October 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

One day you will wake up and there won't be any more time to do the things you've always wanted. Do it now.~~ Paulo Coelho

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore, Dream, Discover!
~~ Mark Twain

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

Message from Rita

Do you find that lately life is filled with things to do? No time to pursue dreams. No time to have fun. No time for friends or family. Healthy habits and choices are shoved aside … because there are so many other important things to do.

There was a time in my life when I realized that I was spending most of my time on what seemed to be important instead of spending it on what was really important. And I discovered that Time Management doesn’t always mean becoming more productive and efficient. Time Management also means spending your time in living a rich, enjoyable, purposeful, loving, joyful life.

Here are a few thoughts I discovered. I don’t pretend to be a poet so please overlook and forgive the rhyme and meter. Simply catch the insights I was experiencing.
I knew fun’s important
But could not seem to find
The time or the spirit
To nurture body and mind

Some souls ignore health
In pursuing great wealth
Then spend ALL that wealth
To regain that lost health

That is NOT what I want!
When my days here are done
What a shame not to say
“Life is good! I had fun!”

So I’ll make the commitment
To live a healthy, sane way.
In the midst of life’s busy-ness
I’ll add fun to each day.
-- Rita Emmett

When is the last time you had fun? That you actually felt joy?
Do you procrastinate about having fun & joy in your life?
Want some ideas to start you thinking about adding fun to your life?
  1. If you love getting with family or friends and don’ have time to do that, brainstorm with them ideas to get together. You might come up with some super creative and simple ways to do it.
  2.  What did you love to do as a kid? Ride a bike? Finger paint? Whistle? Do it!
  3.  Declare a "Day of Rest" on your day off - no commitments, no work, no chauffeuring people, no housework, no paperwork. If you were sick in bed you wouldn't be doing these things. Well ... take the day to recharge your battery without waiting to get sick. Do something fun.
  4.  Learn one new great joke and tell it all month long.
  5.  Start or get back to a hobby, activity, musical instrument, or sport
    that you passionately love.
  6.  Dance! Sing!
  7. Do you know a certain friend or group of friends who always get you
    laughing? Set a date to get together.
  8. What is something you've always wanted to do?
  9. Cook a meal where the making of the meal is fun for the whole family
    (put a pizza together, chop stuff for tacos, create your own roll ups.)
  10. If you're an "in-the-house-person", go outside. Breathe fresh air. Walk
    in a park or in your neighborhood or at a Botanic garden.

These are just a few thoughts to get you started. Have fun thinking of ways… to have fun.
Fun-lovingly yours,

Live in the Chicago area? Want to meet Rita in Person?
Once again, she’ll be at IBAM (Irish Books Art Music). This time she will do readings from her new picture book, Farkle Shark, You Are Not Stupid and will be helping The Pirate Queen who will arrive through a Time Machine.
It’s all FREE, so come join her
October 15 & 16
Irish American Heritage Center
4626 N. Knox Ave
OR go to IBAMChicago.com for more details.

Your book Manage Your Time To Reduce Your Stress --- just like The Procrastinator's Handbook --- came to me during one of the roughest periods of my life when I needed it the most. Without your recent book, I don't think I would have been able to calm down and settle my thoughts amidst all the chaos of moving from San Francisco to Tokyo. But I did have your book, and I was able to manage my time to reduce my stress, just like you said I could.
Watch me Rita, I'm going to work your techniques and make you proud! --- Raiman Au, Japan

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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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