June 2008 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. --- Benjamin Franklin

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 Bach

Find something only you can write. --- James Dickey

Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
--- 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 about it.

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 book."
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 signing.

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 today?

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 brain surgery. You read this Tip Sheet. You know the kind of stuff I write about. 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,


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"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
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Got clutter? Here's a comment from a reader:

Dear Rita,
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 reading The 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.

Jan Snyder
University Services Program Associate
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay