January 2017
The Anticrastination Tip Sheet
From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook
This Is The Year!

Wonderful, wonderful, fortunate you,
This is the year that your dreams come true!
This is the year that your ships come in;
This is the year you find Love within.

This is the year you are glad to live;
This is the year you have much to give.
This is the year when you know the Truth;
This is the year when you find new youth.

This is the year that brings happiness;
This is the year you will live to bless.
Wonderful, wonderful, fortunate you,
This is the year that your dreams come true!
~~ Russell A. Kemp

Message from Rita


January – the month of New Year’s Resolutions.
February – the month of depression, and guilt for NOT keeping those resolutions. Well, sometimes the sadness about not keeping them doesn’t hit till later … because “life happens” and you forgot about them for a while.

So IF the problem is forgetting about those life-changing resolutions, what’s the solution?

PREPARATION. If you PREPARE ways to remember those Dream-Creating Resolutions, you stack the deck in your favor to actually change the direction of your life.

Here are 7 steps to help you remember & KEEP with your Life Changing plans, even when the busy times hit. You don't have to do ALL of them, sometimes incorporating a few of these ideas, as you PREPARE to start your Life-Changes, will catapult you in the direction you want your life to move.
  • P - PREPARE, plan ahead
  • R - Remind yourself; write it down everywhere
  • E - Enter an agreement with a partner
  • P - Pace yourself
  • A - Acknowledge your successes
  • R - Reward yourself
  • E - Eliminate any possible obstacles
P - PREPARE, plan ahead
Think of what you will need a month from now to keep up with your goal. Will you need someone or something to help you remember, or certain tools, utensils, or software to keep you going? An accountant told me that he'd quit smoking 6 times before he finally quit. The difference was he found what he needed -- a Stop Smoking Class.
R - Remind yourself; write it down everywhere
Mark Victor Hansen, author of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series says, "Don't think it. Ink it". Always put your planned Life-Changes in writing – preferably on brightly colored papers or post-its where you can see them. Smack them on your bathroom mirror, the fridge and/or your dashboard.

E - Enter an agreement with a partner
Ask someone to join you in exercising, clutter-busting or whatever change you’re making. OR ask a friend to be your "Accountability Partner", where you call or email them daily or weekly to report your progress. Or maybe ask someone to call you once a month to inquire about your progress.

P - Pace yourself
Start with baby steps. If you set goals that are too far beyond your reach, you'll get discouraged early and easily, and perhaps give up too soon. If you are omitting clutter, don't tackle the whole house at once. Start with one small area of one room. If you're losing weight, set reasonable, healthy steps.

A - Acknowledge your successes
Don't beat yourself up. Everyone has slip-ups and backsliding. But let yourself wallow in any little accomplishment, no matter how small or insignificant it might seem to you. You're trying to establish some new solid habits. This is a time to be good to yourself.

R - Reward yourself
More "Be Good to Yourself" ideas. Treat yourself to time off or favorite enjoyable pastimes whenever you make progress. It will help you enjoy the process of changing your life.

E - Eliminate any possible obstacles.
If feeling overwhelmed with too much to do leads to resorting to clutter, procrastination or binge-eating, then see if there’s any way to cut down for a time on unnecessary activities, obligations or tasks. If your weight-loss plan gets sabotaged by too many restaurant meals, see if you can eliminate some. Maybe plan to meet for just coffee or a walk or some mutual activity that doesn’t involve food. Once you identify obstacles to your success, brainstorm ways to streamline, eliminate or side-step them.

May this coming year be the best year of your life.


Aloha, Ms. Emmett!
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU so much for writing The Procrastinator's Handbook! I've read about 1/4 of it so far, and already I'm working full speed ahead.

I met my first major deadline that I'd set since reading it, and all the things that seemed like a drag before no longer feel that way.Thank you for making the information so fun, accessible, and real. You've changed my life with your work, and I SO appreciate it.

I’ve bought a copy of Farkle Shark! I love that Farkle's sister is wearing pearls. Quite apropos. :). This book speaks to the different intelligences we all hold. I think that's a very important topic, and I'm glad you're introducing it to children early. Thank you for that!
Thank you in Hawaiian is "Mahalo."
Amy, Hawaii

I just wanted to say THANK YOU for your wonderful, eye-opening presentation for the National Electrical Manufacturers Group last week. I have displayed your note cards at my desk and even handed a few out to my fellow employees. Your presentation was well received. I look forward to bringing you back in the future to present again and look forward to working with you again.
Dawn, Illinois

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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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Des Plaines, IL 60018
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