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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Do you structure your time or not? I'm revamping my "retirement" activities and trying to decide what to do

I've spent quite a bit of time this weekend reconsidering a volunteer commitment I just started. I can't quite bring myself to spend the time required to prepare for a meeting about it on Wednesday but I care about the cause. I think I'm going to have to back out gracefully.

That has led me to wondering how do I have to and want to spend my time now that I have officially stopped working at my consulting business.

The "have to" list is pretty easy: (Please note that my Hubby still works full time and does a lot too but I'm picking up more than I did when I worked full time)

- Laundry, grocery shopping, dinner preparation, house cleaning
- Part of the pruning, raking, weeding, etc. required to maintain our too large property
- Dog care
- Manage finances including paying bills
- Most of the travel planning as needed

The "want to" list is harder:

- I volunteer one day a week with additional time required periodically
- I read - a lot
- I want to exercise more and join a gym - this requires a schedule LOL

I don't know what else I want to do.

I'm thinking though that blocking out time for activities is the way to go - perhaps 2 hour blocks during the day on weekdays.

I am very curious how others handle this - please start a conversation.

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  1. I keep the mornings for the to do stuff around the house, exercising, getting stuff ready for dinner, and all the flotsam of life. I keep my afternoons free (my volunteering is generally half a day). My afternoons are spent volunteering, sewing, and on other personal interests such as writing. Old habits die hard, and after dinner is my down time at hme.

    I schedule one out of the house day time activity each week (quiltgroup, book group and so on), plus go to occasional lunches. I have two evening meetings a month.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your approach!

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  2. I am very careful not to get over committed. I volunteer in my grandsons classroom and that is pure fun! I try to do errands and household chores in the morning leaving my afternoons for creative pursuits (and playing with my grandsons!).

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    1. Having grandsons must be great! No grandchildren in our lives yet but hopefully some day there will be.

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  3. I live in a 55+ community and do the opposite. My mornings are structured with exercise and club house activities. The afternoon is for errands and household chores. In the evening I have dinner with my husband, do email, blogs etc, tv, music and reading. I will soon add one afternoon or evenening a week volunteer teaching at a local library.

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    1. I think your schedule is more appropriate for me as I'm definitely a morning person. I'd love to live in a community that had activities.

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    2. juhli, I meant to add as far as WHAT to do, that can take some searching. I did know that I wanted to sew and travel in retirement, but many of the other things came out of "well Ill try this and see if I like it or not"

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  4. I find that now that I'm retired, I've become selfish/protective of my time. I'd like to volunteer but haven't found anything in the small community where I live that I can commit to. I do most of what you do, but also ride horses 2 days a week-a lifelong passion I had to put on hold while raising kids and working. I think it just takes time to figure out what to do with the free time. So for now I'll just go with the flow!

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    1. Oh, I love horses and took riding lessons for a while before some physical problems made me stop.

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  5. This is good for me to ponder...I am all over the map with my schedule and I need to get more centered and focused. I think it being summer isn't helping too much. : )

    Have you thought about learning a foreign language?

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    1. I'm all over the map too and feeling scattered a bit. I have thought about learning a foreign language but I've not been successful at that in the past.

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