February 2009

THE ANTICRASTINATION TIP SHEET
From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook
The Clutter-Busting Handbook and
MANAGE YOUR TIME TO REDUCE YOUR STRESS:
A Handbook for the Overworked, Overscheduled &
Overwhelmed

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Quotes for February

You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.
~~ Jerry Gillies

Don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.
~~ Harold Whitman

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Message from Rita

Since New Year's day (when Chicago had been hit for days-without-end of snow, cold and ice) I gleefully told people our plan to flee this miserable cold weather.

The second week of Jan., Bruce & I fly to North Carolina where I’ll present 3 seminars AND where it is WARM.

Then The third week of Jan., we fly to Gainesville, Florida where it is WARMER.

The last week of Jan., we will cruise the Caribbean where it is SNORKELING WARM.

Well, in North Carolina, it was 10 degrees and they have had 6 inches of snow.

Then in Gainesville, at 6:30 am on Jan. 23, when we walked from our hotel to our rental car in the parking lot, every car window was encrusted with ice.

Not frost that you can write your name on with your finger. Noooooo
Thick, crusty, crunchy, frozen ice.

AND did you know that they do not supply ice scrapers with rental cars in Florida?

So as we stood freezing outside scraping the ice off the wind shield with charge cards …. in our glove-less hands. (yes, I failed to pack gloves for Florida) Bruce said, “You know, this isn’t exactly how I pictured Florida.”

So, on Sat. Jan 31, we will board a cruise ship for the Caribbean. If you read of a ship crashing into an iceberg in the midst of the balmy warm Caribbean, it just might be ours. Bruce suggested that I pack mukluks & parkas for our Caribbean Adventure.

Just in case the weather or the after-holidays-doldrums leave you feeling exhausted all the time, here is an excerpt from our new book, Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress: A Handbook for the Overworked, Overscheduled, and Overwhelmed to help you perk up your energy.

Twelve Energy Boosters

  1. Exercise. Just 30 minutes of walking three or four times a week will dramatically increase your energy. The exercise might tire you out at first, but in a short time you’ll feel your fatigue melt away.
  2. Decrease caffeine & sugar. Their energy bursts are only temporary. The crash they cause afterwards will leave you more tired than before.
  3. Increase fruits and veggies. This --- combined with the above decrease --- will not only zip up your energy, but you might notice you’re in a better mood.
  4. Get enough sleep. The amount needed varies from person to person, so it’s up to you to figure out your optimum hours of sleep. Not too much, but enough to leave you refreshed.
  5. Consider “power naps” (if possible) They can either revive you or leave you feeling more exhausted. Like searching for the ideal amount of sleep you need (above) this is something only you can figure out.
  6. Drink plenty of water. Dehydration can make you feel slow and sluggish. If you drink any caffeinated beverages (coffee, tea or soda) you will be more dehydrated so make certain to drink plenty of water afterwards.
  7. Do something that’s fun.
  8. Take breaks. Any break can energize you – from a 5 minute mid-morning break stepping outside & breathing fresh air; to eating lunch away from your desk; to setting aside a weekend day as a “Re-creation Day Free of Work”; or to a two week trip away from home.
  9. Eat a mid-morning or mid-afternoon energizer. Instead of sugar or caffeine, try a handful of nuts (providing protein and omega-3) or an apple with low-fat yogurt or low-fat cheese.
  10. Fresh air. Whether it’s stepping outside for a few minutes or a 2-mile walk, you will find fresh air clears your head and perks you up …. without fail.
  11. Consider learning some yoga. The deep breathing, stretching, and twisting soothe tired muscles, increase oxygen intake, improve circulation and aid digestion, all of which will help you feel energized and give you a sense of well-being.
  12. Eat a variety of foods. To eat only one certain kind of food will prevent your getting the amount of vitamins and minerals you need for optimum health. For example, a diet of mostly carbohydrates tends to lack potassium and magnesium which are energy boosters.

And now --- off to our Caribbean adventure,
Snorkeling-ly yours,
Rita

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Some cool stuff coming up

A mini-seminar and book signing for
MANAGE YOUR TIME TO REDUCE YOUR STRESS:
A Handbook for the Overworked, Overscheduled and Overwhelmed

Thursday, Feb. 19 at 3:30 pm
at
The Bookstall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
847-446-8880

A Free Teleseminar
Rita is interviewed by Lynn Sanders
Feb. 25 at 7pm (Chicago time)
Our question to YOU: What is the most important thing you’d like to know about "Managing Your Time to Reduce Your Stress"?
Click Here to join

Here's a Review from Publisher's Weekly
of the Audio CD of our New Book,
MANAGE YOUR TIME TO REDUCE YOUR STRESS:
A Handbook for the Overworked, Overscheduled and Overwhelmed


Macmillan Audio, unabridged, four CDs, 4.5 hrs., $24.95
Read by the author Rita Emmett

Emmett makes effective use of her cheerful, Midwestern motherly tone and relaxed speaking style to convey the practical insights and tips in her resource. While the stress-busting thesis may not seem especially revolutionary, Emmett's approach to proactive boundaries in everyday life is a refreshingly tangible self-help initiative. Emmett acknowledges the challenges posed by the audio format for such an action-oriented title. She implores listeners who are driving to plan on listening to key portions of the last disk later in order to complete the critical list-making exercises. While such suggestions should help consumers get more lasting benefits from the content, the publisher could have included a bonus CD featuring downloadable versions of Emmett's extra-credit time-management activities.

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