January 2008 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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Happy New Year

Wishing You A Year That Brings

True enjoyment in each moment,
True fulfillment in each goal,
True contentment in your heart,
And true delight within your soul.

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Message From Rita

Happy New Year


At this time of year, we tend to think of new year's resolutions, new starts, and sometimes regrets. The regrets are often about those things we never got around to doing.

We set impossibly high goals and sometimes year after year we make the same resolutions that we know we won't keep, then we start to think of ourselves as failures, losers or worthless worms. That frame of mind doesn't lead to ANTICRASTINATION; it more likely causes us to not try new things or to simply give up trying anything.

Let's kick off 2008 on a more positive, productive note. Instead of setting goals, look at the past year and focus on all the good things you did that you can be proud of. Write them down. None of this has to be huge. Just think of the things that make your life good, the way you want to be living it. For example:

  • Took part in a new project at work
  • Had fun building a snowman for the first time in ages
  • Read The Procrastinator's Handbook
  • Donated blood
  • Had some good times with friends and family
  • Volunteered for a community fund-raiser
  • Went dancing
  • Began a recycling habit
  • Paid off a debt or invested some money
  • Learned something new on the computer
  • Re-connected with an old friend
  • Spent time on a hobby
  • Went to church
  • Exercised
  • Took a wonderful drive with the family to enjoy the fall colors
  • Learned to relax
  • Counted your blessings
  • Read The Clutter-Busting Handbook, cleaned out a closet & donated lots of clothes to a worthy cause

These are just a few random examples with hopes this list might trigger some ideas for you. Take your time, write down everything you can think of that you are happy to have done, leave the paper out for several days, post it on a wall or a mirror and enjoy adding to it. As you list your positive achievements of 2007, let yourself wallow in feeling good about yourself, your life, and your accomplishments.

Doesn't that sound like more fun than making up a ton of resolutions? Don't forget that old saying: "Success breeds success". As you wallow in feeling good about your achievements, you just might find the energy and desire to move forward on something you've been putting off for a while (or a lifetime).

If that should happen, here's a question you can also write out and stick up on a wall or mirror (It's one of my favorite questions to ask at the beginning of a new year).

What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

May 2008 be the very best year of your life.
Happy New Year.

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For Parents Of Kids Who Procrastinate

Radio personality Rob Stringer will interview Rita for an hour as she reveals the secrets of helping Procrastinating Children break their putting-off habit. The show is:

Parenting With Intention
You can hear it on your computer on
January 15
9 pm EST (8 pm Chicago time)
For more info how to find the show, and to email or call with your questions, click here.

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