January 2016
The Anticrastination Tip Sheet

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

We cannot cure the world of sorrow, but we can choose to live in joy. ~ Joseph Campbell
Unless each day can be looked back upon by an individual
as one in which he has had some fun,
some joy,
some real satisfaction,
that day is a loss. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things. ~ Elise Boulding

I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy.
I woke and I saw that life is all service.
I served and I saw that service is joy. ~ Khalil Gibran

Message from Rita

Dear Readers,
Every year, a friend and I meet to review the previous year and talk about our vision for the coming year. Last year, she asked to brainstorm ideas for her to find ways to add joy to her life in the coming year.
I said before you can add joy, you need to identify what is blocking joy – maybe clutter?

She sputtered, “How could clutter possibly be blocking joy?”
I replied, “You always complain about it because it surrounds you constantly, you say you hate it, and you wish it was gone. Why not approach clutter in terms of joy? Take each item that you don’t need or use, and ask yourself if it brings you joy. If not, then donate it, recycle it or toss it.
You’ll decrease your clutter
which will make you happy AND
you’ll stop being surrounded by clutter
that doesn’t bring you joy and
that you wish you didn’t have.”

She said in a surprised tone, “That actually makes sense!” (which made me wonder….do I usually NOT make sense??)
Then I pointed out that we need to make time for joy in our lives and suggested we talk about how she uses her time. She said she has no time for family, friends or fun.
I asked, “What do you do on weekends, in the evening or during any relaxing time?”
She said, “Watch TV, play video games, Facebook, Twitter, the usual stuff … and occasionally I go out with a group.”
Me “Why not go out with them more often?
She “They are negative, whining complaining.
Me “OK, so that’s not a source of joy. Well, does watching TV & that other stuff bring you joy?”
She “No, it’s more or less something I’m addicted to that I do to relax.
Me “With your jam-packed busy schedule, that sounds like wasted time which is not of value to you. Think of it as if it is clutter in your life. You need to ponder what activities truly bring you joy and see if any of them can be added to your life… maybe by eliminating some of the activities that do not bring you joy and are not necessary.”
This year when we met, she said it’s been a great year. She joined a volleyball team and plays once a week, gets enormous satisfaction from volunteering for a great cause, has gone back to playing her flute and consciously plans time with friends who are positive and uplifting.

She doesn’t miss the small amount of social media and TV time that these activities sometimes replace because the fun of all these new activities invigorates her and adds joy to her life. AND she actually has deleted a portion of her clutter and loves the new, clear space. She says she feels “lighter” with it gone.

So, if you would like to have more joy in your life this coming year, here are 3 ideas to begin:
1. Get rid of stuff you don’t need or use and that does not bring you joy.
2. Identify or list ways to add fun or joy to your life.
3. Consider how you spend your spare time and eliminate what you can of anything that does not bring you joy. You can’t delete your job, cleaning your home, things like that, but maybe there are some activities that are not necessary, that use up your time but you don’t enjoy. Are you happy reviewing the amount of time you spend on games & social media, etc.? If that brings you joy, great. But if it’s keeping you from family, friends or fun, you might want to re-think your use of time.

Wishing you all a Happy …nope…make that … a JOYFUL New Year

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Thursday, January 21
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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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