February 2002 Anticrastination Tip Sheet

What's the opposite of a Procrastinator?
THE ANTICRASTINATION TIP SHEET
A monthly Ideas and Tips Sheet to
Help You Avoid the Procrastination Habit
From Rita Emmett
Author of THE PROCRASTINATOR'S HANDBOOK

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Yes, people procrastinate about tasks, errands and chores, but sometimes, they also put off friends, loved ones and relationships.

What The World Needs Now Is Love, Sweet Love

Have you been wishing the world had more love, but you put off doing something about it?

To Celebrate The Month Of St. Valentine here are 12 LOVING GESTURES (that aren't even romantic)

  1. Write a Thank You note to that favorite teacher you had in school.

  2. Bring cookies or a huge container of popcorn or pretzels to your local Fire or Police Department.

  3. Visit a friend, relative or former neighbor in a nursing home, or call up and ask if you can visit someone who never has visitors.

  4. Take a kid to the zoo. Borrow one if necessary. (A kid, not a zoo) The animals are lonely this time of year and you probably have a young friend or relative who has a bad case of "Cabin Fever".

  5. Bring a bunch of carnations to work and announce that "Today is National Flower Day" (or some other made-up holiday) and hand them out to women AND men.

  6. Support your local community theater group (or a fundraiser concert). Invite a lonely neighbor or co-worker to join you and whoever else is in your group.

  7. Offer hot coffee or cocoa to people working outside in cold weather. (If you spot workers in your neighborhood fixing something, fill a thermos and bring along disposable cups, or if it's the guy who sells papers on the corner, treat him to something from your favorite coffee house.)

  8. If you're going to be alone on Valentine's Day, round up other loners of all ages (groups that include kids and senior citizens can be weird but fun) and go out for pizza or hot fudge sundaes.

  9. Offer free baby sitting for one night to that single parent you know who is struggling (even if YOU are a single parent yourself. Maybe they'll reciprocate some day.)

Enjoy Doing A Kindness Anonymously

  1. Pick up the tab for someone who has it rougher than you. (Ever spot someone at a restaurant with an elderly or infirm family member? Surprise them by picking up the cost of their meal.)

  2. Pay the toll for the people in the next car behind you.

  3. Shovel snow for someone.

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Last week, I had the thrill of snorkeling with sting rays in the Caribbean, and had my photo taken cuddling one. Want to see it? Go to www.RitaEmmett.com and click "Biography". When you get there, right above the words "ABOUT RITA'S PRESENTATIONS" Click on "Click here if you want more about Rita ..."

It's the second photo down --- well, come to think of it, it's really the only one of me cuddling a sting ray.
Happy February.

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