June 2016
The Anticrastination Tip Sheet
From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook


Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose. ~~ Dr. Seuss, “Oh, the Places You'll Go!”

Message from Rita
Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a project where you don’t know what you’re doing and you are not clear how to do the next step … but you know it is what you are supposed to do?
I’m in the heart of that type of journey. It’s fun but I simply don’t know where the path leads and don’t have a clear map showing the way.

How did I get here? Eight years ago, after writing a book for adults to help children who procrastinate, I researched if there were books to directly help kids break the putting-off habit. There were several for every age child except little ones.

Yet I kept receiving emails asking help for mini-procrastinators.

For years, I prayed someone would write a book for young children. Then ... Did you ever have a smack-yourself-in-the-head-moment where you knew this is the time and you are the person to do something?

I wrote the picture Book.

And quickly learned two things:
1. I’m not good at it.
2. It’s hard. You have to create a plot with conflict, resolution, interesting characters plus beginning, middle and end – in less than 800 words.

In the past, I was lucky to work with a terrific agent (who, sadly, does not handle picture books.) So I’ve sent literary agents my picture book about Patty O’Put-Off, a little girl who procrastinates. No reply yet.

If no luck with agents, I’ll self-publish it but I’ve never self-published anything. So I wrote a “practice book” for Kindle. That way, if nobody accepts my Patty O’Put-Off book, I will already have learned the process.
My “practice picture book” begins with a favorite quote attributed to Einstein: “Everyone is a genius. But if a fish is judged by how well it climbs a tree, it will live its entire life feeling stupid.”

It’s a fun and funny book that begins with Sparkle Shark criticizing the way little brother Farkle Shark talks. But when Big Bully Boy called him stupid because he can’t climb trees, Sparkle jumped to her brother’s defense. Her advice, plus an adventure, changed his attitude … and his life.

YOU are the first to hear about it.
Farkle Shark, You Are Not Stupid” will sell on Kindle for only $1.99 until July 31, plus inside you’ll find a link to a free audio bonus of me reading it. (Yes, OF COURSE I do sound effects. Watery ones.)
If you are interested in this book for kids, grandkids, a young friend, teacher or yourself, I’m asking 3 big favors of you.
1. Please buy it.
2. Write a review. (I’ve learned that reviews are super-important for picture books).
3. If you are interested in any other picture book, buy them both at the same time. That way, when someone buys the OTHER book, a message pops up: “Others who bought this book also liked….”

Moral of the story: if you ever feel driven to do something – start a business, write a book, travel - but it’s uncomfortable because you don’t know where to start, begin with the decision: YES, you will do it.
Be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Then do your homework. Learn as much as possible. Get started. Each time you can’t figure out the next step, keep learning. Google it. You might stumble across explanations that move you along.

Ask for help, maybe find a mentor. Even if you are a super-capable person who takes pride in being knowledgeable and competent with everything you do, that doesn’t mean you can’t pause to seek help once in a while. Growth doesn’t occur when comfortable. You might be surprised at who or what appears to help move you along.

And if you find yourself feeling stupid because you can’t figure out the next step, allow me to recommend a newly-released book where a shark named Farkle will teach you that JUST because you don’t know how to do THIS thing, it doesn’t mean you are stupid.
In the words of that great philosopher:
You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!
Good news! I just shared some of my most important anticrastination strategies during an interview on a new business podcast called Real Fast Results. AND it’s free... just click here and subscribe.

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Each podcast (mine is the most recent) is like a high-quality info-product so it’s like getting a premium subscription to a high-caliber marketing membership site - FOR FREE, Simply subscribe and listen here -http://realfastresults.com/itunes
Come join our free teleclass “Do You Really Need ALL That Sentimental Clutter?”
You know what we mean…. Yes, this is for YOU.

Join us Thursday, June 30 at 1:00 Central time
It’s free. Register at 888-600-2560 or teltopics@matherlifeways.com

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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
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No trees were destroyed in the sending of this message,
but a significant number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.