April 2003 Anticrastination Tip Sheet

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


Quote For April

(You gardeners are gonna' love this one)

Let us, then, be up and doing
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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ATTENTION COLORADO-ITES (or whatever you call people who live in Colorado)

Rita will be in Denver June 11 to 15. If you would like her to present a program for your business or organization, call her (847-699-9950). She can add days to her stay.


You Might Be Spending Your Hard-Earned Cash to ADD to Your Paper Clutter

Message For April
Spring Cleaning That Paper Clutter

If I asked you, “Would you pay money, would you pay your hard-earned cash, to increase your paper clutter?” Most of you would say, "No, never! I hate this paper clutter. Why would I pay to add to it?"

Well, that's exactly what you are doing each time you subscribe to a magazine you don’t need or read. How do you decide if you've subscribed to a "too-much-of-a-good-thing" magazine? When your magazine arrives in the mail, do you shout, "Hooray! It's here! I'm going to read it before I fall asleep tonight"? Or do you mumble, "Oh, good...another issue...I’ll read it after I catch up on the past six month's worth that I haven't found time to read..."

Ask yourself, "Why did I buy this magazine?" Did you buy it for the technical articles? The health tips? The recipes? Investment information? Then tear out the articles you need, file them away, and toss the magazine into your friendly wastebasket or recycling bin.

Are you buying it to read every single word? If so, do you have time to read the entire issue each month? If yes, fine, there's no problem. If you don't have the time, stop and re-evaluate the situation. 

Would you be better off buying a copy at a store or news stand every few months when you do have the time to enjoy it, rather than letting back issues accumulate, and feeling guilty? Are you buying them because they contain important information that is necessary for your career or hobby? Then set up a place to store or file them and accept the fact that you don't have time to read every word, but they are available as reference material. There’s also a chance that the same reference material is available at your library or on the internet.

Years ago, when helping a friend move to a new house, I noticed that among all the boxes were eighteen years worth of National Geographic magazines. The couple had been married only ten years, and when I asked about it the wife told me that her father had passed along eight years worth of magazines to them. (What a guy!)

I asked her if she thought the National Geographics would become valuable some day. She said, "No, but the pictures are so wonderful, we just can't throw them out." I admit that the pictures are wonderful, but eighteen year’s worth was a lot of boxes. Heavy boxes! And I was one of the turkeys schlepping those boxes.

If you have the space to store magazines and you are happy to be the caretaker of them, then fine. No problem. But if you are ready to let go of them, consider donating them to a hospital or a library or to your doctor’s office. Perhaps a teacher or scout leader could use magazines with wonderful photos. Or simply put them in a recycling bin.

I'm not suggesting that you throw out important or meaningful magazines. Just the ones that are cluttering up your life; ones that you know you'll never read or need.

Once you accept that your world won't end when you courageously throw out un-read magazines, you will no longer be overwhelmed, immobilized, and catapulted into procrastination by all that reading material coming into your life. Also, you won’t be spending your hard-earned cash to ADD to your paper clutter, and you won’t have all those un-read magazines stacking up in the corner adding to your guilt. Come to think of it, when you spend money for a “too-much-of-a-good-thing” magazine, you’re also spending money to add to your guilt. Who needs that??