2005 Anticrastination Tip Sheet
What's the opposite of Procrastination?
THE ANTICRASTINATION TIP SHEET
An Idea and Tip Sheet to Blast Away the
From Rita Emmett
Author of THE PROCRASTINATOR'S HANDBOOK
& THE CLUTTER-BUSTING HANDBOOK
TIP OF THE MONTH
Kathleen Beiser, founder of "National Completion Day", makes a copy of
this Tip Sheet and carries it in her car to read when she's stopped for
a train or waiting to pick up someone.
KUDO OF THE MONTH
Thanks to THE CLUTTER-BUSTING HANDBOOK, the more I de-clutter, the more
peaceful my house is. And as my house becomes more peaceful, I'm
becoming more peaceful within myself.
--- Jill Hawkes, Coordinator of Leyden Senior Citizens Program
DO YOU DREAM OF WRITING A BOOK SOME DAY?
Here's a great opportunity to get started. On Wednesday. October 12, at
7pm, Rita presents a FREE one-hour teleseminar "WRITE YOUR BOOK NOW".
Go to this site if you don't know what a teleseminar is:
This is your opportunity - in the comfort of your home -- to hear a
best-selling author explain how to write your book FAST. Rita will share
her struggle to get started on her first book, and the great system she
came up with to help her AND YOU start writing.
Even though it's free, you need to register to receive the hand-outs and
the phone number to call. Follow this link to register:
(Obviously, this is over)
AND this is your last chance to purchase the 4-cd CLUTTER SERIES at the
introductory bargain price of $59. After 10/31, the price goes up.
If you're interested, go to:
Here's what people are saying about this series:
This clutter busting CD set is excellent in content and ease of
listening. The live presentation with group participation is fun to
listen to and the techniques are terrific. It is so nice to listen to
this energizing series and gain practical tools while listening to the
upbeat presentation. I give the series an A+. Thank you Rita.
Vicki Kitchen, MA, RN
Buying the CDs is one of the best purchases I ever made (and I'm a
shopaholic). Every time I "fall off the wagon," I play a CD to get me
motivated. It's just like participating in the seminar all over again.
MESSAGE FOR OCTOBER
I've never asked anyone to be a guest columnist for this Tip Sheet, but
the following article, by my friend, Carolyn (CJ) Jonasen (http://www.livejournal.com/users/earthdiva/)
does a great job of explaining how we can get rid of all those things
that are "too good to throw out" but you don't know how to sell the
stuff and you'd just be happy if somebody could use it. Hope you enjoy!
ONE PERSON'S CLUTTER IS ANOTHER PERSON'S TREASURE
by Carolyn Jonasen
Recently, I discovered there's a whole online movement with a similar
philosophy as mine, but with a delicious environmentally-motivated
twist. It seems to have begun with Freecycle, where the priority is to
keep this stuff out of landfills. I love that. The basic idea is to use
the Internet to tell the group, "I've got this doohickey I don't need.
If you can use it, you can have it." Or, in the alternative, "Does
anyone have a flexnard they don't use anymore? Mine broke and I'd be
happy to take yours off your hands." This is a fantastic idea, in my
opinion. When I joined up, the group was called Freecycle, which is a
copyrighted organization name.
It then became Curbcycle, and included "curb sightings" messages from
members like, "They're throwing away a nice looking computer desk at 123
Sesame Street in Gotham. If you want it, come and grab it before the
trash collectors get it." They also post things like, "I'm having a
garage sale this weekend. Come by Sunday night or Monday and pick up any
leftovers you like. There will be books, baby clothes......" The key
was, everything is given freely, no selling or bartering, just come get
it and you can have it. (No pets, but pet supplies are fair game).
I've given away an old computer monitor, four rugs, and a thingy to
stand your patio umbrella in. It's fantastic. I get more space in my
house, I don't have the guilt of throwing away things that could have a
life in someone else's home/yard/workshop, and the landfills don't have
to cope with my inability to say no to friends.
Additionally, I am contacted regularly by groups I refer to as the PU's..
the Poor Unfortunates. The Purple Heart, Vietnam Vets, Salvation Army,
and Amvets all have my phone number. They call me when they're making a
pickup in my area and ask if I'll have stuff for them. Then they send
out a reminder card and even call me the night before to make sure I
remember to put stuff out on my front porch for the morning. I just tape
their postcard to the bag or box and they come and poof it out of my
life. I send matter out into the universe about every three or four
weeks this way. You can also take tax deductions when they pick up your
stuff. Most people can find their nearest chapter of these groups in the
white or yellow pages.
Freecycle website: http://freecycle.org
WANT TO MEET RITA IN PERSON?
She usually presents to corporate clients who don't invite outsiders to
attend, but in October, Rita will give 3 Chicago-area programs that are
open to the public.
CLUTTER: mini-seminar and book signing
Saturday, Oct 8 at 3pm
at Barnes & Noble
1441 West Webster
Chicago, IL 60614
for directions call: Katey Schwartz
Thursday, Oct 20 at 7:30pm
Des Plaines Prayer Breakfast and Fund raiser for Hurricane Evacuees
$25 per person
to register call:
CLUTTER: Seminar and book signing
Monday, Oct 24 at 7pm
Morton Grove Public Library
6140 Lincoln Ave
Morton Grove, Il
for directions call