Fear not, those of us who avoid schedule and planning will still have a rewarding retirement. Admittedly, some retirees will return to the schedule and to do list in order to maximize their retirement. This is a good thing. A few folks will do absolutely nothing. Personally, I tend to err on the side of doing nothing-to a schedule.
Seriously, i am neither a scheduler or a planner. I suspect that many people know this already. I am also lazy at heart and prefer to spend my days at a medium pace...rarely am I ready or willing to fast forward. As a a seat of the pants person, I enjoy spur of the moment decisions and choices. . When I travel, I'll get there when I get there. When it comes to being at home, well, I'll finish that project when I'm done-or maybe start another one first.
Still, left to my own devices, I would wander (flit if you will) through the day. This means that life is better with a little bit of structure each day. For my comfort level, a few, basic scheduling steps keep me going, but relaxed, every day.
- Every day, I commit to exercising for an hour
- Every day, my goal is to be outside for the same amount of time. For many folks, exercise and outside are one in the same. For me, that's not true. I do seated aerobics or swim in a (often indoor) pool. I am not allowed to exercise on the land, and only walk during sightseeing. As for the fresh air, even in the Texas triple digit climate, I must be outside every day. There is only so much "canned air" I can take.
- Each day I only plan for one "big thing" or project, although I sometimes get to a second. As a rule I decide that thing the night before, but at least a third of the time I change my mind as I face the day, depending on mood, energy and weather. Most of the things I like to do that chunks of time. Now, when i say project, I don't necessarily mean a chore. Tomorrow I plan to sew a quilt for my new baby nephew (yes, you read that right. My fifty-one year old brother just had a baby-his second).Friday I will go to Canton 3rd Monday Trade days and wander and lunch
- I have a long list of things I like to do, always wanted to do and need to do. if I am sitting on the patio wondering what to do that day, I grab the list and pick something. When that pick is something to try, sometimes it works, sometimes not.
- I am saved because I am not a procrastinator at heart.In other words, I move at my own pace, but rarely is that pace "Oh good grief".
- Because I'm now single and because I am naturally a home body, I have some build in "scheduling" that takes me from the house a few times a week-a book club, a dinner group and a quilting group that meet monthly, monthly and weekly respectively. (Note: Ive been considering a fifties plus meetup social group, but am just not sure I'm there yet). I also volunteer once a week. These commitments are really the only scheduling I allow in my life.
- I don't do "stuff" after dinner in the evening. Unless I am going out, that time is reserved for reading, television, sitting on the patio and visiting.