Trying to rev up my motivation

I seem to see-saw between
  • enjoyment of the fact that I don't need to drive myself so hard in retirement 
  • frustration that I am not accomplishing more in a day
I have so many little projects around the house that I am unable to complete them. Talking about quilting projects as well as home decluttering, beautifying and improvement.

I had hoped to settle in to more of a routine, but other than church on Sunday, quilt group on Wednesday and a day to visit my mother scheduled in around the weather forecast, everything else gets done if and when I feel like it.  My daily schedule is up early, walk with my spouse, shower, then decide what to do next. If there is freelance work in my queue, I prefer to do it in the morning when my brain is at peak efficiency.

So, how do you find and make time for the things that you want to accomplish?

  • Do you use a weekly and daily routine like Flylady
  • Do you use your craft time as a reward for doing all the "stuff you gotta do today?"
  • Are you a relentless list maker and do you love crossing things off the list?
Enough of that.

I did manage to accomplish some quilting this weekend:

Those blue and cream things I showed in a previous post were for the Bushel Basket block by Bonnie Hunter, from July/August Quiltmaker Addicted to scraps column. I am glad I went with bright and deep pinks. The picture in the article used both dusty blues and dusty pinks (that's so 1980's!) which I do have in the stash, but I didn't think I would enjoy using them in this block. I did sneak in a few deep "liver-colored" reds for variety. That's another old color I need to use up.

 Well, enough blogging for today, I'd better get some stitching done or the afternoon will get away from me.


Louise said…
My experience was that it took several years to find the rhythm of how to structure my day after I retired. It was difficult, and I even needed a little bit of therapy to help me thru that stage! Eventually I gave myself permission to not be "productive" for a set period of time, then promised myself I would buckle down. Lo and behold, my natural tendency to be organized and useful bubbled back up to the surface and no buckling was really required. I have a sneaking suspicion that your natural productiveness will also never, ever go away :)
Nann said…
I've been retired nearly three years. I've continued much of what I did before that. I just don't have to go to work! Some pre-retirement commitments have concluded (chamber of commerce board, regional library system board). Other civic/service involvement continues (AAUW, P.E.O., Rotary, woman's club, quilt guild, church). These activities provide a social outlet and a schedule for my days. I still don't have time for everything I'd like to do, whether it's reading, quilting, traveling, or going to museums/concerts/lectures. (My husband's increasingly limited mobility is a factor.)
Lori said…
I can definitely understand your dilemma. I, too, am in a season...after 12 years of homeschooling my son, he has graduated and is now in college. He's still here, but I am no longer responsible for how he spends his time. Growing into a new skin is interesting...and maddening. I, too, have gazillions of things I want/need to be doing and have had a time creating a new routine. For me, creating a bullet journal has been most helpful. I jot down what HAS to be done, but also what I WANT to get done. Not so very different from a workday, except that I am learning that I can reassess throughout the day, and that sometimes what I want to do needs to take priority if I am to be effective in the other areas. Make sense? I am learning that it's okay to allow myself some grace and that there will still probably never be enough time for everything.