A cartoon of a man staring at a clock twice as high as he is.Now that I am several months into my retirement, I’m noticing that I’m not getting as much done as I would like. I want to write at least weekly for this and the other websites I have. I also want to practice bass guitar and keyboards, which is needed to progress in my lessons. I’m making slow progress in all of these areas, but not nearly as much as I’d like. It’s occured to me that I might need a bit more structure in my life.

One of the challenges in retirement is that you don’t really have time pressures imposed by other people. Sure, I want to wrote blog articles, and I want to practice, but there isn’t the sort of due date that I had when I was working. Granted, there’s a deadline for practicing music because I have goals set at the end of each lesson. However, I’m paying for the lesson so who’s going to give me a real hassle if I don’t get it all done? So, it’s up to me to place the pressure on myself. And I don’t seem to be very good at that.

A clock with a happy face.It’s occured to me that I need to impose a bit of structure on my life instead of taking each day as it comes. For one, I’m getting up around 10:00 AM. Instead, I’d like get up early enough in the morning that I can read the newspaper (yup, still subscribe to that anachronism), do my workout, write for an hour or so, and practice bass and keyboards for an hour or two and have that done by lunch time. A reasonable lunch time.

I’ll get right on that as soon as I finish relaxing for a bit. 🙂