When you’re working, you get so used to the same routine. I basically went to the same place, Monday – Friday, for 38 years. Now that’s a routine!! So, what happens when that goes away?
Initially, I was so thrilled not to get up at 5:30. I couldn’t imagine getting 8 hours of sleep at night, but now I do. And on weekends, I was never one to immediately shower and eat breakfast, unless I had specific plans. So, for me, the joy came from being able to take my time in the morning, read emails and the entire paper while I ate breakfast. It’s like everyone says – every day is a Saturday!! I absolutely love it.
Since I retired at the end of April, I had spring and summer as my starting point. It’s a great time to retire. Over time, I started walking every morning and then eating my breakfast on the deck. I absolutely love my deck. I spend as much time out there as I can, usually reading a book.
The rest of my day is spent on household chores, errands, and then whatever I feel like doing. It sometimes takes a while to figure out what that is. That was especially challenging for me because there are so many things I want to do. Initially, I read a lot. I’ve always loved to read, and my first summer, I must have read a book a week. It was so nice to be able to actually concentrate on a book for long periods of time, and not have to reacquaint myself with the characters and plot each time I picked it up. I’m a big Patricia Cornwell fan, so I decided to get myself caught up on her books. This past year, I read 23 books – fewer than I’d hoped.
All my working years, I used a planner to keep myself on track. Well, I still use a planner!! It’s just a prettier version. I use my planner to first, create a list of what I want/need to accomplish each week, and second, to choose which day I will tackle each task. And you know what? If I don’t get everything done on a given day, I move it forward, without feeling bad about it!!
I also created a spreadsheet for logging my projects – what I want to do, who the finished product is for, when I’d like to complete it, and when I start and finish. This may sound a little anal, but it helps me keep track of all the ideas in my head and then make them real. And I made this to fit into my planner, so it’s always handy.
Ok, enough for today and this topic. In summary, I’ve definitely developed a bit of a routine. I try to spread out the things I do outside of home, knowing I get a little anxious when I’m too busy. And I probably don’t plan as much during the winter. This works for me, but may not be what works for everyone.
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