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.

Tuesday, 17th September 2013

Breathe - each intake, each sigh - is an action.

See the world around you - listen to it, smell it, savour it - these are actions.

Now take a step....





clement ci - day 311 attempting abstinence, 231 from self

I heard today, the big book talks about

position of neutrality

as in, dont care either way. I hope someday to feel that way about tasks and time, instead of fearing them.

20:37:33 ‹clement› great stress. dont with stuff, now time to start something else that's due tomorrow!
20:37:46 ‹clement› but great stress at thinking about it.
20:38:09 ‹clement› BB talks about a position of neutrality. that sounds like rising above ur situation. seeing it from God's point of view. Ie extreme long term
20:38:27 ‹clement› What would i tell myself now if myself from 10 years in the future could talk to me now?

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?
    ---- i was afraid as usual, but much less than usual. That is a blessing from God
  • 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?
    ---- went off plan like 4 times
  • 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)

I am prepared for the class i am teaching tomorrow.
And i am thrilled.
I did baking and bills.
Now i need to not take selfish pride. This is a real problem for me. This is God's success. I am serving the school and my students and humanity.
I started doing weekly sums of my time log today.
I had a very, very difficult appt today, and it went ok. It was not the disaster that it usually is. That is a miracle. (same as afraid above)

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb


movingalong's Tuesday

Work hard. Be happy.

Tuesday afternoon

I will keep working on it ---and breath and take a step! Thanks Mole and Vic!

  • doctors appt
  • chemist
  • bank
  • filing
  • call L & A&A
  • rest
  • readings
  • tidy
  • rest
  • lay out refs
  • pick out refs 
  • rest
  • recheck refs
  • dinner
  • alphabetise refs
  • input recipts
  • text MP
  • email D
  • get files ready for M tomorow
  • get M money for clothes
  • if possible and time left start edit of MD SR.
  • rehab excercises
  • HIO


@ Vic

I LOVE that!Smile I saw him speak earlier this year and was just blown away by his compassion, and smile. Smile

Vic 9/17/13

 Show up (done) basics, plan, follow through

 Read:Wisdom from the Dalai Lama: choose to live with happiness, compassion and generosity and "keep working on it"

Pretty awesome to know that even theDalai Lama needs to :"keep working at it"


ms tuesday (a short list for the morning)

  • dressed
  • print out all and direction
  • find letter
  • transfer money
  • pay bill
  • plan g/s dates

New Day, New Week -

mmm, well for me it is as shift worker.  My first 5days of work went pretty well, non of the worries I'd been obsessing about came true of course. I didn't make myself study after work this first week back but managed to find lots of tv time .  So 2nd week back strtng tmr I'm work fit so no excuses regarding after work study and daily postings.

I had lovely relaxing 'weekend' day yesterday.


 Today has been avoidance of MY Most Important task - study.  But has been reasonably productive in otherways so choosing not to think of it as pure waste.

Done: 2nd most important job: tracking down contract for ASH next year.

checked emails. t'ferred money. coffee w R. shopping - kept to list. borrowed library book been meaning to get all week for Prague. did washing, half of vacuuming and cleaning.


Non essential things done: ordered various overdue b'day present - spent money (payday tmr) but they're late presents and payday tmr.  this means NO PERSONAL spending beyond essential food for next week.

 mmm - so!  Its almost 4pm and I usually go to bed at 1pm so plenty of useful time - don't give up!


I admit that I am powerless over my procrastination and debt and that my life had become unmanageable.  I came to believe that a Power greater than myself could restore me to sanity and I made a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God. I humbly ask God to remove my shortcomings. I pray constantly and unceasingly only for knowledge of God's will for me today and the power to carry that out.  

Its not about the tasks - its about listening to the moment and going with the flow of the spirit - today.

Its not about the money, its about listening to the simplicity of need and contentment - today.

 Main aim: study


physiology 2 hours each - 2x20mins w 20 off - TIMER

1800 run around park, shower (incld clean, Healthy dinner)

1930 & pharmacology

2130 watch 1 episode WIRE

2230 1 hour anatomy - upper limb

2330 1hr pharm

bed by 1am

wake up 0830 to start at 10

"Off" jobs:

finish vacuum

mop floor

bring in washing

empty bins

look up prague flights

wash bathroom sink & shower


Thanks for letting me 'overshare' and reflect - my encouragements for you all today, good rest for tonight and fresh start tomorrow.

InnerTruth's check-in for Tuesday, September 17


Get to work 15 minutes early for specials.

Afternoon 2:30 to 6:30 pm

  1. Apply to private schools listed on spreadsheet
  2. Mail letters
  3. Update spreadsheet
  4. Call PC cleaner and fix computer problem
  5. Read one chapter procrastination book and do exercises
  6. Find contact info for ESL at the universities
  7. Call Rogers for channels 
  8. Exchange cable box

7:00 - 9:00  - Depression support group

9 - 11 - Fix sister's computer, read another chapter of procrastination book, put all packaged food away

Post Wednesday's work to PA. Set alarm for 8 am



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 7 a.m. telephone DA neeting

3. Go to the 8:30 a.m. telephone UA meeting

4. Go to the 9 a.m. telephone ACA meeting

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

6. Cut onion

7. Cook and eat breakfast

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

9. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

10. Go to the 12 noon telephone ACA meeting

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

12. Clear the tables

13. Go to the 3 p.m. telephone DA meeting

14. Warm up and eat dinner

15. Clear off the bed

16. Go to the 6 p.m. telephone OA meeting

17. Go to the 8:30 p.m. telephone ACA meeting

18. Go to the 9 p.m. online EA meeting

Thanks for letting me share


Welcome back, Eleanor


Thanks Mole! It's good to be back.

@ Eleanor

YAY! Welcome back!Cool

EleanorBE's Tuesday List

Well, I haven't been here for a long time. Over the summer when our undergrad students aren't around, work's not so hard to manage and I'm able to give whole days over to one task at a time. But here we are again, it's term time and last night I slept really badly, waking up and going through a list I hadn't made! Time to come back. Thanks for the opener, Mole, great that you're still here!

Tuesday looks like this: 

- be sure to pack SL for afternoon

- Go swimming
actually decided to go tonight (Monday) instead of Tues morning to give myself a bit more time in the morning. Had a good swim but everyone seems a lot more grumpy and stressed after work, so will stick to morning swims in future!

- Get in for 9.30

- Make sure they've left message re room for LI meeting

- Get The B from photocopier

- Check out CD reading

- Write to CD students if necessary

- Ask M. re. payment for artists

- Tell J what M says about above

- Make list of things to say at B.M.

- 11-1 - attend B.M.

- 1-4ish - attend LI M's induction

- 4-6 - work on SL cut - got too interrupted by other things to do this. Will see if it can go on tomorrow's list. Did plan other things for this course, though, with a colleague who suddenly became available. 


Mole's check in

7.30 cafe with C and G

8.30-9.30 tidy bedroom, kitchen and living room

9-12 work on writing- outside if fine

notes to J and SA 

eat healthy lunch

1.30-3.30 prov with project - either CV or BLB

NH for pres for twins 

walk home , food shop on way

put food away.

parcel up and go to PO

sort out admin and city jobs for tomorrow

1 step towards EU 


cook healthy meal and eat

check in

bed by 11


did the CV call at last. Decluttered, got up early and tidied, worked on prov project,  


could have tried harder at working through block this morning 


T for inadvertently showing me how to like myself better. The warmth of C and G, the unexpected appearance and conversation of K, Feeling less at odds with myself, A's new word.