June 2003 Anticrastination Tip Sheet
What's the opposite of Procrastination?
THE ANTICRASTINATION TIP SHEET
An Idea and Tip Sheet to Blast Away the
From Rita Emmett
Author of THE PROCRASTINATOR'S HANDBOOK
& THE PROCRASTINATING CHILD: A Handbook for Adults to Help
Children Stop Putting Things Off
If it feels as if it's been a while since you received an
ANTICRASTINATION TIP SHEET, it's because we skipped the
month of May.
With less than 19 days notice, we were invited to "work" on
a cruise to Bermuda, so in the rush to get things in order
before leaving, I decided that I’d write the May newsletter when
we returned on May 4, but we came home early because we received
the shocking heartbreaking news that my brother Tom passed away.
The ship was docked in Bermuda, and in less than two hours
it would depart to return to New York. With a lot of help from
the cruise staff, and a lot of racing, we packed, went through
customs, immigration and de-embarkation, then literally ran down
the gangplank at 3:14 of a Celebrity Cruise ship that pulled up
the plank in front of our eyes and departed at 3:15. It was
amazing cooperation on their part..
Tom and his wife Patty have been watching their new house
be built since last fall. We've been enthusiastic about seeing
photos of its progress. They closed on Wed., April 30 and he
went to his old house to pick up the dog, while Patty drove to
their new house to meet with the movers. Tom had a heart attack.
He never even got to sleep in his new home.
Patty is in a new house, in a new town with new neighbors.
Please keep her in your prayers.
Tom was a funny, caring, smart, good man. We had a lot of
wonderful times together. He was loved as a husband, father,
grandfather and I was lucky to have him as my big brother and to
get together with him as often as we did.
This past month, many people have told me that they envied
the time we spent together. It was a conscious decision we had
made when our kids were little, the idea that spending time with
family is important. I’m so grateful for that decision and for
Quote For June
Do not weep for what is lost, rejoice for what you have been given.
For this Tip Sheet, here is an excerpt from the last chapter
of The Procrastinator’s Handbook (published two years ago). Once
you stop procrastinating about your chores and tasks, the next
level is to stop putting off time for joy in your life.
As we speed through life, living on the edge at a faster
and faster pace, we need to stop and:
- review our values
- connect with people
- decide the direction of our lives and how we want to spend
our time, money and energy
- take care of ourselves and recharge our batteries
- find time for peace and quiet
- make room for love in our lives
Have you put off time for relationships, hopes, dreams?
Have you put off time for fun, relaxation, joy?
If your life is moving at such a fast and hectic speed that
you’re not enjoying it, then what are you hurrying toward? What
are you working to achieve? When will it get better? When will
you enjoy your life?
When you feel overwhelmed or so frazzled you can't find the
energy to do anything, that's when you need to make the time to
visit a friend, ride a bike, go fishing, meditate, take a trip to the
museum, or go for a walk.
How do you do it? The trick is to learn to sandwich the
joyful things you want to do between the important things you
have to do. It's time to use the to-do list to start (or get back to)
a hobby or craft or sport or a musical instrument ... to get out in
nature and breathe fresh air ... to meet with friends ... to do
something to enrich your life, and in the process, to re-create
For example, how often have you thought that you’d like to
get together with old friends or spend time with your family and
those special people in your life ... but it doesn’t happen.
Actually write down on your to-do list ways to connect with
people who are important:
- Send note to Sue
- Call Joseph
- Set up breakfast with Lauieann
By connecting with your priorities and acting on them, you’ll be
adding joy to your day and you’ll feel energized. You can then come
back to the daily chores with a new zest for life, and a more loving,
caring, giving attitude.