July 2004 Anticrastination Tip Sheet

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


Quotes from The Procrastinator's Handbook:

Anyone can do any amount of work,
provided it isn’t the work
he or she is supposed to be doing
at the moment.
--- Robert Benchley

It is not enough to be busy;
so are the ants.
The question is:
What are we busy about?
--- Henry David Thoreau


Want to Hear Rita?

Here's another High Tech interview that you can hear on the computer. Copy and paste
http://www.worldtalkradio.com/archive.asp?aid=1793 and you'll hear Bridget Beck of “Get Wise, Get Organized” interview Rita on "HELP CHILDREN STOP PROCRASTINATING."

They cover topics such as:
Why kids procrastinate
Is this a genetic trait or just a habit?
The impact of procrastination on a child
The strategy of "car communication". It's magic!
Perfectionism and rebellion - how do they play into procrastination?
Kids excuses and the "yeah-but rabbit"
The One Who Drives the Carpool Wins! Listen to find out why...


Want to Meet Rita?

Rita usually works with Corporations or Health Care Professionals and her presentations are seldom available to the general public. But if you're a speaker or author or want to be either, this is a terrific opportunity.

Rita is speaking at the Dottie Walters "2004 Magnificent Marketing Symposium" September 16-19.

If you're interested in attending, you'll be part of a small, select group (including Rita) that will spend the weekend together sharing information to help you generate an income that
will quickly return your investment many times over.

If you're interested, go to www.SpeakandGrowRich.com, or call Dottie at 626-335-8069 or contact Rita. All her info is at the end of this Tip Sheet.


July Message

Are You a Hypocrite?
(excerpt from The Procrastinator's Handbook)

Procrastination is a game -- a game of putting off and not thinking about what you want to avoid doing. One way many people play the game is with a style I call "Hypocritical
Procrastination." It has to do with those times you have something important to do. But you don't want to do it.

You can't put it off by simply being lazy because the task is too important. No, you couldn't face yourself or others if you procrastinated for no good reason; so you put it off by doing something noble instead.

For example, back in my procrastination days, (don’t forget, I’m a “Recovering Procrastinator”) I was assigned the job of typing a roster for a committee I served on. I hate to type -- never took a typing course, use the Biblical method, "Seek and ye shall find", make a lot of mistakes, get frustrated, hate it.

After typing for a while, I wandered into the kitchen to get a cup of coffee. Heading back to my dreaded typing job, I noticed something purple on the kitchen wall -- maybe grape
jelly, surely grape something.

I grabbed a bottle of cleaning stuff and squirted that purple blob right off the wall. The result? A very bright, very obvious, very clean spot on my not-so-clean kitchen wall.

What would you do? I tried to blend in that clean spot with the rest of the wall; I figured if I "feathered" the dirt just right, I could eliminate that line of demarcation. It didn't work.

So I poured the cleaning stuff into a bucket and washed all the kitchen walls and ceiling. Later that evening, a committee member called to ask me how the typing was going.

"How could I type that roster when I’ve spent all day scrubbing the walls and ceiling on my hands and knees?” I said, hypocritically. I couldn't have faced myself or anyone else if I had put off my typing in order to watch TV or take a nap, but it was okay because I had been busy doing something else that was equally, um, important.

The key to eliminating Hypocritical Procrastination is: start to recognize it in your life. Become aware of the games you (we all) play. Once you become conscious of what you are putting off and how you're doing it, you can watch for it -- those times you find yourself:

  • cleaning out desk drawers when you planned on calling and expressing your sympathy to an acquaintance
  • rearranging the linen closet when you promised yourself you’d exercise, meditate or write in your journal
  • playing a computer game (solitaire, anyone?) when something important is being pushed aside.

Hypocritical Procrastination masks lack of focus. Once you start to focus by setting a deadline for a task or making a commitment writing it on a to-do list, the “other important
things to do” which generate this style of procrastination tend to melt away.