June 2009

THE ANTICRASTINATION TIP SHEET
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, and Overwhelmed

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Quotes for June:

It's never too late for anything. Just start.
Mike Dooley

Delay is the deadliest form of denial.
C Northcote Parkinson

"If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."
Benjamin Franklin

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Message from Rita

Feeling overwhelmed? Pick one thing. Just one. Set a timer for one hour and dig in to it. Don't start anything else while the timer is ticking. Then give yourself a reward when the timer dings.

Here's an email that made me smile. It's kind of long, but you are bound to relate to something in it. The beauty is her closing paragraph where she describes how it feels to tackle the clutter she's been putting off for months. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did (and yes, I did get her permission to use this)

Dear Rita,
I bought your Procrastinator's Handbook & started it, but shortly after that my dear Momma died. Hardest thing in my life to ever deal with, and I've been through a lot. But I'm coming back around. I read your book and got to work.

I'd misplaced a receipt for a TV I bought in February for the switch over to HD. (Seems I can't get access in my area without paying for service and I refuse to do that so I want to take the TV back.) Trouble was my bad habits and procrastination had me facing a car that literally looked like a dumpster. And my house was no better. I had moved last July and only unpacked what I'd needed, which meant that some boxes were partially empty, things were in piles or strewn around the rooms, I live alone so laundry, books and projects were everywhere.

My house was a shambles. I was so embarrassed I wouldn't let my priest, who is my very bestest friend even come to my house. I'd make some excuse to meet her somewhere else.

I had to have that receipt yesterday to return that TV. So I started two week ago. Nothing like money to motivate me to get cracking! Now my kitchen is totally put together and organized. There isn't one thing in it that I don't need or want. My sister has finally got the sentimental bug and agreed to take our mother's and grandmother's dishes for her daughter (who is only 4). Let her store them, she lives in a McMansion! No TV receipt though.

My car is totally cleaned out, including the trunk. I found a portion of a gift I'd made for a friend two years ago; called her and told her I could finally finish the project that she's been gracious enough to hang on to for this long. Found the missing cord to my laptop. My favorite dress shoes, which I thought I'd left in Chicago last fall. A library book that UW-Madison (my employer) wanted to charge me to replace - I'm a librarian and we are some of the worst for overdue and lost books! And $91 in cash in a winter jacket. But no TV receipt. I also found that I have an over-the-back-of-the-seat organizer for tissue, umbrella, paper, pens, map etc that I've begun to use.

In my bedroom I piled all my books against one wall...3 piles times 5 feet tall. But I've read most of them. Have to make decisions about what to get rid of. Been through all the drawers and the closet and under the bed. Washed all the laundry and got rid of everything that no longer fits - I lost a bunch of weight when Momma died. For some reason I can't part with plastic hangers though. I found paychecks to the tune of $232 I hadn't cashed from last summer. You'd think I was Mrs. Got Rocks. All told I found $323. But I never did find that TV receipt.

But you know, Rita, I have found something better. I have found some peace of mind. I slept like a rock last night for the first time in a long time. When I got up in the night for some water I didn't have to worry about tripping over something. This morning I wasn't stressed out wondering if I was forgetting something amongst the messes around me.

My morning routine went smoother and I was peaceful when I left the house. I commute from the Dells to work in Madison on the state vanpool...6am to 6pm. Tonight I start working a summer job in the Dells part-time also. Plus I still have my small publishing company. There are only two reasons I can do this: what I'm learning & doing based on your book; and grounding my life in my faith.

Thank you for your book. I wish you all the best.

Robin
P.S. Know anyone who wants to buy a 19" HDTV?!

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Want to break the procrastination habit but been putting it off?
We have books, CDs, DVDs and an On-Line course at www.RitaEmmett.com
Invest in yourself; invest in your future. Don't put it off:)

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