Replace Someday with Now

Procrastination conceptI recently became aware of a motivational website called The Daily Motivator. Written by Ralph Marston, this website provides a kind of daily philosophical pep talk that focuses on what is positive in life.

I liked Marston’s messages so much that I read his book, The Power of Ten Billion Dreams. One chapter especially spoke to me, and that is the topic of today’s post: From Someday to Now.

Many of us have dreams that we would like to pursue, but we put them off until the timing is better–the house is paid off, the kids are out of college, (insert your own reason here). Marston suggests that we move our dreams from someday to now. The key, he says, is taking action. There is always something we can do today to move us just a little bit closer to making that dream come true.

Weekend Retirement is an example of moving someday to now. You consciously arrange your schedule so you have all or part of every weekend to enjoy the kinds of activities you see yourself doing in retirement. You move chores to week nights or you outsource them. You can make plans weeks in advance because you are committed to keeping weekends for yourself.

What other ways have you found to move someday to now?

-G.

Make Space for Your Dreams

Make Space for Your Dreams

Today’s post includes helpful tips from blogger Ruth Soukup’s book, 31 Days to a Clutter-free Life. Soukup regularly writes on lifestyle issues in her blog, LivingWellSpendingLess.com. Her book outlines a process for clearing space in your home, from the entry way and living room to bedrooms, baths and kitchen. Each day focuses on a different…Continue Reading

Personal Effectiveness and Weekend Retirement

Personal Effectiveness and Weekend Retirement

For those of us salaried employees who need to get a certain amount of work done regardless of how long it takes, I am continually on the lookout for ways to enhance personal effectiveness, both at work and at home. This month I came across Steve Pavlina’s book, Personal Development for Smart People. Pavlina set out…Continue Reading

Tools for Persistent Problems

Tools for Persistent Problems

“What if every bad thing that’s ever happened to you–including every problem you’ve ever had–was there, in your life, to get you in touch with abilities you never knew you had? And what if there were specific procedures that led you directly to those new abilities?” Psychotherapists Phil Stutz and Barry Michels answer these questions…Continue Reading

Get Unstuck

Get Unstuck

Ever find yourself wanting something to change, but feeling a sense of inertia, unable to move forward? Business coach, speaker and author Libby Gill shares tips and strategies for breaking through limiting beliefs and moving towards one’s goals in her book, You Unstuck. Gill walks the reader through her CSE process–Clarify, Simplify, and Execute. You begin by clarifying…Continue Reading

Weekend Retirement FAQs

Weekend Retirement FAQs

Q.  How do I get started with Weekend Retirement? A. Make a list of all the kinds of things you want to do in retirement. Include Places you want to visit Hobbies you want to pursue Topics you want to explore People you want to connect with Books you want to read Projects you want…Continue Reading

Reclaim Your Weekends This Year

Reclaim Your Weekends This Year

In this new year I want to encourage you to think about how you will be spending your weekends. Time management experts tell us that we are more likely to follow through on our intentions if we block time in our schedule for them. My husband and I like to take some time on New Year’s…Continue Reading

Fast Changes with Lasting Effects

Fast Changes with Lasting Effects

As we look toward a new year, many of us are accustomed to reviewing last year’s goals and determining what we want to achieve in the year to come. I’m finding that the older I get, the more impatient I am with goals that take a long time to accomplish. This year I’m looking for…Continue Reading

Passionate Pursuits in Retirement

Passionate Pursuits in Retirement

Has the thought of retirement ever made you a little uneasy because you don’t know what you would do with your time? That thought occurred to me recently when I had some unscheduled time off. I typically have a plan for each day, and though not scheduled down to the hour or minute, I have a general…Continue Reading

A Taste of Retirement

A Taste of Retirement

My husband and I recently flew to Tahiti for a bucket-list vacation we have been anticipating for quite some time. While it took us close to two days to get there, it was totally worth the trip. We took a ferry to the beautiful island of Moorea, where we relaxed all week. We slept in…Continue Reading

Free Up More Energy by Improving Your Environment

Free Up More Energy by Improving Your Environment

To fully enjoy weekend retirement, you need the time and energy to pursue the activities on your list. In previous posts I have shared tips on increasing your energy and productivity. Today’s post is on improving your environment, based on chapter 19 of The Portable Coach, by Thomas J. Leonard. Why focus on your environment? Leonard…Continue Reading

Meet Gail

Gail Pentz, author

My work experience spans Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits. As a corporate trainer, I have delivered training throughout the U.S. and in 18 other countries. I designed and wrote hundreds of instructional materials for numerous industries, and worked as a teacher and staff in private schools. I also have experience with small businesses. I was a founding partner and Director of Operations for T.W.I.C.E. Educational Services, Inc., a Sarasota-based continuing education firm serving mental health professionals.

Having worked 60+ hours a week for several decades, I know what it’s like to be on the proverbial hamster wheel, using weekends to catch up on what I didn’t get done and preparing for the week ahead. Like me, you may be ready for at least two days each week that are filled with activities you find satisfying and fulfilling. Less time working (or preparing for work) translates into more time for recreational travel, self-care, and personal development. I firmly believe that as we take better care of ourselves, we are better equipped to share our gifts with the world (and especially the quality of effort we bring to the workplace).

You can begin enjoying a retirement lifestyle this weekend. Let’s get started!

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