January 2006 Anticrastination Tip Sheet

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


Quotes for January

People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Abraham Lincoln

Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie
William Shakespeare, (All's Well That Ends Well)


Want To Hear Rita In Person?

If you live in the Chicago area and you would like to hear Rita speak, this is your chance.

Arlington Heights Memorial Library
Thursday, January 12
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Cost: FREE
For directions and to register, call Linda Mulford 847-506-2628

Also, Rita will present a program at her own Writer's Group on
Thursday, January 26
9:30 am till noon
The Winnetka Community House
620 Lincoln Avenue
Cost: $8
For directions and to register, call Janie Baskin 847-291-6697

Watch for March issue of Women's Day (goes on stands in Feb) for a mention of The Clutter-Busting Handbook in an organization article by Amanda Pressner


Message From Rita

Past Tip Sheets have explored ways to conquer clutter and to stop procrastinating with tasks, chores and errands.

Let's start off the new year moving to the next level. Do you put off taking care of yourself and taking care of what you need?

If you could wave a magic wand and receive all the care you've wanted, what areas of your life would you change?

Would you become healthier? Move physically fit? Thinner? Would you eat more healthy foods?

Would you connect with people more often? Or less often?

Would you stop feeling lonely?

Would you stop spending time with people who make you feel miserable?

Would you have more (or less) social activities? Group meetings? Business engagements?

Would you exercise more? Spend time out in nature more? Have more quiet time or meaningful time in your life?

Would you stop feeling guilty or worried or anxious as often as you do now?

Would you stop wishing that someone or something would change so that you could finally feel happy? (and instead - simply make up your mind to be happy?)

Would you start to have fun and let go of stress?

Would you stop finding excuses to do something to "recharge your battery"?

Would you have more control over your schedule? Be less hurried & harried?

Would you stop trying to control things you have no control over?

Would you take more control of your life and stop letting others (or phones, schedules, computers, emails, to-do lists, etc.) control you?

Would you stop allowing impossible standards to make you crazy; standards such as perfection or "never making a mistake"?

Would you be more positive? Pleasant to be with? Less critical? Less judgmental?

Would you be more active? More energetic? More organized? More dependable?

Would you enjoy your life more?

Here's a slightly different question: What if you spent the same amount of thought, energy and time on YOU as you spend on others? How would your life be different?

After giving thought to these questions, here's one more: What is keeping you from taking care of yourself?

Obviously, we don't have control over everything. You can't cure an incurable illness; you don't have much control of your time if you're caring for someone not able to care for himself or herself. But must that completely stop you from enjoying life or adding fun to your life or eating healthier or whatever other changes you desire?

Maybe chasing after several preschoolers all day does mean that their needs come first, and maybe working a high pressure job does mean you don't have much time for yourself, but isn't there some way to sneak in a few minutes to take care of you?

It might take some creative problem solving but often there is some way to squeeze little kindnesses to yourself into your daily schedule.

Final questions:

  • Why is everybody else always more important than you are?

  • Why do everybody else's needs and priorities always come before yours?

Hmmmm, these are questions worth pondering, aren't they? If you wish that someone would take care of you, this year let YOU become that someone, and start down the glorious road of experiencing the joys, rewards and improved lifestyle that come when you start taking care of yourself. I'd love to hear your thoughts about this.


Want To Write a Book This Year? We'd love to help.

We have a new product; it's a CD of our "Teleseminar for Authors". It's a $15.97 value that will be on sale for $10 during the month of January. Buy Now

Also, you might want to treat yourself to a book-writing system, "Book-In-A-Box," that will help you finally get started on your book. Here's a comment we received recently:

Dear Rita,
What a motivating and helpful tool your Book-in-a-Box is.  Mine arrived yesterday morning. Since then, I've paged through the lessons, downloaded the awesome screen saver (every procrastinator needs this) and listened to CDs 1 to 5...some twice! Your down-to-earth information is so valuable. Thanks again for making this available.

Joyce Heiser

To check out either of these resources, go to www.RitaEmmett.com, and click on "The Writers Room"