February 2005 Anticrastination Tip Sheet

What's the opposite of Procrastination?
THE ANTICRASTINATION TIP SHEET
An Idea and Tip Sheet to Blast Away the
Procrastination Habit
From Rita Emmett
Author of THE PROCRASTINATOR'S HANDBOOK

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Quote For February

Unless each day can be looked back upon by an individual as one in which he has had some fun, some joy, some real satisfaction, that day is a loss.

-- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Message For The Month

Give Yourself a Valentine This Year
Self-Care: The Antidote For Burnout

People procrastinate about the most surprising activities.

In my 22 years of presenting "Blast Away Procrastination Seminars", the biggest change I've seen in procrastinators is that all those years ago, people put off what they hated to do. Now they still procrastinate about what they hate, but they also put off things they love to do.

At every seminar, people tell me that even though they want to, they never have time to spend with their family or friends, no time to read books they love, or to exercise or get out in nature or a hundred and one other activities that they genuinely love to do.

This points out that people do not give a high priority to Self-Care, and the result of that is Burnout. Many people think they burnout from having too much to do, but I believe that if these people could magically eliminate some of their activities, it would be like taking a
bucket of water out of a lake. More "things to do" would pop up, and fill in all the empty spots on the calendar with new and different activities. And people would still be as busy as ever.

The secret to preventing Burnout is to take care of yourself and add to your daily calendar some activities that you truly enjoy, something that recharges your battery, that generates enthusiasm and energy, or at least a good feeling.

During the month of February, give yourself a valentine by scheduling on your calendar or to-do-list something that you love to do. You'll not only feel calmer and less burned out, you'll find your fatigue melting away and a new energy surging through you.

Stumped for ideas for adding enjoyment to your life? Here are some suggestions.

Maybe NONE of these will grab you, but the hope is that they will open your mind or your heart to start a new, healthier, more balanced, more tranquil, less stressed way of life.

20 Ideas for Self-care

  1. Spend relaxed time with a favorite person or someone you would like to get to know better.
  2. Unplug the phone and enjoy some peace and quiet.
  3. Sign up for a class
  4. Buy yourself a present
  5. Laugh
  6. Pet an animal
  7. Spend time with a small child (consider borrowing one, the parents might appreciate the break)
  8. Try a new restaurant
  9. Call a friend - long distance
  10. Watch a sunrise or sunset
  11. Make love
  12. Read a book for no practical purpose but enjoyment
  13. Work out
  14. Attend a concert or symphony
  15. Give a hug
  16. Receive a hug
  17. Attend a movie or a play
  18. Go to the zoo or a museum or some place you've wanted to
    go to but never had the time
  19. Do nothing but listen to your favorite music for 20 minutes
  20. Make a list of your favorite activities

Special Deal

To encourage you to give yourself a valentine, we have added two new Special Reports to our web site RitaEmmett.com.

Special Report #6:
WHILE YOU'RE TAKING CARE OF OTHERS, WHO TAKES CARE OF YOU?
A Strategy to Prevent Burnout
and
Special Report #7:
DOES YOUR PERFECTIONISM MAKE YOU NUTS?

If you buy one, you get the second one free.

Isn't that a sweet Valentine for you?

BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!

With ANY purchase from our website during the month of February, we'll send you free "A 28 Minute Relaxation Break for Those Stress Filled Days" tape or CD.

BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!

In addition, we'll send you "Striving for Perfection Can Drive You Nuts (and other thoughts on coping with stress)" tape or CD.


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