Thursday, August 7, 2008
All the Time in the World
I have written about Time before, as the poets have described it. Today, I'm after concrete suggestions, not imagery.
In three weeks, my husband will retire from his 30-year career in a corporate environment. He plans to devote more time to art, painting en plein air and building up his free-lance portrait business.
At the end of the 2008-09 school year, I will also retire from one position to pursue another, moving from teaching as a school librarian to facilitating online profession development workshops for educators.
Both of us will be home-based and setting our own schedules.
I know from my experiences as a stay-at-home mother and a 10-month school employee, that it's easy to get distracted, wander off task, waste time when the days seem to stretch ahead without (visible) limits.
So I'm asking for some help: how do those of you who are retired or work outside of a fixed calendar manage your time? Do you find it helpful to give yourself deadlines, plan an agenda, or block out activities by the day, week, or month?
I don't want to be chained to a clock or a desk, but I don't want to squander this wonderful gift of time either.
Your input is gratefully accepted.
"Life at any time can become difficult: life at any time can become easy. It all depends upon how one adjusts oneself to life." -Morarji Desai
"In Search of Lost Time" by bogenfreund