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OVER MY SHOULDER

Golden Years Time Management:

life

Retirement requires as much day-planning as life in the workforce

by Ann Robson One of the myths about retirement is that you’ll have all the conflict with a doctor’s appointment. Medical engagements time you ever wanted to do whatever you wanted. No more will become a regular part of your new life if you want to keep getting up at the crack of dawn to go to work. No more getting enjoying that life well into retirement’s “golden years;” thus, home just in time for dinner. No more spending the weekend you need to plan accordingly. catching up on household chores. Now you have time to spare. In our home we have a calendar on the side of the refrigerator Ask anyone who’s been retired more than a few months what to record comings and goings. If something is not on that they do with their time now and you’ll be surprised to hear calendar, then it probably doesn’t happen. With two people who they are so busy they wondered how they ever had time to have different interests and demands, that calendar keeps us in work. At first, retirement seems like it should be a vacation order. Beyond that, we tend to fulfill household requirements that never ends. However, life goes on and mundane things on a regular, but not regulated, basis. Something that doesn’t like laundry, housecleaning, mowing the lawn and watering get done on Monday may have to wait two or three days. That the garden need to be done. said, if it’s important to a comfortable living condition, it does On the positive side, you now have the freedom to choose get done. Social events and volunteer work can now have more when you’ll do these tasks. You can even put some things of our time, so they tend to take precedence over doing the off and off and off. As with every choice you make, there are laundry. consequences, so delaying regular maintenance will eventually One of the websites made the statement that time is not “just catch up with you. Instead of spending a reasonable amount about getting things done right, but getting the right things of your time on such tasks, you’ll have to spend an inordinate done.” I found that to be an impressive motto. It offered amount of time. suggestions for time management that appear to be universal: I decided to check out “time management” as a topic on have a planning tool, budget time, get organized, have a the internet. There are copious suggestions: six tips for time strategy for scheduling, learn to delegate, practice saying “no.” I management; seven tips for organizing your time; 11 strategies agreed with all but the getting organized step – most of my life for time management. There were suggestions for almost is organized but my desk is not. I live by the motto “Creative every category of people from students to office managers, minds are rarely tidy,” and my work desk is living proof, but my but nothing for retirees. I was quite offended that the business time is very well managed. types assume that once we have retired we have fallen off the grid, never to be heard from again. Ann Robson is the author of “Over My I believe a case can be made for time management for those of Shoulder: Tales of Life and Death and Everything In Between.” She can be us who are retired. We need to plan our days just as carefully reached at overmyshoulder@charter.net . as when we were in the workforce. We can’t have our golf game

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