January 2004 Anticrastination Tip Sheet

What's the opposite of Procrastination?
Great Strategies to Blast Away the
Procrastination Habit
From Rita Emmett
& THE PROCRASTINATING CHILD: A Handbook for Adults to Help
Children Stop Putting Things Off


Quote For The New Year

If you don't know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere.
--- Henry Kissinger


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Seven Tips to Keep your "New Year's Life-Changes"

Do you ever wonder why most people never keep their New Year's Resolutions? Trust me --- the main reason is they simply forget about them when they return to the every day routines after the holidays.

If you PREPARE to keep those Life-Changes, if you PREPARE ways to remember those Life-Changes, you stack the deck in your favor to really change the direction of your life.

Here are seven steps to help you remember and therefore KEEP with those new Life Changing plans, even when the busy times hit. You don't have to do ALL of them at once, sometimes simply incorporating one or two of these ideas, as you PREPARE to start your Life-Changes, will catapult you in the direction you want your life to move.

  • P - PREPARE, plan ahead
  • R - Remind yourself; write it down everywhere
  • E - Enter an agreement with a partner
  • P - Pace yourself
  • A - Acknowledge your successes
  • R - Reward yourself
  • E - Empower yourself; eliminate any possible stress or obstacles

P - PREPARE, plan ahead
Think of what you will need a month from now to keep up with your goal. Will you need someone or something to help you remember, or certain tools, utensils, or software to keep you going? An accountant told me that he'd quit smoking 6 times before he finally quit. The difference was he found what he needed -- a Stop Smoking Class.

R - Remind yourself; write it down everywhere
Mark Victor Hansen, author of the best selling "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series says, "Don't think it. Ink it". Always put your planned Life-Changes in writing. Then put up brightly colored signs or posters where you can see them. Put your Life-Changes on post-its that you can smack on your bathroom mirror, the fridge or your dashboard.

E - Enter an agreement with a partner
Maybe you know someone who can join you in exercising or whatever change you are making. If not, then ask a friend to be your "Accountability Partner", where you call or email them every day or once a week to report your progress. Or maybe ask someone to call you in a month to inquire about your progress.

P - Pace yourself
Start with baby steps. If you set goals that are too far beyond your reach, you'll get discouraged early and easily, and perhaps give up too soon. If you are omitting clutter, don't tackle the whole house at once. Start with one small area of one room. If you're losing weight, set reasonable, healthy steps.

A - Acknowledge your successes
Don't beat yourself up. Everyone has slip-ups and backsliding. But let yourself wallow in any little accomplishment, no matter how small or insignificant it might seem to you. You're trying to establish some new solid habits. This is a time to be good to yourself.

R - Reward yourself
More "Be Good to Yourself" ideas. Treat yourself to time off or favorite enjoyable pastimes whenever you make progress. It will help you enjoy the process of changing your life.

E - Empower yourself; eliminate any possible stress or obstacles.
A marketing executive said that when she quit smoking, she craved caffeine even though it had been four years since she gave it up. She decided that, for her, smoking was a more serious health concern than caffeine, plus it was harder to give up, so she went back to drinking her beloved coffee. Now, eleven year later, she is still a non-smoker
and she again gave up caffeine last year. BUT she allowed herself to have it when she craved it, and was successful in her goal to quit smoking. Get it?

Here's a poem to encourage you by Russell A. Kemp.

This Is The Year!

Wonderful, wonderful, fortunate you,
This is the year that your dreams come true!
This is the year that your ships come in;
This is the year you find Love within.

This is the year you are glad to live;
This is the year you have much to give.
This is the year when you know the Truth;
This is the year when you find new youth.

This is the year that brings happiness;
This is the year you will live to bless.
Wonderful, wonderful, fortunate you,
This is the year that your dreams come true!
--- author unknown

Happy New Year. May this coming year be the best year of your life.