The Anticrastination Tip Sheet
From 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

People are busy building the lives they thought they wanted; they have become so stressed out that they have no life. ~~ anonymous

We either make ourselves miserable or make ourselves strong, either way, the amount of work is the same. ~~ Carlos Castenada

Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. ~~ Natalie Goldberg

Though right or wrong you’re bound to find
Relief in making up your mind. ~~ Thornton Burgess

In any moment of decision,
the very best thing you can do, is what is right;
the next best thing you can do, is what is wrong;
the worst thing you can do is NOTHING. ~~ Teddy Roosevelt

Message from Rita


In past Tip Sheets, we've covered how making or NOT making decisions impacts clutter and procrastination.

However, do you recognize how stressful it becomes when we are un-decided about something?

Two of the best decisions to make for easing up your stress and implementing a Stress Management Plan is:

  1. Observe and identify the sources of stress in your life.
  2. Make decisions to learn some stress management skills and implement ways to reduce your stress.

For example, the drive to work used to be stressful for me (identified). Once I started thinking about it, I decided to play energizing music (implemented). And eventually started picking up audio books at the library. Suddenly the drive stopped being stressful and actually became enjoyable.

Another example. Often life became chaotic and stressful for a friend when her three kids were little. Then she’d take everyone outside and go for a walk.

She says now that they’re grown, they all tell her that part of their stress management plan is to go for a walk, even at work during their lunch time.

Several years ago, I added walking to my Stress Management Plan and discovered it’s not only relaxing and generates those “feel good” endorphins. It's also a great time for meditating or planning.

In my “Burn-Out” seminars, I ask “What stresses you out?”
Frequently, the answer is “My clutter (or my debt) is my big source of stress.”
Then I ask, “How do you handle your stress?”
And for many, the answer is “Shopping”. The funny thing is, they hardly ever see the real connection between the two.

If something you do causes stress such as the clutter or debt mentioned above, then observe and identify different ways of making yourself feel good. Instead of shopping --- which might make you feel good for a short time but is causing more stress in the long run --- try to identify other ways to "feel good" and manage your stress.

One good place to begin is think of 3 things that bring you joy.
It might not be easy because you've been so swamped with the stress in your life. Now you are deciding on something new … which often means change.

Are you ready to make a decision to change at least one thing that drives you nuts?

The main reason most people resist making decisions about change is because they are more focused on what they have to give up rather than what they will gain.
Always believe that the gain will outweigh the loss. Life is all about change.

DECIDE you are ready for what lies ahead rather than staying stuck with too much stress and not much joy.

The "Anticrastinator" in me wants to remind you: NOW is the time to enjoy life.
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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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