Rita Emmett's December Tip Sheet

From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook,
The Clutter-Busting Handbook and
MANAGE YOUR TIME TO REDUCE YOUR STRESS: A Handbook for the Overworked, Overscheduled, and Overwhelmed


Quotes for December

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. ~~ Eddie Cantor

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

Because 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

  1. Instead of thinking of company as people who cause stress; think of them as a GREAT reason to get you clutter busting.
  2. Back off from the expectation of doing everything.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 presents)?
  • a spiritual activity?
  • a nap?
  • a concert, play or pageant?
  • time alone?
  1. 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?"
  2. Make a list of the people you'll buy gifts for & stick to it. No adding later.
  3. Decide on a price range for gifts and stick to it. No adding later.
  4. Get started on your shopping today & try to have it done this week.
  5. Set dates on your calendar to decorate, wrap or whatever, so you aren't frantic and frazzled at the last minute.
  6. Simplify your gift shopping by buying on-line, by catalogs or giving gift certificates.
  7. Simplify gift giving in groups of friends, co-workers or family by suggesting a grab bag.
  8. 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
  9. If you always lose & never use gift certificates, ask people not to buy them for you. Suggest some other ideas.
  10. Put up only half your decorations this year. See if the world ends or if anyone complains.
  11. Get rid of those decorations you never use. Donate them to a charity where someone would cherish & love using them.
  12. 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 site http://www.ritaemmett.com
    If people like to learn by reading, we have books.
    If people like to learn by listening, we have CDs
    If people like to learn by watching TV, we have DVDs.
  13. 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.
  14. Schedule - actually mark on your calendar - a few days or evenings off just to relax and enjoy yourself.
  15. If you dread loneliness during this season, invite someone else who is alone to join you to attend a concert or somehow spend time together.
  16. 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.
  17. 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

Vrolijke Kersttmis
Joyeux Noel
Froeliche Wihnachten
Kinga Shinnen
Ichok Yilara
Glaedelig Jul
Felice Pascuas
Boldog Karacsonyi Unnepeket
Sarbatori Felicite
Tin Hao Nian
Felice Natale
Glad Julen
Boas Festas
Wesloych Swiat
Veselele Vanoche
Sretan Bozic
Merry Christmas
                   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 clutter free.


Readerís comment on Ritaís Books

Dear Rita,
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. Investigator

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 Citizens Program

As a result of reading The Clutter-Busting Handbook, my wife and I de-cluttered our lives on the first & second levels of our home.
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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Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook,
The Clutter-Busting Handbook and
Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress: A Handbook for the Overworked, Overscheduled, and Overwhelmed
2331 Eastview
Des Plaines, IL 60018


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