Retirement is such an inappropriate word for the life you have when you leave your career or full-time employment. The time you have is very precious, so how you use it needs planning. The difference now of course, is that you do it when YOU choose!
Just as in life at work you still need to make sure you manage your time effectively in retirement or, just like before, you will waste it!
Here are 3 ways to manage your time in retirement and get the most from it.
1. Have a plan
To-do lists still have a place in your life and in many ways they are more important. You are likely to have lots of things you want to try as well as routine jobs that have to be done. You may not have put them on a list when you were working as they always got done somehow. When you are no longer restricted by paid working hours they need to be listed otherwise you’d be surprised how they get forgotten.
So, write a master list of all those things you would like to do that are not routine. Write your routine list and add one from the master list for that week. This way you will make sure that neither routine nor new takes over those hours.
2. Get out
Build in some fresh air each day. Whether it is popping out for a coffee or a cup of tea or doing a bit of shopping, always try to get out of the house every day. interacting with other people is key to keeping you in the mix. That may sound quite odd but believe me, it is easy to stay burrowed away especially if you are on your own. Even if you only go for a walk, get out in the air and while you are out there, breathe! Get that oxygen into your system. you will feel better for it.
3. Remember friends
Again, back to the plan, but make sure you arrange to see friends regularly. If they are still in paid employment and go to work ‘9-5’ they will need to be contacted to arrange to meet up. That is likely to mean a week-end or evening appointment. If you approach your list with the mind-set of a working week (check out ‘Aspects of Retirement’ ) it will help keep the week-ends special as they were when you were working.
How do you plan your day when you are not working?