The Other I

March 21, 2013

Sermon to self

Filed under: Just Stuff — theotheri @ 9:52 pm

You get more done and have more energy even at the end of the day if you live by a schedule.  A realistic one that is not inflexible in the light of unexpected events, but one that you take seriously.  This was easier when employment imposed certain non-negotiable requirements.  The older you get, the more you have to be self-disciplined.  You are not the kind of person who enjoys retirement as a kind of extended vacation.

Looking at a list of the things you want to get done on a day and then playing five games of Free Cell while you decide which one to tackle first saps your energy, interferes with your ability to think critically, and doesn’t help you decide anyway.

A schedule is not the same thing as a list of things to do.  You get more done if you set time limits for yourself.




  1. On the eve of my retirement I threw away my alarm clock. Retirement surely is an extended holiday. A time when we have 24 hours at our disposal to extend our ‘free time.’ A schedule suggests rigid order while a list is adaptable to the vageries of the weather for example. Having said that it is Friday and I am scheduled to have a fish based evening meal.


    Comment by lairdglencairn — March 22, 2013 @ 9:44 am | Reply

    • As your comment illustrates, we are not all the same — and I really did mean my post as a sermon to myself – not to everybody else. And although I have the potentially obsessive personality that likes living on a schedule, even in retirement, I will admit that I now use my alarm clock only for the rarest of occasions – usually to make sure I catch the plane to fly to some place warm.

      We too are having fish tonight — all the original religious justification has long ago evaporated, and habit alone remains. (Do you think this suggests that for us fish-lovers, fish on Friday possibly never was the intended penance it was meant to be?)

      I hope you continue to enjoy your extended holiday!


      Comment by Terry Sissons — March 22, 2013 @ 12:26 pm | Reply

  2. The title was noted and understood. An interesting subject for discussion because as you rightly observe we all approach our leisure time differently. We are indeed creatures of habit most handed down through the generations. Origins of which appear unknown to many of our readers. As for fishy Fridays, well as a sea faring nation the fishermen of England had a great sales team !!


    Comment by lairdglencairn — March 23, 2013 @ 9:31 am | Reply

    • Oh wonderful! I must remember that one the next time I serve fish & chips to my American friends & family.


      Comment by Terry Sissons — March 23, 2013 @ 11:51 am | Reply

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