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.

Monday, 7th October 2013

Welcome to a brand new week.  

Be gentle with yourself.

Breathe deeply. 

And remember we are all behind you.

marcelor's Monday

Back home after traveling for several weeks. I feel it is an opportunity to get into better habits. Today the most important thing is to abstain from mindless internet browsing. 


-email DW

-email A



Welcome back & agree!

Welcome back & agree! Another member posted the 3t rule for internet - timed? Task? If not can it wait until tmr?

InnerTruth's check-in for Monday, October 7 at noon

Totally exhausred from working an 8 hour day yesterday. Couldn't get to sleep when I went to bed because of the thoughts racing through my head about my financial situation and worrying whether I'll ever get a decent job again.

I feel very discouraged. I talked to someone last week who got a job I went after. I'm not sure why he got the job, however, he's 35 years younger than me. I know he's would be good at the job. I would feel worse if someone I knew got the job who was not very good.

I know I should push myself to do something about my business, rather than wait until I feel better but it's so hard!

I've got three things on the go. My terrible part-time job that doesn't pay the rent, my business that I've been neglecting and my search to teach English as a Second Language. I don't have any clients now except for one on hold that I don't want to work with any longer because I waited too long to establish a fee agreement and I low-balled her to get the work. Much of the work I did for her was on speculation. I learned my lesson. If a client balks at your fees and doesn't have a legitimate reason to pay you what you deserve (such as established budgetary constraints) then walk away!

For four clients, I charged per project and end up working for less than minimum wage as either they were so demanding by changing their mind or knew they could get someone willing to do the job for next to nothing on the hope of future work.

The good clients I've worked with either don't have any need for my services or my contact has moved on or there are political reasons why I can't get the work.

Now on to today:

  1. Thank you notes for interviews (did one)
  2. Call employment services to book appt for interview practice (line busy, postphone until Tuesday morning)
  3. Return phone call for volunteer position
  4. 3 hours prospecting
  5. Call MD for skin appt
  6. Call PWAC re membership
  7. Prepare expense report
  8. 1 hour procrastination book
  9. Respond to email re Thursday meeting.
  10. Run
  11. Go to sister's for clothes and coupons (not home)
  12. Finish reading newspaper
  13. Recycle
  14. Write letter to credit card company
  15. Wash dishes

  16. Hand laundry

  17. Pack for Tuesday

  18. Book bus tickets

  19. IABC membership info
  20. Phone super re key fob
  21. Email Stefan re apartment vacancies



Thanks for your honesty & i

Thanks for your honesty & i hope that you are able to get some rest inspiration & clarity in the midst of stress for you.

Agnus CI

Good morning! I missed a few days of check-ins and want to re-establish this healthy habit. Today it seems these are God's plans for my day:

  • Grant summaries, roles and responsibilities to team
  • 930 chiro
  • Agenda for tomorrow's meetings
  • 2pm mtg with VH on C19

  • Grant writing.
     Good progress made;more needed.
  • eat on time at 730, 10, 1230, 3, 530, 8
  • 5pm stop working, pack up for office tomorrow
  • walk TJ, then feed him
  • prep and eat dinner with J
  • pay bills
  • attend online Alanon meeting
  • 930 bed

Vic 10/7/13 ck in

PA maintenance(showing up, basics, plan, exer.)

Good to know I am not alone in a "dread task". I havebeen using "creative procrastination" yesterday, was productive on other tasks. Today when I think of that first step of contact of addressing dread task/confronation ,I feel paralyzed, to the extent that I have not felt for a long time. Grateful to be in a place where people can understand "that which could not be understood", don't have to explain all the devastating feelings that come with it. Need to take son to work then will ck back.Baby steps.

thanks Mole for starter:

Be gentle with yourself.

Breathe deeply. 

And remember we are all behind you.


Thanks angus & Vic-

Thanks angus & Vic- encouragement to you both!


Thank you for this starter. It is so good to know, on this day (and this past week) when I am not even behind me.


Dear. Knitfisher - I think we can all do with a virtual safety net or the support of some form of community that will hold the moment while we find ourselves. All strength to you.   Xx mole

Things that are linked

I am not by nature a superstitious person, but so many things are linked at the moment. So I am procrastinating reading a blog, and one of them has a guest posting. Then I read the front page of the new blog, and I read:

"to love yourself means to work for yourself, not to pleasure yourself"

so I clicked the link and read this:

Which is entirely what I needed to read today. Is my current self-dislike a cause or a product of my intense procrastination? Who knows? But I need to break the cycle somehow.

 "There is a choice in every moment, between acting out of love, or out of fear.  At any instant, you can stop and look at the moment, and it is clear which action is which.  You will make a habit out of choosing one or the other"


Blue-eyes check-in

Mole, thank you for the starter. It made me cry, the part about remember we are all behind you. Exactly what I needed to hear right now. I'm feeling overwhelmed this morning but now I am going to put away the ipad, breathe deeply, and go start the project I am dreading. Where would we be without each other and PA? Thank you! 

@ blueeyes

Dear blueeyes - I hope the project has become less dreadful. Our imaginations are such wonderful things, except ... except when things loom larger than they are and dreaded dread weighs us down. It is such a monstrous beast - and always floors me into inaction. May yours shrivel as you confront it.


