June 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
& THE PROCRASTINATING CHILD: A Handbook for Adults to Help
Children Stop Putting Things Off &
THE CLUTTER-BUSTING HANDBOOK

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Quote For June:

A journey of ten thousand miles begins with but a single step
Ė-- anonymous

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Have you been wanting to hear Rita talk in person? Here are two free opportunities Ė one if you live in the Chicago area and the other for those who live anywhere in the world:

Chicago Area:
Rita usually speaks for businesses, so the talks aren't open to the general public, but hereís a rare opportunity to attend her presentation and itís FREE! The talk is CLEAR OUT YOUR CLUTTER: HELP & HOPE FOR PACK RATS

It's Saturday, June 11, 4 PM at the Printer's Row Book Fair.

The Book Fair itself is on Dearborn (between Congress & Polk), but Rita will be speaking at: UNIVERSITY CENTER, 525 SOUTH STATE STREET ON THE THIRD FLOOR.

Afterwards, Rita is doing a book signing. She always arrives early for those who want a chance to chat with her. There's no charge, books will be available, and anyone can attend.

If You Live Anywhere In The World

Do you know what a teleseminar is?

Well, imagine that you want to hear an author speak at a local college, and you pay 69 bucks for it, dress up for the lecture, get stuck in rush-hour traffic on the way there, canít find a parking space, run two blocks in the rain to your class, can hardly hear because the PA system is lame, and then drive home exhausted. Well, thatís NOT at all what a teleseminar is.

On Wednesday, June 22, Rita will lead a class by telephone on BLAST AWAY PROCRASTINATION. Sheís doing two identical presentations by phone, so you can select your class with Rita to take place at either 2 PM or 7 PM Central time (Chicago time) on June 22.

To register, either hit reply on this Tip Sheet, or email Mickey, Rita's Web genius, at starcademy@aol.com with your name and email address. When you register, youíll receive the phone number to call, and the only cost is your long distance phone call for one hour.

Then on June 22, in the comfort of your home, dressed in your jammies and fuzzy-bunny-slippers, you can dial in and hear Rita tell you how to Blast Away Your Procrastination. Again, this is a free-to-you program.

Another speaker named Linda Brakeall will interview Rita; if you have any specific questions you want Linda to ask Rita during the teleseminar, email them to Mickey by the morning of June 22.

If you are new to teleseminars, copy and paste this URL http://ritaemmett.com/faq.htm into your browser and youíll read lots of tips, plus frequently asked questions & answers on the subject.

These teleseminars often cost over $100, so come and join us and have fun at no charge (except the cost of the phone call)

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Message For June From Rita

Our clutter comes from four goofy habits:

Saving things that we never need or use
Insisting on bringing in things that we never need or use
Never deciding on a place for things to be put
Setting things down instead of putting them where they belong

So how about trying to incorporate one new habit to counteract clutter habits? Here are 21 ideas:

  1. If you havenít used it in a year, get rid of it.
  2. Every day, before turning on your computer, toss or put away three things on your desk.
  3. When you buy one thing, get rid of one thing. (a toy for a toy, a shoe for a shoe)
  4. Glance over your left shoulder every time you leave a room. Pick up the clutter you spot and take it with you to where it belongs.
  5. Decide now. Clutter is often caused by putting off decisions.
  6. Make a place for everything. Make a place for special papers, and for each childís school papers. Make a place for mittens, scarves, hats, boots, and so forth.
  7. Put everything in its place. Teach your family to put things where they belong. (One way to teach: ďIf everything is where it belongs, you can come with to the mall or you can watch TV. If not, you canít.Ē)
  8. If you take it out, put it back.
  9. Ask a ďnon-clutter friendĒ to help you sort through your closet or other clutter. Some people will be overjoyed to help you de-clutter. All you need from them is help in deciding what to keep or not keep.
  10. Take five minutes whenever you can to tackle a small section of clutter (or do it during the commercials of the first hour of watching TV).
  11. Find a person or organization that will love & cherish your stuff as much as you do. That will make it easier to say good-bye to things you donít use or need.
  12. Decide on one place to put your keys (a hook or bowl near the door, a certain section of your purse) and cultivate the simple habit of putting them there always.
  13. Live simply so that others might simply live.
  14. When you want to buy something Ė no matter how sensational or adorable it is Ė think if you have a place to put it. Even if itís the greatest bargain in the world, donít buy it if you donít have a place for it. What a life changing way to think!
  15. Always open mail next to a wastebasket. Get BIG wastebaskets for every place in your home that you need to encourage tossing or recycling paper, magazines, catalogues, newsletters, newspapers or other paper clutter.
  16. Never leave a room empty-handed until the only things in the room are ones that belong there.
  17. Never go up or down stairs empty-handed as long as there is something that should be taken up or down.
  18. Have company over once in a while so the house gets cleaned.
  19. Pay bills, fold laundry, sort through catalogues & magazines, and so forth during TV commercials or while visiting on the phone.
  20. When de-cluttering a room, start at the doorway & go right or left. Then if youíre interrupted, you can see where you stopped.
  21. Donít de-clutter & clean the same day. You might keel over, poor thing.

Just making one of these habits a regular part of your day will impact the amount of clutter in your life.

Happy June!

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