December 2014
The Anticrastination Tip Sheet

Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook

The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
--Reinhold Niebuhr

Prayer for Work …
Lord, help me to sort out what I should do first, second and third today
and not try to do everything at once and nothing well,
Give me the wisdom to delegate what I can & prioritize the things I can't delegate,
to say no when I need to,
and the sense to know when to go home.

Senior Citizen Serenity Prayer
God grant me the senility
to forget the people I never liked anyway;
the good fortune to run into the ones I do;
and the eyesight to tell the difference.


Message from Rita

Dear Readers,
For many people, the holiday season is one of busy-ness and stress. Amidst all the hustle and bustle, if you can find time to give yourself an occasional gift of fun or "down time", you may find yourself enjoying (rather than dreading) this holiday time.

  1. Do you know a certain friend or group of friends who always gets you laughing? Set a date to get together.
  2. What did you love to do as a kid? Ride a bike? Finger-paint? Whistle? Do it.
  3.  If you're an "in-the-house-person", go outside. Breathe fresh air. Walk in a park or in your neighborhood or at a Botanic garden. Smell the weather no matter how cold.
  4.  Invite a gang over (or go out) to watch your favorite comedy, and laugh your head off. Call it an anti-burnout party.
  5.  If there's a live concert of your favorite music anywhere in your area, MAKE time to attend. (If you wait till you GET the time, it'll never happen.) It will nurture your spirit.
  6.  Learn one new great joke and tell it all month long.
  7.  Declare a "Day of Rest" on your day off - no commitments, no work, no chauffeuring people around, no housework, no paperwork.
    If you were sick in bed you wouldn't be doing these things. Well ... take the day to recharge your battery without waiting to get sick. Watch old re-runs on TV. Read trashy magazines. Do something fun.
  8.  Dance!
  9.  Start or get back to a hobby, activity, musical instrument, or sport that you passionately love.
  10.  What is something you've always wanted to do?
  11.  Cook a meal where the making of the meal is fun for the whole group (put a pizza together, chop stuff for tacos, create your own roll ups.)
  12.  Sing in a chorus or choir or in your living room with friends, but whether you have a great voice or not, sing at the top of your lungs.
  13.  Spend time with a child. Let him or her teach you a lesson about fun.

To our friends all over the world, Bruce and I, and our Dream Team of Mickey, Deb, and Maria extend to you and your loved ones our best wishes for a:

Vrolijke Kersttmis
Joyeux Noel
Froeliche Wihnachten
Kinga Shinnen
Ichok Yilara
Glaedelig Jul
Felice Pascuas Boldog
Karacsonyi Unnepeket
Feliz Navidad
Sarbatori Felicite
Tin Hao Nian
Felice Natale
Glad Julen
Boas Festas
Wesloych Swiat
Veselele Vanoche
Sretan Bozic
Mele Kalikimaka
Nollag shona dhuit
Merry Christmas

& a Joyful, Peaceful, Loving, Healthy, Prosperous New Year!

Dear Rita Emmett,
I read The Procrastinator's Handbook: Mastering the Art of Doing it Now and must say thank you for a job well done. The book is easy to read, well organized, and very helpful. I appreciate the hard work you invested to create it.

John W. Nichols
North Carolina

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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