The Anticrastination Tip Sheet
From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook
Quotes for December
Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good
things really are ~~ Marianne Williamson
The more I want to get something done,
the less I call it work. ~~ Richard Bach
God created company so the home gets cleaned. ~~ Rita Emmett
Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved
body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "...woo
hoo...what a ride! ~~ Anonymous
Message from Rita
THOUGHTS FROM A DITCH
Last night it was foggy, rainy, icy and slick in the far suburbs of
Chicago. We pulled over on what looked like a shoulder of the road, and
the car slowly and almost softly slipped into a deep ditch. Bruce had
been driving only a week since his knee replacement surgery five weeks
ago, but it wasn't due to his driving or his knee. It was poor
visibility and super-slick mud.
The car was tilted to my side, so the door couldn't open, and for Bruce
on the "high side" it would mean climbing up and out of the car but the
door kept slamming shut on him. I slithered through the window, but the
bank of the ditch was so high, steep and slippery with mud and ice, that
I kept sliding back.
At least 5 cars stopped to lend a hand. Two guys helped me to the top of
the ditch, then one lost his footing and slid down. The other guy & I
helped him up. Three of them held the door for Bruce and helped him up
and out. They all stayed with us till a police car arrived. Then these
kind, helpful, angelic souls continued on their way and the cop drove
Bruce over and around to my side of the ditch.
It took two huge platform trucks and a tow truck to pull the car out. It
didn't run, and our good pals, Cliff and Cathy, who we planned to join
for dinner, came to our rescue and drove us home. Nobody was hurt, it
wasn't traumatic or horrible. In fact, it was kind of exciting and
watching the 3 trucks pull the car out from way down below was pretty
But it sort of rattled thoughts in my mind and when those thoughts
settled, there was clarity. An "awakening". As I sat down to the
computer this morning for a final proof reading of the Tip Sheet I was
ready to send out about streamlining holiday decorating, I decided to
toss it or maybe use next year.
Instead, I want to share some of my "thoughts from down in a ditch".
(but if you're interested in help with decorating, I'll include at the
end a very cool email with ideas from one of our perceptive readers.)
Sometimes, at this time of year, people feel so overwhelmed with all
they have to do, that they dread the holidays instead of thinking of
this as a joyful time.
Sometimes people focus so much on decorating and buying gifts to make
people happy, that the stress and tension of all the work makes them
cranky and they snap at the people they are trying to make happy.
Sometimes, all the "things-to-do" keep people from connecting … so that
there is not a spare moment to play with a kid, or visit with a friend,
or spend time with family or have a snowball fight. (Reminder: I'm
writing from the Chicago area. Snowball fights are not simply tradition;
they are compulsory.)
Sometimes people are so swamped that during the season of giving they
don't have any chance to pause and think of the person going through
their first holiday without a loved one, or the spouse of someone
serving in the military who is trying to be mom & dad to the kids, or
the friend's first time away from home for the holidays or that lonely
neighbor who doesn't have anyone to celebrate with.
Sometimes people want dearly to celebrate the spiritual meaning of the
holiday, but are so busy there is not one spare minute to pray or
meditate or pause for a few quiet moments in their place of worship.
And so, here's hoping this can be a reminder that magic memories of
holidays seldom have anything to do with all those "things-to-do".
People remember times with others. They remember connections. They
remember kindness and caring. Most people remembering happy holidays
often don't even remember the gifts they received.
What can you do for yourself to make this a holiday you enjoy?
Need to streamline or omit some things?
Need to add something important to you? Maybe quite time or time
connecting with someone special or time simply doing something you love
to do? (snowballs anyone??)
May you find time this year to not only count your blessings, but to
actually enjoy your blessings.
We celebrate Christmas, so to our friends all over the world who read
this Tip Sheet, Bruce and I, and our Dream Team of Mickey, Maria, Deb,
and Erik extend to you and your loved ones our best wishes for a
Felice Pascuas Boldog
Tin Hao Nian
Nollag shona dhuit
& a Joyful, Peaceful, Loving, Healthy, Prosperous New Year!
DECORATING LITE: Tips from a Perceptive Reader
I've finally tamed the holiday procrastination monster, at least when it
comes to Christmas decorations. A couple of years ago I finally
organized my decorations after being inspired by one season of putting
out just a small amount. I organized that group of decorations in one
big plastic storage box called "Christmas Lite". This year I was able to
bring it up from the basement, unpack, and decorate in just under two
Here's the key: I had to forgive myself for not using ALL the other
decorations. My husband was proud and impressed that we had a "plug and
play" Christmas. There will be other years when I have the time and
energy to do more decorations, but until then, I'm very happy with "Chirstmas
Wishing you the very best holiday season, Rita,
Oh, and the house is getting cleaned and a few "honey-do" projects done
because out of town relatives are visiting for the holidays...love your
quote about "God created company so the home gets cleaned"! So true!~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
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
No trees were destroyed in the sending of this message,
but a significant number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.