August 2002 Anticrastination Tip Sheet

What's the opposite of Procrastination?
A monthly Idea and Tip Sheet to
Help You Avoid the Procrastination Habit
From Rita Emmett


Quote For The Month:

I can sit by a lake for an hour and do nothing.
It's like a dream time for me. It organizes my soul. 
--- Diane Sawyer

Summer's lease hath all too short a date.
--- William Shakespeare

Attention E-Book Readers: 

Palm Digital is offering a "sneak preview" of my new book, THE PROCRASTINATING CHILD: A Handbook For Adults To Help Children Stop Putting Things Off during the month of August, and then it will not be available again till it is published in October.

It's available on Palm Digital ( at $5.99 and with it you get a free download of my first book, THE PROCRASTINATOR'S HANDBOOK. This special offer during August only.


Attention Fitness Fans:

If you get the September issue of Fitness magazine, you'll find quotes and comments from me in an article: 5 Surefire Ways to Reach Your Goal, on page 125.


Have you ever used a Relaxation Tape? Want to try a wonderful one that not only relaxes you, but also improves your self-esteem? Rita has produced a great one. Go to, Click on "products", and you'll find:

A 28 Minute Break For Those Stress Filled Days
Rita's voice soothes you as you close your eyes and slip into total relaxation, as soft background music deepens the pleasant experience. Every time you listen to this tape, you will relax more quickly and easily. It has a double ending so that without changing anything, you can use it either when you want to fall asleep or stay awake. 


Can You Believe Summer'S Almost Over??

Does it feel as if summer flew by in the blink of an eye? Are you like the many people who LOVE summertime, but find that you actually procrastinate about enjoying it ... so that year after year, summer starts ... summer ends ... and all that remains are regrets?
"I meant to go to the beach ... "
"I wanted to gather the whole gang together for a cook-out ..."
"I was going to plant a garden ..."
" ..................... but now it's
too late."

(Editor's note: To all our readers "Down Under", I apologize. I just can't seem to wrap my mind around the fact that in Australia, New Zealand and other parts of your world you celebrate winter in August. Anything you want to write me to help me --- and others who have this "Northern Hemisphere Mentality" --- understand what August is like for you, would be most welcome.)

For the rest of us who are NOT down under, summer is quickly ending. And even though we officially celebrate the start of the New Year on January 1, we ALL know that the New Year really starts in September. That's when as kids we would start our school year with an empty desk, a clean locker, an empty book bag and most important of all, a brand new box of fresh, pointed crayons (that is, until a certain big brother would snap off all the points & break my heart --- but I guess that belongs more in a therapy session than in this Tip Sheet.) SO here are some quick ideas for squeezing in a little last minute summer fun before autumn hits, school starts, big brothers break your crayons and we all shift gears to renew our work goals for the New Year. 

For Those Of You Who Have Procrastinated Enjoying Summer, There Is Still Time!

 21 Ways You Can SqueezE In Some Last Minute Summer Fun

  1. Seek out dates & locations of a Fest, Fair, Carnival, Rodeo or Renaissance Faire that you've been wanting to attend. Put your work aside for the day & just go enjoy yourself.
  2. Rediscover a book you loved as a child & make it your summer reading.
  3. Lie in a hammock.
  4. Call a friend and plan to spend some "outdoor time" together.
  5. Ride a bike, or skateboard, in-line skates or roller-skates. If you don't own any, ask a friend if you can borrow theirs just for an hour or so.
  6. Go to the beach.
  7. Schedule a cookout or picnic, and invite the gang.
  8. Sing Campfire songs, toast marshmallows and make "S'mores". (If you don't know what they are, then you had a deprived childhood and this is the time to make up for it. Email me & I'll tell you how to make S'mores.)
  9. Sit outside at night and look at the stars, or go to some place to enjoy the sun's rising or setting.
  10. Make a favorite summer beverage from your childhood - Lemonade, Kool-Aid, a Black Cow (vanilla ice cream in root beer)
  11. Let yourself get lost in "summer reading" - a book, magazine or comic book that you usually never have time to read.
  12. Has it been ages since you've golfed, fished or sailed? Plan at least one outing.
  13. Swing on a swing or slide down a slide.
  14. Buy a volleyball or croquet set for your backyard and invite some friends over.
  15. Sit outside. Eat watermelon. Spit the seeds as far as you can.
  16. Watch clouds go by or watch ants scurry carrying crumbs back & forth.
  17. Gather a few friends & spend an afternoon playing marbles, hopscotch, double Dutch, Kick the Can, stick Ball, flying kites or remote airplanes or whatever you loved to do as a kid. You may have to ask around to remind yourself how it's played. It's in the asking that you'll come across kindred spirits who will join you.
  18. Go for a walk in your neighborhood and enjoy the August weather - the cool of the early morning or evening, a rain shower, or the heat of the day (if that's what you like). 
  19. Camp out in the back yard or borrow a friend's back yard and sleep under the stars.
  20. Go to a favorite summer spot from your past, or go with an older family member or friend to one of their favorite summer spots.
  21. If you're still stumped, ask your friends what they do to enjoy summer.


 My Next Book Comes Out In October!

It's called: THE PROCRASTINATING CHILD: A Handbook for Adults to Help Children Stop Putting Things Off
So Parents, if you're tearing your hair out because you can't get your little darling to clean her room or do his chores, hang in there. This book offers hope and help.


Next month: In September - well, you know I believe September is the true start of the New Year, so let's explore ways we can start something new. Does anything come to mind? I'd love to hear about them.