January 2015
The Anticrastination Tip Sheet

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

Message from Rita

True enjoyment in each moment,
True fulfillment in each goal,
True contentment in your heart,
And true delight within your soul.

Dear Readers,
Happy January. How are your New Year's Resolutions holding up? Yeah, pretty much it's the same with everyone. By now, we don't even give them any thought, can hardly remember what they were.

Let's move into 2015 on a more positive, productive note.

Instead of making (& breaking) resolutions, look at the past year and focus on all the things you did that you can feel good about.

Write them down … or not. I don't want this to be one more January thing to make you feel sad or guilty. None of this has to be huge. Just think of the things that make your life good, the way you want to be living it. For example...Did you:
  • try anything new this past year? (recipe, class, restaurant, hobby, work project, volunteer endeavor, book on a new subject, anything)?
  • begin or continue an exercise program or sport activity?
  • have fun building a snowman for the first time in ages?
  • eliminate a toxic person or activity from your life?
  • donate blood?
  • begin something you've dreamed of doing?
  • have some good times with friends and family?
  • volunteer for a worthy cause?
  • learn something new on the computer?
  • join a new group or committee?
  •  do some traveling?
  • spend some wonderful time with a good friend or family
  • learn some enjoyable way to relax or manage stress?
  • get rid of some clutter?
  • make time to have fun?

Nobody expects anyone to have accomplished ALL of the above, they are just random examples. But this list might
trigger some ideas for you. Take your time, write down
everything you can think of that you are happy to have done,
leave the paper out for several days, post it on a wall or a
mirror and enjoy adding to it. As you list your positive
achievements and experiences of the past year, let
yourself wallow in feeling good about yourself and your life.

Doesn't that sound like more fun than making up a ton
of resolutions? Don't forget that old saying: "Success
breeds success". As you wallow in feeling good about
your achievements, you just might find the energy and
desire to move forward on something you've been putting
off for a while (or a lifetime).

Here's "A Blessing for The Coming Year" by one of my favorite
poets, John O'Donohue:

May I have the courage today
To live the life I would love,
To postpone my dream no longer
But do at last what I came here for
And waste my heart on fear no more. ~~ John O'Donohue

Here are a few of the new projects I'm beginning this year.

I am happy to share that I have been specially invited to partner with a remarkable panel of researchers, coaches and authors for a series of short online video interviews: “Beat Procrastination NOW: Seven Tips, Tricks and Mindset Shifts to Help You Get More Done in Less Time”. You will learn our favorite super-helpful practices so you can get focused and take action now. Look for the link to participate in the February Tip Sheet.

Working with Avanoo publishing, I will be creating several 30-day Online Programs. These consist of daily 3-minute videos of me giving tips, techniques and an action for you to take. It's the sort of thing you can listen to while drinking your morning cup of coffee. And if you miss one or several days, you can pick up where you left off.

As you think of the coming year, and if you want to work on something you've been putting off, several people have let me know that the new Procrastination Online Program we launched two months ago has seriously helped them get stuff done that they've been putting off. To view a sample of 3 of my videos, click here https://www.avanoo.com/first3/484

Just this past week, we launched an Online Program to Conquer Clutter. Sadly, I don't have a sneak preview for you of that yet. To register for either one go to ritaemmett.avanoo.com

Each one $35 but readers of this Tip Sheet get more than a 50% discount. So be sure to use the Promo Code that will reduce the cost to $15 for either one (just a half a buck a day)

For Procrastination the secret code is: dontprocrastinate
For Clutter the secret code is: noclutter

Yes, I'm finally settled on Facebook. Go to:
www.facebook.com/ritaemmett.author and as ridiculous as it sounds, please like me.

Hope we are all going into the best year of our lives,
Rita Emmett

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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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