2007 Anticrastination Tip Sheet
What's the opposite of Procrastination?
THE ANTICRASTINATION TIP SHEET
An Idea and Tip Sheet to Blast Away the
From Rita Emmett
Author of THE PROCRASTINATOR'S HANDBOOK, and
THE CLUTTER-BUSTING HANDBOOK
There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to
accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.
---- G. K. Chesterton
Message From Rita
Top Ten Things People Put Off At Holiday Time
- Dragging out all the holiday decorations
- Buying gifts for everyone
- De-cluttering the house
- Mailing out cards
- Putting up of the holiday decorations
- Cleaning the house
- Wrapping holiday gifts
- Baking holiday goodies
- Getting in the holiday spirit
- Taking down holiday decorations
If you are caught up in putting off any of the above (or anything
else you can procrastinate about) here are a few simple steps to help
you through. (So that you don't feel like "I have a million things to
do, I can't do it all and I don't know where to start.")
- Write down EVERYTHING you need to do. Notice that it might be a
LOT, but it's not a million.
- Now study your list.
- Eliminate whatever you can. Can you omit some of the baking?
Maybe all of it? Can you suggest a grab bag instead of giving gifts
- Delegate whatever you can. Can a few people pitch in and bring
food for your party? Can you sign the cards, but let somebody else
put on stamps and return labels? Can anybody join you and help with
decorating? (In return, maybe you can offer to help them with
- Simplify whatever you can. You don't HAVE to put up every single
decoration you own ... just because you bought it for 70% off after
the holidays in years past.
- Get rid of whatever you can. Do you have some decorations that
year after year you never use? Donate them to the Salvation Army and
let someone else enjoy them.
- Share work in any way you can. Wrap gifts with a friend or group
instead of each of you wrapping all alone at home. Or maybe you bake
a big bunch of one thing and a friend bakes a big bunch of another
thing, and you each take half.
- Read The Procrastinator's Handbook and/or The Clutter-Busting
Handbook. Both are quick, fun, easy reads, and take less than 4
hours to finish. They will help you feel on top of things and even
enjoy the holidays. For more info:
- Remember that gifts are a token of your love. The cost of the
gift is not a measure of your love. The number of gifts you give is
not a measure of your self-worth.
- Think of one way you can set aside time to ENJOY the holidays.
Getting with a friend or special time alone reading something
inspirational or driving around looking a decorations or walking
outside in the dark. (Yes, I live in the Chicago area. No, I'm not
afraid to walk in the dark --- I stay in well-lit places, stay alert
to what is around me, and bring along my son --- who is a fine Irish
To our friends all over the world, Bruce and I, and our Dream Team of
Mickey, Cheryl, and Brian extend to you and your loved ones our best
wishes for a
Boldog Karacsonyi Unnepeket
Tin Hao Nian
& a Joyful, Peaceful, Loving, Healthy, Prosperous New Year!