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 CLUTTER-BUSTING HANDBOOK

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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

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SPECIAL DEAL

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: http://www.ritaemmett.com/teleseminar_faq.htm

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: http://www.ritaemmett.com/learning_resources.htm#cd

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.

June Marshall

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MESSAGE FOR OCTOBER

Dear Readers,

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

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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
773-871-3825

PROCRASTINATION Keynote
Thursday, Oct 20 at 7:30pm
Des Plaines Prayer Breakfast and Fund raiser for Hurricane Evacuees

$25 per person
to register call:
Donna Catlett
847-391-5301

CLUTTER: Seminar and book signing
Monday, Oct 24 at 7pm
Morton Grove Public Library
6140 Lincoln Ave
Morton Grove, Il

for directions call
Nancy Brothers
847-929-5122

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