February 2014
The Anticrastination Tip Sheet
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

If you want to be successful, it's just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing. ~~~ Will Rogers

Be gentle with yourself. ~~~ Max Ehrmann

Life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments. ~~~ Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear the music ringing;
It sounds an echo in my soul
How can I keep from singing?
--- traditional hymn, popularized by Pete Seeger

Message from Rita
When You Procrastinate About Stress Busting

Many people made resolutions for this year to reduce their stress. Yet so often they procrastinate and say, "When this crisis is over, I'm going to relax" or "When this busy time ends, I'm going to do something that's fun".

But those busy times and crises never end, do they? Don't wait till you get sick and a doctor orders you to take it easy or to exercise.

When stress steamrolls you and you feel as if you can't cope, you need to have a "Stress Management Plan" in place. It doesn't have to be complicated, just something you can do that you enjoy or that relaxes you.

Here are a few ideas. Maybe NONE of these will grab you, but the hope is that they will open your mind or your heart to start a new, healthier, more balanced, more tranquil, less stressed way of life.

  1. When stuck in traffic or doing boring or miserable work (like cleaning the garage or the house), play your favorite music. LOUD. And sing along. LOUD. (Sadly, singing doesn't work with most classical music).
  2. Pet an animal.
  3. Laugh. If you have a friend that always gets you laughing, call or get with that person. OR go to a funny movie. It's more fun to laugh with others at the movies than to watch a comedy at home.
  4. Take time for a favorite hobby or try a new hobby.
  5. Spend time with a small child (consider borrowing one, the parents might appreciate the break).
  6. Call a friend – long distance. Enjoy the visit.
  7. Watch a sunrise or sunset.
  8. Make love.
  9. Read a book (or maybe trashy magazines) for no practical purpose but enjoyment.
  10. Nourish yourself spiritually. Attend a religious service or read a spiritually uplifting book. Or light some candles and simply pray or meditate.
  11. Have a cold beer on a hot day….. or a hot chocolate on a cold day.
  12. Work out. Walk. Do something to get moving.
  13. Fix something that’s been broken.
  14. Do something helpful… that makes a difference. A kindness for a neighbor, volunteer for a worthy cause, offer encouragement to someone who needs it.
  15. Have lunch with a good friend or someone you’d like to know better.
  16. Read Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress: A Handbook for the Overworked, Overscheduled, and Overwhelmed.
  17. Give a hug.
  18. Receive a hug.
  19. Try something new that is challenging, even if it scares you. Give a talk, take a dance class, snorkel with sea turtles.
  20. Try a new restaurant.
  21. Put clean sheets on the bed. Go to bed early and enjoy the feeling.
  22. Make a list of your favorite activities.
  23. Do something you love to do.
  24. Cook a favorite meal. Put flowers or candles on the table and savor the meal even if you are eating alone.
  25. Consider inviting someone to join you if you are eating alone at that meal above.
  26. Do something simple on your "to-do list" so you can enjoy crossing it off. Read The Procrastinator's Handbook if you need help in that area.
  27. Blow bubbles.
  28. Sign up for a class for something you can be enthusiastic about.
  29. Buy yourself a present.
  30. Get out in nature. Breathe fresh air.

Do you have a quick, simple way to relax and tune out stress? Send us an email and tell us about it. Everyone needs a plan with a few simple stress relievers for those crazy-busy days.

Warmly (even in the icy, snowy, freezing weather of Chicago-land),

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Email from one of our Perceptive Readers

I cannot thank you enough for the time you took to write The Procrastinator's Handbook. Oh MY STARS! It has been life changing. I am half way through and cannot wait each day to read the next chapter. Now you want to hear the funny part…. I bought this book 13 years ago and just NOW forced myself to read it. How is that for irony!!!???!! I have begun kickboxing with a good friend and KNEW it was time to change me. Even after chapter 1, I saw changes happening with me. I felt I HAD to tell you how grateful I am!
Hugs for life, Jenny Alcenius ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

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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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