Retirement Happiness — Clear Mental Clutter

Every day I hear about the importance of clearing physical clutter but I don’t hear admonitions to clear mental clutter. When my brain fills with chatter and uncertainty about what I should be doing next, I know that it’s time to step back and clear the mental clutter. Junk floating around the brain is similar […]

What will you do with an extra hour?

What will you do with the extra hour this weekend?  The gift of an extra hour with the end of daylight saving time feels like hearing from a long-lost friend, finding a $20 bill in a coat pocket, or discovering an empty drawer in the cupboard. It makes for an extra long day with every […]

Managing Energy While Under Stress

During the past two months my husband and I have been faced with managing energy and staying productive while under stress. As we’ve worked to de-clutter, purge, and prepare our house for sale staying productive day after day has been a challenge. Although we agreed on the plan to sell our house months ago, we found […]

Speed Limits of my Life — Interim Assessment

A month ago I resolved to apply some basic time management techniques to deal with the ‘speed limits’ of my life.  I found myself  rushing through every day instead of enjoying the relaxed lifestyle I had imagined before retiring. I needed to set ‘speed limits’ for myself. As is the case for many people, retirement […]

Respect the Speed Limits of Life — Part 2

As a result of a comment regarding a recent post, http://postworksavvy.com/respect-speed-limits-in-life/, I had further thoughts about the practicality of the speed limits of life commitments I’ve made. A loyal reader and good friend gently reminded me that life is short. To live well, retirement should not be about rigid schedules and productivity expectations.  She advised […]

Respect Speed Limits in Life

I’m trying to learn how to respect the speed limits in my life. Before I retired, I had a vision of a relaxed lifestyle with time for gardening, reading, playing the piano, knitting, and other hobbies. I imagined that there would be time to visit friends, time for travel, time to watch movies, time for […]

Get what you want out of life

As you grow older, it becomes more important than ever to use time to get what you want out of life. Time has value that diminishes with every day.  Time wasted in useless or unsatisfying activity can never be recaptured. Unlike the world economy, politics, the stock market, or health, how time is spent is […]

Sometimes you’re forced to slow down

Sometimes you’re forced to slow down. Sometimes it’s necessary to retreat from the world — to stop completely. No appointments.  No activities. No gym time.  No cooking.  No errands.  Nothing.. I’ve had over a week of slow time suffering from a severe flu. I could whine and complain about the unfairness of such an illness […]

What’s the meaning of “I’m too busy” ?

Do you often hear words like “I’m too busy” or “I’ve been busy” or, simply “busy” as a response when greeted with ‘how are you’? When someone greets me with “how are you?” — too often, I respond with words indicating that I’ve been busy. The response says little yet it is socially acceptable. “I’ve […]

Too Many Commitments

Is your retirement happiness compromised by too many commitments? Is your daily/weekly schedule overloaded? Are you stressed out with too little time to smell the roses? Do you have time for goofing off  or doing nothing? Too many retired people say they are busier than ever. As a result, they find themselves overwhelmed because a […]