The Anticrastination Tip Sheet
From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook
Dreaming about a future you would like to experience is all fine and
good, but don't forget it is the decisions you are making on a daily
basis, right now, that determine if you will, in fact, be in a better
position to experience that desired future. ~~ Jeffrey Brand
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
~~ J.R.R. Tolkien
You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can only
decide how you're going to live. Now. ~~ Joan Baez
Decide what you want…believe you can have it, believe you deserve it,
believe it's possible for you.
Message from Rita
WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME?
Dear Perceptive Readers,
A friend who works in hospice once told me that as people near the end
of their time and reflect on their life's journey, they hardly ever
regret the things they've done, not even mistakes.
She said, "The deep regrets are for all they've never got around to
Then she introduced me to a quotation by Sydney J. Harris:
Regret for the things we DID can be tempered by time;
Have you ever heard someone (maybe you) say something like: "I always
it is regret for the things we did NOT do
that is inconsolable.
- return to school
- learn a musical instrument
- get rid of my clutter
- volunteer my time
- learn a foreign language
- make new friends
- start my own business
- write a book
- spend time with my friends & family"
Sometimes it's more short term, such as "Summer flew by and
I meant to relax at the beach…"
I wanted to gather the whole gang together for a cook-out…"
I was going to plant a garden
..................... but now it's too late."
Then they tell us they never did these things…they missed out on their
dream…because they didn't get the time.
But we never GET time, do we? Nobody says to you, "Here's a big ol'
bucket of time. Now go follow your dreams."
Instead we have to DECIDE to make time for what is important to us.
Once you decide, once you make up your mind you're going to do
something, it might take years, but the journey of moving toward your
dream can be invigorating and energizing.
Last year a neighbor announced that he's always wanted to learn to play
the guitar. Then -- in his 70's -- he decided the time had come. And now
he plays the guitar!
It took many little decisions (how to find a teacher, buy a guitar,
etc.), but for him the result is a dream-come-true.
Many readers write that once they FINALLY decided to make time for
clutter-busting, they are thrilled with the new clear spaces in their
One of our perceptive readers, Jean Aragon, recently wrote: "Rita, It is
SO GOOD you wrote that maybe people find it hard to make decisions.
Instead of struggling with biggies such as 'Should I switch careers?'
begin with something small such as…oh…I dunno…maybe….CLUTTER?"
Jean continued: "Because when clutter is gone, it's much easier to think
about ANYthing else. Removing clutter means that even smaller tasks,
such as completing post-fire insurance paperwork, or simply making a
grocery list, become MUCH easier."
Things don't just happen. You have to make a decision (which often
includes many mini-decisions) to make it all come together. But that
decision can be life changing.
Maybe you think there is nothing you can do right now to move you toward
your dreams. But there IS one thing. You can decide that you are going
to do it. Here's a tip.
Don't focus on all the reasons you CAN'T accomplish it. Ignore those.
Instead, focus on what's possible.
Before you can take action, you need to decide. Make that decision now,
and the adventure begins.
Thank you and a big smooch to all of you who bought my first picture
Farkle Shark, You Are Not Stupid. (Available at Amazon for $1.99
till July 31 and includes a free audio of me reading the book.)
Thanks also for those of you who wrote reviews. I've been told that good
reviews are super -important for picture books, so an extra big smooch
to all of you reviewers, too.
WANT TO READ THEM???
WELLLL…OK…IF YOU INSIST. HERE ARE THE FIRST 3:
Moving Target on June 13, 2016
This is a wonderful book for children. I have been crusading against the
word "stupid" for many years, and this book speaks to that so
brilliantly. The illustrations are delightful and the story is just
right for one student or a group. I would love to see this book in print
so that adults and children can enjoy it side by side. Rita Emmett and
Irina Bulgaru have collaborated so beautifully on this story. I hope it
becomes part of every person's childhood from here on out.
Joanne Knight on June 27, 2016
I'm 74 years old and a very serious reader. However, the title of this
book for young children intrigued me and so I read it! When I was
little, my mother didn't allow me to call anyone "stupid", so I
appreciate "Farkle Shark, You Are Not Stupid', which echoes her sound
parenting skills. Rita Emmett, the author, has for years offered
practical, effective advice to adults on how to overcome procrastination
and eliminate clutter. Now, with kindness, firmness and humour she turns
to children and shows them that no one is smart about everything, but
everyone is smart about something. Every child, the potential bully as
well as the sometimes bullied, needs to know this. Bravo, Rita! And
congratulations to Irina Bulgaru for the imaginative illustrations that
gently carry us along!
Mary Childers on June 28, 2016
Rita has a gift for making the complicated untangled and her newest book
is no exception. I particularly liked the colors and presentation of a
sensitive subject that gets right to the point. I can't wait for Rita's
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