...While I look around for my possibilities?"
Thank you Simon and Garfunkel for "Hazy Shade of Winter" which is where the weather is quickly going and has provided context for what seems to be my greatest challenge. Time.
Things take time! It doesn't matter what the things are -- they just seem to chew up time. I am in constant time analysis and decision making. I do this not only for prioritization of how I spend my time but also as a reminder that work and life is all about choices. And once decided - don't stress out!!
Whether I'm doing something for my work, my family or me personally I'm constantly grading myself.
Confession: I am pretty comfortable with how I have prioritized my work and my life. What that means is that I am comfortable that blogging more frequently—one of my stated goals of my retirement—isn't as important to me as other things.
Wow. This was tough for me to accept at first. I started to berate myself for not blogging more, but when I look back at the my days and nights I'm not upset with where I spent my time. I still want to write about work-life. I love to speak about work-life. But getting my other interests going are more important to me.
When I was back working full time I seemed to have been able to balance IBM and blogging (which still wasn't all that often) with life and it seemed fine. The myriad of projects I'm now working have a high propensity to bubble up to the important and urgent list. The good news is that I have chosen each of these and enjoy doing them—a lot.
And it continues to be a rare day that I think about firing up my iPad for Cat Physics, Crosswords, or Sudoku. I still find time to read and occasionally use the electronic pacifier for this different type of "me time".
But not that much. Not that type of retirement yet.
Photo Credit: Alexander Boden