May 2018
The Anticrastination Tip Sheet

From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator’s Handbook and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook
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In the end only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you. ~~ Buddha
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Message from Rita
                                                         LET IT GO!


Dear Readers, 
Once upon a time, I was The World's Greatest Pack Rat. I was close to being a hoarder because I had a path through stacks on the dining room floor. Which wasn't terrible because we never ate in that room -- the dining room table was piled high with papers and stuff.

My life was filled with things I didn't need or use. When I decided to "convert" I asked myself some difficult questions. Mostly, why the heck am I hanging on to all this stuff I don't need or use. 

At first, I told myself that I might need it someday. And if I NEVER needed it, somebody someday somewhere on this planet for some reason .... might need it.

But when I got brutally honest, I had to admit that if ever I (or somebody) DID need what I was saving, I usually forgot I was saving it.
OR if I DID remember that I had it, I couldn’t find it because it was buried under clutter.

Finally, after much soul searching, I admitted I did not need that stuff.
I needed:

- to be finally free of clutter and chaos
- clear and clean space.
- to stop being overwhelmed and embarrassed by my clutter
- to be able to find stuff that I wanted
- to stop hating the way clutter filled my home, my office and my life.

I had tricked myself into believing all that stuff would make me happy but it didn't. I realized that to become clutter-free would make me happy and THAT’S what I truly needed.

It was time to let go, not only of my stuff, but also of my outdated, false beliefs about who I was, and what I needed in order to be happy. 

But it was hard. I wasn't JUST getting rid of:
- stuff and clothes I never used
- all the broken things I figured I'd fix someday
- sentimental items I thought brought back memories but I forgot I had -- so how could they bring back memories?

It also meant getting rid of my stupid excuses for keeping everything. It was time to face reality. 

It was an emotional struggle to let go of those phony-baloney excuses as well as the stuff itself. 

I kept asking two questions.

  1. What is the worst thing that can happen if I get rid of this?
    If you are a true Pack Rat, I can hear you thinking "I (or somebody) might need it."
    That's true. Out of every thousand things you get rid of, there might be one you regret. Compare that one feeling of regret to the 999 times you felt proud, empowered, in control and like A WINNER because you conquered your clutter.
  2. What is the best thing that can happen if I get rid of this?
    It's not easy getting rid of stuff you've hung on to for years. But look at the results! The freedom and joy of being clutter-free, like you can conquer the world. You have space.
    You know where things belong, you know where to put items and not only can you find what you want now, but in the process of plowing through everything, you found many treasures you forgot you had. 
    Your place looks great and you are not embarrassed to have people over any more. You realize THOSE feelings outweigh the emotions you experienced in letting go of your clutter.

What would your life be like if you let go of your clutter?
What would YOU be like if you were clutter-free?

Warmly,
Rita
PS
Want a free class to help you break either the procrastination or clutter habits? See below.
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TWO FREE TELECLASSES
(These are classes in the comfort of your home – by phone – no computer needed)

May 22, 7:00 PM Central time
BLAST AWAY PROCRASTINATION
Want to hear Rita in person? Come join her TeleClass on May 22 at 7:00 PM Central time sponsored by  Professional Irish Women of Chicago (PIWOC)

By phone, for an hour she will teach strategies and take questions to help break the procrastination habit.
Register to receive handouts and the “magic” number for you to call on the day of the class. 
Cost: FREE
TO REGISTER:
Go to www.info@piwoc.org or call Mary Kay at (773) 729-0811

May 30, 1:00 PM Central time
WHY DO WE SAVE STUFF WE DON’T NEED OR USE?
Join Rita as she explores the various reasons people cling desperately to their clutter even though they hate it.  Come and learn how to convert from being a “Pack Rat” to becoming a proud, organized, “on-top-of-things” Clutter-Buster.

Wednesday, May 30 at 1:00 PM Central time
Cost: FREE. 
TO REGISTER
To get the handout and “magic” phone number to call for the class that day, register ahead of time at 888-600-2560 or teltopics@matherlifeways.com
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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
www.ritaemmett.com
REmmett412@aol.com
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This is So much time, so little to do. Scratch that, reverse it! ~~ Willie Wonka