June 2008 Anticrastination Tip Sheet
THE ANTICRASTINATION TIP SHEET
From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook,
The Procrastinating Child and
The Clutter-Busting Handbook
Quotes for all you future writers:
Write what you love and love what you write. --- Dan Poynter
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are gone, either
write things worth reading or do things worth writing. ---
Writing is easy, you just stare at the paper until little drops
of blood appear on your forehead. --- Ring Lardner, Jr.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit. --- Richard
Find something only you can write. --- James Dickey
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to
--- The Bible: Proverbs 16:24
Message from Rita
Happy June everyone,
Guess what this "Recovering Procrastinator" is doing. I'm
starting the final edit of my fourth book; it will be in the
book stores in December, and YOU are the first ones to hear
It's called, MANAGE YOUR TIME TO REDUCE YOUR STRESS: A Handbook
for the Overworked, Overscheduled and Overwhelmed.
And Macmillan Audio is going to produce and publish the audio CDs.
Both the book and the audio will be released to book stores on
the same day. What fun! As you can imagine, I'm having a blast.
If you have a book in your heart, you've GOT to write it. Go to
The Writer's Room on our web and you will find
all kinds of help to get you started.
As you try to get yourself started with your book, visualize how
you will feel when you see it in on display in a bookstore for
the very first time.
The first time for me --- I was shopping at Transitions, my
favorite Chicago bookstore. A book fell off the shelf and a
woman & I both bent over to pick it up. As we came up, I saw
behind her a huge sign for
The Procrastinator's Handbook and a giant stack of my books.
My eyes popped and I gasped.
"What's wrong" she asked.
I pointed and with great excitement ranted, "That's my book!!"
She turned and said "Hmmm, The Procrastinator's Handbook. That's
MY book too. I put off everything."
"No, no, no" I roared, "I wrote that book."
She looked back over her shoulder again and said, "Ya wanna know
who wrote that book. My husband wrote that book, that's who. He
is the world's biggest procrastinator."
I took her by the hand, lead her over to the display and said,
"See it's by Rita Emmett. That's me. I'm the author of this
She looked astonished and sputtered, "My, my, my --- nobody
would EVER expect to meet a real author in a bookstore!!!"
Well, in my heart I disagreed with her, but didn't say so. I was
too awestruck looking at the giant cover of my book. Then I went
next door and bought a disposable camera and asked the owner to
take my picture. Then she asked me to come and do a book
Of course I said "yes" and had a great time with it.
So, when is the best time to start writing your book? How about
And now --- I need YOUR help.
I'm looking for ideas for my next book to write. What do you
want to read about? What do you want to work on? PLEASE don't
suggest something like Transcendental Macramé or Do-it-yourself
You read this Tip Sheet. You know the kind of stuff I write
What would you like to explore with me either in my next book or
in future tip sheets?
Won't you feel great when my book is on the best seller list and
you can tell your friends "I'M THE ONE who suggested that Rita
write that sucker."
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Announcing another Teleseminar, and it's FREE
"Beat the Recession with the Magic of Creative Competition!"
Recessions are when you need to be most creative. Rita Emmett
will interview "Innovation Wizard" Michael Wynne who will share
the magical secrets of Creative Competition. Learn how to tap
the Fountain of Inspiration to generate Million Dollar Ideas
that outsell the competition, and beat the Recession! This Free
Teleseminar will be presented on
Thursday, July 24, 2008 at
8:00 p.m. Central (Chicago) Time
Mark your calendars now.
For more information about what a Teleseminar is, see our
Got clutter? Here's a comment from a reader:
I'm cleaning my attic! This has been a project on my mind for a
couple of years or so, but it's really been bugging me since
Clutter-Busting Handbook and hearing you speak.
I am an organized fanatic in every aspect. But for whatever
reason, that darned attic looked like war-torn Boznia before I
attacked it a few weeks ago. I've been spending several hours
every weekend for some time now organizing, throwing things out,
and making many deliveries to Salvation Army, Goodwill, and Fox
Valley Thrift - spreading the joy of junk!
We had a convenient stash area in one part of the attic where we
stored boxes. Oh, my gosh! I think I kept every box that ever
entered our house - from dinky jewelry boxes to very large
boxes. Me and my box cutter (I'm a weekend box terrorist) have
taken down over 150 boxes so far, and I'm only about halfway
through them. I have such a different attitude about buying
and storing things now than I did before.
I will celebrate when this is finished.
University Services Program Associate
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay