November 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

I can sit by a lake for an hour and do nothing. It’s like a dream time for me. It organizes my soul. ~~ Diane Sawyer

Sometimes you must slow down to go faster. ~~ Ann McGee Cooper

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

Message from Rita
Dear Readers,
As we head towards the busy-ness of holidays, instead of listing ways to shop or decorate more effectively, here is a list of actions that IF you take any one of them you will move yourself closer to high-stress and eventual burn-out.

So I guess you'd call it "Rules for What NOT to do". But instead, let's just call it:


  1. Have outrageously high expectations of yourself, others and life in general.
  2. Work at least twelve hours a day.
  3. Work as many holidays and weekends as possible.
  4. Always eat “fast foods” and candy bars for that quick energy.
  5. Drink lots of caffeinated beverages.
  6.  Say "yes" to every request so you can feel like a good person and avoid the difficulty of saying "no".
  7.  Never accept anything less than perfection.
  8. Be an inflexible, stick-to-your-guns, never-bending person.
  9.  Assume the responsibility for solving the problems of all your
    friends, family and co-workers.
  10.  Never, ever delegate any responsibility. (not even to your kids. After all, YOU never had any chores to do as a child, did you????)
  11. Try to please all the people all of the time.
  12.  Never waste time relaxing.
  13.  Let your phone, calendar and computer control your life and dictate when you work and when you don't.
  14.  Never exercise.
  15.  Spend so much time on the Unimportant things in your life, that there is hardly any time left to spend on your family, friends, health or fun.
  16. Never take any time off for yourself. (If you are ever forced to do
    so, feel as guilty as possible about it.)
  17. Always remember to put everyone’s needs before yours.
  18. Go ahead and add as much busy-ness to your calendar as you possibly can. Being Ultra-busy might make you seem important.
  19. Believe …truly believe … that you don't deserve joy in your life.
  20. Above all, let everyone else have control of your emotions so that THEY can determine whether you feel good or not about yourself and what you do.
If you feel that any of these steps are creating stress your life and aren't sure how to make changes, you can find a great deal of help the book or CD of Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress: A Handbook for the Overworked, Overscheduled, and Overwhelmed.
Hi Rita,
Am in week #3 of your 30 day online course, Break Your Procrastination Habit …. Today! Listening to your 3-minutes a day message really works. I finally put up the finishing trim on a bedroom that was supposed to be put up TWO YEARS AGO.
Also, I put up shelves in the garage that I bought last year and made me feel guilty all summer long every time I looked at them stacked in the corner covered with dust and stuff.

Now I'm moving forward setting up a filing system to make my life easier. This thing works and it makes it easy to get stuff done that I've been putting off.
(Note from Rita: If you want access to this online course, click here. If you would like to save $20 on it, enter Promo Code: dontprocrastinate)

Then perceptive reader Cheryl Johnson writes:
Rita, On a personal note, I spent the Sunday in bed resting and had an opportunity to reread parts of your book Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress. This has to be the best self-help book I have read in years. Thank you so much for scenarios, the quotes and the genuine tone of concern you so beautifully crafted together. I am so inspired by your work. You have blessed so many people, especially me!
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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