The Anticrastination Tip Sheet
From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook
If one advances confidently, in the direction of
his own dreams and endeavors
to lead the life which he has imagined,
he will meet with a success
unexpected in common hours. ~~ Henry David Thoreau
What you are is God’s gift to you;
What you make of yourself
is your gift to God. ~~ Unknown
Some of us have great runways already built for us,
so if you have one - TAKE OFF.
If you don’t, grab a shovel and build one. ~~ Amelia Earhart
Message from Rita
During the recent Olympics, a Kellogg's commercial opened with the line
"The Impossible dream is the one we never begin."
We procrastinate about a myriad of things both big and little - errands,
tasks, gifts, moving (up, down or out), relationships, phone calls, deadlines
- but one of the most common (and saddest) areas we put off is our dreams.
Tucked away in a secret corner of our hearts is that college degree or that
business to start or that piano to play or that mountain to climb or that
book to write. They are all being put off until...someday.
When you pursue your dreams you tap into an unlimited source of energy and
enthusiasm. When you don't pursue your dreams, there is a sadness and a
sense of "I wonder what would have happened if I had...."
A seminar attendee who works with senior citizens told us that the majority
of people who have reached the winter of their lives seldom regret the things
they've done, no matter how stupid or nutty. But they do regret the things
they never tried, the dreams they never followed.
John Greenleaf Whittier wrote:
For of all sad words
of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these,
"It might have been."
When people take stock of their lives and come up feeling empty, it's often
because they have procrastinated in choosing the direction they wanted their
lives to go. They got lost in the busy ness of day to day routines and put
off scheduling time for fun, joy, relationships and future goals. They’ve
lost touch with their dreams.
Have you put off relationships, hopes, dreams?
Have you put off fun, relaxation, joy?
Have you put off having a life?
Maybe you find yourself saying, "But my dream is to travel and I can't afford
Our son and his family set a goal two years ago to travel to Ireland. He,
his wife and all the kids have been focused on this dream -- talking about
it, budgeting and saving for it.
Our daughter-in-law, Misha, is a brilliant researcher and last year found
cottages they can stay in for one third the cost of hotel rooms. Meantime
they've been haunting web sites and found a great sale on airfare.
This trip is already partially paid for, it will cost much less than they
thought it would two years ago, and meantime the kids have been researching
all kinds of historic sites to go to. It's been so much fun planning that
one day Misha said to me, "Is there a chance that the trip itself won't
be as much fun as the planning is?"
(By the way, if you are thinking that I'm jealous of their trip…. um….no….because
…. we are going, too. It's our dream-come-true to travel with our kids…..
We just didn't want to pay for them!)
So the first steps are to IDENTIFY your dream and then DECIDE to make it
happen. Many dreams (including dreams of travel) have come true once the
decision is made. Author and speaker Anthony Robbins says, “It is in the
moment of decision that your destiny is shaped.”
A dream isn't the sort of thing that can be written on your "List of Things
to Do Today." Dreams usually involve all kinds of different segments: investigating,
learning, gathering, planning, budgeting, saving, setting up, doing. Start
by answering the following question:
Can I break down my dream into smaller components?
Dreams can be overwhelming but when you start making a list of all the
little tasks involved, you may find that at least one part of it is manageable
at this time in your life.
A friend Kathy, when she was a young mother of three pre schoolers, realized
that she couldn't possibly become a full-time college student with all the
demands of her family. So she set a goal to take just one college class
each semester. By the time her youngest child started first grade, Kathy
had already completed almost two years of college.
Maybe you don't have time to learn to play the piano right now, but you
could find time to shop for a piano or have yours tuned or start checking
around for a good piano teacher.
Maybe you don't have time to become a writer right now, but you could find
time to join a Writers' Group, or take a class in creative writing or how
to promote your writing.
Tackling your dreams could become gloriously satisfying, but also could
be a mighty big endeavor. Since making your dreams come true can be life-changing
and sometimes can turn your world upside down, perhaps it's a bit too humongous
a topic to cover in one Tip Sheet.
Let's continue this next month where we will explore ways to find time to
pursue your dreams when you are already overworked, overscheduled and overwhelmed.
Meantime, give some thought to those dreams that maybe periodically surface
or maybe have been pushed aside. Do you have an "impossible dream" that
maybe… just maybe … might be possible? SO now:
Identify your dream.
Make the decision that you will make it a reality.
Next, write a list of the small steps it would take to get started.
Tune in next month for more ideas and encouragement on how to carve out
time for this. (And to add support, take a look at the offer below.)
This can be the beginning of a great adventure. Do you STILL think yours
is an "Impossible Dream"?
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I cannot go another day without taking time to say "thank you". Your books
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This brings me to my next reason for writing. I remember you shared how
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Do you have any tips to share with me as I embark on this dream? Please
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Please, keep writing!
God Bless You,
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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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