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.

Introductions and Procrastination Discussion

If you're just joining, please introduce yourself here. This is also the section for general discussion about procrastination topics - articles you've read, questions, thoughts, insights, etc.

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I'm a member here, equal with everyone else here.  I don't set any policies or anything. 

I just want to offer a suggestion to my brother and sister procrastinators.

This is a unique forum in that there is more than one kind of member here.

UPDATED Nov.2012: How to use the PA Chatbox for check-ins

UPDATE November-December 2012
There are urgent technical issues with the webserver
and we must ADAPT our usage of the chatbox as follows

-- It is critical that we all read
and follow Pro's new instructions
at following link:

How to use the daily check-in board

Here are a few tips on how to post on the Daily check-in thread:

Begin by finding today's group check-in thread.
Go here:
and look for today's thread.
Please LOOK before starting a thread of your own. We do group check-in threads, inside of which you post your own list. Please look for the group thread for today, before posting.

8 Things Everybody Ought to Know About Concentrating

From here:

This is a chapter from an ebook. Click the link above to read more and buy the whole book.


8 Things Everybody Ought to Know About Concentrating

“Music helps me concentrate,” Mike said to me glancing briefly over his shoulder.

On creating thread starters for the daily check-in thread

From pro (added before movingalong's message):

You can link to graphics you find on the Web, if you want to. But even without graphics, you can make thread starters eye catching and pleasant by using HTML to make the font large and colorful, like so (which took me all of 5 seconds):

Good morning!!

Here are the Daily check-in board instructions in brief:

TIP: make Procrastinators Anonymous your home page

For those of us who procrastinate by randomly surfing the net, having PA be the "first stop" helps. For me, anyway, it forces me to be mindful about my day's goals via the checkin, and I'm wasting slightly less time. Sounds simple, but it's working for me, so I thought I'd share it.


Motivation follows action (and info on microbursts)

This wise message was posted in response to a new member message. I'm making it sticky here so all new members will see it.  Thanks, movingalong. -pro


Motivation Follows Action -- and "Microbursts"

What we've learned here is that motivation doesn't seem to come by itself.  Oddly, motivation FOLLOWS action.

PA Meetings

PA Meeting List

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PA Meeting Materials

PA Meeting Format
PA Preamble
PA 12 Steps
PA 12 Traditions
PA Signs of Compulsive Procrastination
PA Tools for Recovery
PA Step Guide

These materials can be used for both face-to-face and online meetings.

Introduction - ElisePA

Hi, Everyone.

My name is Elise. I used to check in using the Chat Box but stopped doing that a while ago. I'm going to get back to checking in and will be doing so via the Check In Forum. My main focus right now is on getting my exercises done and some simple self-care.

Thanks for being here.


I just joined in - severe revenge/bedtime procrastination!


I suffer from insane revenge/bedtime procrastination! I have chronic pain and depression last 6 years and you can bear TV shows/games only so long (they bore me more than watching a wall at this point actually - not kidding)... I have severe long lasting headaches: I can't even read anymore! I can barely read even sentence many times and rarely I can read like 15 minutes, but it sucks... 

Cause of Procrastination

what is the basic cause of procrastination?  I am interested in hearing well thought out ideas and responses from all of the users on this great site.  it seems to me there may only be 3:  Laziness, fear and a lack of trust.  the first 2 are kind of universal as issues in all kinds of problems and addictions and have been addressed @ length.  But I have never seen anyone address the lack of trust.  


PA Zoom meetings - DST in US!


Today we crawl Tomorow we walk- For the days when Procrastiantion overtakes us

So these are the Mantras, I have used on my worst days of Procrastination as they help me.
Im putting them here,  so others can use them, hopefully to help you.

On all days, the goal is progress not perfection.
As we can never reach perfection, but we can give up because we dont reach it.
So on those days, and i think on all days my goal is progress to improve, not be perfect because that i can do on any day.

Some days we Run, 
Some days we Crawl
Some days we Walk.

Interesting article: The pull of procrastination

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Seeking Check-in/Book-ending Buddies and Possible PA Zoom meeting

Hi --

when I first joined PA ten years ago my procrastination was tied into my incredibly intense anxiety, and the adrenaline spike I would get before starting a project (even just THINKING about starting one) would be so intense I couldn't think or breath. 

So, it hasn't been that intense for really a good long while. A GOOD, long while...until I recently started doing EMDR with my Trauma Therapist. Sigh. 

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Hey guys, I am a would be science-fiction writer, new to PA

I joined PA yesterday.

I have less problems writing, since I found an online app for parallel work.

Chores like dishes are still a big struggle though.

I am in other fellowships too. Not the ones about substance abuse though, so not in AA, NA, or others like those.

I've been back to 12-step programs for almost a year, after being in EADA (ACA's French speaking counterpart in the Quebec province in Canada).

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Hello fellow travellers!

Hi there friends,


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Motivational Quotes, Saying & Images

The Addictive Properties of Computer Games, and how we can use them to help us in Real Life.


I just finished playing Settlers 6 for 30 min, when i promised myself id play for only 5 min, to the detriment of my real life.
Nothing too terrible i cant recover from.

But i thought, why when i play is it always just 5 more min.
It doesnt matter the game, Settlers, StarCraft 2, Command and Conquer, Modern Warfare, these are the recent ones i played, and im sure you can name more.
What is it about these virtual games, that give us nothing in real life, but are so fun, we can burn evenings weekends, all our free time, our entire lives on them.

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