2004 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 February
Success is having what you want
Happiness is wanting what you have
Feb. 29, Rita will be in San Diego, CA
March 1 till 12 in Mexico
March 13, in Indianapolis, IN
March 26 to 28, in Atlanta, GA
She will be presenting talks in several other cities, but they are
all-day training sessions or keynotes where she flies in, does the work,
and flies out the same day.
I'm battling the Consummate Cold of the Century and the cold medicine
gives me the most delightful buzz. I've never written a tip sheet while
"flying this high", so here goes:
I'm collecting "Clutter Stories". Wanna' hear one?
Our friend who is a college professor, tells about the time he and his
wife came home to find police cars at their house. They had been
As they approached their front door, one of the police officers took the
husband aside and said, "John, I have to warn you before you go in. They
trashed your house. Stuff
is dumped everywhere. Put your arm around your wife and warn her to
brace herself. It'll take you forever to straighten out this mess."
They went in together, arms around each other, and were startled to see
that nothing was touched. Everything was exactly the way they left it.
What the cop had thought was a totally trashed house, was merely the
clutter that they lived with. What he called "a mess" was their unique
way of decorating.
And to add insult to injury, the thieves took only the VCR because
everything else of value was covered or blocked by stacks of papers,
books and other clutter.
So there's the story. How about you? Do you have a favorite Clutter
Story about someone --- maybe even you? If so, feel free to email it to
me (Rita@RitaEmmett.com) or
email your phone number and I'll call you so you can tell me about it.
There's lots to be gleaned from John's tale besides a good laugh; I
think the best lesson is that we can become so accustomed to our
clutter, we don't realize how much time
we spend searching through it, stepping over it, walking around it,
trying to ignore it and never finding what we want.
We can become so filled with excuses, denial or blaming of others, that
we decide we have no responsibility for all that stuff taking up our
We need to look at our work space and living space through new eyes, as
if we were a stranger coming into that area for the first time.
Is it an environment that promotes what we need - whether it be calm or
creativity, relaxation & restfulness or high energy, clear thinking or
Or is it an environment that promotes only stress, stress and more
stress? Is that space serving a purpose or is it simply filled with
Are you always searching through those stacks?
Are you often late because you can never find what you need? (especially
those darn car keys)
Does the constant rummaging through all these stacks make you so tense
you want to bang your head over & over against the computer screen ...
but there's a bunch of books in front of it so you can't reach it right
I know, I know - for years I had a plaque on my desk that said "A messy
desk is a sign of genius" until I finally faced the fact that a messy
desk is also a sign of someone who takes twice as long to accomplish
goals than is necessary because I can never find what I need. (more
denial & excuses)
Maybe none of the above reasons apply to you, but you'd like to attack
your clutter simply because you're too embarrassed to invite anyone over
to visit in your clutter-covered home.
Or maybe your spouse or your family are the ones feeling embarrassed.
The first step in conquering your clutter is to decide to do it.
Next step is select one small area to work on.
Next step. BEGIN.
If you need help getting started, go to our web site
- Look through archives of this Tip Sheet.
There's some good help getting started
- There are Books, CD's and Tapes to help you
stop procrastinating. (click the Products button)
- Treat yourself to a Week Of Wisdom (see below)
WEEK OF WISDOM (WOW)
The January WOW (Week Of Wisdom) Special was so popular, we are
extending it another month.
In this package, you receive a Signed Limited-Edition Collectors mug
(with the quote "GOD CREATED COMPANY SO THE HOME GETS CLEANED")
and 5 Special E-Reports on either "Conquer Clutter" or "Write Your Book
Now". These reports are
jammed with quick, easy, sure-fire ways to accomplish what you want.
Then you sip from your mug and read one report a day for a WEEK OF
WISDOM. After one month, you're ready to blast away your clutter or
tackle that book.
The WEEK OF WISDOM IS a $58.62 value on sale now for just $32.97 (US)
And for the valued readers of this Tip Sheet, by going to
http://www.ritaemmett.com/secret_page.htm in February, you
will receive a special deal on that special deal.
Happy Valentine's Day!