I am a list person. That’s just the way my brain arranges things.
Do this. Then this. Now you can have a little free-time. Your fifteen minutes are up… time to do this.
Sometimes my lists are too involved to complete in day (having to account for more limitations than I used to have to accept).
There are times that life overtakes a list day and the fruits of my labors are sadly nil. It is hard to not become apprehensive and despondent about life moving forward.
When I first retired, I had a honey-do list a mile long. I was so far behind in things that should have been done it was overwhelming.
After almost a year of my retirement, I have learned to adjust my planning – there are going to be good days and there are going to be bad days- this will just be a fact- I have to allow for the necessary chores to be in my day … but I have to plan for the fun times as well.
Then I have to remember that ‘fun’ requires as much energy – which there is only so much in me per day- as ‘work’.
There are days when I am required to be away from the house for appointments… Those days the list has to be thrown-to-the-dogs. Trying to accommodate life-at-home and life-away-from-home is not a task that will countenance success on both fronts.
So while I am still very consciously a list person, my lists are now extremely fluid in their entitlements.
At the close of each day, I complete my check-offs and pronounce the day a success.
Written for DAILY ADDICTIONS: MODIFY. I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My chosen topics are as follows: (Monday) Life in Retirement; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.