March 2018
The Anticrastination Tip Sheet

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

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. ~~ Carol Burnett (TV Comedian)

May I have the courage today
To live the life I would love,
To postpone my dream no longer
And waste my heart on fear no more. ~~ John O'Donohue (Irish Poet)

Message from Rita
Dear Readers,

In addition to this Tip Sheet, I write a monthly column for Irish American News. Several months ago, I received a ton of emails commenting on a particular piece. People wrote they resonated with it and many said it caused them to work on changing their thinking. I wanted to share it with you, however, felt I should delete mentions of an Irish entertainer and some lyrics to his song. But when I tried to edit out “the Irishness”, the column fell flat.

Guess what? ‘Tis the month of St. Patrick. So hoping forgiveness from any non-Irish readers, here’s that column for you.


The words, “I don’t know” are appropriate for certain questions – such as “How were the pyramids made?” or “Why don’t we ever see the headline Psychic Wins Lottery?” or “Why do The Alphabet Song and Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?”. (Or even the question: “Why did you just try to sing those two songs?”)

But I digress. Any time questions about procrastination and clutter are answered with “I dunno”, there is no progress, no solution, no personal insight.

How come you never pursued your dream of learning to play the piano? I dunno.
What keeps you from re-connecting with your old friend? I dunno.
How come you still haven’t started writing that book? I dunno.
Why are you keeping all this clutter? I dunno.

With procrastination and clutter, that miserable, mealy-mouthed phrase “I dunno” reflects a brain too lazy to search for an answer or too hazy to clarify a thought. Yet these are questions that only YOU can answer.
I encourage you to no longer accept that phrase. When I hear it, I think to myself “You DO know the answer. You ARE the answer. But ya gotta work to think about it. There is a reason WHY you put off what you need to do, and WHY you hang on to your clutter. Nobody can answer that but YOU.”

Yes, that type of thinking can be hard work. That’s why I call it “Lazy, Hazy Brain”. I’m convinced that for everyone, the answer is within you. You ARE the answer. All I have to do is figure out how to convince you.
Now something amazing happened. I was given a CD called “The Further I Travel …” by my favorite Irish entertainer, Tom Sweeney. The songs are fantastic, and my favorite is one that Tom wrote called “The Question and the Answer”. The closing lyrics are:

Do you long to take your life back and for once to gain control
To chart the course of your own destination
Are you weary of the helplessness you feel each passing day
It’s time you gave it some consideration.

There’s a way to find the rainbow, a way to find the sun,
A way to find the freedom of the dancer.
Never give up on the dream and listen to your heart
For you are both the question and the answer.

So you must make the change you seek and find it on your own
The courage of your heart will make you stronger
For no one else can ever know what’s right for you alone
Though the road back to yourself is often longer
But be the journey long or short, you’ll end where you should be
The joy of life is that each one should find it
And you’ll never get the answers from what other people say.
The key to life’s your heart and what’s behind it.

Never give up on the dream and listen to your heart
For you are both the question and the answer.

Did these words inspire you as much as they did me? Even though you are answering only to yourself, PLEASE don’t say “I dunno”.
(By the way, if these lyrics “speak to you”, you can either buy Tom Sweeney’s CD “The Further I Travel …” because you’ll probably love all the songs OR go to iTUNES so you can hear this one song or go to

May you joyfully find your answers.

Come join us for a 1-hour class on the phone (no computer needed) and let Rita help you get your closet in order and clutter-free.
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Wednesday, March 21
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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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