July 2002 Anticrastination Tip Sheet

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

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Quote For The Month:

If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to people when they go for a walk.
---Raymond Inman

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The Creation Of A Nation & Your Creativity

In July, we in the United States celebrate the creation of our nation. So The ANTICRASTINATION TIP  SHEET officially declares July to be CREATIVITY MONTH. (Well who the heck ARE those people who officially declare holidays and things like that. Why can't you and I do the same?) Let's celebrate ways to power up our own creativity for those projects we've been MEANING to create but have procrastinated about.

Have you wanted to start working on, or learn about:

  • a musical instrument
  • landscaping
  • crafts
  • acting
  • needlework
  • singing
  • cooking
  • wood carving
  • writing
  • gardening
  • sewing
  • sculpting
  • the computer
  • building models
  • cake decorating
  • creating a pond or waterfall
  • ceramics
  • photography
  • painting
  • carpentry
  • quilting
  • decorating
  • flower arranging
  • or something?

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You know we ALL are outrageously creative people. You might find that hard to believe. If you have some fear or hesitation inside you, and can't get started on that dream, ask yourself, "What would I do if I knew I could not fail?"

If you DON'T have a dream to become more creative, here are:
20 Ways To Activate Your Undiscovered Creativity
(adapted from Roger Von Oech's book A Whack on the Side of the Head)

  1. Go to a bookstore and leaf through five books you normally would not pick up.
  2. Spend a minimum of half an hour in a toy store or the toy department of a large store. Play with a variety of toys. Buy one for yourself, and take it home and play with it.
  3. Go to the library, and invest at least 20 minutes looking at books or periodicals in a section of the library you feel is of absolutely no interest to you.
  4. Plant some seeds for flowers or vegetables, and observe the growth process.
  5. Attend a spectator sporting event that is new to you.
  6. Observe two or more children under six years of age at play. Become aware of their spontaneity, thought & action processes, and leadership styles.
  7. Spend half an hour in a type of store you are not familiar with (e.g. antique, yard goods, photography, computer, etc.).
  8. Learn the latest dance craze from a teenager.
  9. Listen to music on a different radio station each day for a week. Begin to pick up specific differences in the music and programming.
  10. Learn at least one new word each day. Try your new word on at least two people.
  11. Take a class or seminar in a subject you know nothing about.
  12. Take a small child to the zoo, and afterwards, draw pictures of the animals you see.
  13. Observe non-verbal behavior at a boring meeting.
  14. Spend half an hour at a shopping mall "people-watching".
  15. Personally select, purchase, prepare and eat a fresh fruit or vegetable you've never tried before.
  16. Visit an art gallery, science museum, planetarium, aquarium, or botanical garden you have never been to before.
  17. Join a new group; invite a group of people to join you at a play or movie; do SOMETHING to get to know someone new in your life.
  18. Whittle something, play with clay on a pottery wheel, or do your own abstract painting.
  19. Dine in a foreign restaurant, and order food you've never had before.
  20. Let your imagination wander and don't censor your thoughts.

Enjoy thinking of yourself as creative.
Take just 3 steps toward your dream.
Don't put it off. You don't want to procrastinate, do you?

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Next month: Have you ever reached the end of summer and wondered where it all went? Ever suspected that you maybe even procrastinated about enjoying summer? In August, we'll explore what to do about that. Have fun!

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