February 2013
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.
Have you been wishing the world had more love, but you put off doing something about it?

To celebrate the month of St. Valentine here are 12 LOVING GESTURES (that aren't even romantic):

  1.  Write a Thank You note to that favorite teacher you had in school.
  2.  Bring cookies or a huge container of popcorn or pretzels to your local Fire or Police Department.
  3.  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.
  4.  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".
  5.  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.
  6.  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 even nicer.
  7.  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 coffee house.)
  8.  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.
  9.  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.)
  10.  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.
  11. 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.)
  12.  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 their meal.

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?


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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
2331 Eastview
Des Plaines, IL 60018

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