July 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
Quote For July:
A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a
yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip, and worried to
death by a frown on the right man's brow.
--- Charlie Brower (Cited in The Best of BITS & PIECES)
In July, we in the United States celebrate the creation of our nation.
Last year I officially declared July to be Creativity Month, and nobody
disputed or arrested me, so Happy Creativity Month again.
To me, the best way to power up our creativity is to recognize
“CREATIVITY STOPPERS”. One of the most common reasons
why we procrastinate with fresh, new, exciting creative ideas
is that people are happy (yea, verily ….. delighted) to give us
“reasons” why our ideas are no good or would not work AND
WE BELIEVE THEM!
Our creativity soars when we recognize these doomsday
statements to be merely creativity stoppers and NOT reasons
to be believed. Here are some examples:
- It's been tried before. It won't work.
- It's never been tried before. It won't work.
- That's not the way we do things. It won't work.
- These people won't go along with it. It won't
- You don't have what it takes to do that (You
are too stupid, too
inexperienced, too new, too old, too tall, too sick, too colorful,
too weird). It won’t work.
- It's too much trouble. It won’t work.
- Sneer, yawn, frown
- Joke, sarcasm, laughter
- Tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk
- Gossip, put-downs, ridicule
- Sigh, rolled eyes, smirk
You get the idea. This list could go on and on. AND these
things could have the power to discourage or deter you
unless you make yourself aware of what is happening when
people try to sabotage your creativity.
Study this list. Memorize it. Tattoo it on your arm. Post it where
you can see it. Re-read it redundantly until these stoppers become
a recognizable force to be challenged or ignored, rather than a
reason for not pursuing your creative idea.
Dave Barry, the humorist writer, had a brilliantly creative
idea. He decided to list some of those “Well, you can’t
argue with THAT” lessons that he has learned in his lifetime.
If you were to do that, what would be the biggest, hard-to-argue
lesson you’ve learned?
Here are Dave’s top twelve:
Things That It Took Me 50 Years To Learn By Dave Barry
- Never under any circumstances take a sleeping
pill and a
laxative on the same night.
- If you had to identify, in one word, the reason
the human race
has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that
word would be "meetings."
- There is a very fine line between "hobby" and
- People who want to share their religious views
with you almost
never want you to share yours with them in return.
- And when God, who created the entire universe
with all of its
glories, decides to deliver a message to humanity, He will NOT
use as His messenger, a person on cable TV with a bad haircut.
- You should not confuse your career with your
- No matter what happens, somebody will find a
way to take it too seriously.
- When trouble arises and things look bad, there
is always one individual
who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often,
individual is crazy.
- Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get
up and dance.
- The most powerful force in the universe is
- A person who is nice to you, but rude to the
waiter, is not a nice person.
- Your friends love you anyway.
Now here’s your mission, should you choose to
When the next creative whim hits you, go for it – whether
it’s cooking, painting, dancing, decorating, writing,
designing, building, coloring in a coloring book or whatever.
Don’t worry or care about the outcome. Just enjoy the
Help Sos Mayday
Here’s a chance to be creative. I want to collect some of
the very best, most creative clutter tips in the world. Do
you have a favorite? Please send it to me and if I use it
in a book, I’ll make sure to give you credit as a
contributor. Thank you.