Groundhog's must live a lonely existence really when you think of it. I mean they come out once a year and either they bare good news or the dreaded bad weather ahead news.
Then there is what was a cold, wet miserable day yesterday turning into a carbon copy of the same here this morning. So the yellow sticky note must be modified once again.
Help yourself to some hot chocolate and settle in. It's ok you can cuddle here. Remember this is a safe place so lean over and introduce yourself and lets see where this mind takes us today... lol... in my case I let the two fingers lead the way.
If you have an questions just ask, I am always open for new ideas... not saying i know it all ut you never can tell maybe we an answer it together...
I think it would be safe to say we have all written on the subject, if not we have read about it. I think I even have a book somewhere I once bought teaching me to downsize and declutter.
I think we would have to all agree it frees the mind, valuable space and well makes us all fuzzy inside at the accomplishments we have made.
There is little written on the subject of the suddenly found free time on our hands. Through the process we are forgetting the one valuable benefit to living clutter free so we can be more productive. Thus the dilemma or challenge... "What to do with this extra free time we have."
We are Hardwired
In saying so I think I can speak for most of us. 'We use the extra time to do what has kept us so busy in the first place." Does that make sense? Look at it in yet another way. Lets say all of a sudden we were given an extra hour and we go from 24 hours to 25 hours in a day. What would we do with that extra hour. In the world I live in the reality is we are programmed to get more accomplished. Our DNA seems to think we can now do more.
We have all been on diets have we not. As an act of defiance we can justify that stop at the local Dairy Queen and treat ourselves once a week. After all it is our body, it belongs to us and not that perky little 25 year old instructor will steal that treat away from us.
Please do not get me wrong, I am no guru of time management. At one time each and everyday was planned to the minute. I used a great day timer system called the Franklin Day Planner. It was based on the observation Benjamin Franklin and his life habit of taking 15 minutes at the start of each day to plan his day.
So you are working for a large company and you have a very demanding job. Can you effectively leave your work at work? That free cell phone the boss gave to you to use as if it is your own at first it is a gift. You soon learn that it becomes no more than free overtime for the company as the boss or fellow employees are calling, emailing or texting you about the big meeting tomorrow.
We have all heard the saying, "Now that I am retired I am busier than when I was working." Truth be known once retired you are released from being programmed on a daily basis to do the same thing over and over again. Does retirement change us?
I think we have to back up the bus and take a look at that free time you have created. is it a novel idea to say it is your time. What can you possibly do with that few minutes a day. Why not do something completely out of the realm of your comfort zone.
Skydiving, Scuba Diving, broaden your reading. The best one I think is sitting at the end of each day and journaling. As you become accustomed to writing your thoughts go back and see what you have done with the gift of more time.
Small Town Investing
I live in a small town many seniors call home. It is that sort of place where the morning coffee klatch meets at the A&W. Then there is the Seniors Drop In Center.
I am an TNFJ personality, a loner, the typical introvert. I can join in at any level and have a great time but I require that time to decompress. I have done the Skydiving and Scuba Diving thing already.
Far from old enough to join the klatches so I try and learn something new all the time. The "University of Google" has a million free course's on anything and everything you could ever capture an interest in. UTube will teach you anything if you have that inquiring mind.
I do invest a fair amount of time visiting our seniors one on one. I look at it as investing back into myself. What I see are lonely people who have gone before me. They have great wisdom and insight into what is happening in the world today. Hopefully when I get to their point and time in my life someone will come along and spend time with me.
Hobbies galore keep the mind and body active. Injury teaches is to slo down and enjoy what is given for free. I started to monitor my television time, facebook time and social media time over the period of a day, a week, a month and it was staggering. It was through journalling I found I had more free time if I dropped or reduced the time on the "Time Thieves in my life. Yes they are important and I do like to communicate with people in private messages. It is far more personal...
So what started out to be a brief look at spare time has blown up in our faces...sorry all who find their way hear... I really should learn to be less wordy... I think it a good afternoon as the sun is finally peeking out... lets see maybe an hour laying in the back yard on my back watching the clouds go by.... or dreaming of the big one that got away.
Hugs and love
© Rolly A. Chabot
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