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 12 June 2007

Good luck, all!

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Gmarie - Afternoon check in - LATE

Arggh! I SO want this to work. I am not even being distracted by YouTube. I am PICKING MY FREAKING TOENAILS. And I have a headache. I will check in later. By then, I want to have finished the following:

Prep those *&%# CELDT tests for return
Run the *&%$#@! gains report for the 2006-2007 school year
Set new test dates for 2007-2008
Call and make those *&^%$#* doctor and dental appointments
Finish TWO, just T-W-O portfolios, for heaven's sake...

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(I guess I'm just a "tad" frustrated with myself.)


OK, I just logged on and changed something on my post, above. I originally wrote that I would check in "at five" and just now I altered that to read "later". PLEASE tell me that some of you have done something like this! I feel so silly that I would try to pull one over on, who, MYSELF??? =/ GADS - I had to "confess" or I'd feel like I was just wasting my time in doing this. And, no, I didn't get anything on the list done. I talked to my son for a l-o-n-g time, looked through ALL of my online program links (i.e. This American Life, Earth and Sky, Radio Diaries, etc. - all twelve of them) to pick out some shows to listen to, responded to posts on a depression forum, made stuff to eat and drink and danced with my dog - yes, danced with my dog!!! Am I far gone or what??!!

telling on yourself is good!

When I've been fooling around instead of working, it helps me a lot to tell on myself. You did a good thing! Lots of times when I tell on myself, I then go on to make a better choice.

Pick one thing to do, then check in after 15 minutes and say what you've done.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.


Thanks, Pro. I'm trying that, today


This is a new place for me and I don't know if I am in the right place to write about this, but I want to say that I am really struggling with completing my practicum and my taxes and my body is shutting down (giving me headaches) and making me fall asleep as I get closer to deadlines.

For now, I am checking in to say that I work for a half an hour on taxes tonight and make a call to my supervising teacher tonight on my practicum.

Progress, not perfection....

Good Morning All!!


Flyer (2)
X Brochure
X Iron Clothes
X Lunch/Snack
X Unload Dishwasher
X Exercise
X Vitamins
X Water Plants
X Read Project
Look at MAG

8:15am CI for Lark (5:00 pm) 9:20pm)

There are several things I've been avoiding, and the result is the same as if I was abusing substances, etc. They became a mess. It's getting better, thank goodness. One reason this happened is I haven't been checking in as well as I once did. As Pro said this morning, committing to check in later is a major factor---even if it's just looking at your list on the screen. Had I merely popped in a few times per day and "met" with everyone for a short while, I'm convinced I'd be much better off now.
(X)morning routine
(X)take out trash
(X)finish project A (I caught myself lying to my client about it--old behavior!)
(X)as much as possible on project B
(not enough to deserve an X) do some more on the "project mess" I made, so it can be finished before the weekend (If I do something each day, it'll turn out in time.)
(X)check in in a few hours
(X no good deed goes unpunished) help friend
(X)order supplies, and make payment on bill
house cleaning sweep

Mark CI 1:31 AM EST

Checking in hasn't been particularly helpful for me.   It is imperative that I get a productive day of work in.

by 1 pm EST I will

  • clock 3 hours
  • finish Fuji integration
  • email Henry re status

by 8 pm EST I will

  • clock 4 more hours
  • exercise
  • prepare dinner -- eggplant parm
  • finish outreach enhancements
  • complete bugzilla item 922
  • complete bugzilla item 923
  • return muffin pan
  • file nails and practice guitar -- 20 minutes scales and ligado
  • tidy living room

by midnight I will

  • finish and return The Burmese Harp
  • read the rest of Willeford novel
  • return DVDs to TLA Video
  • clock another half hour -- create test installations for completed work and reassign bugzilla items

using check-ins effectively

When you check in, do you commit to a time for your next check-in, and then do it? That's what I've found works best for me. What also works best is if there are others here when you check in to cheer you on. I used to be here all the time, but then I got a full-time job so I'm not usually online during the day.

Still, even when no one else was here, it helped me to check in if I did it at committed time intervals. E.g. Next I'm doing xxx, and I'll check in after 15 minutes (or 30 minutes) to report my progress.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

Thanks, I haven't been

Thanks, I haven't been checking back in too regularly.  Inasmuch as the work I have to do is mostly on the computer, I tend to avoid the computer as much as possible.  Already today, I managed to watch a movie (The Burmese Harp) rather than work.  The only thing that sometimes helps is if I work late at night when there are no distractions or go to a coffee shop to work (working at home usually leads to me playing guitar, watching a DVD, or reading).

Well, I'm at a coffee place for the next 4 hours, so I'll commit to implementing outreach between now and 9:30 PM EST.