Somewhere, even as I write, there's someone saying, "See, what did I tell you, those retirees end up sitting around in their jammies or sweats all day long". To that my answer is, only sometimes, and only if you want to.
In my opinion, one of the greatest advantages in retirement is the
amount of time available, and the ability to totally control that time (within the confines of marriage or other partnerships). This, to me, is the greatest advantage of not being in the workforce. Even high level executives have much of their schedules constrained by employment and other commitments. The job controls the time you get up, leave the house, even have lunch in many situations. It also affects your expenditures (depending on the job and the commute), but that's a story for another time.
As I've said numerous times on this blog and elsewhere, I have turned into somewhat of a night owl. This means that I go to bed sometime around midnight or often later and rise when I wake up-sometimes as late as ten (often I get up early for the dog or other obvious calls and then return to bed). This is the schedule that works best for me in retirement, right now.
Surprisingly, with this schedule, the time after I get up seems to be prime creative time for me-in other words once I am up, I am pretty much up. I used to putter in the early part of the day and then plan projects. I now do just the opposite. I sit at my window with morning beverage, have my healthy breakfast, wash my face and brush my teeth-and occasionally head directly to my sewing room without stopping. Thursday was one such day. I had finished and sandwiched (layered the backing, stuffing, and backing) my quilt and it was sitting actually in the sewing machine. waiting for the design to begin. Walking past the room, I turned, sat down and began to quilt. And stopped three hours later. I could have sat the whole day and quilted (barring nature calls and nutrition), had that been my choice.
Another best thing in retirement is the ability to make every day be different if you choose-even if you like structure, which I obviously do not. From the time you get up, until the time you go to bed, you have a huge amount of control over each and every day. Some folks feel the need to schedule the minutes and hours of retirement. While that's not my style, these folks still control their schedule and plans-or lack of them.
Rarely do I spend a single day doing one thing. The knowledge that I can do so is retirement at it's finest. I can be quilting, drawing, spending a day with friends, playing an extra round of golf or watching a movie marathon.
And for those who are wondering about those jammies-I don't live in an environmnent where friends come knocking on my door. If I did, I might think differently. I generally sleep in long tshirt dress style cotton or flannels that can be covered with a sweater. And maybe it's me, but I think the guys have it easier on this one-they can walk around in drawstring pants or shorts and a solid tshirt and call it clothing-even if they slept in the same clothing the night before.
Meanwhile, said quilt is done except for binding. The next day I worked out, finished my book, went to a three hour seminar, made baked pork chops (with brown sugar and mustard), planned to take a class, got the living room ready for painting and generally enjoyed a seventy degree day in Denver.
All is good in retirement on this end.