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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
Seeking a middle way
At the moment I'm adjusting to a completely new way of living. As you are no doubt aware, G and I retired a couple of weeks ago and suddenly the weekly routine of the day job has gone. I used to build all my Habitica dailies around that, but now I have to work out how to organise my life without that externally imposed structure. How to build a weekly routine now?

On the one hand I don't want to set up something so rigid that I start saying, "I'm sorry, but I can't go out for the day on Thursday because that's when I change the beds and scrub the floors." (I have known people who did that sort of thing and got totally hung up on their self-imposed routine.) On the other hand, if I forget about the house and just do fun stuff all the time, we end up living in dust and clutter.

At the moment I'm experimenting with grey dailies with checklists. Each checklist item is 15 minutes of cleaning or a pomodoro of decluttering. As long as I do them all during the week, it doesn't matter if I do one or two a day or have a big cleaning binge twice a week. So far it's really helping but I'll need to see whether it keeps working long term.
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From: cmcmck Date: July 8th, 2016 09:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Fellow retirees eh?

Not that it'll stop us doing history of course! Academic historians don;t really retire!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: July 8th, 2016 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
It won't stop us from learning new stuff either. :)
kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: July 9th, 2016 01:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is a good idea, then take the weekends of. Yes, I have a few retired friends who will not do anything on Mondays as that is their wash day. I get that in a sense, but really fun things forbidden on Mondays? Hmm. Yes, finding that happy medium.

I am out of work again and I do like that. I will put in for early retirement in Oct to start receiving funds in April of 2017. So I find this concept quite interesting!
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