June 2018
The Anticrastination Tip Sheet

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

I can sit by a lake for an hour and do nothing.
It's like a dream time for me. It organizes my soul. ~~ Diane Sawyer

Unless each day can be looked back upon by an individual as one in which he has had some fun,
some joy,
some real satisfaction,
that day is a loss. ~~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

Message from Rita
Are You an "I Wanna' Do It All" Procrastinator?

One of the many reasons people procrastinate is that they want to do everything. And they want to do it all at once. They want to do it NOW.
They want the impossible.

Some "I Wanna' Do It All" procrastinators are highly energetic and ambitious, although not necessarily driven by money. Some are on the fast track. Some are struggling to survive after their employer "downsizes", and are doing the work of two or three people. Some are volunteers who receive no pay but work as hard as anyone else.

Many "I Wanna' Do It All" people feel pressured and stressed and have no time for:
  • family or friends
  • fun
  • Or a life

I heard a cute story about a little first grader who asked her daddy why mommy brings so much work from the office to do at home. Her father explained that mommy can't get it finished during her workday. The six-year old asked, "Well, why don't they just move her to a slower group?"

Maybe a slower group's not possible, but one can't help but wonder -- is it possible that being busy is the new status symbol of our age? "You think you're busy, let me tell you about all that I'm involved in. Then you’ll see how very successful I am.”

Have you ever received one of those holiday letters from someone listing all the activities of the kids? Then, each paragraph opens with a "busy-ness" statement.

  • "The Husband, he's a busy guy, too..."
  • "And me? I'm sure keeping busy..."

One effective solution for the "I Wanna' Do It All" procrastinator is to start talking to yourself (though not necessarily out loud). Every time you shift into high gear...

Tell yourself, You can't do everything. It's time to:

  • be selective
  • delegate
  • eliminate
  • streamline
  • choose your battles
  • prioritize
Tell yourself, "This is important to finish. The other stuff will have to be put on the back burner."

Nope I’m not encouraging you to procrastinate.
Procrastinating is putting off everything.
Prioritizing is deciding what is truly important to do. Then deciding what’s not necessary or important.

You've got the habit of making a "to do list". Now make up a list of what NOT to do - all those unimportant activities and time-wasters that can take up so much of your time.

Others might think your truly important stuff is silly, such as time with family and friends or to be alone and do something you enjoy. But your choice is what YOU need to do in order to recharge your battery (even if what you enjoy is simply “doin nuttin).”

With that recharged battery, you can make time for all the other important stuff on your to-do-list.

Here’s hoping that if you are an “I wanna do it all procrastinator” that you can break a few of these habits … and add fun, joy and satisfaction to your life.


Want to hear Rita in person?
Friday, June 29 at 11:00 AM (Central time)
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

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
Come join our Clutter Busting Community on FB:

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