September 2013
The Anticrastination Tip Sheet
From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook

Quotes for September
(Because for many people, September has meant school starts, we're giving you some poetry. Fear not, it's about procrastinators who just never had the energy to "get around to it".)

There was a very cautious man
Who never laughed or played.
He never risked, he never tried,
He never sang or prayed.

And when he one day passed away,
His insurance was denied.
For since he never really lived,
They claimed he never died.
--- from "The Best of Bits & Pieces"

Here's one more:
He slept beneath the Moon,
He basked beneath the Sun,
He lived a life of going-to do,
And died with nothing done.
--- James Albery

… and now …one of my very favorite quotes:

Don't ask yourself what the world needs,
ask yourself what makes you come alive.
And then go do that.
Because what the world needs
are people who have come alive. -- Harold Whitman

Message from Rita

Do you find that sometimes you simply don't have the energy to do what you want to do? Do you ever look back on the past few months and ask yourself, "Why didn't I do anything that was important to me?" Part of your strategy to blast away procrastination is to have a favorite Energy Booster or two to get you going in order to do what you want to do.
Some of the tips below might seem simplistic, but the simple, easy, obvious ones are often the ones we tend to ignore.

Twelve Tips to Zip Up Your Energy

1. Exercise. Just 30 minutes of walking 3 or 4 times a week will dramatically increase your energy. The exercise might tire you out at first, but in a short time you’ll feel your fatigue melt away.

2. Decrease caffeine and sugar. Their energy bursts are only temporary. The crash they cause afterwards will leave you more tired than before.

3. Increase fruits and veggies. This --- combined with the above decrease --- will not only zip up your energy, but you might notice you’re in a better mood.

4. Get enough sleep. The amount needed varies from person to person, so it’s up to you to figure out your optimum hours of sleep. Not too much, but enough to leave you refreshed.

5. Consider “power naps” (if possible) They can either revive you or leave you feeling more exhausted. Like searching for the ideal amount of sleep you need (above) this is something only you can figure out.

6. Guzzle water. Lots of it. Dehydration can make you feel slow and sluggish. If you drink anything caffeinated (coffee, tea or soda) you will be MORE dehydrated so make certain to drink plenty of water afterwards.

7. Find something to be enthusiastic about. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale said “Enthusiasm creates energy.” Make time for fun or something that helps you come alive.

8. Take breaks. Any break can energize you – from a 5 minute mid-morning break standing & stretching, to eating lunch away from your desk, to setting aside a weekend day (or half-day) as a “Re-creation Day Free of Work” or to a two week trip away from home.

9. Eat a mid-afternoon energizer. Instead of sugar or caffeine, try a handful of nuts (providing protein and omega-3) or an apple with low-fat yogurt or low-fat cheese.

10. Fresh air. Whether it’s stepping outside for a few minutes or a 2-mile walk, you will find fresh air clears your head and perks you up …. without fail.

11. Consider learning a few yoga moves. The deep breathing, stretching, and twisting soothe tired muscles, increase oxygen intake, improve circulation and aid digestion, all of which will help you feel energized and give you a sense of well-being.

12. Eat a variety of foods. To eat only one certain kind of foods will prevent your getting the amount of vitamins and minerals you need for optimum health. For example, a diet of mostly carbohydrates tends to lack potassium and magnesium which are energy boosters.

And one last booster. Procrastination seems to suck the energy out of our bones. When you finally accomplish something you've put off for ages, notice how energized you feel.

So today, do SOMETHING to energize yourself … in order to accomplish something you've been procrastinating about … and THAT will leave you feeling even MORE energized.
Life is good.


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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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