Someday When You Have Time On Your Hands

time on your hands

Time on  your hands – I’m hearing, “When will that be?”

We work with a lot of retirees and I see a lot of them with similar time management issues as working folks – wasting too much time. Retirees, you should take your time management skills with you into retirement when leaving the workplace.

1. Continue to set goals, complete with deadlines and schedules.

2. Don’t retire from achievements. Make up for the years when you were working and didn’t have time to pursue personal goals. Read the books you never got around to. Travel. Learn to play golf or try knitting.

3. Continue using a planner or calendar and schedule time for activities and people you love. Without the structure of a workplace, it will be necessary to build your own.

4. Spend time with friends and loved ones. Surrounding yourself with younger people will make you feel younger in turn.

5. Keep exercise as a priority. It affects memory as well as physical condition.

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If you are not “of age” to retire yet, plan now to ensure your retirement years will live up to your expectations. Planning your future retirement time now will be valuable later. You may think of it as daydreaming, but these dreams will pay off when you do finally have time on your hands.


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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


  1. Seana Turner on November 22, 2021 at 9:12 am

    The adjustment to retirement can definitely be challenging. I know it was hard for my Dad, and he hung in the workforce pretty long. It can bring great sense of loss. I love these tips for staying connected and active. There are many ways to continue to grow and thrive if you set your mind to doing so!

    • Janet Schiesl on November 23, 2021 at 6:26 am

      I think retirement can be harder on men since they tend to define themselves by what they do for a living. Finding something that interests you is key.

  2. Linda Samuels on November 22, 2021 at 11:47 am

    Retiring can be an adjustment. While we’re not there yet, I often think about my husband and what retirement will be like for him. He’s the type of person that has so many interests. So for him, retirement is going to be such a gift. He’s going to enjoy being a perpetual putterer, playing music, socializing, and volunteering. He gets to do some of that now, but not as much as he’d like.

    I also think that since it IS such a huge adjustment, it’s also OK to “sit with it” for a while before you fill up all of your time. Because sometimes in that quiet and not doing, some interesting things can emerge.

    • Janet Schiesl on November 23, 2021 at 6:24 am

      Ha Ha! My husband is just the opposite. I’m not sure what he’s going to do in retirement (and neither does he), so I’m encouraging him to continue working.

  3. Julie Bestry on November 22, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    Such good advice. I’m in my 50s, but I don’t see myself retiring for at least 20 years and will be doing it gradually. The only way I can see retirement not turning into one aimless post-8th-grade summer vacation is by following the exact advice you’ve provided. #3, in particular, and keeping structure, seems to be the best way to keep from the edges of life getting blurry. Great job!

    • Janet Schiesl on November 23, 2021 at 6:22 am

      The advantage of being an entrepreneur is to be able to retire slowly or partially. I am rounding 60 and using my neighbor as a good example for my future self. She is busy volunteering and learning new things and also working with a trainer to stay fit.

  4. Diane N Quintana on November 22, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    Great advice, Janet. Like you I work with many retirees who have truly retired from all things.

    • Janet Schiesl on November 23, 2021 at 6:20 am

      Yes Diane. I love helping retirees focus on a project that will benefit them in the future.

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