THE ANTICRASTINATION TIP SHEET
From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook
The Procrastinating Child
The Clutter-Busting Handbook and
soon to be released: Mange Your Time to Reduce Your Stress
QUOTES FOR OCTOBER
There must be more to life than having everything. --- Maurice
Life is not a having and getting, but a being and a doing ---
Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.
--- J. Petit-Senn
The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he
gives to others, the more he has found his own. --- Lao Tzu
You can find all the above quotes and more in
MESSAGE FROM RITA
It's been a super-busy, super-fun time. I've been out of town a
great deal and last week was thrilled to
attend several events
that lead up to receiving a "Distinguished Alumni Award" from my high school.
Quite an honor and lots of fun. I thank my friends in Colorado,
Diane Hansen and Kathy Teal, for nominating me.
Then yesterday, working in a recording studio, we wrapped up
upcoming book for the audio CD for McMillan Publishing. They plan to
release the CD to book stores in December the same day as the
book comes out. It's called Manage Your Time to Reduce Your
Stress: A Handbook for the Overworked, Overscheduled and
Overwhelmed". Think anyone will relate to that???
Now let's get to some thoughts on keeping clutter under control
by setting boundaries.
Boundaries And Your Stuff
If you are an accumulator, if you snip articles out of papers,
or purchase endless amounts of fabric or beads, or save vast
amounts of nails or old cell phones or your children's art work.
Or if you are crafty and you collect odd things that you "might
use some day" (such as 583 empty toilet paper rolls), you need
to set boundaries.
Keep these items in a container (a box, drawer, old coffee can)
and set a boundary that when it fills up, instead of getting
another container, you will empty out the old one. You and your
child might not be able to say good-bye to a recent drawing, but
when the art box fills up, you can dig to the bottom and select
a few old ones that you can live without.
An accountant named Jamie empties out her box of fabric once a
year; and every January, Carl, a financial advisor, empties out
the drawer full of fabulous cartoons and weird stories that he
has clipped from magazines and newspapers throughout the
year. Both Jamie and Carl know that the box and drawer will fill
up again in no time and they will never miss what they
Clutter is a huge source of stress. We accumulate it by playing
"mind games" such as "Somebody some day somewhere somehow might
need this so I better save it".
Sometimes we need another "mind game" to counteract clutter. For
example, another way to set boundaries is: whenever you purchase
something new --- whether it's a tool, an outfit, jewelry or
whatever --- get rid of something old. "A tie for a tie, a shoe
for a shoe."
If you can't get yourself to cut back on what you accumulate,
setting these boundaries or limits will help you keep your
accumulations from taking over your home or office or... your
Have You Tried One Of Our Fabulous Teleseminars Yet?
November 17 at 8 pm (Chicago time), Rita will interview Dr. Bill
Hemmer in a teleclass called:
Are You Crazy Or Just Tired?
Have you ever thought you were crazy? You knew you had to be off
the deep end to feel the way you do. No one in their right mind
could feel like that, right?
Do you wake up just as tired as when you went to bed? Do you
yawn all day and have problems focusing on tasks that used to be
a piece of cake?
Join the Club. These problems are much more common than you
think and are correctable.
Do you relate? Join us November 17 for answers and solutions.
If you have questions such as "What the heck is a teleseminar"