Posted by Tim Stobbs on December 17, 2014
Well I have to say I’m enjoying my time off more than I thought I would. It’s been nice to relax a fair bit and be more involved with the kids while still getting some things done.
What has really amazed me so far is how effective having a large block of time off is at getting to all those little things you know you should do sometime, but never seem to get around to. I keep a list of things I should do and try to do one thing per day from that list. Some are very quick, like pickup some 600 grit sandpaper from the store to polish off a few minor rust spots on my sword (yes I own one…see here) while others took a bit more effort like taking apart our one sink that was draining slow and cleaning it out. Yet most of the projects are done in under an hour.
Yet the compound effect of all these little things is the fact I’m making my life slowly just a bit better or easier each day and I’m in a much better mood because it. I actually caught myself humming Christmas carols the other day while doing some cleaning. You know life is good when even cleaning doesn’t feel like a chore.
Perhaps this is why retirees look so happy a lot of the time. They can actually get something done and still have time to enjoy life. For instance they never get torn by the decision to have a nap or fix the sink. They do both. Having more free time does seem to work wonders on your stress levels. Like the fact it is quickly going to be Christmas and I’m not really that stressed at all as all I have left to do if wrap a few gifts and bit up some food (but recall I can shop at 9am on Monday and avoid most of the crowds).
Ok retirees, what else is great about having all that time to do things? Does it get better as you go along or not? Why?