Greetings Dear Friends and Financial Partners,
Today hundreds of presentations, books, articles, and seminars exist and are focused on to-do lists, productivity, efficiency, time management, and so forth. But little is said about energy—your personal energy.
At an Investment Company Institute (ICI) Conference I attended in Washington, D.C., Maddy Dychtwald from Age Wave was one of the featured speakers. (FYI: Age Wave is the nation’s foremost thought leader on population aging.)
With more than a thousand people present, Maddy asked the audience this question: “What distinguishes an older person from a younger person?” After several guesses, someone called out, “Energy!” “That’s right!” Dychtwald enthusiastically responded.
Some of us have more energy in the morning. (To quote Lucy from the Peanuts cartoon series, “Morning people are hard to love.”) Some of us have more energy in the afternoon. And some of us may have more energy in the evening. Personally, my best creative energy is in the morning. On the other hand, some moms I know perform routine tasks in the morning to save their best energy for the afternoon when their children come home. Besides homework, children often have dance and music lessons, sports’ practices, and many other extracurricular activities.
At a seminar I once attended, the late Dr. Stephen R. Covey made this observation when asked about “Creative Energy.” “We may not have all of the creative energy we want, but we have enough.”
As you gradually age, don’t think about your life just in terms of time management. At some point you will go through a paradigm shift from time management to personal energy management. Your own energy and drive may need to be front-and-center going forward.
Smedley Financial offers, “Investment Management to Maximize Your Time.®” Perhaps we should consider, “Investment Management to Maximize Your Energy.” With all that is happening in your life, we can help by reducing your financial stress. Call us.
Bullish Best Wishes,
Roger M. Smedley, CFP®