The Anticrastination Tip Sheet
From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook
If you aim at nothing, you’re sure to hit it. ~~ unknown
A PLAN is WHAT you're going to do.
A SCHEDULE is WHEN you're going to do it.
If you don't SCHEDULE your PLAN
it may NEVER get DONE. ~~ Rita Emmett
Every moment spent planning
saves three or four in execution. ~~ Crawford Greenwalt
If you do not know where you are going,
every road will get you nowhere. ~~ Henry Kissinger
Message from Rita
Did you notice a theme in the quotes above? They all mention making a PLAN.
Let's explore a few thoughts on PLANS.
Sometimes .... no matter how much we plan, it doesn't work. For example,
last month we had a TeleClass on clutter. I planned everything ahead of
time, including what we would cover based on comments and questions received
from the people who registered.
AND I promised everyone who registered that they'd receive a download
of the one-hour class... all for free. Next I planned and even practiced
with the recording equipment.
Then as the class began, (and this will NOT surprise anyone who knows
me) I pushed ... not the button I used during my practice runs.... but a
A wrong one. Good plan. Sadly ....didn't work.
So all I could think to do afterwards was to apologize, promise I'll run
another TeleClass in June, and send a recording of THAT class to all the
participants of that June class as well as of last month's class.
BUT several participants from that TeleClass emailed that they were ready
to get going on their clutter, and wanted me to send them a copy of all
the things I urged them to do as a plan BEFORE they even begin clutter-busting.
And I did send it to them.
However, it hits me that if that list is so important to them, then I'll
share it with you also.
SO, when you seriously decide to attack your clutter, before you begin,
here is a plan for several steps you can take that will make the job so
BEFORE YOU START YOUR CLUTTER-BUSTING
- select one area where you will attack your stacks of stuff. You can't
conquer all your clutter at once. If you think of doing that you will get
discouraged and exhausted. Pick one area -- then pick a small part of that
area. (not the whole kitchen, just one counter; not your whole desk, just
one corner of it.)
- decide on a person or organization who will love the stuff you give them
as much as you do. Designate a spot in the house to put these donations
(a box or plastic bag in a closet or garage) so ANY TIME you decide you
can get rid of something, you know where to put it.
- if something doesn't have a place to belong, it is automatically clutter.
Figure out where stuff will go ahead of time. (Where will auto info go,
shoes, school papers to be signed, etc.)
- write this on a post-it and stick it somewhere: IF YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH
ROOM FOR ALL YOUR STUFF, YOU DON'T NEED MORE ROOM, YOU NEED LESS STUFF.
- set a timer for an hour. Clutter busting includes MAKING DECISIONS and
after an hour of decisions, your brain begins to melt down.
- decide on a really nice reward for one hour of clutter busting. Something
that will push you to do another hour soon.
- if you will need help making decisions or --- afterwards--- getting rid
of bags of trash or donations, ask someone to help you. NOT to actually
decide what to get rid of but to encourage YOU to decide to get rid of stuff
or to simply cart away bags of your stuff.
Hope you try one or all of this "Pre-Clutter-Busting Planning" because
you'll be surprised at how it will help. And for more help with your clutter,
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As an author and a speaker, I work by myself and too often let myself get
distracted from what I need to do to have a successful business. I admit
that I procrastinated in reading your book!
I love your Procrastination program on Avanoo. Your 2 – 3 minute tips every
day are so doable. The program has helped me reduce my inattention span,
increase my productivity, and, most of all, feel less guilty.
Colonel (Ret.) Jill Morgenthaler
Author, Leadership Expert, International Speaker
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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