If you follow my blog you will know that I took early retirement from my nursing role after a 38 year career.
I have heard many people say “I don’t want to retire I wouldn’t know what to do with myself” Well occupying myself and keeping busy has not been a problem at all. In fact Mr Fitz says he doesn’t know how I found time to go to work! When asked about retirement I always say it’s the best job I ever had.
This post is supposed to outline a typical day, to be honest I’m not sure I have one, but after a long nursing career with strict shift times and routines I find I do continue to build structure into my day.
Mr Fitz gets up for work around 4.45 am and leaves around 5.30. In the summer I often stay awake after that or doze until around 6.30 but now it’s getting darker I find I tend to fall back asleep until around 7.30. Having said that I do stay up later than him.
I’ve developed a terrible habit of making a cup of tea and taking it back to bed a couple of days a week when Johns working. Whilst having my morning cuppa I may catch up with something I’ve recorded on Sky, at the moment it’s Great British Bake Off. Or I answer Emails, watch Youtube, relist Ebay sales that have ended overnight or print out postage labels for sales that have occurred overnight and update or write my To Do List plus enter some competitions, usually on Social media.
Following my brew I will then make my bed and package up any Ebay sales. I may then either go off to the gym. If I’m going to the gym I like to get it over with early! Then I can shower and move forward with the day.
I know some people like to set a timer for tasks or block out sections of the day for activities on their calendar I don’t do this formally but do mentally block out my day in my head. I may also prepare dinner early, as you may be able to tell I am more productive in a morning so like to do as much as possible that’s important.
The next part of my morning is either filled with cleaning the house, Photographing and listing items for my Ebay shop, writing or preparing blog posts or sitting down and entering competitions on the various platforms that I use.
I may stop for a quick lunch around 12.30, nothing heavy as we eat dinner early due to John’s working hours.
Obviously there are days when the routine is different and I’m going out to meet friends or family and be a lady that lunches. And on Friday’s that’s the day I spend quality time with Mr Fitz.
And of course there are days when I have a job as a TV background artist when I am out all day working of course.
It’s rare that I go out in the evening unless I go to watch Manchester City play a night time game or I have an event to attend that is part of a competition prize.
Prior to retirement I promised myself that I would catch up and watch all the films I’d wanted to view but hadn’t, or TV Boxsets plus read many books I wanted to read too. I am still waiting for that to happen, I need to timetable more of these relaxing activities into my week. I have to admit though after 3 years I am beginning to do that and try and watch at least 1 film a month, not much but it’s a start.
Once Mr Fitz is home we tend to relax, eat dinner and watch TV soaps, drama’s or live sport.
Weeks fly by in retirement – I’m sure much faster than when I was working.
What do you do when you’re at home -totally relax or like me structure your day?
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