June 2007 Anticrastination Tip Sheet

What's the opposite of Procrastination?
THE ANTICRASTINATION TIP SHEET
An Idea and Tip Sheet to Blast Away the
Procrastination Habit
From Rita Emmett
Author of THE PROCRASTINATOR'S HANDBOOK, and
THE CLUTTER-BUSTING HANDBOOK

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Quote for June

If you don't have enough room for all your stuff, you don't need more room, you need less stuff.
--- Rita Emmett quoted from The Clutter-Busting Handbook

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Special Deal

We had such a big response to introducing our new DVDs last month that we ran out and had to keep people waiting while we re-ordered. So we are extending the sale through the month of June and this time, we will have enough in stock

DVD "Blast Away Procrastination"
DVD "Clutter Busting

Both are $19.97 values, and if you buy any other product on our web site (RitaEmmett.com) you can purchase either for $15.97 Go to www.ritaemmett.com to learn more.

Both were recorded at Arlington Heights Library in Illinois for Cable television. Over and over, you can watch Rita Emmett teach strategies and tell stories that will help you break your procrastination habit or clear out your clutter. Go to www.RitaEmmett.com and order now. They make great gifts.

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Message from Rita

3 Simple Steps to Clutter Busting

Have you ever noticed that clutter tends to suck the energy out of the marrow of your bones? Here are 3 simple steps to start breaking your clutter habit:

First. Select one SMALL area to clutter bust; not the whole kitchen, just one section of the countertop; not the whole office, just the top of one file cabinet or bookcase.

Get it? Messy closet? Just one shelf. Messy car? Just the front seat or glove box.

Second. Set a timer for 15 or 30 minutes to work on it. Don't do anything else during that time but put things away; make a place to put something and then put it away; or get rid of it.

Third. Approach the job with a huge trash can or bag, a container for stuff you will donate and an attitude of "If I don't need it or use it NOW, I will toss it, donate it or recycle it.."

Even clearing out this one small area will leave you feeling terrific. You know the old saying, "Success breeds success." Well, every time you look at his clutter busted area, you will feel successful, more organized and - best of all - energized.

And once you get started, you might even enjoy bringing order to your chaotic clutter.
Happy Clutter busting.

A Thought I'd Like To Share With You:

We just returned from our grandson's high school graduation near Tucson, Arizona. I know you must be thunderstruck and gasping, "Rita! You can't possibly be old enough to have a high school-age
grandson!"

Well, the truth is Ken Karder is the first-born son of Dave Karder, who is the first-born son of my stud-muffin husband, Bruce Karder.

Anyway, the graduation ceremony was outdoors in the football field in Vail, AZ. The weather was perfect - not hot, not cold, not windy but a gentle breeze, no bugs, no mosquitoes. Four separate mountain ranges surrounded us, which left this native of the flatland-Chicago-area overwhelmed with awe and wonder.

Then, just when I thought we could hardly tolerate any more beauty, the sunset splashed pink, lavender and gold across the clouds, the band started up the emotional tune of "Pomp and Circumstance", and from four different directions, 347 graduates marched to their seats on the field wearing robes with colors of the southwest -- shiny navy blue and burnished copper.

Three tear-filled tissues later, a Marine honor guard presented the flag and the band started our National Anthem. As almost six thousand people stood to sing The Star Spangled Banner, it felt as if our voices and our joy and our pride rose to the brilliant pastel clouds and reverberated off the mountains.

Then we placed our hands on our hearts, and together said the Pledge of Allegiance. And I wished every American could have been there.

In these times of discouragement, divisiveness and disagreements over the war, the president, political parties and dozens of other issues, I wished everyone could have experienced that reminder that --- underneath it all --- we are Americans.

A reminder that in spite of our differences of beliefs and opinions, we still love this country and take great patriotic pride in it.

I wish every American could have been there.

In the beauty of those southwestern moments -- so different from our beloved Chicago -- I felt:

  • a rekindled hope and optimism,
  • a startling sense of history: we've been through hard times before - Americans have disagreed with fellow Americans and with leadership before.
  • an absolute conviction that we will survive and come through these times stronger than ever.
    and
  • a renewed belief in the future of our country.

I wish you could have been there.

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