January 2013
The Anticrastination Tip Sheet
From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook
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Quote for the New Year

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it;
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
--- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Message from Rita

Happy New Year.
Great news. You do NOT have to make up New Year's Resolutions in order to decrease your clutter this year.

What to do? If you make a simple change in your thinking, it often impacts your behavior. If you make a change in your behavior, it often impacts your thinking.

It's true. Many folk who eliminate paper clutter in their office find they can think more clearly. The reverse is also true. It's common for people who have found ways to delete emotional or intellectual clutter to find that physical clutter in their lives starts to melt away. Try incorporating one of these simple changes in thought or behavior and see how it impacts your clutter.

THOUGHT:
Instead of feeling overwhelmed, simply make the decision that each week (or as often as you can) you will tackle one section of clutter.

BEHAVIOR:
Clutter-bust small areas. Not the whole closet, just a shelf or part of the floor. Not your whole desk. Just a drawer or corner of the desk. Not the whole car, just the front seat or floor.

THOUGHT:
Decide on a person or organization who will love and cherish your discarded stuff as much as you do. That will make it easy to get rid of stuff you don't need or use, without breaking your heart or sobbing like a baby poodle.

BEHAVIOR;
Set up a box or big plastic bag in a designated area. Then when anyone decides they can live without something, they can put it in there to be donated or sold in a garage sale or on ebay.

THOUGHT:
Start asking yourself "Why do I hang on to this?" Really pay attention to your answers. If you keep it because it brings memories, realize that memories are in your mind and heart, NOT in that theater program or the faded sequined velvet Elvis pillow from Las Vegas.

BEHAVIOR:
Today, get rid of one item that you have no need or use for, but you've had it forever. Pass it on to a person or organization who could use it or love it. Do you really need to keep something you never need or use just because "I've kept this for years"?

THOUGHT:
Just because you have a HUGE amount of clutter, doesn't mean you have to devote HUGE amounts of time to it. Slow, Steady, Small amounts of clutter-busting generate HUGE payoffs.

BEHAVIOR:
Every single day, "process" three pieces of paper or clutter. By "process", we mean either put it where it belongs, or decide on a place for it to belong then put it there or (and this is the BEST
decision of all) recycle or toss it.

THOUGHT:
Decide to treat yourself to The Clutter-Busting Handbook (it's short, inexpensive, fun and easy to read) or a CD or DVD on Conquering Clutter to reinforce your thought or behavior changes.

BEHAVIOR:
Go to www.RitaEmmett.com and order a book, CD or DVD now to help you become
a great Clutter-Buster.

THOUGHT:
Ask yourself again "Why am I keeping this?". Is it because maybe some day you or somebody might need it? But if years from now you KNOW that if you or anyone needs it -- you'll forget you had it. Right? OR if you remembered you had it, you can't find it. Decide to delete the thought that you have to save everything just in case someone, somewhere, somehow, some place in time might need it.

BEHAVIOR:
If it takes less than a minute, do it now. Put the paper back where it came from. Hang up that shirt. Put the cup in the dishwasher. Taking one minute to put the toothpaste back where it belongs & hanging up the towel won't make you late for work, but will have a profound impact on your bathroom clutter.

OK - each of the above are quick, short and easy. You can adopt one or many of these suggestions, but decide NOW to make at least one change to help you start conquering all the clutter in your life. You will be amazed how terrific, organized and energized you'll feel once your clutter starts to evaporate. Do it now!!

Happy New Year! May 2013 be the very best year of your life.
Warmly,
Rita
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WANT TO MEET RITA IN PERSON? (Chicago area) Rita usually speaks for businesses or associations, so it is rare for her to give a talk open to the public. However, this month she will speak about procrastination to a Kiwanis group in Des Plaines, IL
Tues, Jan. 29
Noon (lunch meeting)
Kiwanis meeting at Elks Lodge
495 Lee Street, Des Plaines, IL
Cost: the cost of lunch ($8 to $10)
Contact Eldon Burk to reserve a seat and for directions
847-624-3586 or email: Eldoneb@aol.com
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COMMENT ON CLUTTER CD
Dear Rita,
When I went to your web site and saw the 100% money back guarantee, I felt very confident about buying direct from your web site. I have listened to your CDs over and over and it is amazing to me how my clutter is disappearing. I am a very slow reader. The Procrastinator's
Handbook
on CD has been a life saver to me. Thank you, thank you.
Sincerely,
Ruth A. Yobs
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Please share this Tip Sheet with 2 or 3 friends who would be interested. And feel free to use this message in your blog or newsletter, as long as you include my bio and contact info:

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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