December 2017
The Anticrastination Tip Sheet
From Rita Emmett

Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook


Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you
miss by going too fast - you also miss the sense of
where you are going and why.
~ Eddie Cantor ~ 1892-1964, American Comedian

Message from Rita


Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Especially at holiday time? Like you have a million things to do and not enough time to do any of it?

Here are some ideas to diminish that overwhelmed feeling and help you breathe again. Possibly even relax! Maybe - heaven forbid - even enable you to enjoy the oncoming holiday season. (or other big event)

To start with, write down everything you have to do.

List all the little tasks that make up the big jobs.
For example, if you celebrate Christmas, don't just
write one big overwhelming sucker like "DECORATE".

Break it down. For example:

- drag out decorations
- put up outdoor decorations
put up inside decorations
- assemble, buy or chop down a Christmas tree
- set up tree
- decorate tree

Next, here is a five-step strategy that will help you

take the STING out of feeling overwhelmed.

1. Select just one thing to do from your list.

2. Time it.
Set an ordinary kitchen timer for one hour. The ticking of the timer creates a sense of urgency. Maybe you don't have a WHOLE evening or afternoon free to devote to this task, but you can carve out one spare hour every so often, can't you?

During that one hour, there are only two rules. First::

3. Ignore everything else for that one hour. Isn't this where we get sabotaged?  We decide we're really, really going to finally do something BUT first, let's check social media. Then we'll make two quick phone calls, then I think I'll just ... and all of a sudden, the day is ending and we have 15 things started, nothing is completed and we say "Well, I was multi-tasking". But it's not multi-tasking if nothing is completed. For this one hour, ignore everything else.

Second rule:

4. No breaks.

As a "Recovering Procrastinator" I used to start a one-hour task and have it last 14 months because I was so good at taking breaks. As you're working on the one task you've selected and giving it one hour, you might find yourself thinking, "Hmmmm, I need a cup of coffee, or a sandwich or a salad or a seven course meal." Nope, no breaks for that one hour.

 5. Give yourself a reward.

What reward would you love? One of the best rewards is TIME OFF - guilt free, because you've just finished something you used to put off.

 The first letter of each step spells STING. So to take the STING out of feeling overwhelmed:

Select just one thing to do.

Time yourself for one hour.

Ignore everything else for that hour.

No breaks.

Give yourself a reward.

You will be AMAZED at how much you can accomplish in one pure hour of uninterrupted work.

May you have a blessed, joy-full, peace-full, wonder-full holiday season.
Our family celebrates Christmas. From Bruce and me, plus our Dream Team of Mickey, Deb, Erik, and Maria, we thank  you, who over the years have sent us greetings in your language and we send you and your loved ones our best wishes for a:

Vrolijke Kerstmis
Joyeux Noel
Froeliche Wihnachten
Kinga Shinnen
Ichok Yilara
Glaedelig Jul
Felice Pascuas Boldog
Karacsonyi Unnepeket
Feliz Navidad
Sarbatori Felicite
Tin Hao Nian
Felice Natale
Glad Julen
Boas Festas
Wesloych Swiat
Veselele Vanoche
Sretan Bozic
Mele Kalikimaka
Nollag shona dhuit

Merry Christmas and a Joyful, Peaceful, Loving, Healthy, Prosperous New Year!

If you'd like a visual reminder of this, go to and scroll till you see “Looking
for STING?” You can print the postcard size or full
screen of the five steps along with an illustration

of a cool little bumblebee with a smashed stinger.

Here's hoping these tips will not only take the STING

out of feeling overwhelmed but will also ease some of

the stress that holidays can bring. Happy Holidays.

See you again next year.

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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This is So much time, so little to do. Scratch that, reverse it! ~~ Willie Wonka