July 2010
The Anticrastination 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
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Quotes for July

Stress is the spice of life. Without stress, life lacks excitement, challenge and the sense of adventure. ~~ Hans Selye

No man need stay the way he is. ~~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

Two men look out through the same bars:
One sees the mud, and one the stars. ~~ Frederick Langbridge

When you complain, all you do is broadcast, “There’s a victim in the neighborhood.” ~~ Maya Angelou
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This message is long - if you want to skip it at least look at the special sale at the end.

July Message from Rita
Dear Seeker,
One sad area of procrastination is when people put off getting control of their stress.
Dr. Hans Selye, the Canadian endocrinologist and "father" of stress research defines stress "the response of the body to any demand made upon it."

 The secret of stress management is grasping the concept that we have zero control over the stressors or demands made upon us, yet we have one-hundred-percent control over our response. That’s where the management of stress begins.

 The demands/stressors in your life are neither good nor bad. It is only our reaction or response that turns us into raving lunatics. During a Procrastination Seminar, a guy named Daniel gave a great example of several people having widely different responses to the exact same demand. Daniel had been stuck for fifteen minutes waiting for a train to pass.

 He could feel his heart pounding in his head because he was late for an important appointment. To distract himself from moving into a frantic state, he decided to observe people in the cars around him.

 A few cars behind him, a guy was in major meltdown, pounding his horn and swearing out the window at the top of his lungs. Daniel wondered what his purpose could be. Did the guy think the railroad engineer will hear him, stop the train and say, "Oh my, my, my. Please excuse me, am I inconveniencing you? Allow me to back up and clear this track for you."

 The woman next to him reached in to her glove box, pulled out a large plastic bag filled with postcards, stamps and a pen, and sat calmly writing notes to people. Daniel said, "Now there’s a woman who has a train-waiting strategy."

 The fellow in front of him fell asleep at the wheel and when the train finally ended, Daniel had to beep to wake him up.

 Three totally different responses to the same demand. Your level of stress has nothing to do with the demands made upon you, and has everything to do with your response. How much control do you have over your response to any demand? One hundred percent. It all depends on your self-talk.

 Because what you say to yourself creates the thoughts that create the reaction that either sends you off into the crazy land of high-blood pressure, anger and illness or keeps you sane.

The above is an excerpt from my book, Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress: A Handbook for the Overworked, Overscheduled and Overwhelmed. Recently, we had an interesting TeleClass on the subject of stress. If you want to get serious about reducing your stress level, you will love the special below where if you buy the book, you will get free bonuses including an audio download of that TeleClass plus a few other goodies. Also, take a look at the review of Manage Your Time. It includes 3 very important questions from the book.

Warmly,
Rita
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REVIEW by Cheryl Nason, "Inside The Writer's Café"

A review of Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress: A Handbook for the Overworked, Overscheduled and Overwhelmed.
by Rita Emmett
This book has eight chapters of no-nonsense advice, strategies and goal setting. I like it because it is simple to read and practical to use.

Stress is in the mind of each one of us. It is not a single event or situation, but how we interpret the event or the situation. An event that is stress producing for you, may be enjoyable for me. It's all a matter of how you look at it.

Emmett includes the following three questions we should ask ourselves regularly, just to take our stress temperature:

  1. Do I work long hours because I'm passionate about my work or because I am afraid not to?
  2. Right now, is my work exhausting or exhilarating?
  3. Do I have some source of joy in my life?

"Burnout often happens when your stress, work, or frustration is greater than the reward, success, or appreciation you receive." Emmett says. This book is filled with ideas that work, that's why I like it.
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Chicago area people -- WANT TO MEET RITA IN PERSON?
Saturday, July 10th, all day
Rita will be signing books during
IRISH FEST at the Irish American Heritage Center (she'll be on the 2nd floor)
4626 North Knox Avenue in Chicago, IL
Call 773-282-7035 for directions
Here's a chance to meet Rita, spend time chatting, and listen to great Irish Music all in the same day. And also eat great Irish Fest food such as pizza, bratwurst & egg rolls.
For more info, reply to this email.
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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
www.ritaemmett.com
REmmett412@aol.com
2331 Eastview
Des Plaines, IL 60018
847-699-9950
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