April 2006 Anticrastination Tip Sheet
Yes, this is the APRIL Anticrastination Tip Sheet
Yes, this is still MARCH
Sometimes ya gotta' do stuff in your own time
From Rita Emmett
Author of THE PROCRASTINATOR'S HANDBOOK,
THE PROCRASTINATING CHILD, and
THE CLUTTER-BUSTING HANDBOOK
Quote for April
O! how this spring of love resembleth
The uncertain glory of an April day!
--- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Want To Meet Rita? (If You Live In The Chicago Area)
She'll be speaking about CLUTTER at ELK GROVE LIBRARY
Monday, April 3
To register and for directions call Jill Derkits at 847-439-0447 X 226
Want To Talk To Rita? (If You Live Anywhere On Earth)
Authorship Teleseminar: Seven Sure-fire Strategies to Get Your Ideas
Out of Your Head and On to Paper --- FAST
Join us in a seminar BY PHONE.
Listen as Rita Emmett is grilled by author/speaker Linda Brakeall.
Linda will dig deep to discover and uncover all the secrets of
best-selling author Rita Emmett who sold over 100,000 copies of her first
book in the first 14 months.
If there's a book in your heart or in your head, this class will
jump-start the process of getting it down on paper, and propelling you
through the process.
You do not dare miss this class if you want to be a "real" writer!
Come join other aspiring authors on this "class by telephone" and bring
your questions. Here's a chance to pick Rita's brain about how she became
a best selling author and how you can, too.
Tuesday, March 28
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Central Time (Chicago time)
Bonus: Afterwards, participants can download a recorded copy of the
teleseminar for free Go to
http://ritaemmett.com/teleseminar-author-reg.htm to register or find
out more about teleseminars.
Message From Rita
Last month, I wrote about how we procrastinate with creating community in
our lives and asked for ideas. Here are some bright & creative ideas sent
from our bright & creative readers. Sadly, I 'lost" 2 of the names, so I'm
not including anyone's name. Here's what they wrote:
#1. One of my goals was to start having some fun in my life, so I set
up a dinner club. Eight of us meet for dinner once a month, always the
second Friday. We take turns being the hostess - the hostess gets to
choose whether we're having dinner at a fancy restaurant, a less expensive
place, at her house, or potluck; and makes reservations as needed. The
rest of us attend or not as we can. (I didn't want to get into lots of
"when should we meet" and "what should we do" email exchanges.) With eight
in the club there are usually at least four or five who can make it. We
have a yahoo group to communicate with each other. This has been the
highlight of my year.
#2 In Atlanta, my sister, Jan, celebrated her retirement from being a
Methodist minister (since 1973) and working as a chaplain at Emory
University Hospital in Atlanta for 16 years. She started a program where
once a year the clergy bless the hands of the nurses, doctors, and other
hospital workers. It was also a way to connect everyone who worked in the
hospital and let them know that others recognized their important work.
Jan's church also recognized her retirement during the service yesterday.
When it was her time to speak, Jan talked about the focus of her ministry
was always listening to other people's stories. She knew that often these
people needed someone to just listen. After hearing the story, Jan would
then be more able to offer the right words of support.
One of my favorite groups meets once a month to knit. We share stories,
sometimes silly and sometimes serious. Thanks for thoughts on groups.
#3 Our town-home development has become a real community. It starts
with groups (bridge, tennis, movie clans) and moved from there. Everyone
pitches in when health problems strike as well as the normal fun things.
Also, one of our church members lives in a huge condo complex (about
fourteen four-story buildings) Another church member moved into one of the
buildings and started a trend. THERE ARE NOW 12 single older women
scattered amongst the various buildings. If someone wants to head to
dinner, movie, a play and, of course, a church event, they have an instant
carpool. Walking buddies abound. They have a weekly Friday cocktail party.
Our minister calls them "the nunnery" but we are determined to find
something more flashy. Some have moved out of very nice houses just so
they could join this "community." They love it. Roommates without having
to share the rooms.
#4 My friend and fellow speaker, Greg Risberg wrote: Thanks for your
message on building community. We really can do it most anywhere.
Recently, I've been doing it on vacation in Phoenix. Almost everyone is
new & a little shy. Today when we went into the swimming pool, there were
about 20 people standing around in the water. I asked a couple where they
were from & when they said "Michigan" I said "Wow! I have a daughter
there! Do you know her?" Well, almost everyone laughed & most of us
started telling our stories to someone near us. When you're "on vacation"
you can feel isolated, especially if you're by yourself, but most of us
want to connect & feel recognized, some way.
#5 I received an hilarious email from my pal John Murphy who sails with
us on the Irish Music Cruise every year. He wrote that on Valentine's Day
this year he tucked his photo into valentines and handed them out to all
the single women on the cruise. Methinks he had more in mind than simply
creating community, but I do have to admit he generated quite a buzz and
lots of laughter among the group. Also, he claims he didn't give me one
because I already have the top Valentine --- my hubby, Bruce. (awwwwww)
That's the end, dear Bright and Creative readers. My next project is
I'm writing about how we procrastinate about taking care of ourselves.
What are your thoughts? What would you like to know about? I'd love to
hear from you.