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

There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less. ~~ G. K. Chesterton

It is not the person who has too little, but the person who craves more, that is poor. ~~ Seneca: Philosopher, statesman, dramatist

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. ~~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Message from Rita

A friend recently asked if fun could cause stress. Too much of anything can cause stress. SO yes, too much fun can cause stress.
She asked, “How do you define too much fun?” I said, “I can’t define too much of anything for your life. That’s up to you.”

Then she explained that she had decided to add some fun to her life and would say yes to all opportunities. So for the past several weekends and every night this past week, she was out with friends and fun activities. Now she’s exhausted, overwhelmed with tons of things to catch up on, and not very much in a fun mood.

Enough fun is great. Too much leaves us frazzled. The focus needs to be on what is enough? What is too much?

When you have too much to do, most people get overwhelmed and feel that they can’t do anything. So you can decide to either
procrastinate about everything
select just one or two things to do at a time.

Same with clutter. Too much stuff leads to clutter. So why do people keep accumulating more stuff they don’t need while spending money they can’t afford to add to clutter they don’t like?

At a gathering recently, a musician who had just moved into our area heard that we actually have a Guitar Center --- a store filled with guitars, and it even has a whole room of gadgets.

He blurted, “I NEED A GADGET!!”

Someone asked, “What do you need?” He said, “I don’t know, I just need a gadget.”
We all laughed but I think that is a perfect example of how often people say, “I need to buy that.”

If they were asked why they need it, the answer is usually “I don’t know. I just need it.”
Do they believe it will make them happy?
Have you ever discovered you have “too much” of gadgets, clothes, or stuff you don’t ever need or use? Do you ever ask “Why am I keeping this?”
Do you think it makes you happy?

We have all kinds of fears about not having enough – not enough money, not enough time, not enough friends, not enough meaning to our lives.

One solution is to ask, “What would be enough?” or “Why do I want that?” or “Why am I keeping all this”.

Another solution is to simplify.
Simplify your life
Simplify your stuff
Simplify your calendar
Simplify your expectations

Another is to focus on the NOW. Not what is missing but what is right here right now. Geneen Roth wrote:

When we are busy focusing on what we don't have, we don't pay attention to what we do have. Wanting is different from having. Wanting is in the future. It is based on an idea of what might make you happy in five minutes, tomorrow, next week. But having is here, now. Most of us don't let ourselves have what's in front of us, so we're always wanting more.

Sometimes, it helps to reflect on the too much/not enough situations in our lives.
Does too much stuff create not enough room?
Does too much fun create not enough relaxation?
Does too much of anything create not enough of something else?

Maybe yes. Maybe no.
But it’s worth asking the questions, isn’t it?


Rita has done tons of interviews over the past years but if you’d like to get to know her better, here’s a fun interview that includes a photo of her holding an eagle.



Come join us for a class and learn more about getting rid of clutter.
It’s taught by phone.
No computer needed.
We all call the same “magic” phone number and I’ll be talking about Clutter Busting.
Thursday, July 13
1:00 PM Central time
Cost: FREE.
To get the “magic” phone number to call for the class that day, register ahead of time at 888-600-2560 or teltopics@matherlifeways.com

An email from a happy reader:

Dear Rita Emmett,
I read The Procrastinator's Handbook: Mastering the Art of Doing it Now and must say thank you for a job well done. The book is easy to read, well organized, and very helpful.
John W. Nichols

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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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