The Anticrastination Tip Sheet
From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook
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
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
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.
Instead of feeling overwhelmed, simply make the decision that each week
(or as often as you can) you will tackle one section of clutter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"?
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.
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.
Decide to treat yourself to
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.
Go to www.RitaEmmett.com and order
a book, CD or DVD now to help you become
a great Clutter-Buster.
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.
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
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.
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
COMMENT ON CLUTTER CD
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.
Handbook on CD has been a life saver to me. Thank you, thank you.
Ruth A. Yobs
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Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook,
The Clutter-Busting Handbook and
Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress: A Handbook for the Overworked, Overscheduled,
Des Plaines, IL 60018
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