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 6 July 2007

Checking in at 8:45

I am supposed to meet my daughter at the park to walk at 9:15 so I am going to leave my house by 9:00. I am determined to beat her there-for once-and surprise her by being on time. I'll report back later on how this works out (:

I did it!

I did get to the park before my daughter. I was relaxed and waiting in my car reviewing a list of things I wanted to work on tomorrow when she pulled up. Of course I had to point that out to her :)  This was truly a fun and unusual experience!
My goal for tonight is to get to bed by  1:30 am and get up by 8:30.

5:30 check-in

I've completed:
Typing out Amy's interview
Working on article for 15 minutes
Looked up phone number for medical supply agency

I'm going to work on community health stuff for about 15 mintues and then go eat dinner. I will check back later tonight and get a little more done.

Checking in 4:30 CT

This day is almost over and I have made very little progress, but I'm going to work now and will check in at 5:30.

Type out Amy's interview
Work on article 15 minutes
Find email or phone # for mecical supply company
Find CH schedule from last fall and review it -15 minutes

Gmarie - same list, different day *sigh*

go through boxes in upper hall
make counseling and dental apts.
research cars
order stamps
call Ardath re/ computer pick-up
call Hiers Karate
check POs and email Colleen & Rolff
research re/ CELDT testing in summer
research re/ Scantron roster
redo CST charts
revise gains charts; send link to C; cc Sherri
revise testing calendar and send link to C
design assessment manual "look"
compile phone numbers, links and email addresses
transfer info. for Rolff

been there, done that!!

I really know what you mean - same list, different day. That can get so discouraging.

Maybe reassess the list. Can anything be removed from it? Maybe you're not doing some of these things because they don't really need to be done? Or you could get out of them with little consequence?

I've found that sometimes my reason for procrastination is that I overbook myself - chronically. Learning to pile less on myself has been a big part of my "cure" (such as it is).

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

pro's CI - 3:55pm

So far today (listing this to encourage myself)...

Ta Da:

- Cleaned leather bag that's been sitting on the floor forever waiting to be cleaned.
- Wrapped and mailed birthday present to my sister.
- Picked up mail.
- Did job-work for today (working from home) - finished main task.
- Handled customer service for my business (small thing).
- Made plane reservations for August vacation.
- Made plane reservations for August conference.
- Washed dishes.

To Do:

- Change addresses for many things.
- Call insurance company to straighten out reimbursement confusion.
- File stuff.
- File complaint about car mechanic gouging (second one) - download form, write letter, etc.
- Find receipt from first gouging and fax to mechanic I trust for evaluation.
- Update credit card for a bunch of things.
- Respond to contract proposal for business.
- Renew professional membership.
- Get through rest of email Inbox.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

pro's CI - 3:15pm

I'm not doing TOO badly today, but I need to keep moving. I have some phone calls to make before 5pm, and right now I feel like taking a nap (stayed up too late last night).

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

9:05am CI for Lark, and 2:55pm)

I'm really frustrated that my week hasn't been as productive as I'd intended. There were other factors, but I have to look at the parts I played. For now, I'm only going to bookend till noon or so, and work this program in little bites. Then I'll add more when those are met. The string of unfinished and poorly done tasks is becoming too long.

To do:
 (X)morning routine
 (X)one more section of project A
 work on kitchen table pile for 5 minutes (use timer)
 go through living room for 5 minutes (use timer)

keep the to-do list short

I know what you mean about letting that to-do list get too long, and get too filled with things that don't get done day after day. Been there, done that.

One thing that has worked for me is to make a list of only what I will do in the next hour or so. Then I check in, and when I've finished that I make a new list. That can be more encouraging than the big list.

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.


I keep making the l-o-n-g lists because everything on them is pressing and I'm afraid that if something is not included, I'll overlook it. When I post short check-in lists,I start making OTHER lists on scratch paper and Post-Its which is equally stressful. I even have a "master" WORD list to draw from, but that often is not updated with the crucial stuff that pops up unannounced. Sooooo, I post the l-o-n-g lists and make s-l-o-w progress over days and weeks and feel embarrassed & overwhelmed when I repost the same stuff over and over. Any insightful tips? :-?

keep TWO lists

My advice... Update that master list and make it real. Then have daily to-do lists that draw from it. Two lists are way better than one (and way better than 10! LOL) :D

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

ronaldk CI 1:25pm

Did my tasks for this morning, although the analysis is not finished yet. It's more difficult than I thought. I 'll really try to finish it this afternoon. I have to finish a report soon, and this analysis is the main thing that prevents me from finishing it quickly. So no other tasks planned for this afternoon, just finish the analysis.

ronaldk CI 8:40am

Yesterday evening I wrote the short article that I wanted, and I also called my mother. I didn't meditate, which I had planned.

This morning I plan to:

* Participate in a short experiment of a student
* Talk to Jan (if he is there)
* Finish backup of experimental PCs
* Finish PC analysis

Next check in around noon