THE ANTICRASTINATION TIP SHEET
From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook
These September quotes are from
Handbook by Rita Emmett
EMMETT'S CLUTTER FACT:
If you don’t have a place to put something, it WILL become clutter.
When you don’t have enough room for all your stuff, you don’t need more
room, you need less stuff.
Don't consider your wastebasket to be an enemy who gobbles up your important
data; consider it to be a friend who must be nourished and fed.
Message from Rita
Dear Perceptive Readers,
Several people have asked that I write something about paper clutter. First
and most important, please know that my books are NOT clutter. Got it?
Second, here is a list of tips. Don't let it clutter your mind or overwhelm
you. If over the next few weeks, you incorporate one or all of the first
3 tips, you will see your clutter start melting away.
AND if you have a favorite paper clutter tip that is NOT included here,
send it to us and we will try to share it with all our perceptive readers
in a future Tip Sheet.
Here now --- for your enjoyment and de-clutterment -- are 22 Tips for Paper
- Create a place for each paper to belong. If it doesn't have
a "home", it becomes clutter.
- Handle each piece of paper only once. Make decisions the FIRST
time you touch a piece of paper.
- Feed your wastebasket. It's not an evil monster that gobbles
your important data. It's your friend who needs to be nourished. Feed
- Get rid of what you don't need.
- Skim material as soon as it arrives.
- Open all snail mail near a wastebasket.
- Try to get off junk mail lists and if they insist on sending
you mail you don't need or want, don't even open it. Send it straight
to the recycle bin.
- If it takes less than a minute, do it now (read, recycle,
toss, file, delete).
- Create a place where all incoming mail goes till it can be
sorted, tossed, recycled or put where it belongs.
- Create a place where all incoming school papers go till they
can be sorted, signed, reviewed, acted upon or filed.
- Pass on to the appropriate person any papers someone else
- Put papers where they belong.
- Most monthly bills can be paid electronically. Saves time,
cost of stamps, and paper clutter.
- Realize the world won't end if you get rid of much of your
- Do you have stacks of magazines you will read "someday"? Why
do you need all those? You don't! Eliminate whatever you don't have
time to read. Stop subscribing.
- Recycle it. Put used papers in a stack where people who need
something to jot notes or print out an email joke can help themselves
instead of taking a new piece.
- Ask yourself: Do you really want to be caretaker of this paper?
Do you really want to devote precious space to this?
- If you have scraps of paper everywhere with phone numbers
on them, get a spiral notebook. Enter all phone numbers & messages in
it till it can either be responded to or entered where it belongs.
- If you can get this same material from the internet or someone
else, why keep it?
- Take ten minutes each day to sort, file or toss papers. Do
at beginning or end of work day, or do it during the commercials of
the first hour of watching TV
- Every day, before starting work, put away ten things on your
- Get rid of it
WANT TO MEET RITA IN PERSON IN THE CHICAGO AREA?
Rita will be among the 40 selected authors at
IBAM (Irish Books Art & Music)
Sat & Sun. Oct. 13 & 14
Irish American Heritage Center
4626 North Knox Avenue in Chicago.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT AN AFFILIATE IS?
IT'S A WAY YOU CAN MAKE MONEY
My web goddess insists that I need to tell people about our Affiliate Program
--- partly because it's very good, and partly because if I don't tell people
about it (so she keeps repeating) they won't know about it.
Any time you tell somebody about our Procrastination, Clutter and Stress
products and they buy anything using your affiliate link, then YOU receive
a check for 50% of their purchase. EVERY TIME THEY DO THAT!
You sign up by going to our web site (very cleverly called
RitaEmmett.com ) and click on the button that says "Become an Affiliate". (as I think about
it, you probably could have figured out that one yourself)
Once you sign up, web goddess sends you a personalized, private, secret,
super-powered link. And when you give that to people and they use it to
purchase any book, CD or DVD on our web -- now or anytime in the future
as many times as they want -- YOU receive 50% of what they paid for their
So if you tell people about the help our products offer and you put your
Affiliate Link on your web, facebook, blog, linkedin, pinterest or tweetie
pies, as long as you give them your personalized, private, secret link,
they can take their time and buy anything they want by using your link.
If they like to read, we have books on all three subjects; if they like
to listen, we have CDs; if they like to watch TV, we have DVDs. Unfortunately,
we haven't figured out how to make the Automatic Affiliate Payment thing
work for the On-line courses. But all other products are covered by the
Affiliate Program as long as people continue to use your link.
If you have any questions or problems with this, just let me know. Oh,
one more thing, I have no idea how the link gets to you. Our web goddess
simply explains it as "It's Magic." I think you just have to trust that
it will appear.... some way..... some how.
COMMENTS FROM OUR PERCEPTIVE READERS
Clutter is a pain and we need to get rid of it. But what I like about your
books is that the goal is for it to NEVER come back! Not just sort out your
stuff and wait until it returns. I want to just enjoy life. It's too short
to be wasted. ~~
Kim in Swtizerland
Hi, I used to be a clutter person and I married a huge pack rat. Together
with two children we created an environment where I eventually had no space
to put away laundry. One day last year I cried because I couldn't take the
constant cleaning and decluttering. Finally I watched your
and I started decluttering a bag at a time and I started feeling more and
more freedom. I really appreciate your video. It helps to keep me going.,.thanks
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