Does anyone else out there have trouble with time management in retirement? The solution to this problem has eluded me all my life. I thought when our kids were grown and I retired from nursing I would have less to do and maybe I would be able to do the things I enjoy while regulating my own time. I would get better at sending cards. On time. I would keep up with friends and family, not just think of them and hope that somehow, those thoughts and concerns would magically reach them. In short, I thought I would relax more while not getting behind.
It has proven to be more difficult than I had anticipated. I think I’m trying to make up for lost time. I do love retirement and I do try to keep up with people more than I did before. I go to bed when I want, get up when I want, and am living my dream of writing. Anywhere, anytime, and in any attire. Case in point: I am writing this while sitting in my Phillies chair watching my grandson’s baseball game. The activities of four children and five grandchildren are a part of my schedule, also, and they are plentiful but enjoyable.
However, despite my age and the fact that I now run at 33 instead of 78, my basic drive hasn’t changed. I still bite off more than I can chew, but it takes me longer to chew it now. I try to do things I didn’t had time for before. My brain never stops working except when it’s vegetating in front of the TV. Even then, I can’t just sit and watch a show with a glass of wine or something. My computer is always on my lap and my patient husband routinely responds to “What just happened there”?
I have published two children’s books that I am marketing and selling, one first draft is written for another one and I’m about halfway through the first draft of my first adult book, a true story of toxic love, alcohol, drugs, promiscuity, and abuse.
You’d think that would be enough, but I write a health column for a local newspaper and I’m writing Kindergarten curriculum for a private school in China that teaches English. I have had to turn down other freelancing projects, which is hard for me to do. I try to keep up with this blog but I have been displaying my slacker qualities a bit here of late.
If you have gotten through my ramblings, you’ve now reached the point of this article. Don’t expect your ambition to change when you retire, just try to manage it better. If you can relax and enjoy the sunrises and other wonders of God and nature, passing on the rigors of preretirement life, kudos to you. But if you are still humming like a well-oiled, maybe a bit slower, machine, kudos to you, also. Follow your dreams; just make the time to smell the coffee or roses, your preference, while doing so. My special distractions are watching the absolutely gorgeous sunsets we can see from our back deck and playing in my gardens.
Love and enjoy your family. Keep your mind stimulated and your body moving. (That advice was mostly for me!)Remember to feed your soul. The mind, body, and spirit are inextricably intertwined. Forgive, forget, love, be happy, be at peace with yourself and others. Laugh and smile often. They’re healthy contagions. Life is short. Make the most of every day in retirement. These days are supposed to be relaxed and fun. And I’ll try and do the same.