Retirement Living Choices To Be or Not To Be Routine
Have you decided to make the retirement living choices to be or not to be routine? You do have a choice you know. Where do you stand on routine?
Most of us have routines and acknowledge them, even celebrate them. Some routines are the basis for survival. Often the routine can be a stumbling block.
You can choose to take them out of your life, or you can use them to enrich and enhance your life. A good routine can set your day for success. A poor routine or lack of one can allow your day to be absolutely disastrous. Did you decide how you want to live?
Taking control of retirement
Routine can be the anchor to keep you going the direction you are headed with your life. So the answer seems to be, remove the routine and you will change your life.
Yes, you will find your life changes with the removal of routine. Just ask any new parent. When your baby arrives, you realize that any relation to being in control of your life just flew out the window.
As you are learning to regain control you make the choice to allow the days to just drift along, carrying you along with them. If you are fortunate you will end up where you want to be. If you do not exercise control, you will have no say in how your days are spent.
Routines can be a tool
The real question is what will you replace that routine you dropped with? Can you expect the good things in life to continue if you are not putting into place some good habits (routines) when you make a change your routine?
Let’s say, you decide to change the routine of an early morning start to one of waking later.
However, if you are merely allowing yourself to sleep later, do you feel as satisfied with your accomplishments for the day? Or do you find that your feeling of being in control vanishes as the new routine takes hold? Soon you are rising at 8 and finding yourself still enjoying coffee and PJ’s at 10.
What does sleeping late cost you?
Forget the morning golf date. Getting the chore list accomplished before you were planning to meet friends for lunch. How exciting is it to come home to chores after an outing with friends.
I understand that is what you wanted when you retired. You wanted to have time to sleep till you wake up. For some, the chore list is not a favorite either. You also wanted to do away with that list.
So you are OK with not getting those chores done? You can take that routine out of your day when you are ready. Again I ask, what will you replace it with.
How do you get going and be ready to do the things you once planned?
Do you have a plan?
Thinking of living without routine is what you do when you are young. You want to do things on your own schedule. One of the blessings of growing up is realizing how much easier your day goes when you have a routine to fall back on.
Having good habits act as a good safety net. Things get done almost automatically.
For some people, giving up a “routine” makes them feel free. If this is you, congratulations for recognizing the ability to make your day better. Drop that routine from your day. It apparently does not serve the purpose you had intended.
Make your choice with awareness
Make sure you replace it with a good routine.
If this is you, congratulations for recognizing the ability to make your day better. Drop that routine from your day. It apparently does not serve the purpose you had intended. Make sure you replace it with a good routine.
A for instance example is if you decide to do away with the daily habit of checking your emails online more than one time a day. Good for you. That can be a time burner. You will have to find a time every day to do this.
If work emails are exchanged, your co-workers need to know that you only check emails one time a day at whatever time you choose. They should not expect an answer from you until after that time.
Stick to it. No leaving without getting it done. If your new routine makes you in better control of your day it will be worth the effort to get this routine established.
Make this a positive choice, not a negative one.
You need to be aware that you can not leave work or the house till you do this. This is a routine I should adopt.
So what is your idea? Is it to be routine or not to be routine? Sure, retirement is all about relaxing and doing what you want to. Your imagination may be able to imagine a life without some daily routines to make the days flow smoothly and successfully.
We all have a comfort level
My ideal day starts with an orderly approach to life. Being able to respond impulsively in some areas of my life is a plus. I enjoy being able to join a friend for lunch at the last moment.
However, that spontaneous visit is not as much fun when I come home to a bed unmade. All because I chose to sleep late and drink coffee all morning in my pajamas. So that routine bit the dust early in retirement.
It has sounded like a good idea, however just did not produce the results I was happy with. There have been several things in retirement that have not worked for me.
In control of retirement life
Obviously, there is some perverse satisfaction to living a life you choose. Choose it for all the right reasons. What is working for your retirement life? Most importantly, what is not? How can you make some adjustments to get that routine that is not working for you out of your way?
If your new routine makes you in better control of your day it will be worth the effort to get this routine established. You need to be aware that you can not leave work or the house till you do this. This is email limits is a routine I should adopt. So what is your ideal to be routine or not to be routine?
Sure, retirement is all about relaxing and doing what you want to. Your imagination may be able to imagine a life without some daily routines to make the days flow smoothly and successfully.