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A common form of self-sabotage for those in recovery is to put off things that need to be done. Procrastination is a normal human behavior, but if it is getting in the way of your recovery, there are some important steps to take to minimize this behavior. Tonight, we talk about procrastination.

Let’s start with a definition. Procrastination is an automatic, negative, problem habit of needlessly postponing and delaying a timely and relevant activity until another day or time. It always involves a negative emotion that ranges from a whisper to panic. The process always includes a diversionary activity. It practically always involves procrastination thinking, such as “I’ll fix the problem later.”

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Where do you want to begin, what comes first to mind for you?

How has procrastination affected your recovery?

Why do you procrastinate?
Has it ever worked?

What are some of the consequences for you when you procrastinate?
What are some of the unconscious effects of procrastination for you?
How is procrastination a danger for you recovery?

Is procrastination like an addiction?

Have you ever seen one of your sponsees procrastinate?

Did you procrastinate coming into the program?
Why?
What happened?

Did you procrastinate around finding a higher power?
Did you procrastinate from starting to work the steps?
Did you procrastinate around any particular step?
Did you procrastinate finishing the steps?

What parts of the program help you with procrastination?

What other tools do you use?
MAKE A PLAN
PRIORITIZE
BE PROACTIVE
ACCEPT IMPERFECTION
PRACTICE DISCIPLINE
BE PEOPLE ORIENTED
HAVE THE COURAGE TO SAY NO
STOP MULTITASKING
DON’T QUIT UNTIL YOU ARE FINISHED
BRING PEER PRESSURE TO BEAR

What are you avoiding today?
What can you do?

What would you say to the new person about Procrastination?

"After a preliminary trial at making amends, we may enjoy such a sense of relief that we conclude our task is finished. We will want to rest on our laurels. The temptation to skip the more humiliating and dreaded meetings that still remain may be great. We may just procrastinate, telling ourselves the time is not yet, when in reality we have already passed up many a fine chance to right a serious wrong. Let's not talk prudence while practicing evasion."
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 85

What would you say to the new person about Procrastination?