February 2010

From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook


Quotes for February

EMMETT'S LAW: The dread of doing a task uses up more time and energy than doing the task itself. --- Rita Emmett

Live each day as if it were your last ...... and one day you'll be right.
--- Hal Roach


Message from Rita

Last month we ran a poem that began:

Isn't it strange how princes and kings,
and clowns that caper in sawdust rings,
and common people, like you and me,
are builders for eternity?

We send a hearty THANK YOU to the many readers who told us the poem is by R. Lee Sharpe and is included in the book Poems that Touch the Heart, which was compiled by A. L. Alexander (Doubleday). Plus it was used as song lyrics for The Grateful Dead's "Book of Rules".

Also, the donkey story (which so many of you commented on how you related to it) is possibly from the Torah or the Talmud. One reader sent a Rabbinical study that included the story in the exact words that I had received.
Thank you to all you fabulous researchers who spent time and energy tracking down all this information. It is most appreciated.

Bruce and I just returned to the frosty, frigid, blizzard-y climate of Chicago after a glorious Caribbean cruise where we snorkeled by day and enjoyed music from some of the top Irish entertainers in the evening.

While sailing along, some of our goofy friends gave me a book called “How to Procrastinate”. Instead of being a Self-Help book, it was part of a “Self-Hurt Series” that includes “How to Get Fat” and “How to "Traumatize Your Children."

In this crazy book was a “Procrastinator’s Creed” which preached everything I disagree with, but is so hilarious, I keep going back to it and laughing. So I share it with you in the hope that sometimes we gain insights into ourselves by reading a list of what NOT to do. Hope this brings a smile to you.

Procrastinator's Creed

  1. I believe that if anything is worth doing, it would have been done already.
  2.  I know that the work cycle is not plan/start/finish, but wait/plan/plan.
  3.  I will never rush into a job without a lifetime of consideration.
  4.  I shall meet all of my deadlines directly in proportion to the amount of bodily injury I could expect to receive from missing them.
  5.  I firmly believe that tomorrow holds the possibility for new technologies, astounding discoveries, and a reprieve from my obligations.
  6.  I truly believe that all deadlines are unreasonable regardless of the amount of time given.
  7.  If at first I don't succeed, there is always next year.
  8.  I shall always decide not to decide, unless of course I decide to change my mind.
  9. I shall never forget that the probability of a miracle, though infinitesimally small, is not exactly zero.
  10.  I will never put off tomorrow, what I can forget about forever.


Want To Meet Rita In Person?

Rita usually gives seminars for corporations so she is not able to invite others to attend. Great news! This month Rita will present a Fund Raiser open to everyone. It is a full afternoon of seminars plus a book signing.
Sat. Feb. 20
Irish American Heritage Center
4626 North Knox Avenue
Chicago, IL 60630
Cost: $10 per seminar or both for $15
Call 773-282-7035 to register and for directions
At the end of the seminars you can stay for dinner for a very reasonable fee.
One man wrote, "Dear Rita, I am flying in for this one. You could have charged a couple hundred dollars each. At this price, it’s worth paying air fare and hotel. Look forward to meeting you in person."


Free Teleseminar On Procrastination

Rita will reveal secrets and strategies to break your procrastination habit and you don’t even have to leave the house. AND it’s FREE!!
All you need for a teleseminar is a phone and all you pay is the cost of a long distance call in the US. If you have free long distance calls, then you don’t pay a single penny.
Wed. Feb. 17 at 8pm Chicago time
Blast Away Procrastination
To Register:
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