Time Freedom

Most of us, up until this point in our lives, have led very full lives with roles including leading companies, mother, father, caregiver, friend, mentor, charity supporter, grandparent, and many other roles too many to detail here. 



For many of us, time seems to fly by faster and faster each day, leaving us wondering where all the hours have gone. The truth is, time is one of the most valuable resources we have, and learning to manage it effectively is essential for achieving our goals and living a fulfilling life. Whether you are still midst career or progressed to a second chapter, developing effective time management skills can help you prioritize tasks, reduce stress, and achieve more in less time. By taking steps to better understand the value of time and find ways to maximize your productivity, you can enjoy a more balanced and satisfying life.


Having recently retired, or nearing retirement and wondering what to do next? Don’t worry, you are not alone.  Many people are asking themselves the same question. But don’t let this overwhelm you – there is structure and joy to be found in retirement!   Just because you are in your second chapter, it offers you many opportunities such a paid work, service or mentoring roles, and pure pleasure. 



First, let your mind, body and soul settle for at least a few months, and get used to not working.  Explore your environment, your city, and ask your friends to coffee or tea to ask what they are doing in retirement.  Their answer could be an inspiration for you.  Fair warning, don’t take on any massive projects until you have vetted the playing ground.  Unwinding commitments can be challenging, and while it is lovely to be asked “to do” a role be it paying or charity driven.  Wait.  Time is working to your advantage. 



Many retirement consultants suggest starting with your why or purpose.  If you are struggling, bite size those ideas.  Start by envisioning what your best day could look like.  What is it you see yourself doing and with whom?  Build in structure such as a morning and evening habits for productive and intentional time management resulting in consistent delivery.



Instead of feeling overwhelmed, find a passion or service opportunity that brings you joy.  It could be anything from volunteering for your favorite charity to setting up a small business.   Mentoring is also a popular way to give back and make the most of your time by giving and receiving value.  Use the numerous resources available online to help you get started.  A good place to start would be ask a librarian for recommendations from your local library. 


With the right approach, having time freedom doesn’t have to mean becoming complacent with life.  Rather, start slowly using these suggestions as a guide for harnessing your newfound freedom and making each day count for you!