2006 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, and
THE CLUTTER-BUSTING HANDBOOK
Quote For November
Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted
--- William James
Here's Help For Holiday Hassles
Got Procrastination Hassles? Here's Help For You:
Join us at 7 PM (Chicago time) Thursday, November 9 for a FREE
teleseminar to "BLAST AWAY PROCRASTINATION". Don't know what a
teleseminar is? Click here for answers
http://www.ritaemmett.com/teleseminar-faq-free.htm You will learn
tons of tips to help you smoothly glide through the holidays - and not
leave everything till the last minute! To register:
Got Clutter Hassles? Here's Help For You:
Special Sale -- A $93.00 value of "Conquer Clutter information" for
VAPORIZE YOUR CLUTTER (Set of 4 CDs from Rita's popular "Clutter"
If you missed these 4 (60 minutes) telephone classes, now is your chance
to catch up on all the valuable material that was covered: 1) General
Clutter; 2) Sentimental Clutter; 3) Paper Clutter and 4)
Stealth Clutter (What? You don't know what that is? Sure you do --- it's
all that stuff that returns 5 minutes after you just spent all day
getting rid of all your junque.)
4 CDs (US) $79.00
CONQUER YOUR CLUTTER: DANIEL HALL INTERVIEWS RITA (1 CD)
Interviewer Daniel Hall spends a full hour grilling Rita on the secrets
of how to start attacking your clutter, what to do about all that paper
clutter coming your way, and how to keep it under control. If you have
any type of clutter in your life, your desk, your office or your home,
you need to listen to this CD ---probably many times.
CD (US) $15.97
All 5 of these CDs together would usually cost you $93 but during the
month of November, you can buy them together for only $59
AND as an added bonus, if you want to buy The Clutter-Busting
Handbook, which is usually $11.00, you can purchase it with this special
for only an added $5
Don't procrastinate! Buy now while supplies last. To purchase
November Message From Rita
The Saga Of A Low-Tech Woman In A High-Tech World
This month's Tip Sheet is not the usual "how-to-blast-away
procrastination" message. It's about how dangerous it is to let a
Low-Tech woman such as me near a computer.
And how several (maybe all) of you recently received an email that
was supposed to go to me. And may have caused you some inconvenience or
if you're like me ..... total bewilderment.
Let's start with some background.
In February of 2002, we sent out our first Anticrastination Tip Sheet
to a list of 680 people. I had gone to a lot of trouble to make sure I
had permission from every computer place in the world so that I would
not have to spend three days on the phone whining and groveling because
I've been kicked off the Internet.
(That had happened to me a few months earlier when in a rush of
enthusiasm I sent out an announcement to everyone in my address book.
Ahhh, but I digress and that's a whole other story.)
So my instructions for the 680 mail-out were to put parenthesis at
the beginning and the end of the list of names. I forgot to place that
last parenthesis, so everyone got to see everyone else's name.
It didn't bother me at all until I heard from my mild-mannered web
goddess, Mickey. (If a man sets up your web, he's your Web Master. I
called Mickey my Web Mistress and she informed me she's happily married,
had two kids and is NOT my mistress. So mild-mannered Mickey allows me
to call her web goddess. But I digress,)
Mickey informed me that any unscrupulous or unethical person could
start spamming those 680 people. And one did --- sending as many as
seven emails that day.
So I wrote a sincere, heart-felt apology and promised it would never
happen again. And again --- I forgot to place that last parenthesis.
Some people were so disgusted, they un-subscribed. I was heartbroken.
Some sympathized. I was grateful.
Some sent emails saying ROTFLOL. I was bewildered. Didn't know what
Then Mickey waved her magic computer wand so that I'm never allowed
access to that mailing list. I was relieved.
The next month, one more person un-subscribed. I was again heart
broken and called my web goddess weeping and wailing and gnashing my
teeth. After a week of my whining and feeling terrible, Mickey waved her
magic computer wand again so now I never ever know who subscribes or
Once this Tip Sheet was finally rolling smoothly, we enthusiastically
announced our first "Blast Away Procrastination" CDs on our web and
offered a great introductory sale. Tons of people bought them.
A short time later, one of our perceptive readers named Beverly
Atkins called to say that she didn't want to bother us but her CDs were
blank ... filled with the sounds of silence.
Many of you long-time readers might remember that the next three Tip
Sheets DID offer help to stop procrastinating but also kept you apprised
of our frantic efforts to figure out how to stop producing those darned
Well, now --- years later --- kind hearted Beverly called again. And
again, didn't want to bother us, but an email from my friend Marilyn
that was meant for me went to Beverly instead.
And when she hit "reply" and wrote to me telling me about this mis-directed
email, she received over a hundred replies from people telling her she
was doing something wrong.
I never understand this kind of thing. I'm a low-tech woman in a
high-tech world. So we got the web goddess on a conference call, Beverly
told her what happened, and Mickey said, "Well, the email address that
Marilyn used was supposed to come to me, but I think these emails are
going to everyone on the Tip Sheet mailing list."
Beverly said, "I think it went to over 500 people."
Mickey said, "If it went to Rita's entire list, she has over 5,000
people on it now".
I wanted to start jumping up & down yelling, "I didn't do this. I
didn't do this." but I pretended to be calm and professional. Besides, I
didn't really understand much of what they were saying.
Once again, Mickey waved her magic computer wand, and you all didn't
receive any more emails from Marilyn or Beverly. I thank both of them
for their understanding and patience, and apologize to ALL OF YOU for
any inconvenience it may have caused.
There are up-sides and down-sides to everything. The down-side of
being a low-tech woman in a high-tech world is that I really don't
understand half of what I do on the computer. I just do as I'm told.
The up-side is that I don't have to break my brain trying to figure
out any of this. So most of all, I thank God for web goddess Mickey.
Next month we'll resume out campaign to end your procrastination
habits. And for now, it seems safe to assume that you won't be receiving
any more of my private emails from friends.