November 2011
The Anticrastination Tip Sheet

From Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook,
The Clutter-Busting Handbook

Quotes for November

Your subconscious can make the provision when you make the decision.
--- Mark Victor Hansen

You have powers you never dreamed of.
You can do things you never thought you could do.
There are no limitations in what you can do
except the limitations of your own mind.
--- Darwin P. Kingsleys

A picture is worth a thousand words. BUT a thousand pictures can make you crazy.
--- Rita Emmett

Message from Rita

Last month we tackled clutter-busting all those photos you have hanging around in dusty, falling-apart boxes. Today it's time to sort and organize that jumble of digital photos that you-keep-taking-but-can-never-find-the-one-you-want.

If you've been reading this Tip Sheet for a while, you already know that I am a low-tech woman in a high-tech world. Which means I don't understand much of the tips you will be reading. Ohhhhhh, well it's not that bad. I mean….I DO still understand words like the & picture & photo & camera. Oh yes, of course I also understand the word "digital".

It refers to those weird funky little squares that sometimes show up in a TV show. But there's a lot in today's tips that seems kind of boring to me because it doesn't make a lot of sense.

You may be thinking "How does this woman function on such a high-tech level if she doesn't understand what is going on??" The answer is our glorious web goddess, Mickey. She lives in Wisconsin and we live in the Chicago area. But she got tired of my hysterical phone calls where I would try to describe my computer malfunction with "IT'S BROKE. I BROKE THE INTERNET. IT WAS THERE BUT NOW… sob…. IT'S GONE."

So now she comes on to my computer. That's right. All the way from Wisconsin, without leaving her place, she comes on to mine. If you wonder -- as I have -- how this happens, her high-tech explanation is "It's magic."

Then she starts to fix whatever I broke, and when I get bored (it appears that I have a rather short attention span. Mickey says it's the size of a teeny tiny gnat) and I start to play solitaire while she is trying fix stuff, she politely asks me to leave the office. Mickey is very patient.

Anyway, here is this month's clutter busting help for your digital photos. For those of you who -- like me -- still wonder how a camera can take pictures without film, just feel free to skip the tips, zip to the bottom and read about a Free Webinar, some up-coming events and another cool photo tip.

Organizing Digital Pictures

This is a basic step by step way for organizing digital photos. If you are new to digital cameras, give yourself time to learn and take the time to read any help that comes with your digital camera photo software. Get to know what it can do and you will be surprised at the possibilities. Organize your digital photos now and they will supply a lifetime of memories.

Mickey's Picture Tips

  1. Download - Transfer your pictures from your camera to your computer.
  2. Delete - Go through your pictures and delete any you don't want to keep.
  3. Edit - When I want to edit a picture I always keep the original. I open a picture, save it with the date "20110612 rainbow-edit.jpg" (or whatever you named it), and edit and save that file so you won't lose the original. Photo Editing Programs can be expensive. The most popular are Adobe Photoshop and Corel Paint Shop Pro. But, there are some great free programs like Gimp, Irfanview, or Google's Picasa.
  4. Rename - I only rename really important pictures, like pictures I'm emailing or putting on websites. Photo editing programs come with batch renaming options if you want to rename a whole group of pictures…2011-08 arizona 01.jpg, 2011-08 arizona 02.jpg, etc.
  5. Organize - I organize my pictures by date. I have a 2011 directory. Inside are twelve directories…01-12 for the months. Inside each of these are descriptive directories like landscapes, trip to arizona, birthday party, remodeling, gardening, pets, etc.
    I also have a directory called "friends and family" with more directories, arkansas, kids, grandma, etc. When I get pictures from friends or family I file them here. That way I keep the pictures I've taken separate from pictures others have sent me.
  6. Backup - All my pictures get backed up immediately with Carbonite. I pay for this service, but I feel it is well worth it. They store all my files, not just pictures...on their servers. I also use a free back up program which backs up all my files automagically to an external hard drive every night, and I back up to dvds occasionally. Okay....I'm a little OCD!

So there you have it. Last month, we wrote about all those photos you have hanging around. This month we covered digital photos. Next month we will combine the two, with tips on scanning your old pictures and saving them as digital files on your computer.

A Free Webinar
Are you an author or future author who cannot figure out if you need an agent because you're not sure how this agent-stuff works? Or do you wonder how to find an agent? Join us for our free webinar on
Monday, November 21 at
6:00 PM Central time

Stay tuned. We have held up this email trying to figure out how to set up registration with our brand-spanking-new webinar system, but we can't hold it up any longer, so I'll send an announcement email when we are set-up.

Two Events To Meet Rita In Person

Rita will be among the 40 selected authors at
IBAM (Irish Books Art & Music)
Sat & Sun. Nov. 12 & 13

Irish American Heritage Center
4626 North Knox Avenue in Chicago.
If you are coming and can't buy discounted tickets ahead of time, email Rita and she will leave you discount coupons at the ticket counter. Rita will be there all day long, both days from 11AM till 7PM. Stop in and chat, she will love to see you.

Rosemont Chamber Of Commerce
Tuesday, November 15
Rita will speak on "Stress Management for the Overworked, Overscheduled and Overwhelmed"
Embassy Suites, River Rd in Rosemont, IL
11:30 registration, lunch at noon
Register: Call 847-698-1190

Tips From Our Perceptive Readers

Hi Rita.
You've done it again: last month, you hit the nail right on the head. I heard a tune in my head as I read your #4 photo tip: If you have a ton of photos, then I would guess that you probably also have saved every gift box, shoe box, basket, folder, big envelope or bag that has ever entered your life.

What's the tune? "I know him so well".

Here's my favorite Photo Tip: don't buy "Albums" for photos ... buy large format scrap books. So much cheaper and, with bigger pages, you get more photos on each page. Use double sided sticky tape to fix the photos on the page.

Love from Ireland, Robert Jordan

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Rita Emmett
Author of The Procrastinator's Handbook,
The Clutter-Busting Handbook and
Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress: A Handbook for the Overworked, Overscheduled, and Overwhelmed
2331 Eastview
Des Plaines, IL 60018

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