Retirement: Life’s Greatest Adventures

Written by Bill Leavitt. Posted in Featured, Senior Living

Published on June 02, 2021 with No Comments

Don’t worry, be happy, prioritize

Busy lives often give people too much to do and that can lead to stress and frustration.  Whether you are in your working years or enjoying retirement, stress can adversely affect your health.  Whatever your situation, there are techniques you can use to reduce stress. 

Years ago, I was president of a writing organization and leaders of various local chapters would contact me to ask what they could do about the stress they experienced as a result of being overburdened with tasks and responsibilities from work and their leadership roles.  

To help the many leaders in our organization, I created an audio tape for them to listen to in their cars.  It started with the song, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”  The gist of it was that instead of worrying, you would be happier if you addressed tasks one at a time.  After getting a handle on one task, address the second one, then the third, etc.  The point was, when you may have many tasks the weight of all that work will do you in.  Instead, you could prioritize and deal with things one at a time.  Instead of getting everything you need to get done, you focus only on what you can actually accomplish. 

This tape was very successful and many of these leaders became great leaders by doing fewer things well, instead of many things poorly.  Also, these leaders found that after awhile they were caught up with the mountain of tasks and have some time to work on new, creative solutions to new tasks. 

As a retiree, there are things that can build up stress in your life, too.  Retirees with memory issues get stressed from forgetting to do important things like paying bills, COVID-19, and worrying about health issues or financial matters.  It is not so much the workload as it is letting all these things stress you out. 

Don’t worry about the things you don’t have time to do.  Just do the best you can.  Write down the most important things you have to do, then concentrate on them first.  Remember the saying “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”  These are great words to live by since they represent a path to a less stressful life.  Also, if you know you are doing the best you can, you will not “beat yourself up” over what you want to do but can’t.  You, too, can reduce worry and be happier.  

All opinions, conclusions and recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the views of The Chronicle. Bill Leavitt is a retired technical writer from Valparaiso and the author of a guide book to successful and active retirement entitled Retirement: Life’s Greatest Adventure.  The book can be purchased for $13 from the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond.  For more information on how to purchase, visit RetirementLifesGreatestAdventure.com. 

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About Bill Leavitt

All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Bill Leavitt is a technical writer from Valparaiso. After retiring from a large corporation in Chicago, he did technical writing consulting for many companies. He currently teaches part-time at Purdue University Calumet. You can order Leavitt’s book, “Retirement: Life’s Greatest Adventure,” by sending $16.65 (includes shipping and sales tax) made payable to Write On Technical Writing, Inc., P.O. Box 132,Valparaiso, IN 46384-0132. Or, visit RetirementLifesGreatestAdventure.com for more information.

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