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Women Over 50: Your Professional Checklist

Quick tips on keeping your finances and career in optimal shape.

Women Over 50: Boosting Your Financial and Professional Power continued...

___Keep it simple. Make sure to automate as much as possible. If you have an employer retirement plan, set up regular deductions. If you don't, open an individual IRA and automate regular withdrawals from a checking or savings account. Self-employed? You can open a SEP IRA and a self-employed 401(k) to achieve the same ends. Taking care of your retirement picture -- while you're still working -- is one of the most important things you can do to for your financial future.

___Talk about it. When you're ready for a new career -- or planning a big change of any kind -- talk about it with friends, family, even acquaintances. Such networking may not only result in leads, but even more great new ideas.

___Read inspiring books. Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Jack Canfield's The Success Principles, and Marcus Buckingham's Now, Discover Your Strengths are good reading material as you start your search.

___Take self-improvement classes. Use a week's vacation on an inspiring workshop, one that will help you find your new path. Even if you can't quit your job right now, taking steps toward your dreams will bring satisfaction.

___Find a life coach. This is not a therapist or a psychologist. It's someone who will listen to your dreams, help you talk through the possibilities, and guide you on your path. While one-on-one counseling can be expensive, life coaches often hold weekly group sessions that are affordable. Barnett meets weekly via telephone with several women -- living in California, Oregon, and Florida -- in a group session.

"The purpose is to learn to live your life so that the by-product is happiness," she tells WebMD. "That doesn't mean just smiling all the time. It means utilizing your strengths, practicing gratitude, taking time for self-reflection. It also involves very simple habits that are very important -- that help you go out into the world, help you be who you are."

Being who you are -- or want to be -- is vital not just for women over 50 but for everyone, at any stage of life.

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Reviewed on March 19, 2007
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50 Great Things About Women Over 50

  1. 1.You speak your mind, and do what you want.
  2. 2.You don't worry about getting pregnant - at last!
  3. 3.You know that everything is just a "little" thing.
  4. 4.The #1 relationship in your life is with yourself.

The best thing about being 50 is: