December 2004 Anticrastination Tip Sheet

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


Quote for December

Instead of a quote, here's a parody (I don't know who wrote it) that just might remind you of someone you know .. or have heard about. My holiday wish is that NONE of this applies to you and that you just have a chuckle over reading it:

(To the tune of "Deck The Halls")
'Tis the season to be greedy!
Fa la la la la, La la la la!
Treat ourselves, forget the needy!
Fa la la la la, La la la la!
Charging gifts with wild abandon!
Fa la la la la, La la la la!
Credit limits not withstandin'!
Fa la la la la, La la la la!

Sing we now the spendthrift's carol!
Fa la la la la, La la la la!
Buying presents by the barrel!
Fa la la la la, La la la la!
Throwing parties, being merry!
Fa la la la la, La la la la!
Till bills arrive in January!
Fa la la la la, La la la la!


Holidays, Celebration, Procrastination - Oh My!
(Four Simple Tips to Beat Holiday Procrastination)

Holidays - no matter how you celebrate them - seem to throw many people in a tailspin of procrastination.

One of my traditional holiday memories was my Stepdad chasing around every Christmas Eve, racing to buy all his gifts minutes before the stores closed. One year he gave me a cheese basket ... I was eleven:)

As unappreciated as that was, it was nothing compared to the year my mother told him he better give her a thought-full, romantic gift. He gave her an electric frying pan. She didn't speak to him again for a long, long time.

If you are a procrastinator who ends up feeling frantic, frazzled, fragmented or frustrated as the holidays approach, here are a few simple tips:

1. Make Lists

Instead of pushing thoughts of the holidays out of your mind, take a few minutes now to make a list of ALL you have to do, for example:

  • decorate
  • attend parties
  • buy gifts for family and friends
  • buy gifts for some people at work
  • buy, address and mail out cards
  • And maybe add to your list:
    schedule time off for yourself --- to recharge your battery, get with people you like or just to do something you enjoy.

2. Simplify, Simplify, Simplify

Search your lists for things to streamline or eliminate. Four examples:

  1. Cut back on gifts for friends and family instead of buying them gifts that they don't need or want. Suggest a grab bag or suggest exchanging warm holiday greetings and omitting the gift giving.
  2. Cut back on buying gifts at work. Suggest everyone bring in food for a local food pantry or contribute to a favorite charity.
  3. Substitute something for a time-consuming chore you don't like. If you MUST serve cookies or give them as a gift, skip baking (unless you LOVE to) and give a pretty tin of store-bought cookies this year. When I served the thanksgiving feast to 23 people at my house last month, I decided to spend more time with my guests than with washing dishes, so for the first time in my adult life, I didn't serve on good
    china; instead used disposable plates. Nobody complained and it saved me hours of clean-up.
  4. Cut back on decorating. When you come across items you never use, need or like, and they have no sentimental value. (How sentimental do you REALLY feel about dusty plastic holly?), donate them to charity, pass them on to family members who might cherish them, or toss them out. Every time you put up or take down decorations, get rid of MORE that you'll never use.

3. Set a Deadline for When You Will  Attack Each Item Remaining On Your List.

Actually block out time on your calendar for decorating, visiting, shopping, and wrapping (I love gift bags instead of wrapping gifts. If you have a "Dollar Store" nearby, you pay 2/3 less than what you'd pay for gift bags at a regular store).

4. Reward Yourself When Each Item on Your List is Checked Off.

One of the best rewards is TIME OFF - guilt free, because you've just finished something you used to put off.

Happy Holidays!


Great Ideas to Solve Your Gift Giving Problems

Stuck for a unique gift idea? How about visiting our web site ( for a book, tape or CD to help someone:

  • stop procrastinating
  • conquer clutter or
  • handle stress smoothly and serenely.


No shipping fees for any purchase of $25 or more for the whole month of December. BUT as you might already know, Rita is a "low-tech woman in this high-tech world." SO the only way we can figure out how to do this, is that the computer will charge you for shipping, and we will remove that charge from your charge card within 24 hours. Trust us, we are honest folk here, and we PROMISE you will not pay shipping fees if you buy $25 worth of products or more.


If you purchase a book - THE PROCRASTINATOR'S HANDBOOK  or THE PROCRASTINATING CHILD: A HANDBOOK FOR ADULTS TO HELP CHILDREN STOP PUTTING THINGS OFF - Rita will inscribe it to your gift-receiver and add some whimsical message, such as: "The gift-giver (your name) told me you are NOT
a procrastinator, so pleeeeeeeease don't put off reading this book".

You might even decide to treat yourself to one of our products that might help you make 2005 one of your best years yet.


I apologize for this long Tip Sheet, but I just couldn't resist this. Here's something you might even want to cut & paste and use yourself.


  • Vrolijke Kersttmis Sarbatori Felicite
  • Joyeux Noel Tin Hao Nian
  • Froeliche Wihnachten Felice Natale
  • Kinga Shinnen Glad Julen
  • Ichok Yilara Boas Festas
  • Chrustovjna Wesloych Swiat
  • Glaedelig Jul Veselele Vanoche
  • Felice Pascuas Sretan Bozic
  • Boldog Karacsonyi Unnepeket Merry Christmas

and a Happy New Year!