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Structuring My Retirement Days

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I begin each day with a list.

Lists have been a major part of my life for years now, because my memory is almost non-existent.

The list is written in the morning on an index card - and placed somewhere easily reached - in my handbag or wallet. Index cards are excellent media for lists because they hold their shape and don't crumple up easily. I can work off of one index card for several days, crossing off and adding items as needed, depending on how much progress is made on each day's list.

The list contains things to do and things to buy - things I want to accomplish and things I have to accomplish.

Nowadays each day's list begins with 1. Walk 2 or 3 miles, 2. Track food all day, 3. Take photos, and 4. Practice piano. (I have begun taking piano lessons - something I always wanted to do. And I realize that I must practice every single day for five minutes to succeed.)

Today, I have added to the list: Plan meals and Shop for Food, Pick up my watch from jewelry repair.

I add in other items as they appear on my calendar, or as the day progresses. Today I will pick up my grandson after school and take him to his karate lesson.

If I have time, I'll go to my mom's and help her with her computer. One of these days I will go to get a parking sticker at the college where my course begins next Thursday.

It will be a full day. I will feel really good about crossing off the items I accomplish.
The ones that remain will be on my list tomorrow - after walking, tracking, taking photos, and practicing piano.

Some days I will just relax and read a book for one of my book groups. If I don't have time for that, I will listen to the book on my kindle while I walk.

A list helps to keep my day Sparkling!

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