May 2006 Anticrastination Tip Sheet

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


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Message From Rita

Dear Bright & Creative Readers,

This is a continuation of our mission to help people blast away the Ultimate Procrastination --- that is, those times we put off getting the care we need for ourselves.

Here are more ideas sent in by our Bright & Creative Readers, plus one great question that probably most of us have asked at one time or another. Maybe YOU have an insight or response to her question (#8).

1. Here are a few common things to take care of ourselves:

  • regular physical exams
  • dental exams 2 or more times a year
  • flossing one's teeth (daily? frequently??)
  • regular participation in a support group
  • buying flowers for oneself
  • music therapy
  • use the phone and keep in contact with friends and relatives
  • Just for today, I choose to be grateful and happy. (Taken from "When the hard part came," by C. S. in the April 2006 issue of the AA Grapevine)

2. Years ago, I was on a plane to a Health Institute to learn to take better care of myself (lose weight, etc.) As we taxied down the runway, the Flight Attendant gave the typical spiel, then I heard her distinctly say, "Put your own oxygen mask on first, then you may assist a child or whomever needs your help."

WOW! Put your own on first!! As a mother of three sons, I don't think it had ever occurred to me that to truly take care of my family, I must take care of myself first. An eye-opener!!

3. For women: I try to schedule my mammogram and Pap smear on or around my birthday every year. This is a way I have found to try to keep current with these important tests that I used to put off. Also, when I get my haircut, I schedule my next cut that day. My hairdresser knows how many weeks to jump ahead. Then I am not scrambling when it starts to look bad!

For everyone: If you exercise with a buddy, you get it done and can socialize too! A friend and I started walking together over a year ago. Rain, snow, heat, you name it, we buoy each other along and also take her dog for her exercise. It makes it less of a chore.

4. Perhaps you could suggest people stop procrastinating about bringing a (spayed/neutered) pet into their lives as a companion that will not only improve their mental health but possibly their physical health, too!

5. Thanks so much for the community ideas. I have been attending membership classes to join a new church and these are the kinds of things that this church promotes.

6.I fell 2 years ago, breaking my leg. Now I need to soak my feet and apply lotion to help the dry skin patches, however, I procrastinated. I know this is for my health and well-being, but I just wasn't doing it often enough.

I'm working on getting better. I now keep a Sharpie clipped to my wall calendar and place a black dot in the corner of the day I soak and/or lotion.

7. I am just completing an amicable divorce from my (second) husband of twenty-four years. I have been unhappy at least twenty of those years, so you can see this is the ultimate procrastination!

Since I am 62, have had two successful but stressful careers in the national arena and am now burned out on that, I plan to live frugally, enjoy my friends, make new ones, get thinner and more fit, and continue blessing each day I am no longer locked in an office. I am happier than I have been in thirty years.

8. I would like to know why, when I've made enormous strides in changing how I eat, I'm not motivated toward getting proper exercise and I can't get myself to bed at a reasonable hour! I'm an empty-nester with a retired husband and a fairly busy life, but I certainly have time for exercise and more sleep! Please help!

Well Readers, got any tips or insights for Linda? I'd love to hear from you.

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