April 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

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. ~~ Mark Twain

Honor your dreams. They are the truest indicator of what you are capable of achieving and becoming! ~~ Jeffrey Brandt

When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself. ~~ Isak Dinesen, author

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose. ~~ Dr. Seuss ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Message from Rita

Dear Readers,
Last month you were encouraged to identify your long-put-off dream, make a decision to turn it into reality, and break it down into smaller, more do-able steps.

But then, maybe you found yourself thinking "I don't have time to achieve my dream!"
Maybe you don't. Maybe this isn't the right time of your life to chase that dream. But maybe … just maybe you can find the time to at least start it… or maybe do parts of it.

Here's an example perceptive reader Virginia emailed, "I'm very proud of my sister because she achieved her goal of getting an MBA despite the fact that she was working full time, married, and starting a family. It took her 7 years to complete a Degree that normally takes 2 years full time."

So let's figure out if we can find any precious pockets of time in your life. One place to look is hours spent relaxing. Let's start with TV time. Add up the hours you watch TV. If you watch every evening from 7:00 till 10:00, that's three hours per day or 21 hours per week. That's almost 90 hours per month. I can hear you saying: "But wait a minute, I work hard! Don't I deserve to relax sometime?"

Of course you do. I am an advocate of relaxation. In addition to books on procrastination and clutter, I wrote Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress: A Handbook for the Overworked, Overscheduled, and Overwhelmed. In the process, I did a great deal of research and am convinced that this high stress world, relaxation is imperative for both good mental and physical health.
But as you search to find available time to pursue your dream, take a good look at how much time you’re spending monthly on leisure activities and ask, “Do I really need 90 hours a month to relax?” Is it possible each week to highjack a few of those 90 hours to pursue your dream?

Also, there’s another source of time which some people have. Commuters who travel by bus or train may have one or two hours a day they could use constructively. Author Scott Turow, a practicing attorney with an enormously busy schedule, wrote Presumed Innocent and several other best selling novels while riding the train to work.
For people who commute by car, there are plenty of helpful downloads and CDs available on a wide variety of topics. A great source of free CDs is your neighborhood library. If they don't have what you want, you can put in a request and they can usually borrow them from another library.

A corporate vice president emailed that she always wanted to learn a foreign language and was planning a vacation to Germany. Six months before her trip, she bought a CD set of "Learn to Speak German" to listen to in her car. She said she had to play each over and over before moving on to the next one, but she had a good, basic grasp of the language by the time she left for her vacation.

Time Management author, Ted Schwarz, writes: "Never curse commuting time. Simply find a way to let it work for you." Do you have a dream to read some of the great classics of literature or just a good old popular novel? Many audio versions are available free online.

Want to improve time management? Develop your stress management skills? Become more creative? Learn to negotiate? Listen to more music? Study selling techniques? Deepen your spirituality? Start your own business? Explore a distant culture? These and dozens of other topics are all available at libraries and online.

And of course you can get tons of help on our web site (www.RitaEmmett.com) if you dream of breaking the procrastination and clutter habits or managing stress. Do you learn by reading? We have books. By listening? We have CDs. By video? We have DVDs. We even have a few online courses. End of commercial. J

Most people can find an extra hour. Maybe not an hour per day, but at least an hour per week. That's what my plan was in writing my first book, The Procrastinator's Handbook. Simply write one hour per week. After the fourth week, I was excited and enthusiastic about writing and found all kinds of ways to make time for it.

In achieving your dreams, you are creating the life you want. So go ahead and create a great one. Don't you think you deserve it? Isn't it time to stop procrastinating and get started? Now?


Most of her talks are with corporations and associations so the public is not invited.
But Saturday, April 5 Rita is volunteering her time at the
Diabetes Expo at Chicago's McCormick Place.
The Expo is open from 10 AM to 4 PM and admittance is free.
She will speak at 2:30 and will join Bruce in staffing a booth all day.


We received several last minute emails asking if it's too late to get in on the March sale. (What's that?? Some of our Perceptive Readers actually procrastinate??) So we are running it for another month.

You will receive a FREE CD "Blast Away Procrastination" (Retail: $15.97) with the purchase of any two books, CD's or DVD's on our web site. The CD is of Rita giving a talk on Procrastination at a conference.
Our hope is that you will not only purchase those two items, but that you will actually NOT procrastinate in using them. And that they will move you closer to fulfilling your "Impossible Dream".

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:

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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