This is the second post in how to manage your time after you retire. Many people look forward to retirement and even enjoy the initial feeling of enjoying their new life. However, after a certain amount of time boredom can set in and they begin to miss the feeling of accomplishment and purpose they felt when they were active in the work place.
Part 1 of this series discussed the power of creating lists. This time we are going to suggest that you establish a routine that will help you add structure to your day without feeling like a constraint.
Establish a routine
Another way to feel fulfilled in retirement is to establish some sort of routine. The great thing about retirement is you can vary your routine whenever you want, but just have an outline or plan for your daily life gives a sense of purpose.
1. Establish a daily routine for taking care of household chores. Whether you live alone or with your spouse or another family member or roommate, there are certain things that need to be done around the house.
If you can afford a cleaning lady once a week or every two weeks that can take care of the heavier duties, that would be great. However, you still want to make sure dishes are washed, dried, and put away; laundry is done; and other household needs are taken care of.
2. Join in local social activities. Another example is that after my mother died my father started going to the local Senior Center for lunch twice a week. Mom had never wanted to be involved in that, but Dad had kept that activity on the back of his mind and was able to enjoy getting out and spending time with others rather than sit home alone and feel sorry for himself.
He knew that every Tuesday and Thursday he would see people that he had known for decades, enjoy eating lunch with them and catching up on all the local gossip. He even went on a few day trips.
3. Become a volunteer. Dedicate a couple hours a week or certain days to volunteer somewhere or create a project where you are helping others in some way. Sign up to deliver Meal on Wheels or take a non-driving senior to doctor’s appointments or church or social activities. Find something that will help you feel needed and give you a sense of purpose. There are a large number of seniors who can no longer driver. If you can give them a ride, you are fulfilling a great need.
Establish a routine that works for you
As you consider what kind of routine you want to set up for yourself, make sure you still keep plenty of time for spontaneity and last minute fun. If you plan a too tightly controlled timetable, you will take all the fun out of living your life during retirement. In fact, you may start having flashbacks of what you hated during your working years and that is not the purpose of this post.
You want to enjoy your retirement after decades in the work place. Although we have offered some ideas for you, what is most important is to relax and do what you want to. You should be open to taking advantage of every opportunity that is given to you during this time of your life. That can include just sitting in your easy chair and relaxing as well as getting out and socializing with family and friends.
Live every day to the fullest – some say as if it was your last day on earth. Whether you live on a tight time management program as some seem to enjoy, or you have a loose list of activities you always wanted to do but never had the time, you need to do whatever gives you the most pleasure. Enjoy!
As we finish Part 2 of this series on the importance of time management following retirement, we hope that you have picked up some ideas that will help you enjoy one of the greatest times of your life. Please let us know your thoughts about this topic by leaving a comment. We would love to hear from you!