February 2018
The Anticrastination Tip Sheet

From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator’s Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook

Don't ask yourself what the world needs,
ask yourself what makes you come alive.
And then go do that.
Because what the world needs
are people who have come alive. ~~ Harold Whitman

Message from Rita

Do you sometimes procrastinate because your energy is in “dragging mode”? Here are a few ideas. Implementing just one could give you the boost you need. Why not try?
  1. Exercise. Merely 30 minutes of walking 3 or 4 times a week will dramatically increase your energy. The exercise might tire you out at first, but in a short time you’ll feel your fatigue melt away.
  2. Decrease caffeine and sugar. Their energy bursts are only temporary. The crash they cause afterwards will leave you more tired than before.
  3. Increase fruits and veggies. This --- combined with the above decrease --- will not only zip up your energy, but you might notice you’re in a better mood.
  4. Get enough sleep. The amount needed varies from person to person, so it’s up to you to figure out your optimum hours of sleep. Not too much, but enough to leave you refreshed.
  5. Consider “power naps” (if possible) They can either revive you or leave you feeling more exhausted. Like searching for the ideal amount of sleep you need (above) this is something only you can figure out.
  6. Guzzle water. Lots of it.  Dehydration can make you feel slow and sluggish. If you drink any caffeinated beverages (coffee, tea or soda) you will be MORE dehydrated so make certain to drink plenty of water afterwards.
  7. Find something to be enthusiastic about. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale said “Enthusiasm creates energy.” Get involved with something fun that you enjoy.
  8. Take breaks. Any break can energize you – from a 5 minute mid-morning break stepping outside and breathing fresh air or to eating lunch away from your desk or to setting aside a weekend day (or half-day) as a “Re-creation Day Free of Work” or to a two week trip away from home.
  9. Eat a mid-afternoon energizer. Instead of sugar or caffeine, try a handful of nuts (providing protein and omega-3) or an apple with low-fat yogurt or low-fat cheese.
  10. Fresh air. Whether it’s stepping outside for a few minutes or a 2-mile walk, you will find fresh air clears your head and perks you up …. without fail.
  11. Consider learning a few yoga moves. The deep breathing, stretching, and twisting soothe tired muscles, increase oxygen intake, improve circulation and aid digestion, all of which will help you feel energized and give you a sense of well-being.
  12. Eat a variety of foods. To eat only one certain kind of foods will prevent your getting the amount of vitamins and minerals you need for optimum health. For example, a diet of mostly carbohydrates tends to lack potassium and magnesium which are energy boosters.

Here's hoping you find something in these tips to help you feel energetic enough to stop procrastinating or conquer your clutter.

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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