When fully immersed in their full time work world, Baby Boomers’ personal and professional lives can be filled to overflowing with a myriad of activities every day. When you leave your work world, and all of the related activities, life can seem to move in slow motion. The empty spaces in your calendar may loom ominously. How will you spend your time?
Fill your calendar with new activities. You may now feel overjoyed to have the freedom of your encore years to do the many things you have longed to do and yet never made the time to do them.
Fill your calendar with action steps to achieve new and existing goals to make your retirement lifestyle fulfilling.
Leave open spaces in your calendar to allow yourself to be drawn to new inspiration for renewing and reinventing yourself in the encore stage of your life.
I suggest you closely observe how you actually spend your time during one full week to see where your intuition leads you and what activities draw your interest.
Witness your actions
- Print a one-week calendar that shows hourly increments for each day. Or, use a calendar journal with hourly increments.
- Record on your calendar how you spend your time during each hour of each day throughout the week.
- When the week has ended, take some time to reflect on what activities filled the hours of each day of your week. What activities were related, were repeated, were random? What activities inspired or energized you? What do you want to do more of, do less of?
- Ask yourself whether or not your actions support your values and the achievement of your retirement lifestyle goals. What changes in how you spend your time during the week would help you upgrade the quality of your life and give you a better return on your investment of time and energy?
- Print another one-week calendar that shows hourly increments for each day. Schedule time for those activities that you want to make sure you include each day and/or week to ensure that you live your encore stage of life to the fullest.
Know that your calendar can change again and again as you take action to continually upgrade the quality of your life. As you grow, you will experience new inspiration and interests on your journey through your retirement lifestyle.
What is the return you are currently receiving on the investment of your time?
Janice Williams, Retirement Coach, www.welcomingretirement.com