December 2016
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

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QUOTES FOR DECEMBER:

Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. ~ Eddie Cantor ~ 1892-1964, American Comedian

SHOPPING PRAYER

Lord, help me to shop thoughtfully.
Grant me a spirit of gratitude for what I already have,
And protect me from being possessed by my possessions. Amen.
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Message from Rita

HOLIDAYS, CELEBRATION, PROCRASTINATION - OH MY!
Simple Tips to Beat Procrastination for the Holidays (that also work for Planning Weddings, or any other Special Event )

Holidays - no matter how you celebrate them - seem to throw many people in a tailspin of procrastination.

One of my traditional holiday memories was my Stepdad chasing around every Christmas Eve, racing to buy all his gifts from whatever was left over from other shoppers. One year he gave me a fruitcake ... I was eleven.

As unappreciated as that was, it was nothing compared to the year my mother told him he better give her a thought-full, romantic gift. He gave her an electric frying pan. She didn't speak to him again for a
long, long time.

If you are a procrastinator who ends up feeling frantic, frazzled, fragmented or frustrated as theholidays approach, here are a few simple tips:

1. MAKE LISTS
Instead of pushing thoughts of the holidays out of your mind, take a few minutes now to make a list of
ALL you have to do. For example:
-  menu (or cooking something special)
-  decorate
-  buy gifts
-  send cards
And maybe add to your list:
-  schedule time off for yourself --- to recharge your battery, get with people you like or just to do something you enjoy.

2. SIMPLIFY, SIMPLIFY, SIMPLIFY

Search your lists for things to streamline or eliminate. Four example:

A. Substitute something for a time-consuming chore you don't like. If you MUST serve cookies or give them as a gift, skip baking (unless you LOVE to) and give a pretty tin of store-bought cookies this year.
When a friend served a feast at her home to 23 people last year, she decided to spend more time with her guests than with washing dishes. So for the first time in her life, she didn't serve on good china; instead used disposable plates. Nobody complained and it saved hours of clean-up.

B. Cut back on gifts instead of buying something people don't need or want. Suggest a grab bag, or everyone bring something for a local food pantry or contribute to a favorite charity or suggest exchanging warm holiday greetings and omitting the gift giving

C. Cut back on decorating. When you come across items you never use, need or like, and they have no sentimental value. (How sentimental do you REALLY feel about dusty plastic holly?), donate them to charity, pass them on to family members who might cherish them, or toss them out. Every time you put up or take down decorations, get rid of MORE that you'll never use.

3. SET A DEADLINE FOR ATTACKING EACH ITEM ON YOUR LIST.

Actually mark your calendar when you’ll decorate, visit, shop, and wrap. I love gift bags (from “The Dollar Store”) instead of wrapping gifts.

4. REWARD YOURSELF WHEN EACH ITEM ON YOUR LIST IS CHECKED OFF.
One of the best rewards is TIME OFF - guilt free, because you've just finished something you used to put off.

May you have a blessed, joy-full, peace-full, wonder-full holiday season.
Our family celebrates Christmas. From Bruce and me, plus our Dream Team of Mickey, Deb, Erik, Maria and Denise, we
thank  you, who over the years have sent us greetings in your language and we send you and your loved ones our best wishes for a:

Vrolijke Kerstmis
Joyeux Noel
Froeliche Wihnachten
Kinga Shinnen
Ichok Yilara
Chrustovjna
Glaedelig Jul
Felice Pascuas Boldog
Karacsonyi Unnepeket
Feliz Navidad
Sarbatori Felicite
Tin Hao Nian
Felice Natale
Glad Julen
Boas Festas
Wesloych Swiat
Veselele Vanoche
Sretan Bozic
Mele Kalikimaka
Nollag shona dhuit

Merry Christmas and a Joyful, Peaceful, Loving, Healthy, Prosperous New Year!
Warmly,
Rita

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COME MEET RITA IN PERSON IN LONG GROVE, ILLINOIS

Rita will read her picture book Farkle Shark, You Are Not Stupid on
Saturday, Dec. 17
At 1:00 PM
After reading and “bubblizing” she will stay to sign books, visit and chat with you at:
The Irish Boutique
434 Robert Parker Coffin Road
Long Grove, IL 60047

No cost. For Directions, call Marion Collins at 847.634.3540
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WRAP UP THE YEAR WITH A FREE TELECLASS ON PROCRASTINATION

Rita will present another TeleTopic. It’s a free 1-hour class taught on the phone. No computer needed.
Rita will talk about procrastination for about 40 to 50 minutes then open the line for comments and questions. She always shows up at least 10 minutes early to visit and chat.
Thursday, Dec. 29
11:00 AM Central time
Cost: FREE.
For phone number to call that day, register at 888-600-2560 or teltopics@matherlifeways.com
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Please share this Tip Sheet with 2 or 3 friends who would be interested. And feel free to use this message in your blog or newsletter, as long as you include my bio and contact info:
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
www.ritaemmett.com
REmmett412@aol.com
Come join our Clutter Busting Community on FB:
https://www.facebook.com/ritaemmett.author

847-699-9950
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