It’s hard to believe that 2015 is nearly over. Talk about a year blowing by! Even being retired didn’t slow it down any! So with just a couple of days remaining until 2016 we have just enough time to get our New Year’s resolutions in order. I’ve already got mine. I’ve been giving it a lot of thought and came up with one that may seem a bit selfish but still worthwhile. Yeah this year my resolution is to work at using my time more wisely. I know, time management isn’t much of a resolution but if I can get a handle on my time I can get more done and may actually have some time left over for myself. Selfish right?
When I retired I really thought that I was going to have this incredible amount of time on my hands. Plenty of time for family, friends, projects and play! But instead of gaining an 35 extra hours a week of useful time, I simply became more adept at wasting it. Yeah I really thought retirement was going to bring me more time for writing, reading, playing my guitar, recording, going to the movies, oh the list goes on. Unfortunately it just hasn’t happened. I went to the movies more often and did more leisurely reading before I retired! Since retiring I’ve probably been to the movies maybe half a dozen times and I don’t think I’ve read three complete novels and that’s pretty sad. I’ve got a ton of books piled up on my nightstand! And as for my guitar, I didn’t find much time to play when I was working and I still don’t! What’s up with that?
Now that’s not to say that I’ve become a couch potato and I just sit around watching TV and doing nothing all day, far from it. I’ve done so many different home projects since retiring that I’d have to guess that that’s where most of my time goes. I get started on something and just get carried away. Before I know it most of the days gone! By then I’m so tired that I don’t have the energy or desire to do anything else. That’s why this coming year I want to become a better time manager I want to take control. To do that I’ve got to change my way of thinking.
Instead of going out in the morning and getting caught up in some project that eats up my entire day, I want to be able to work on it for 2, maybe 3 hours then call it a day. Hell I’m retired! The project will still be there tomorrow and the day after that. Now if I could do learn to do that, I’d have plenty of time for the other things I’d like to be doing, the things I thought I’d be doing in retirement. Time management is the ticket. I’ve never been good at managing my time and now it’s my number one priority.
Remember that old Styx song “Too much time on my hands”? Well that’s sort of my goal. I don’t want too much time, only just enough to get things done. An ideal day might be getting up at 8AM, working outside or on a project from 9 to noon then maybe an hour or so in the man cave playing my guitar. Then I could either take in a movie (at least once a week) or sit back in my big chair and read for a couple of hours, then write for a couple of hours. That’s five hours of doing leisurely things, and there’s still time left in the day except in the winter when the days are so short. And I don’t need to do those leisurely things everyday, I’d be happy with three times a week. Yeah that would be nice, real nice.
So Like the Chambers Brothers sang “The time has come today!” Well actually the time will come day after tomorrow. I’m definitely going to give it my best shot. So I hereby declare that my official resolution for 2015 is to manage my time so that I have more time on my hands! What’s yours?