2008 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
Quotes for February
Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what
makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what
the world needs are people who have come alive.
--- Harold Whitman
When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It
will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to
work on it.
--- W. Clement Stone
Message From Rita
Doin' The Clutter Shuffle
Are you are prone to doing the clutter shuffle? Is your idea
of clutter-busting to gather up your clutter, rearrange it,
maybe dust it off, and put it right back where it was - but
just kind of shuffled around a little? Then here are two
facts you need to grasp.
First, trying to get organized while surrounded by clutter
is almost impossible; while trying to get organized when the
clutter is gone is almost effortless.
Second, if you have clutter and chaos in your work space or
living space, you have clutter and chaos in your mind and in
your heart. You can't think clearly and often don't even
know what you feel.
I used to play the clutter shuffle back in the days I was a
Pack Rat. I would take everything out of closet, toss out
one blouse and put everything back in - but rearranged. Take
everything out of the garage, sweep the floor, and put
everything back - but rearranged. Same with stacks of
papers, files, everything.
How to stop the clutter shuffle?
Well, before you start clutter-busting, get a clear vision
of what you want to accomplish. Don't focus on all your
clutter, focus on how you want that space to be.
How do you want your desk, your kitchen, your office, your
life to be?
Do you want to clutter-bust so things look better?
So you can use that space for something else?
So you can find stuff?
So you can function better?
All of the above?
What problems does your clutter cause?
What is it keeping you from accomplishing?
Does your "stuff" do a good job reflecting who you are and
what you value?
One of the biggest points made in my book,
The Clutter-Busting Handbook is that clutter does NOT
come from being lazy, messy or disorganized. It comes from
only 4 habits, so don't fall into the trap of feeling
labeled as a slob or disorganized dimwit. Your clutter does
not define you that way. It is simply a habit.
Where to start?
Begin with understanding that clutter-busting involves
making decisions. Tons of them. So limit your
clutter-busting sessions to one hour at a time, then take a
break before your brain explodes from all that decision
making. To kick off your clutter-busting spree, we have
developed a special Procrastinator's Online Course that
includes audio and video clips, plus work sheets to guide
you in getting started on your project. More info at the end
of this Tip Sheet.
If you are determined to spend the whole afternoon clutter
busting - maybe clearing out the garage or basement, then
ask friend to help you.
They can encourage you to get rid of things when you hit the
wall and have no decision -making ability left within you.
Plus, they can offer to put your bags of donations in their
car and deliver it to Goodwill for you.
This is especially helpful if you are a person like I used
to be. I would put the bags in my back seat, drive around
for months with them, and then when I needed room for
someone to sit back there, I would schlep all the bags back
into the house. Ohhhhh, I was great at doing the clutter
But make sure you ask a friend who isn't in to clutter. The
reason is obvious. A friend who is also a pack rat is will
convince you to keep that coffee can filled with rusty nails
because "somebody might need it some day" or "It's just too
good to throw out,"
You need someone who will help you decide to get rid of
those things you don't need or use. And if you decide to
keep something, that friend might even help you find a place
(or make a place) for it.
One more tip today. You don't' have to clear out the whole
closet, just a shelf, Not the whole basement, just a corner
or one box. Not the whole car, just the front seat. Not the
whole office, just the top of a file cabinet or one stack of
stuff on the floor.
Success breeds success. Every time you look at that one
clear space you'll feel that you accomplished something and
that you can do it again in another spot. Clearing out
clutter gives a terrific feeling and you might start finding
things. Plus you'll feel lighter and more energized.