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

Live simply so that others might simply live

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a
~~ Aristotle

God created company so the home gets cleaned. ~~ Rita Emmett

Message from Rita

Do you enjoy coincidences? I love them. Behold:
In last month’s Tip Sheet, I wrote:
Tip #1: Look over your left shoulder when leaving a room. If something
is out of place and belongs where you are going, take it with.

In the March issue of Dr. Oz Magazine, page 114, they mention my book
The Clutter-Busting Handbook and used this quote: “Glance over your
left shoulder every time you leave a room. Anything out of place? Take
it to the right spot.”

You might think one reference is based on the other, but that’s not
possible. I wrote that article long before I could have seen the March
magazine. And that issue HAD to go to press long before anyone could
read my Tip Sheet.

Out of my book’s 183 pages of clutter tips, we both chose the exact
same words of advice.

So let’s explore that tip a bit further. Its purpose is to battle the ability
to live with tons of clutter and not even notice it. (I called it “Notice
Numbness” but am seeking a better word. If you have any ideas, please
send them to me.)

Identifying our self-talk is often the place to start when hoping to solve
a problem or change a habit. What are people saying to themselves
when they see stuff stacking up where it does not belong?
  • That doesn’t belong there but that’s OK.
  • Somebody else will take care of that.
  • I’ll put that away later.
  • I’m too tired to take care of that.
  • I have more important things to do than put that where it belongs.
  • It’s not my job to put that away.
  • I don’t need my place to look perfect.
Then all of a sudden, something jolts you to open your eyes and notice
your “stuff” is out of control. There are tons of causes for that jolt.

Sometimes it’s looking at your clutter through the eyes of others –
maybe potential visitors. Based on emails received from readers, the
most popular line in my book The Procrastinator’s Handbook is: “God
created company so the home gets cleaned”.

Maybe it’s searching for something important and realizing that it’s
almost impossible to find it in all that clutter.

Maybe it’s planning to move to a new place and ALL THAT STUFF is

Maybe it’s realizing that some of your life decisions are impacted by
your clutter, such as you live an isolated life without ever having
anyone over because of your chaos.

Or maybe you feel like an out-of-control loser who has no control over
your clutter so it feels as if you have no control over your life.

It seems every week I receive emails from people feeling overwhelmed,
helpless and hopeless about attacking their clutter.
A few specific ways to get started (long-time readers have read this
before. Feel free to skip this.)

1. Select one small area of one specific section to clutter-bust. Not the
whole closet: just a shelf. Not the whole car; just the glove box.
2. Decide where you will donate your stuff.
3. Schedule one hour to work on that area… not a whole day… just an
4. Decide on a reward for each hour spent.
These four steps will help lift some of that overwhelmed feeling.

OR simply begin the habit of looking over your shoulder when you
leave a room and take any out-of-place item with you. A doctor has
actually recommended this.

Farkle Shark You Are Not Stupid Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for
Readers' Favorite

Farkle Shark, You Are Not Stupid by Rita Emmett is an adorable story
which speaks about bullying and feeling stupid. Farkle Shark is hiding
from his big sister because she always criticizes him and today she
wants to know why he is so sad. He says he is sad because he thinks he
is stupid - he is the only one in his class who cannot climb trees. She
tries to console him by writing on her underwater board: ‘Everybody is
smart about something BUT nobody is smart about everything. Farkle
Shark shows his sister Big Bully Boy who has told everyone that he is
stupid. What does Sparkle Shark do that changes everything for Farkle

The story has some good lessons for young readers and will make them
understand that it is not possible for everyone to do everything in life,
and each person has their own strengths and weaknesses. The story
also touches on the topic of bullying. It is a good bedtime storybook
and the life lessons make it excellent for read aloud sessions in
classrooms and school libraries. The story is fun and filled with humor,
and children will love both Farkle Shark and Sparkle Shark and the
lessons they teach through their story.

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
2331 Eastview
Des Plaines, IL 60018
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No trees were destroyed in the sending of this message,
but a significant number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.