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
It is in giving that we receive.
--- St Francis of Assisi
The only ones among us who will be truly happy are those
who have sought and found how to serve.
~~ Albert Schweitzer
Message from Rita
LET'S NOT PROCRASTINATE IN CHARITABLE GIVING.
In these tough economic times, charities report that
donations are dwindling desperately.
Doesn't it seem that when we have money we don't have
time, and when we have time, we don't have money?
Anyway, if cash is in short supply, here are ideas for
other ways to give.
- Donate your time instead.
- Donate used clothing, or other goods.
- Donate frequent flyer miles.
- Donate blood or platelets.
- Shop at a site such as
Igive which donates
part of the proceeds to the charity of your choice.
- Or if you love to bake, you can occasionally bring
goodies to your local police or fire station to
let these folk know they are appreciated.
- Or you can request, instead of birthday or holiday
gifts, that your friends and family make a donation
to a worthy cause.
- Or you can simply make people aware of a worthwhile
For example, I will tell you about
Women For Women where you offer support
to a "Foster Sister" in a third world country. You
pay $27 monthly (less than a dollar a day) and receive
a photo, information about her life, & can exchange
The woman receives training for job skills, business
development, literacy, health and community leadership.
Plus she learns about rights, hygiene, medical care,
and support networks. My "sister" Hannatu recently
graduated, and when she was asked what was the most
useful program to her, she marked "corresponding
with my sponsor". That brought tears to my eyes.
What other ways can you offer support to those in
How about an encouraging word, a visit, invite to
dinner or a shoulder to lean on for someone you
know who is struggling - a neighbor who is out of
work, a friend going through hard times, a family
with someone in the military? This is not a time
to avoid people because you don't know what to say.
This is a time to step outside your comfort zone,
say anything (or even nothing) and just be there
Fear and insecurity can be devastating. Words or
acts of support and encouragement can be more helpful
than you ever realize ... even if you are in the
Want some ideas for offering help at your workplace?
You can make it easy for people to lend a helping
hand by setting up a donation box at work & one
person can offer to take responsibility to bring
donated items to a favorite charity. Or you and
fellow workers can join together to call a local
church and offer to pay the rent or electric bill
of a struggling family who needs help.
Here at Emmett Enterprises, Inc., Bruce and I send
10% of the profits of all our books to the Sisters
of Loretto who taught me to write in high school
and encouraged me to write a book some day.
Also, when you purchase a product from our web that
is mailed to you, you will find a plastic bag tucked
inside. It is a pre-paid mailer to send you old
cell phone and charger to "Cell Phones for Soldiers".
Two teenagers were shocked to find that our military
personnel have to pay a high price to call home
from Iraq and other countries. So they started this
program where, through AT&T, old cell phones are
exchanged for phone minutes. They have provided
phone cards with over two million phone minutes
to our troops overseas.
These are very small ways to support charities,
but that's the point. If we can't support in big
ways, we don't HAVE to stop making contributions.
If we all contribute in little ways, it will still
help to make a big difference.
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INTRODUCING A NEW CD
Are You Crazy or Just Tired?: Important Information
for Women Over 40
Rita Emmett interviews Dr. Bill Hemmer
You might wonder why a man would be writing about
women's hormone issues? Let's just say in every
successful man's life there is a good woman behind
him and Dr. Bill is no different.
His wife was dealing with many of the same issues
almost all women deal with at this age. He spent
countless hours of research and discovered that
women over 40 have the most unresolved health problems
of any group of people in this country. His wife
really thought she was going crazy. And what Dr.
Bill found out through his research is there are
literally millions of people feeling the same way
she does. In this interview, he gives information
and answers to questions that women have been asking
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