February 2004 Anticrastination Tip Sheet

What's the opposite of Procrastination?
An Idea and Tip Sheet 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 February

Success is having what you want
Happiness is wanting what you have


Where's Rita?

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.

Hi All,

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 burglarized.

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 valuable space.

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 chaos?

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 clutter?

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 now?

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 http://www.ritaemmett.com

  1. Look through archives of this Tip Sheet. There's some good help getting started
  2. There are Books, CD's and Tapes to help you stop procrastinating. (click the Products button)
  3. Treat yourself to a Week Of Wisdom (see below)



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!