do our best for the moment, and then let it go. If we have to redo it, we can do our best in another moment, later.

can never do more or better than we are able to do at the moment. We
punish ourselves and make ourselves feel crazy by expecting more than
our reasonable best for now.

Striving for excellence is a positive quality.

Striving for perfection is self-defeating.

Did someone tell us or expect us to do or give or be more? Did someone always withhold approval?

There comes a time when we feel we have done our best. When that time comes, let it go.

are days when our best is less than we hoped for. Let those times go
too. Start over tomorrow. Work things through, until our best becomes

Empowering and complimenting ourselves will not make us lazy. It will nurture us and enable us to give, do, and be our best.

I will do my best, and then let it go. God, help me stop criticizing
myself so I can start appreciating how far I've come.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie



Oh jalla, I'm so sorry your having such a miserable time - and still your dear, generous spirit is expressed with two thread starter gifts for the weekend ahead. Thank you. may calm be with you, and more robust health come.


@ Mole

Thank you dear friend for these lovely well wishes and kind encouragment. I really appreciate it dear Mole. Have a great weekend. xoxo

Hypatia's check-in

Last opporutnity to catch-up before going on holiday next Wednesday.  Monday nad Tuesday are fully booked seeing clients and going to meetings.

  • urgent AH forms
  • phone P answerphone: message left
  • rest of AH forms
  • do reports on desk
  • phone calls
  • lunch
  • 1 set of catch-up reports
  • in-tray 
  • read e-mails


KF check in Friday 30th Aug 09:15

Not a bad start for me. I need to get some personal stuff out of the way first before I begin some important work for my client. I am feeling really quite anxious about the personal stuff, but it will be better when done. It's more the confrontation that bothers me I guess.

Today I have already: 

  • Had breakfast (take two. Poured boiling water on my cereal instead of my tea the first time around.... ;-) )
  • Had a shower
  • Listened to a podcast and made some good notes 

Today I will: 

  • Scan in docs
  • Add any replies to C & Solicitor
  • Send email to other solicitor
  • All out effort on SD - we do not want to be on the wire with this one (10 poms) done 10/10 (lost count actually) (1 was a phone call with that client)
  • Plan what you're going to get SD to do with S next week
  • If time, finish W work
  • Pay for veg left message
  • Message J address?
  • Washing on
  • Hang washing
  • Washing IN ;-)
  • SMILE because you are getting more productive every day. You've done really well this month, even though you've found it a real challenge.

@ Jalla

Solidarity to you. I'm so sorry to hear you're not feeling well. But am inspired that you did whatever it was that you could. However small. That is so important. I hope you can feel proud of that.

Hoping for better health for you. 

@ knitfisher

Thank you VERY much for your solidarity and words of encouragment knitfisher. it meant alot to me and i appreciate your kindness and support. Wishing you a lovely weekend. Thank you again,


Early Friday

Thank you dear mole for your great starters and for your wisdom.. Heres to NOW. ! 

  • I am struggling this week as am unwell and have had to lie flat and not get up from bed except brief standing- no sitting at all.  Dont know how long for and it is really frustrating  me. I am being very harsh to myself, pointing out worst case scenarios for health in the future- and all the work i need to dso and am missing etc. So tonight i fired up computer in bed and logged in and got great inspiration from moles starter..  focusing on Now. I can do that. i can turn down the inner critic and chill out the projections into 2030!!!!! and just deal with now. I can write a little from bed for next few days. that is good enough. theres no race. All this thinking the past week reinforces my need to keep handing over what i cant control, chill out on the boxing inner critic having centre stage and just do the next right thing.
  •  Today
  • readings
  • small writing session X2
  • rest
  • rehab

clement ci - day 294 attempting abstinence, 214 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. AA Big Book says to rely on God. Quoted in my bookmarks : scroll down to "AA Big Book on fears : relying on God not self-reliance:"

  • I have come to believe that it is more important to maintain sobriety of relying on God than to get things done.
    • "15 Points" point 5 says:
      5. Develop and rehearse a daily plan of thinking and acting by which you will live that day relying on God, regardless of what may upset you or how hard the old urge to rely on self may hit you.

      My Plan is this:

      1. read "15 Points"
      2. Meditate for 5 min on the attributes of God

:) ci
:) start timers
:) v task
:) cL
:) time log
:) quiet time
:) r task
:) s task
:) t task
:) 11am pa phone mtg
:) sort tasks
j task
:) do tasks
:) put away clothes
:) abstinence day counts
:) reflection
:) pre-plan tmrw

When we retire at night, we constructively review our day (BB).
  • Were we resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid?
  • Do we owe an apology?
  • Have we kept something to ourselves which should be discussed with another person at once?
  • Were we kind and loving toward all?
  • What could we have done better?
  • Were we thinking of ourselves most of the time?
  • Or, were we thinking of what we could do for others, of what we could pack into the stream of life?

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)

Big thing was today i did not beat myself up. I performed about the same as other days, didnt get enuf done, but i positively did what i could. I had to overcome the urge to think/talk negatively several times. I felt closer to God all day, assuming that his opinion of me was more important than whether i succeeded or failed.
Did all the pool maintenance.
Worked a lot on my MIT website development.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


Mole's check in

Back on your horse - come 0n

it is now 9 

get breakfast while listening to podcast.

put Internet to bed 

9.30 -12 write with poms - yes with poms. five poms.  First pom free write. Second pom plan, 3rd pom whatever comes out of plan. 4th pom plan for tomorrow, 5th pom CV and application start.

12.30 - 2 lunch with K

2-3.30 prov with project -

Tea break

4-6 with poms again. 4 poms

brainstorm Sept plan; wash up and tidy, application and letter 

eat healthy meal

finish and send application.




check in

bed by 11





My plan for Friday

I started reading a book on procrastination, by Burka and Yen about procrastination today. I havent really thought about how much I am powerless over procrastination and how its really affected my life and what I have lost out on but moreso how much I could really miss out on from the way I fantasize or want my life to be. So I'll give it a go and looking forward to the call meetings when we can get that going for international calls.
My plan for tomorrow is
  • to get up at 6 am and get ready
  • meditate for 30 minutes
  • read from the burka and yuen book
  • office by 8:15
  • get 2.5 hours writing done on the next chapter before gettin gup or being distracted.
  • Bank at lunch
  • contact medical aid people before lunch
  • 5:30 express meeeting
  • go out with S
  • Do a 10th step
  • make my plan for saturday
Today I am grateful that I've kept a plan and done a tenth step for 5 straight days which is progress 

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 Mole 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. Take shower

4. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

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 1:30 p.m. telephone UA meeting

11. Eat dinner

12. Go to the 5 p.m. telephone OA meeting

13. Go to the concert at 6:30 p.m.

14. Go to the rest of the telephone DA meeting

Thanks for letting me share

movingalong's Friday

Today will be a day of hope.