THE DECEMBER ANTICRASTINATION TIP SHEET
From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook,
Clutter-Busting Handbook and
MANAGE YOUR TIME TO REDUCE YOUR STRESS:
A Handbook for the Overworked, Overscheduled, and Overwhelmed
Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going
too fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. ~~
God created company so the home would get cleaned.
~~ Rita Emmett (This is the most popular quote from
The Procrastinator's Handbook)
If we consider ourselves so
unimportant that we must fill every moment of our lives with action,
when will we have the time to make the long, slow journey across the
desert as did the Magi? Or sit and watch the stars as did the shepherds?
Or brood over the coming of the child as did Mary? For each one of us,
there is a desert to travel. A star to discover. And a being within
ourselves to bring to life.
~~ Author Unknown
December Message from Rita
our latest book that came out this year is called
Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress: A Handbook for the Overworked,
Overscheduled, and Overwhelmed
here Ė for you --- are:
21 Tips To Keep The Holidays From Leaving You Over-worked,
Over-scheduled and Overwhelmed
- Instead of thinking of company as people who cause stress; think
of them as a GREAT reason to get you clutter busting.
- Back off from the expectation of doing everything.
- Stop agreeing to attend a gazillion activities and parties that
you don't enjoy. Go to the ones you absolutely have to (your mother's
place, maybe?), and -- hard as it may be -- learn to say no to the
ones that do not add joy to your life.
- Once you've cleared your calendar during the holidays, plan
one event you would love:
- lunch with a friend?
- driving around looking at decorations?
- serving meals to the homeless?
- spending time with a favorite child (while the parents wrap
- a spiritual activity?
- a nap?
- a concert, play or pageant?
- time alone?
- Figure out whose expectations you're trying to live up to -
your own? your family's? your friend's? maybe even someone who has
passed away? Keep asking yourself, "Why am I doing this?"
- Make a list of the people you'll buy gifts for & stick to it.
No adding later.
- Decide on a price range for gifts and stick to it. No adding
- Get started on your shopping today & try to have it done this
- Set dates on your calendar to decorate, wrap or whatever, so
you aren't frantic and frazzled at the last minute.
- Simplify your gift shopping by buying on-line, by catalogs or
giving gift certificates.
- Simplify gift giving in groups of friends, co-workers or family
by suggesting a grab bag.
- If you tend to receive gifts you never want or need, offer suggestions.
Either specific (these items in this catalogue or web site) or general
(candles, flowers). If some people always give you great gifts,
leave them alone to do their thing
- If you always lose & never use gift certificates, ask people
not to buy them for you. Suggest some other ideas.
- Put up only half your decorations this year. See if the world
ends or if anyone complains.
- Get rid of those decorations you never use. Donate them to a
charity where someone would cherish & love using them.
- As you go through your gift list, if you spot people who might
want to break their procrastination or clutter habits, (get ready
--- here comes a commercial) consider giving them some of our Learning
Resources we offer on our web
If people like to learn by reading, we have books.
like to learn by listening, we have CDs
If people like to learn
by watching TV, we have DVDs.
MY OH MY, WHAT A GREAT TIP THIS
- Clarify what holiday chores you enjoy --- decorate, bake, shop,
entertain, etc. See if you can figure out ways to do more of what
you like & less of what you don't like to do.
- Schedule - actually mark on your calendar - a few days or evenings
off just to relax and enjoy yourself.
- If you dread loneliness during this season, invite someone else
who is alone to join you to attend a concert or somehow spend time
- Another idea if you're alone is to call the Salvation Army or
your church or synagogue to volunteer for something during the holidays.
It's a fun way to meet people. You can work on days other than the
actual holiday, if you want.
- Don't let stories on TV make you feel inadequate. Most families
don't have perfect happy endings to every situation like the people
in holiday shows. And NOBODY is as hysterically, insanely happy
as the people in the commercials.
To our friends all over the world, Bruce and I, and our whole Dream
Team of Mickey, Cheryl, Brian and Stormi extend to you and your loved
ones our best wishes for a
Boldog Karacsonyi Unnepeket
Tin Hao Nian
and a Happy New Year!
2 Free Chapters from The Clutter-Busting Handbook
Still Available http://www.ritaemmett.com
There has been such an enormous response to our offer for 2 free chapters
of The Clutter-Busting Handbook. And we are so thrilled with all of
you who decided to purchase the book after receiving your free chapters,
that we are extending the offer for another month. Feel free to share
it with your friends. We are happy you are enjoying the journey to become
Readerís comment on Ritaís Books
I want to thank you a million times over for writing The Procrastinator's
Handbook. I am only on page 56 (not delaying, just got it in the last
24 hours :) ) and already I can see how this is going to be a book that's
going to help me quite a bit
-- Nancy Nugent, Field Team Leader/Sr.
Thanks to your book, the more I de-clutter, the
more peaceful my house is. And as my house becomes more peaceful, Iím
becoming more peaceful within myself.
-- Jill Hawkes - Leyden Senior
As a result of reading The Clutter-Busting Handbook,
my wife and I de-cluttered our lives on the first & second levels of
We no longer use the kitchen counter for random paper storage
or as a horizontal filing system. Now we use it for food preparation.
(What a concept!)
It's great - we've already adopted the habit that
when mail or deliveries arrive, they donít go to the kitchen or dining
room as they did in the past. We won't so quickly lose bills or important
papers to tumbling stacks of countertop clutter.
-- Rolf Lundmark,
Medical Device Sales Representative
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Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook,
Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress: A Handbook for
the Overworked, Overscheduled, and Overwhelmed
Des Plaines, IL 60018
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