January 2003 Anticrastination Tip Sheet

What's the opposite of Procrastination?
An Idea and Tip Sheet to Blast Away the
Procrastination Habit From Rita Emmett Author of
Adults to Help Children Stop Putting Things Off

Happy New Year
Wishing You A Year That Brings

True enjoyment in each moment,
True fulfillment in each goal,
True contentment in your heart,
And true delight within your soul.


Want to hear an interview with Rita?

We don't usually list Rita's radio interviews because there's never been one that EVERYONE could hear. Well, this is something so different, you just might love it.

Rita Emmett will be interviewed on "The Inside Success Show", Friday, January 3rd, at 5 pm Central Time (6 pm East Coast Time). Rather than list each time zone, we trust you to figure out when this interview takes place where you live. Besides, we tend to get time zones backwards. Every time we call Europe, we get mixed up and end up calling them in the middle of the night.

The show is hosted by Randy Gilbert, author of "Success Bound" and Dan Argiro. They are skilled interviewers and they will get Rita to reveal her inside success secrets and proven strategies for dealing with procrastination.

Did you ever take part in a teleconference? That is where a group of people from all parts of the world dial in to a "bridge line" (like a conference call) and hear someone teach about a subject, or listen to an author or someone else be interviewed. Sometimes the interviewer opens the last part of the hour to anyone on the bridge line who wants to ask a question. Sometimes, they invite questions to be emailed during the interview.

Usually teleconferences cost from $29 for an hour up to over $100. This will be like a teleconference, but it is FREE. You can join Rita and Randy on the show during the interview by calling 1-507-726-3300 and using the passcode 22327.

Your cost is just the cost of the phone call. I believe that in all the continental US, you can dial 10-10-636 and it's only five cents a minute, so the whole hour is only $3. I've been told it works in all states and you don't even have to sign up for it; just dial it, followed by the number above, and if you never use it again, that's OK.

It's fun. It's free. It's a newfangled high-tech way to communicate. Why not try it?

Another option for those of you who like to wander web sites, is that you can hear the interview for one week after Friday at http://TheInsideSuccessShow.com/current_show/


Happy New Year

At this time of year, we tend to think of new year's resolutions, new starts, and sometimes regrets. It's those regrets that often lead to procrastination.

We set impossibly high goals or year after year we make the same resolutions that we know we won't keep, then we start to think of ourselves as failures, losers or worthless worms. That frame of mind doesn't lead to ANTICRASTINATION; it more likely causes us to not try new things or to simply give up trying anything.

Let's kick off 2003 on a more positive, productive note. Instead of setting goals, look at the past year and focus on all the good things you did that you can be proud of. Write them down. None of this has to be huge. Just think of the things that make your life good, the way you want to be living it. For example:

  • Took part in a new project at work
  • Had fun building a snowman for the first time in ages
  • Donated blood
  • Had many good times with friends and family
  • Volunteered for a community fund-raiser
  • Learned something new on the computer
  • Joined a new committee at church
  • Took a wonderful drive with the family to enjoy the fall colors
  • Learned to relax
  • Cleaned out a closet & donated lots of clothes to a worthy cause

Nobody expects anyone to have accomplished ALL of the above, they are just random examples. But this list might trigger some ideas for you. Take your time, write down everything you can think of that you are happy to have done, leave the paper out for several days, post it on a wall or a mirror and enjoy adding to it. As you list your positive achievements of 2002, let yourself wallow in feeling good about yourself, your life, and your accomplishments.

Doesn't that sound like more fun than making up a ton of resolutions? Don't forget that old saying: "Success breeds success". As you wallow in feeling good about your achievements, you just might find the energy and desire to move forward on something you've been putting off for a while (or a lifetime).

If that should happen, here's a question you can also write out and stick up on a wall or mirror (It's one of my favorite questions to ask at a New Year's Eve party).

Here it is:

What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

May 2003 be the very best year of your life.

Happy New Year


Winter Special

From now till January 31, order either book, THE PROCRASTINATOR'S HANDBOOK or THE PROCRASTINATING CHILD: A Handbook For Adults To Help Children Stop Putting Things Off, from our website, www.RitaEmmett.com and receive a free copy (your choice of a CD or audio tape) of Rita's two radio interviews in Ireland. Each interview covers procrastination issues and is about 17 minutes long.

Whether you are buying the book for yourself or to give as a gift, Rita will be delighted to personalize it and autograph it. Let her know whose name she should inscribe it to - yours if you're keeping it for yourself or the person you are giving it to if it is a gift.


Heading North to Canada

Random House is sending Rita on a book tour in Toronto for THE PROCRASTINATING CHILD: A Handbook For Adults To Help Children Stop Putting Things Off at the end of January. 

It's not finalized, but right now, it looks like she'll be there from January 28 to February 2. Watch for her on TV and contact her if you want to schedule her to speak to your business or organization