November 2006 Anticrastination Tip Sheet

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


Quote For November

Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
--- William James


Here's Help For Holiday Hassles

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November Message From Rita

The Saga Of A Low-Tech Woman In A High-Tech World

Hello everyone,

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 it meant.

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 unsubscribes.

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 silent CDs.

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.