So - in order to use the term HarvilleQuarters in accordance with the intention of its creator (i.e., me), here are the rules - or at least...
- A HarvilleQuarter will last approximately three months, although we won't be terribly fussy about that.
- A HarvilleQuarter occurs during your retirement years.
- A HarvilleQuarter represents a discrete "project" that is different from how you spent your time during the three months before and the three months after the HarvilleQuarter.
- A HarvilleQuarter activity occupies at least 20 hours a week on average during the quarter.
- At the end of each HarvilleQuarter completed, you will write up a report of your experience and post it to this Web site (aha, you weren't expecting that one, were you?).
- When you've completed a HarvilleQuarter, you will feel that your life has been enhanced in an ongoing way.
Other Important Information
- Although it is assumed that most HarvilleQuarters will be unpaid, there is nothing in the guidelines to prevent a paid work experience from qualifying.
- Serving your fellow man - or your planet - is always a good way to spend a HarvilleQuarter, but is not a requirement.
- HarvilleQuarters can be done by yourself, with a spouse or friend or in small groups.
- While some HarvilleQuarters could be expensive, many should require little or no cash outlay.
- The fact that a HarvilleQuarter has ended does not mean you have to give up the activity entirely, although it will probably occupy much less than 20 hours a week going forward.
- Highly successful HarvilleQuarters can be repeated in subsequent years if you feel that you did not exhaust their possibilities the first time.
- Sharing your HarvilleQuarter experiences with fellow HarvilleQuarterMasters (I just made that up) is an integral part of the process.