Make It Happen!!
April 20 International
Society of Performance Improvement (ISPI)
May 6 Senior Day
at the Gaithersburg, Maryland, Mall
May 15 Virginia
Association of Community Banks, State Conference
May 24 Virginia
Society of Certified Public Accountants, State Conference
May 26 Henrico
County Senior Day
June 4 Manorhouse
Retirement Centers, Inc.
June 10 Transition
Center, J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College
June 17 Richmond
Human Resources Association
June 23 Richmond
Police Senior Academy, Graduation
July 13 Senior
Summer Schools, Madison, Wisconsin
July 25-31 Bicycle trip around the Finger Lakes, NY
Aug 1-30 Hiking
the Appalachian Trail NY, CT, MA, VT
The Importance of Setting Priorities
At a seminar I was giving on Life Balance a participant ventured that she had lots more time in her life since she began telecommuting. "Great," we said, "How are you spending it?" "Well, I'm watching more TV and cooking more," she replied. "Is that what you want to be doing," we asked? "No," she said, "I want to read." We cracked up. She had allowed her newly found free time to be frittered away in pursuits that weren't her priorities.
Is this really so unusual? Somehow we are able to plan our priorities at work, but when we get home we don't do as good a job. It's really easy to plop down in front of the TV and the next thing you know it's time for bed. What happened to that novel we wanted to read? The letter we were going to write? Those bills we need to pay? That conversation we planned on having with our child?
Be Clear on
Plan for Your
Another family decided that the family supper hour was a priority. It was important for them to all be present, and give full attention to each family member as they shared news of their day. They made a decision not to take phone calls during dinner, making this a time for family togetherness and sharing.
Is exercise a priority for you? If so what will you eliminate from your day in order to fit it in? Does it mean getting up earlier? Finding an exercise buddy? Not making the family breakfast? Just what must you do to work exercise into your life? Or perhaps you have always wanted to write a novel, ski the Alps, or visit a far-away friend? How can you begin to plan now to make your priorities happen?
Priority setting involves making choices. Sometime those choices are hard ones. But once made they help us live our lives in conjunction with the things that we have decided are most important to us. That's a good feeling.
vs. Priority Setting
One out of every four living Americans has celebrated their 50th birthday,
The 50+ population owns 77 percent of all financial assets in America.
By 2030, twenty percent of the American population will be 65 or older.
Retirement some say is an outdated word that no longer relates to life's third stage. This may be true since one third of all AARP members are still working, and it is predicted that the 76 million Baby Boomers will work into their 70's!
Marketers are being urged to view older Americans not as seniors but as people in the prime of their lives. Dr.Walter M. Bortz wrote the book We Live Too Short and Die Too Long. In it he redefines the categories of young, middle age and old to reflect the reality of healthy aging and longevity in todays'society as follows: