Well, I haven’t done one of these Ask the Organiser posts for a while.
Since I’m retired I find that my needs have changed. I would like to see how to keep organized and stay on task and not waste time simply because I feel I can always do it tomorrow. How do I keep from procrastinating?
I have gotten myself too involved because I thought I could do more since I am retired but that’s not true. Believing you have more time can become a handicap for a retired person. You start to take on too many things and then try to figure out how to get out of some of them so that you can do the things you always plan on doing once you retire. It’s very easy to get caught up in clubs or other activities that you really should have said no to.
Many end up taking more of your time then you thought it would. How do I manage this and get out of things without feeling that I’m letting people down who depend on me?
There are two issues here that I think Lois wants me to address:
Procrastinating when you think you have lots of time.
I have a few ideas for Lois:
Think about your ideal day. What does that look like?
Which 3 things might you want to include in your daily rhythm? Maybe that’s something in the home/ garden, something out/ with people/ family, something health & fitness, something fun/ relaxing for you, etc. Decide on those 3 categories.
Make a short list of a couple of projects for each of your 3 categories using the Master List (it’s in the Time management purpose pack) or a plain old notebook and pen, and choose one from each to do every day.
If you finish the day and find you’re making progress in each area, you’ll feel accomplished AND relaxed.
Once you start moving towards your goals a little bit every day, it’ll be easier not to procrastinate as you’re motivated going towards something meaningful.
(Lois, email me and I’ll send you a form you can use for your daily categories)
2. Overcommitment and saying no
Back to question 1. In your weekly rhythm, what % of your week or month could you comfortably do things like clubs, activities, volunteer work, etc? Maybe one morning a week? Or a morning every second week?
Decide what that comfortable time frequency feels like for you.
Keep that number in mind when you consider what your current commitments are.
Maybe you’ve committed to 3 mornings per week.
You now have to decide where you want to spend that time. Maybe you can attend one group but just as a participant, not as a volunteer, and that would be enough?
Maybe you want to volunteer in one and only one for all the time?
If you’ve already committed to these projects, and you want to get out of them, this time of year is perfect.
Tell the organiser that you’ve been thinking/ praying about your commitments for next year and while you’d be perfectly happy to finish out the year, next year you can only commit to ____ hours a week/ month. Or only help out at the annual ______.
How does that sound?
I know that the issue of overcommitting is not uncommon.
Do you have a problem saying yes first and then thinking through all the repercussions? Have you started thinking about your involvement in projects, clubs, groups for next year?
PS My one friend already told me what she’s getting out of doing next year