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


“The more your own things, the more they own you” – unknown

“Get rid of clutter and you may just find that it was blocking the door you’ve been looking for” – Katrina Mayer

Message from Rita

This month’s Tip Sheet was written by two of our Perceptive Readers. They share results of implementing these two tips that were featured in our March Tip Sheet:

Tip #1: Look over your left shoulder when leaving a room. If something is out of place and it belongs where you are going, take it with.

Tip #2: If it takes less than 3 minutes, do it now. – The Clutter-Busting Handbook

I provided the tips. These two emails report the process of implementing them and the positive outcomes:

Hello Rita,
Last month, I saw a couple of items around the bathroom sink area that had been there a few days.
I was about to say to myself, again, oh, I’ll do that later… when I got this idea! I said to myself,
“I wonder how long it would take me to put these items in their proper place.” Hmmm, so I started counting the seconds as I returned the stuff to the cupboard. It took 8 SECONDS! WOW, I WAS AMAZED… I took a deep breath and laughed!

That’s all the time it took to make difference to my bath area!

Then I thought … hmmm I wonder if there are things in the kitchen that I could try this on?
I washed a couple of dusty items that had been secretly bothering me…15 seconds …I threw some magazines I had read and had been piled on the counter for a couple weeks … 6 seconds.

I started making a game of finding things that were bugging me, out of place, dirty, old, etc. and found that with a limited 2-3 minutes, I could do wonders in my closet, garage, etc.

Now I LOVE looking over my shoulder and saying, “Humph, I can put that back and not miss a beat!!!” This little idea of counting the seconds has really made a difference in my life… and I feel like I have lots of time to just enjoy. I love your email tips! Hope this one will help someone!
Jody Gardner, PH.D. Chicago, IL

Hi Rita
Learned Lesson: While getting ready for a trip I was searching for one of my tote bags. In the closet where my totes are neatly organized, the one I really wanted wasn't there. After frantically looking under things (where it should not have been) I found it.

Under my breath I kept scolding myself for not putting it back where it belonged after the last time I used it. I spent more time stressfully searching than it would have taken me to put it away in the first place. I'm going to work to make this the last time I have to learn this lesson. A place for everything and everything in its place! If it doesn't have a place, it's clutter!

Also, I just picked up my copy of "The Clutter-Busting Handbook". It has a special place where I can always find it. It is marked, highlighted and has pink flags on a number of pages. I was flipping through it and so amazed at the words of wisdom it contains. I will be re-reading it for the third or maybe fourth time.
I always come away with something new. The quotes at the beginning of each chapter are priceless and so meaningful. After seeing you on the DVDs I will hear your voice when I read the book. I appreciate the motivation and help it provides.
Thank you again for your encouragement.
A Texas Reader

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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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