September 2004 Anticrastination Tip Sheet

What's the opposite of Procrastination?
A 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


Quotes for September

With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.
-- Abraham Lincoln

Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.
-- anonymous

Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous; anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not.
-- Vaclav Havel

The most thoroughly wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed.
-- Sebastien Chamfort


Bargain Time

If you've wanted to schedule Rita to give a presentation for your group, here's a way you can omit paying her airfare. If you live in Arkansas, California or New York, she'll be in your area in the next two months:

Cabot, Arkansas October date not set yet

New York - Oct. 20 - 22

And this month, she'll be in Los Angeles - Sept. 15 - 19,
speaking at the Magnificent Marketing Symposium. If you want to build a successful career as an author or speaker, call 626-335-6127 for more information. Also, 95% of her presentations are for corporations and associations, and therefore not open to the public; here's an open program for those who live in the Chicago area.

October 19 Rita will appear at Glenbard West in Glen Ellyn, IL at 7pm. She will speak about how to help children and yourself stop procrastinating, and the cost can't be beat. It's FREE. If you've hoped to meet her, this is your opportunity.


Rita's Message for September

Did anything weird happen to your email lately? My emails are not getting through to many people, and many people's emails are not making it through to me. I used to receive 200 emails PER DAY and this week I received 15 a day. And I didn't do one thing to make this happen! The good news for me is - no spam. The bad news is - I no longer hear from my friends and clients. *** sigh *** Since most of my readers won't receive this Tip Sheet this month, I'll dispense with my usual "Anticrastination" message and share my new favorite joke with you. And maybe I'll leave it up to you to figure out its connection with procrastination.

Bruce and I just returned from a breath-taking trip to Alaska. It was glorious, and we were thrilled to see whales close up. Here's a story we heard.

A guy is lost in the wilds of Alaska, wandering for several days without food. He feels desperate when suddenly he spots a bald eagle, smacks it with a rock, cooks it and eats it. Just then, a forest ranger stumbles on him and arrests him for killing an endangered species. In court, he explains that he was close to starvation and had no other choice. The judge says "In light of these circumstances, we'll dismiss the charges. But first let me ask you. I've always wondered what does eagle taste like?" The guy replies, "It sort of tastes like a cross between a whooping crane and a spotted owl."

What are we supposed to learn from this month's message? Don't procrastinate in laughing, taking time off, enjoying life, connecting with nature and getting outside to breathe fresh air once in a while - but try not to get lost in the wilderness :)

Happy September


Looking for E-Mail Tips

Do you have any tips for organizing or filing emails? I'll run  the best ones in next months Anticrastination Tip Sheet.