May 2004 Anticrastination Tip Sheet

What's the opposite of Procrastination?
An Idea and Tip Sheet to Blast Away the
Procrastination Habit
From Rita Emmett


Quote For May
I can sit by a lake for an hour and do nothing.
It's like a dream time for me. It organizes my soul.
--- Diane Sawyer


Are You an "I Wanna' Do It All" Procrastinator?

One of the many reasons people procrastinate is that they want to do everything. And they want to do it all at once. They want the impossible.

Some "I Wanna' Do It All" procrastinators are highly energetic and ambitious, although not necessarily driven by money. Some are on the fast track. Some are struggling to survive after a "downsizing" and are doing the work of two or three people. Some are volunteers who receive no pay but work as hard as anyone else.

And the pressure & frantic feeling doesn't end when the "I Wanna' Do It All" people leave work. They have a ton of things to do at home and a briefcase packed with papers.

  • But they have no time for family.
  • No time for friends.
  • No time for fun.
  • No time for a life.

I heard a cute story about a little first grader who asked her daddy why mommy brings so much work from the office to do at home. Her father explained that mommy can't get it finished during her workday. The six-year old asked, "Well, why don't they just move her to a slower group?"

Maybe a slower group's not possible, but why are we all so busy? One can't help but wonder -- is it possible that being busy is the new status symbol of our age? "You think you're busy, let me tell you about all that I'm involved in." Have you ever received one of those Christmas letters from someone listing all the activities of the kids? Then, each paragraph opens with a "busy-ness" statement.

"The Husband, he's a busy guy, too..."
"And me? I'm sure keeping busy..."

It's almost as if being busy equals being successful. "Let me tell you how busy I am so you'll know how very, very well I'm doing."

One effective solution for the "I Wanna' Do It All"  procrastinator is to start talking to yourself, though not necessarily out loud. Every time you shift into high gear, tell yourself you can't do everything. It's time to be selective. Time to delegate. Time to eliminate. Time to streamline. Time to choose your battles. Time to prioritize. Decide what IS important and tell yourself, "This is important to finish. The other stuff will have to be put
on the back burner."

You've got the habit of making a "to do list". Now make up a list of what NOT to do - all those unimportant activities and time-wasters that can take up so much of your time.

During this Merry Month of May, take some time out to relax and do something you enjoy. Maybe simply enjoy the month of May!


If you want help relaxing or sleeping, we just received two exciting "testimonials" about our Relaxation tape:

"I am Mr. Skeptic, so when one of my employees gave me a relaxation tape to help me fall asleep at night, I knew it wouldn't work and it didn't.

Then my teen-aged daughter gave me a copy of your relaxation tape. I knew it wouldn't work and was really surprised. It DID work. It was perfect. Every time I use it, I fall sound

In the tape you say to picture a peaceful place and I pictured a spot in my yard. Now whenever I feel stressed, I picture that spot and I forget about the stuff that's bugging me."

                                                                                  -- Dave Forster (aka Mr. Skeptic)

This one came all the way from Australia:
I just love your relaxation tape. I have used it a couple of times since returning home from the US last Friday and it is terrific. Your voice sounds wonderful and I just lull off to sleep and stay there. Also, on days that I'm stressed, I use the anchor with finger and thumb in a
circle and it works every time. Thank you.

                                                                                                       --- Jocelyn Housley

Want to treat yourself to a copy of that tape? It's called "A 28 Minute Relaxation Break for Those Stress Filled Days".  And the ONLY place you can purchase it at, click on "products", then "Audio Recordings" and it's the
first one. Happy relaxing!


Help! I Need Your Thoughts On Clutter

Dear Readers,

Here's a definition I wrote for clutter. Will you please roll it around in your brain and tell me if I need to change it or have left out something? Thanks. Here it is:

The dictionary defines clutter as "a number of things scattered in a disordered jumble". I think there's more to it, and besides, two people might disagree on what is a disordered
jumble. I think stuff becomes clutter when:

  • it creates problems, stress or embarrassment
  • you don't know what you have or can't find what you have
  • it keeps you from using an area, place or thing for it's intended purpose
  • it impairs your ability to function.

If you have thoughts on this definition -- whether you agree or not - I'd love to hear from you. Please email me at: or simply reply to this newsletter.
Thank you.