April 2016
The Anticrastination Tip Sheet
From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook
Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress

Lost time is never found again. ~~ Benjamin Franklin

If time were to take on human form, would she be your taskmaster or freedom fighter? ~~ Richie Norton

The essence of self-discipline is to do the important thing rather than the urgent thing. ~~ Barry Werner

Remember that time is money. ~~ Benjamin Franklin
There is nothing less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all. ~~ Peter Drucker

Message from Rita

Dear Readers,
Have you ever noticed that we sometimes enter a “Time Warp” with Twitter, Facebook, and other fun, informative communications? I once spent 10 minutes on Twitter, but the clock INSISTED I had been on for 1 hour 25 minutes.

After a number of experiments to disprove the clock, I finally admitted that time does warp when I’m on Twitter so I no longer Tweet. Am I suggesting you do the same? No, but if we value our time, we need to recognize those “Time Vampires” and learn to set boundaries on them.

For example, many people allow a certain amount of time for emails, facebook, etc. And some (including me) actually set a timer for that allotted amount of time. As a result, they don’t try to read everything or to reply to everything. With a deadline looming, they push themselves to skim through all the info pouring into their lives.

As appealing as it is when invited to click on a web to view the “astonishing reply, info or hack”, they zip past anything that isn’t important. And are constantly re-evaluating the importance of much of that incoming information.

Our grandparents -- maybe even our parents -- were able to read every piece of mail, every memo, newsletter, newspaper, magazine, and mail order catalog that interested them.

Times have changed. You can’t. No one can these days. Until you accept that fact, you’ll be buried in information clutter.
The New Normal is --- set boundaries, push yourself to skim and delete stuff that might sound interesting but you know you’ll never find time to read it.

Consider how valuable your time is vs. viewing a photo of someone’s tuna salad sandwich or people telling you how wonderful they and their family are OR worse, how much they hate particular people plus stories and reasons for their hatred .

One way for deciding the amount of time to allocate for incoming info is – after reading, how do you feel? Uplifted? Angry? Tired? Encouraged or discouraged?

With emails, do you ever catch yourself saying, “I’ll finish reading all the new ones first, Then I’ll come back and reply to this.”? If yes, you will end up with as much E-clutter as “I just don’t know where to keep this empty gift box that is too pretty to throw out, so I’ll set it here for a moment.” (You do know the result, don’t you?)

Not one of us can handle all the information that comes our way.
The trick is to learn how to sift through and toss, delete or skim over what you don’t need, so you end up spending your valuable time on those things that are important to you … such as living life.

By the way, I am delighted and grateful that you took the time to read this. Hope you found it to be helpful.

Good Day Rita,
I have been following http://www.ritaemmett.com/book_clutter_busting.htm and it has netted us $140.00 by selling items on Craig’s List! ~~ from Pete Knuerr
I have implemented your suggestions from The Clutter-Busting Handbook and what a great feeling it is! As a result, I am more creative, productive and focused. It confirms that a little focused effort in the right place can produce significant results.
Thanks. ~~ from Ann Elliott, Leadership Strategist, The Berkana Company LLC

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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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