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Time Management In Retirement
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Time Management In Retirement

What are you going to do with all that time on your hands when you no longer have to report to a daily job? Will your time management in retirement include these things?

  • sleeping late
  • watching television all day
  • sitting on the porch watching the cars drive by
  • meeting the fellows at the cafe for coffee all morning

People who spend their time like this usually have nothing to show for it at the end of the week. It's easy to look at the calendar and say, “It's Saturday AGAIN?” Otherwise they feel tired and lethargic because boredom has worn them out. Being bored usually makes tired and depressed all the time. We just don't feel like doing anything.

Or will you have another plan?

  • learning a new hobby
  • volunteering at a local school
  • starting a garden project
  • repairing all those broken things around the house
  • riding your bicycle daily

People who get out of the house and get involved in other activities several times a week usually have less of a chance of being bored. They have more energy and a happier outlook toward life. Which plan would you prefer?

But I don't have enough time!!!

We all have the same amount of time each day. 24 X 60 = 1440 minutes a day. How are we going to allocate those minutes makes a difference between an enjoyable retirement and a boring one. Obviously we need to set aside at least 8 hours to sleep. That leaves another 16 hours to fill. Look at what you did yesterday. List what you did between 8 a.m. and bedtime. Then estimate about how long you spent on each activity. How much time did you spend sitting or lying down? How much time was outside of your house? How much time was spent with other people? Think about how you would describe yourself right now.....outgoing or introverted?

Then draw up an hourly schedule for tomorrow. Give yourself some free time just to relax. No one expects you to schedule every minute of your time, but do schedule at least three hours of an activity that you can say is reasonably productive. It will result in accomplishing something tangible. You may not finish it tomorrow, but you will at least start your project. Make your retirement minutes count so that you don't just sit down and grow old.

Advantages of Good Time Management

Are there advantages to practicing good time management in retirement? There sure are!

  • better physical health
  • better mental health
  • growth in personal pride in self
  • greater sense of achievement
  • discovery of new things you enjoy

So don't be a couch potato. Manage your time wisely and feel good about it! Who knows? You may even develop a hobby that could bring you in a little extra income to supplement your retirement check. Wouldn't that be the icing on the cake?


Street Talk

Wonderful article Pat. There sure are a lot of lonely retired people. I work for a County Agency. I have done lots of home-visits to the elderly for their appointments. When I see how lonely some of them are I make suggestions like you have here. This one lady said she didn't want to get involved with other people. Told me she hasn't talked to her sister in many years. I thought that was really sad. I can't imagine being that way. Sadly she just passed away. As soon as I heard she passed on I thought of the last time I saw her. I was trying to encourage her to make friends and get active. Told her to go to the senior center a couple times a week. She just wasn't interested. I tried. I hope others out there take your advice and get involved. Life is good! Thanks for sharing.

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  about 6 years ago
  

Thanks for those kind words, Diane. I know many seniors just like the one you described. I just hope I never become one! There's just too much out there to do to let myself waste away sitting here at home! Pat

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  about 6 years ago
Taz   

I work a the VA hospital and hear some older folks come in and say they have a hard time getting out of bed because they don't know what to do with their time. I always laugh at that because life has so many opportunities. I wish they would find something they love and just do it!

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  about 6 years ago
  

So sad, isn't it! They have lost the vision to their purpose in life. I believe we are here for a reason, and we need to use every day God gives us to find that purpose and fulfill it. People who don't know what to do with their time make me so sad.You are right! There are opportunities all around us. But some people aren't willing to give of themselves. We can't change some things. Pat

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  about 6 years ago

Great article. Many are also getting involved with various causes as well, things they weren't able to do while raising kids and working full time.

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  about 6 years ago
  

You are so right, Rick. Seniors are doing a lot of political action activities and volunteering at community service organizations. Their voice is getting louder and louder, and that builds their self worth as they age. Pat

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  about 6 years ago

I agree. There is a lot on the web about this and worth checking into.

  
  about 6 years ago
Ivy Glenn  

Nice job. I can really relate, as I just retired in April. I decided to be busy before I retired by starting a new home business. Life took a different direction from there. Sometimes, with so many new things to do and learn, it is really overwhelming. I have to be strict with myself, or I get derailed.

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  about 6 years ago
  

Good for you, Ivy. Your activity will make your retirement so much more rewarding.....even if it does get a little overwhelming at times. It sure beats sitting down and doing nothing. No time to be bored when you stay active. Thanks for reading and responding to my article. Pat

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  about 6 years ago
  

Time management has been hard for me, too, David. When I was a school administrator, I went to a few professional growth seminars on time management because I felt like I was meeting myself at every corner. They did help, and I do feel like I can share what I learned. Since I retired, I found out how easy it is to waste away a whole day and have nothing to show for it. Now that I'm on WA, I don't have that problem anymore. I'm busy all day doing something I love. Thanks for the follow! Pat

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  about 6 years ago

This is a terrific article for your very first one Pat! You know time management has always been a tough thing for me to get down..

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  about 6 years ago
Paul Dean  

Each year I run and present seminars for teachers facing retirement. Whenever they have a retired teacher come back to visit them in schools the chap looks ten years longer and always makes the same comment: "I don't know how I ever managed to fit in a full time job". People mistakenly think that they'll be bimbling about with nothing to do, then the phone rings and they have a grandchild on their hands for a couple of hours, or they go to their voluntary "job", or they drive to a stately home. Time management is essential in retirement, but if it isn't, and you think retirement is about sitting in front of the TV, then guess what - it won't be a very long retirement... Nice article; thanks for posting it.

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  about 6 years ago
  

Thanks, Paul. I, too, wonder how I ever had time to work. Before my mother became so dependent on me I used to volunteer in a tutoring program at the local elementary....the one I went to as a child! It was one of the most rewarding things I've done since retirement. Every time I came up to the school for whatever reason, I'd hear little voice shouting, "Hi, Ms. Pat!" I taught for 30 years, and I have to say I miss the warm interaction with loving students. Now the rowdy one????------I don't miss that much! LOL Thanks for your input!

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  about 6 years ago
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