March 2011
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 March

The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them. --- Albert Einstein

Emmett’s Basic Clutter Fact: If you plan to get organized tomorrow, then you’ve got to de-clutter today. --- Rita Emmett, The Clutter-Busting Handbook

Emmett’s Second Clutter Fact: If you don’t have a place to put something, you’ve got clutter. That’s an undeniable fact. --- Rita Emmett, The Clutter-Busting Handbook

Emmett’s Third Clutter Fact: When you have chaos and clutter in your work or living space, you have chaos and clutter in your mind and in your heart. That’s a fact.
--- Rita Emmett, The Clutter-Busting Handbook

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Message from Rita

When this email arrived from Perceptive Tip Sheet Reader Cindi Sowder, I knew it was an important message for ALL our Perceptive Readers to see. I could not have said it any better.

Hi Rita!
I had the pleasure of seeing you in Anchorage a couple months ago. It sounds funny writing this but I was the "cat box lady". I told you how I would put off cleaning the box on a daily basis until just before I needed to go to bed. It would nag at me all night until I finally did it.

Using your tips, I was able to think of the job differently. And also other chores that I needed to do. As soon as I get home from work I run down to where the box is at and do the dirty deed I used to dread so much. I was able to realize that it doesn't take very long (5 minutes or less). Why should I let it bug me all night. I also noticed that I really liked the mint soap I used to wash my hands after. So I make sure I have great smelling hand soap as a "treat" after I clean the box. The smell is also a treat for my nose!

Since I am then in the chore mode I go to my next one. However, I do that differently now also. I used to have a long list spinning in my head of what I needed to do. Often that was all I did at night. Think and spin on all that needed to be done. Now I have a short, written list, of what I will do that day. I have the most important things at the top. I try to keep it to 4 or 5 things. If I can't get to the end of the list I move it to the next day. And I don't worry about it. I try to be reasonable and allow for flexibility instead of making a dream list that I can't accomplish. I see that I was frustrating myself before.

My husband and I have a few programs we enjoy watching. I have found ironing to be very relaxing if I'm relaxed while doing it. If I think of the ironing as having to get done, I stress myself out. If I do it while watching our favorite programs it keeps my hands busy while enjoying something fun. I now look at it as not very different from the crochet or knitting I do to relax while watching TV. I've also bought spray starch with lemon which is a nice smell and another treat while ironing.

You really made me stop and think about how and why I was doing things the way I was. Multi tasking isn't always the most efficient way of doing things. I always felt rushed and resentful.

I've also been reading back copies of your Tip Sheet. I started to overload myself and then stopped. You have so many great ideas but they are even better if I actually use them instead of devouring them! Now I pick one of the best tips for me to do until I ingrain it. I look around and bring something upstairs that needs to go when I'm going upstairs anyway. Simple, but I actually stop and think about it now, instead of rushing into the next moment.

Again, thank you so much! I really enjoyed your seminar, it has really inspired me to make changes.

Cindi Sowder
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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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