Meeting planning is often a rush-rush world. Frequently we feel as if the day has raced by, and we didn’t accomplish all that we wanted.
Yet, when we reflect on our lives and careers, we’re likely conclude that while not every day unfolds as we hope, many days do, or come awfully close.
Here are eight ways to measure your vital signs:
- At least several times a week you get a good night’s sleep and wake up rested and alert. This means you get to bed at a reasonable hour, you’re generally healthy, you eat at least one or two nutritious meals a day, and other things are going well.
- You take fewer medications than you did 10 years ago. If so, you’ve likely learned how to take care of yourself, perhaps by using natural foods and remedies rather than pharmaceuticals. I know of many instances where friends, fortified by better food and healthy behavior, are healthier now than a decade ago.
- You’re considered one of the go-to people at work. This means you have expertise, experience or perspective that others seek. There’s no shortcut to developing broad-based knowledge and experience, especially in meeting planning. By definition, it takes time. One fine morning, however, you’ll realize you’ve become an essential cog in the machine that makes your organization go.
- Sometimes, in the midst of a long project, it seems that work is all you do. Yet when you stop and consider the places you’ve been, the vacations you’ve taken and the experiences you’ve had, you conclude that your job, position and mix of activities have been pretty good.
- You’ve developed a large professional network along with a few good friends. If this is true, you have many resources that you can call upon when you have questions or concerns. A large network, generated via social media sites, in person and everything in between, is a form of wealth. Getting answers to questions and concerns without having to do a lot of legwork is efficient and effective. The longer you’ve been working, we hope, the larger your network.
- The U.S. and world economies have been relatively stagnant for six years, but you’ve accumulated some savings, added to your net worth and feel some measure of financial stability. Your mission in the coming months and years is to build your savings, add to investment accounts and contribute to your retirement fund.
- You look forward to spending time with loved ones and friends. Friendships are key to a happy life. If you have lifelong friends, wonderful. And you can still make new friends on any given day. In five or 10 years the new friends you make today might be among your best friends.
- You feel intermittent satisfaction with where you are in life. It’s unrealistic to think you should feel perpetually satisfied. No one does. Intermittent satisfaction is a sign that many things in your life are going well. Revel in that.