Talk to any person that’s been retired for awhile and they’ll tell you they are so busy they don’t even know how they used to find time for work.
But isn’t that part of the reason we wanted to retire in the first place—so we wouldn’t be so busy? Well it was for me.
I’ve got piano practice, two volunteer jobs, and friends to socialize with. I’ve got houses to clean, gardens to garden and exercise to fit in. I’ve got books to read, blog posts to post, and TV shows to binge watch. And while most of these things are things I really want to do, sometimes it feels like too much!
So here’s my new approach. I have this big long To Do list that I keep—a running tally sort of a list. On the list is some stuff that I need to do today, some stuff that it would just be nice if I got to sometime this month. But really, this list contains some stuff that never ever really needs to be done. Nothing bad will happen if I don’t do it at all.
So now, every so often I cross stuff off my To Do list that I didn’t actually do. Yes, I cross of things from my To Do list that I DIDN’T ACTUALLY DO. And it feels great. Almost as great as if I actually did it—and WITHOUT ACTUALLY doing it.
And because this is such a mind-boggling discovery, I thought I should share it with you, dear readers. Crossing things off your To Do List that you didn’t actually do saves a ton of time. It’s so much faster than actually doing it.
Now, go enjoy the feeling of being retired.
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