It may seem odd that since I retired recently, I would choose FOCUS as my word for 2020. It happened kind of organically since I realized about 3 weeks into my retirement, I needed more structure. I created a schedule for myself something like this:
5:30 am – Wake up, coffee time
7:00 – 8:00 am – housework
8:00 – 10:00 am – online learning/research (some Udemy.com classes, some plain research
10:00 – 10:30 am – work out
11:00 am – lunch
Afternoon – errands, laundry, free time.
This worked for about a month but my workouts were just making me feel like crap. I realized that this schedule wasn’t optimal for me since I do intermittent fasting which typically means that I don’t eat before 11 and finish eating by 4. By getting up so early, by 10 am I was starving and my workouts were sucking.
I decided it was time to regroup and look at my retirement as a “career” but instead of working for someone else, I am working for me. This led me to look at what exactly do I want to accomplish. I came up with the following goals, not in any specific order except the order that I thought of them.
- Be in the best health I can be.
- Improve in some way as a human.
- Give back
- Improve my skill level at something.
- Create the best home I can for my husband and me.
Next, I decided to approach this like I used to at my job and make SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound).
Goal: Achieve size 10 by 31 Dec 2020.
- Intermittent fast minimum of 16/8 five days per week.
- Eat within calorie range 6 days per week or 86% of the time.
- Exercise 5 days a week minimum.
- Weigh every week. (What gets measured, gets managed.)
I moved my workout to 7:30 am Monday through Friday and I have done MUCH better. I calculate my calorie level using https://www.freedieting.com/calorie-calculator, which needs to be recalculated as you lose weight. I use the MyFitnessPal app for logging my food and weight. I use the ZERO app to keep track of my fasting. I log all my workouts in an excel spreadsheet. Both apps are available on iPhone and Android.
During pool season, I spend lots of time outside as I have flowers to tend and weeds to pull. We use our pool for exercise so I swim laps and do exercises in the pool so my workouts will change soon.
Goal: Complete 3 online courses on https://www.udemy.com/ by 31 Dec 2020.
Note: I’ve completed 5 this year so far so I’m taking a break for spring/summer or as I call it, swimming pool season. I purchase over 10 courses on Black Friday so I got most of my classes for $9.99 each.
- Complete 1 course by 30 Jun 2020.
- Complete 1 course by 30 Sept 2020.
- Complete 1 course by 31 Dec 2020.
Goal: Complete 3 Volunteer activities by 31 Dec 2020. Depending on how well this goes, I will add more for next year.
- Complete 1 volunteer activity by 31 Oct 2020.
- Complete 1 volunteer activity by 30 Nov 2020.
- Complete 1 volunteer activity by 31 Dec 2020.
Goal: Practice learning drums 1 -2 hours per week each Sunday beginning at 1 pm after church.
This isn’t broken down into steps as this in an ongoing goal with no end in sight.
Goal: Create an optimal home life for my husband and me.
- Organize every closet, drawer, nook, and cranny in the house by 30 Mar 2020.
- Document a cleaning schedule (daily, weekly, monthly, and spring/fall) by 30 Mar 2020.
- Learn a new recipe every month through Dec 2020.
- Cook 3 meals every week at a minimum through Dec 2020.
Retirement is good.
The organization of my home is almost complete. I purchased lots of trays for drawers from https://www.amazon.com/ and it thrills me to say (seriously, it does) that I know where every single thing in my home is located now! Retirement has been enjoyable so far. My newly rediscovered joy in domestic life including cooking is rewarding. I used to joke that I did all my cooking in the bedroom but I can’t say that anymore!
We have a couple of trips planned this summer, one for graduation and one for a wedding so given the current Coronavirus situation, we’ll have to see how that works out. Regardless, I have my goals to FOCUS on and I’m excited to see how it all works out!