July 2015
The Anticrastination Tip Sheet
From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook
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Indecision brings its own delays,
And days are lost lamenting over lost days.
~~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Though right or wrong you're bound to find
relief in making up your mind.
~~ Thomas Burgess

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DECISIONS, DECISIONS, LET'S PUT THEM OFF

Dear Readers,
So often, people ask what is the connection between procrastination and clutter.

First of all, not everyone who procrastinates is a Pack Rat and ... not everyone who has clutter is a procrastinator. But MOST of the time, those two are closely connected.

Back when I was The World's Greatest Procrastinator, I was also a Pack Rat. (almost hoarder)
In the dining room, I had paths through boxes and stacks of papers and stuff -- definitely NOT a room one would want to dine in.

Because of my past experience, I never ever ask Pack Rats to throw out anything. That's because I know that anytime they toss out items, at night when everyone is snuggled up sound asleep, that Pack Rat will tippy-toe out to the trash and drag it all back in.

So I always suggest that you find a person, family or organization that will love and cherish your stuff as much as you do. That way you can say good-bye to your stuff without breaking your heart or sobbing like a baby poodle.

Ahhhh ... but how do you get to the point of saying good-bye to stuff you don't need or use?? The one big area of procrastination that directly causes clutter is: putting off decisions.
Such as:
  1. I can’t decide whether to keep this or not. Hmmmmm, I’ll just set it here for a minute till I decide
  2. I’ve decided to keep this, now where shall I put it? Hmmmmm, I’ll just set it here for a minute till I decide
  3.  I’ve decided that I WILL keep it, I’ve decided WHERE I’ll put it, now all I have to do is put it there. Hmmmmm, I’ll just set it here for a minute till I get around to it.

OR

  1. I've decided NOT to keep it, but how will I get rid of it. Toss? Recycle? Donate? Ohhhhh nooooo... where should I donate it to? Hmmmmm, I'll just set it here for a minute till I make all those decisions.
  2.  I've decided to NOT keep it and I've decided WHERE I'll donate it. Now all I have to do is get it here. Hmmmmm, I’ll just set it here for a minute till I get around to it.

As you start to become aware of your lack of deciding, you can practice with small easy decisions. That's right, I'm telling you to PRACTICE DECIDING.
If you have:
twelve shirts in your closet that you never ever wear or
eight power drills and you need only .... oh .... about three or four or
seven frying pans (and you never fry anything) and several things in the junk drawer that you can't quite identify....
... that's a great place to practice.

You don't have to get rid of everything, Try donating or recycling just one or two items.
Then pay attention.
Notice that the world doesn't end, your life isn't ruined and you are not desperately in need of that thing you gave away. (You were afraid of that, weren't you?)

And as you practice deciding where to put the stuff you've decided to keep, realize that you are not making a solemn, lifetime, eternal commitment to keeping it there. If you don't like that choice, then MAKE A NEW DECISON and try putting it elsewhere.

I do that a lot with word documents. I file something one place and later realize it needs its own directory or belongs in some other category. It's OK to move it.

Here's the amazing part. The more you practice making those decisions, the easier it becomes.

Please know that I don't want to hear from you that you've made the decision to KEEP everything. I love hearing from you but not that! My point here is to help you decide to get rid of your clutter.
You did understand that, didn't you??

Happy Clutter Busting.
Warmly,
Rita
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KIND WORDS FOR THE AUDIO BOOKS
Rita,
I have enjoyed your Books - the audio version is the best hearing it directly from you and your voice!
Thank you,
Monica

Hello Rita,
You rock! You have just the right amount of butt kick and compassion!
I have your audio book and am one of the people you are reaching.

Thank you so much for writing The Procrastinator's Handbook, and especially for reading it on an audio book! I believe you are helping me transform and transition to a fresh path. That is saying a whole lot.

I feel like one of the people who say they don't write to authors to give them compliments. I have been blessed by your sharing of your understanding of people and life. I have had it on my mind that I need to thank you...so here it is.
Take care and happy trails!
Karen
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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
www.ritaemmett.com
REmmett412@aol.com
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847-699-9950
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