The Anticrastination Tip Sheet
From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook
Quotes for February
We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past,
but by the love we’re not extending in the present.
~ Marianne Williamson
You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when.
You can only decide how you're going to live. Now.
~ Joan Baez
To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant,
to enact gratitude is generous and noble,
to live gratitude is to touch heaven.
~ Joahannes A. Gaertner
Message from Rita
12 LOVING GESTURES (That Aren’t Even Romantic)
Yes, people procrastinate about tasks, errands and chores, but sometimes,
they also put off friends, loved ones and relationships.
WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE, SWEET LOVE
Have you been wishing the world had more love, but you put off doing something
To celebrate the month of St. Valentine here are 12 LOVING GESTURES (that
aren't even romantic):
- Write a Thank You note to that favorite teacher you had in
- Bring cookies or a huge container of popcorn or pretzels to
your local Fire or Police Department.
- Visit a friend, relative or former neighbor in a nursing home,
or call up and ask if you can visit someone who never has visitors.
- Take a kid to the zoo. Borrow one if necessary. (A kid, not
a zoo) The animals are lonely this time of year and you probably have
a young friend or relative who has a bad case of "Cabin Fever".
- Bring a bunch of carnations to work and announce that "Today
is National Flower Day" (or some other made-up holiday) and hand them
out to women AND men.
- Support your local community theater group (or a fundraiser
concert). Invite a lonely neighbor or co-worker to join you in attending
the event. Tell them that by joining you they will make a nice time
- Offer hot coffee or cocoa to people working outside in cold
weather. (If you spot workers in your neighborhood fixing something,
fill a thermos and bring along disposable cups, or if it's the guy who
sells papers on the corner, treat him to something from your favorite
- If you're going to be alone on Valentine's Day, round up other
lone wolves of all ages (groups that include both kids and senior citizens
can be weird but fun) and go out for pizza or hot fudge sundaes.
- Offer free babysitting for one night to that single parent
you know who is struggling (even if YOU are a single parent yourself.
Maybe they'll reciprocate some day.)
- Ask around to see if there is a family of a military member
who has been deployed. Pick up some cupcakes, stop over and introduce
yourself. You might have a conversation and discover ways you can help
during this tough time.
ENJOY DOING A KINDNESS ANONYMOUSLY
- Pick up the tab for someone who has it rougher than you. (Ever spot
someone at a restaurant with an elderly or infirm family member? Surprise
them by picking up the cost of their meal.)
- Shovel snow for someone.
PS. Thought you'd enjoy this story. Bruce and I frequently encounter
military people at airports when we travel. We always thank them for their
service and it they are having a meal or in line to buy a snack, we often
offer to treat them.
Last year in the Atlanta Airport, we saw four weary-looking soldiers in
uniform enjoying a meal at a restaurant. So we called the waitress over,
offered her our charge card and said that we'd anonymously like to pay for
She shocked us by saying, "Nope. You can't". Then she laughed at our stunned
expressions and explained that we were too late. Before us, two other people
had already offered to pick up their tab.
Bet that made you smile, didn't it?
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:
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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