Rexroth Check In 07.56

Woke tired and anxious and I almost always wake that way.

Thank you for the starter Mole.

Today's list

x Prayer and reflection
x Sort purchase of new flat - main focus of today and I've no idea how long it will take
x Wash up and tidy up from yesterday
x Put on washing machine
x Take some more time to look at the things that are worrying me and do some CBT work on them
x Go out 4.30 is to homeless drop in and work there
x Buy wineglasses on the way - shop shut on Mondays
x Write journal
x Prayer and reflection
Bed and sleep
and I'm sure I've forgotten something

update 10.14

I feel confused muddled and feel I have forgotten something which is vitally important. I got all the new flat stuff done very quickly and efficiently. Now I am having a break before moving on.

update 22.40

actually I had forgotten to note checking emails and post. I also dealt not very well with my building society phoning and suggesting I was lying to them. I shall rest before dipping my pen in acid and writing to them. I am going to spend a little time reading helpful info on this site and otherwhere and them go to bed.

Peace Rexroth - who does not sound very peaceful


Thank you for the lovely encouraging starter dear Mole.Have a great day and weekxox

  • reading
  • email m and v
  • sept reciepts into excel  for sarah
  • t reciepts
  • put in file
  • write note to m about d and photos and post pack /ink
  • readings
  • cancel L and M
  • call sv re code yday
  • call n
  • laundry
  • scedule
  • finish reading docs
  • notes in (2 pomos)(1,2,)
  • edit (6 pomos) (1,2,3,4,5,6,)
  • check references
  • check bibliography
  • print doc
  • write t letters
  • print t reciepts/letters
  • give to m
  • weite letter to s
  • print return sheet for amazon
  • make dinner
  • get down computer hardrive and get m to do backup
  • instructions on how to use dropbox from m
  • spend time with m
  • rehab excercises 
  • HIO 


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. Go to the 7 a.m. telephone DA meeting

4. Take shower

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

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

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

8. Cook and eat breakfast

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

10. Prayer and meditation morning and evening

11. Go to the 12 noon telephone ACA meeting

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

14. Warm up and eat lunch

15. Go to the 3 p.m. telephone UA meeting

16. Prepare and eat dinner

17. Get dressed

18. Go to friend's apartment and scoop the poop and feed and water cats

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

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

Thanks for letting me share

Moe's check in

Slow start, unexpected visit. Allowed myself to think this is just the way it is and not get cross with myself, the visitor and the universe.

giving myself 1pom 9.35 -10 for planning.

pom break. Kettle on, iPad to bed

pom 2 free write

break - change for M 

pom 3 colour coding note book 1, pom 4 book 2, pom 5 book 3

Tomorrow type up under subject headings.

healthy lunch - start CC thread

1.30 to Moth via coffee pick up 

3 home

now, lots to pack in here oops timer rang so do rest of this at lunch time

okay - lunch time. Cooking as I type

afterwards TLC for CC rep , check weblink and anniversary before I go

walk to M via coffee, PO bananas and milk

2 M appt

walk home.

Present/ card for G

Prep for R  - any of following for 2 poms: living room tidy, wash up, back room and/ or carry pack boxes and carry downstairs,  flowers, shed, loo 

timeline for Eu, identify next actions 

identify tower business to discuss with K 

eat healthy meal, check PBM

7 K pick up

Til 9 practice

til 10 H

declutter 10 mins

bed by 11


PBM achieved 






EleanorBE's Monday List

Oh thanks Mole, I'm going to be repeating that to myself as I drift off to sleep (it's Sunday in the UK). Had Wed-Fri off sick and still wasn't that well yesterday. Now going back to work feels really overwhelming, i'm so behind. I think I'll map out Mon - Weds here to make it all feel face-able.


Pack stuff from G for CD class

Get clothes ready

Pack book to copy extract from for TA session

Make breakfast ready for morning

Send self ppt for CD class

and send Plan for CD class

and send B's wk

Do List!


Up early, into work

Get together Gen stuff

Quick re-read of CD reading

Get laptop (borrow thru to Weds)

Quick go throug ppt for CD

Take CD class



If no-one comes to OH, read B's wk.- too ambitious

Get all MRs and ME summaries for P report

WRITE P REPORT- good progress made but not finished

Plan TA session

Run TA session

Copy stuff for G session - scenes from MA, scene from AaC

Get JT CD for watching on Tues

In evening - finish P report if not finished. 

Send P report to committee-having worked a 7.30 am til 7pm day I just collapsed so this isn't finished!

Write to K explaining you can now go to her meeting

re-buy theatre tickets

Write to J re. reading his work

Ditto C



A new day...

Thanks Mole- always good to be reminded of fresh starts! Just don't bE too afraid to get in & try something!! No fear!


I am writing my list Sunday night after a reasonably productive day...

Priorities for this week:

Study physiology - finish viva qs by Tues night 3hrs after ea work day

Wed start Parma qs


Important tasks:

Payday Wednesday

Payroll reconciliation

Book accomm Prague & Paris by end of week

Post ns parcel


Daily habits

Sleep min 7 max 8 hers

Brisk walks try jogs

Eat healthy & be cheap - empty the cupboard

No internet or tv - 3Ts timed, task, time