February 2017
The Anticrastination Tip Sheet
From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook

Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life. --- Anne Lamott

Waiting until everything is perfect before making a move is like waiting to start a trip until all the traffic lights are green. ~~ Karen Ireland (quoted in The Clutter-Busting Handbook by Rita Emmett)

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself. ~~ Anna Quindlen


Dear Perceptive Readers,
Three subjects – Procrastination, Clutter and Stress Management – are the focus of my web site, products, TeleClasses, books, speaking engagements and this Tip Sheet. And would you believe there is one topic that sabotages success in all three subjects?

That Saboteur is Perfectionism.

No, I'm not saying that instead of perfection, you should strive for mediocrity. I don't think anyone taking time to read this Tip Sheet would accept mediocrity. What I'm saying is:
Shoot for excellence. THAT is achievable.
Perfection is hardly every achievable.

Perfectionism can appear in many ways, so today let’s explore how --- when clutter busting --- perfectionism creates complex and complicated ways to dispose of clutter.

Nope, this won’t be tips for de-cluttering. It’s about what we do to make getting-rid-of-clutter MORE exhausting, discouraging and work-intensive.

We don’t really say “How is the perfect way to handle this?” We more likely ask “What should I do with this?” and sometimes come up with such convoluted solutions that we get discouraged and give up.

Some examples of “What should I do with this?”:
“Should I find a box for it and pack it up and remember to schlep it next time I’m near the post office so I can send it to my friend who will love it.”
(Does she even want it? Need it? Are you making more work for yourself and making more clutter for her??)
Instead just get rid of it.

“Should I put this in a special spot for my cousin and remember to take it next time I go to his house and remember where I put it?”
Instead just get rid of it.

“Should I put this someplace to fix later? I’ve had it for months, never needed it and will probably never need it again. But maybe I should fix it.”
(This is starting to sound silly, isn’t it?)
Instead just get rid of it.

“Should I keep this because I paid big bucks for it and I don’t know a perfect way to get rid of it?”
You KNOW you’ll never use a phone, computer, etc. once you replace it with a new one.
Donate it.

You might decide the “perfect” thing to do is donate your stuff but it’s too difficult to drag everything to Goodwill.
Several places will pick up if you call them, such as Salvation Army and Am Vets.
They will help you get rid of stuff.
Google or ask around for more info.

Instead of adding extra work to your energy and time spent clutter-busting, try to think of the simplest, quickest way to recycle, donate or toss. Then when you are though clearing out, you don’t have hours of work yet to do in packing up and delivering your stuff.

This is an imperfect world, we are imperfect people. These are just a few examples of how Perfectionism can take over and sabotage your clutter busting. Watch for it. Don’t let it become an obstacle to your success.
There’s lots more to be said about Perfectionism. Want to dig deeper into this topic?
Below is info for a free 1-hour TeleClass on the perils of perfectionism.

Announcing Another Free TeleTopic
(don’t you love freebies??)

It’s OK NOT to be Perfect.

Julia Cameron wrote: “Perfectionism is NOT a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that what we do is not good enough”.

Do you realize that perfectionism is a giant cause of many negatives in your life? It is a key cause of procrastination and clutter, and any time you expect perfection from yourself, others or life in general, you can also expect a ton of stress.
Yet haven't you been taught all your life that you should be perfect? Join our class by phone (no computer needed) and hear "Recovering Procrastinator" Rita Emmett share ideas about how perfectionism sabotages our happiness and what we can do about it..

If you put off this program until you have completed everything perfectly ... then maybe this is the program you need.

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017
11:00 AM
Central time
Cost: FREE.
For phone number to call for the class that day, register at 888-600-2560 or teltopics@matherlifeways.com

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Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook,
The Clutter-Busting Hand book 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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