The Early Days of Retirement


I’m into Day 5 of retirement and already beginning to realise that it is not like a ‘Stay-at-Home’ holiday from work. During those such weeks I always felt I was up against time as there were jobs to be done before trudging back to the daily grind.

Already I am losing track of what day it is! No wonder my Mum insisted on having a daily newspaper, not to read but to remind her of the date. Thank goodness for the iPhone calendar.

Last night, because I was dealing with a few financial matters, I didn’t get to bed until after midnight, very late for me. As a person who needs a certain number of sleep hours, I would usually panic knowing full well that I had an early start the next day and without my allotted hours I wouldn’t function properly. When I finally got into bed, the voice in head told me that it didn’t matter anymore I could wake up when I wanted to – oh what joy!

One important thing I need to learn is that it is ok to dawdle, I can take life at an easier pace, there is no rush to get things done. That stomach churning panic of I’ve got this to do and have that to do and all must be done within a time scale. Not any more! It doesn’t matter as long as it is done eventually. There is a little tinge of guilt if I spend all morning doing something that should only take an hour or two and not taking out the vacuum cleaner. I didn’t like housework when I was working so I am not miraculously like doing it now. Any way why should I feel guilty?

An explanation for the pic of Little Book of Positivity:- I’m going to use it to write down things I need to do and tick them off as they are done. This is another lesson for me to learn, make lists, write notes, don’t carry it in my head – I have never been a list writer, leaving thoughts and worries whirling around in my brain, not a good idea.

It is an odd feeling knowing I don’t have to go back to the office after a few days at home. I suppose it will really strike me when pay day comes around and my bank balance fails to jump up, even if the good looking balance was only temporary.

If you are retired how did you manage the early days?

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  1. If you need time management, get a cat! Although I could be lazy and sleep till midday, I am woken punctually at 6.30am every morning (5.30 in winter as resident cat works by his own time). His routine rules the day. If I’m gardening and start to dig a hole to plant something, I must complete the planting in one go or he will show his displeasure at my laziness by “using” the hole and then filling it in again. I can only vacuum when he’s out “on patrol”. If I’m showering, he jumps in with me to make sure I wash behind my ears. In comparison, the routine of working life was easy! 😉


    • Good idea! I had thought of a dog, but don’t fancy early morning walks in the wind and rain carrying a poo bag. Have you seen the Simon’s Cat short videos? There’s a very funny one of a cat trying wake up his servant 🤣


  2. I retired a while ago (i left work pretty early). You know how young children usually do better with structure? I’ve learned that at least this older adult does as well. But I’ve found it difficult at times without external demands to maintain a schedule.. it doesn’t have to be as strict as one I followed when working. But having bedtimes and wake times and certain events during the week (e.g. weekly volunteer obligations or exercise times) all help to give my life structure. And oddly enough that structure actually gives me more freedom to engage in things that I want to do. otherwise I can find myself allowing time to slip from me. “Oh i can do it later…” I keep reminding myself that how we spend our days is how we spend our lives.


  3. What a neat post. I’m not retired yet — no retirement plan, so no way to pay living expenses except to keep working. But my sister is now in her 3rd year of retirement. She was a teacher and then an administrator for many years at the elementary school level and then at the university level. Her life was a constant state of stress as a result. But when she wanted to retire, she started to worry that she wouldn’t have enough to do to keep her from sitting around the house and getting sort of depressed. She started looking into some of the more fun activities that other seniors enjoy and finally decided that the world was full of all kinds of possibilities. She really loves to travel, and although her income has taken a drop, she can still travel if she just paces herself wisely. She also lets herself sleep as long as she wants to on most days. Anyway, my main point is that from Day 1 of her retirement, she has not had any problem with “nothing to do.” There’s always something new that looks interesting, or grandchildren to spend lots of time with, or community and church projects that need her talents, etc. She’s the busiest and happiest retired person I’ve ever known. And it sounds as though you’re going at it in a very positive and healthy way. I bet you’ll enjoy every day of your retirement as well.


    • Thank you! I’m moving also so life is busy! I cant wait to join the local horticultural club and go to aquarobics during the day. I will save money on petrol not having a 60mile daily round trip and one big bonus is I’m not too tired to cook a decent evening meal. Your sister sounds as though she has it well sussed.


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