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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Schedules – How Rigid Should They Be?

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This is a constant issue at my house, even though my husband is retired. I would like to know if anyone out there still keeps a tight schedule even after retirement. I know if you are working all day, you have to get to work on time, etc., or if you have a particular appointment that day, you have to be on time for it. Otherwise, how important is a schedule?

It seems I can never keep one, or am not that good at it. In my mind, unless there is something going on, what difference does it make to do things at a particular time? I think once retired, you can make your own schedule and things can be more flexible, but I am beginning to think I am in the minority of thinkers.

A couple of years ago I met a police officer who said he hosted a party at retirement to smash his alarm clock to smithereens. I had never heard about anyone going that far, but I loved that story and thought ‘what a great idea’.

I do freelance so I do set the alarm to get up early everyday, but you can bet the alarm clock would get lost if I were totally retired like my husband. After keeping schedules all your life, wouldn’t it be nice to have a more relaxed existence?

Why do you have to be up by such-in-such time daily? Will the schedule police come around to issue a reprimand? This clock watching gets to be all too much for me. An ideal way of life would be to sleep when you’re sleepy and eat when you’re hungry. I can still accomplish as much on any given day regardless of what schedule I keep. Am I alone here?


  1. Sunni - I'm with you on this. When I'm on my own - like when my husband goes off on holiday or to see his sister, I do exactly that- get up when I want, eat when I want, read when I want, and work for hours on end if I want, without worrying about having to feed someone else etc etc.
    And I love it......

  2. Valerie,

    Thank you for that. I'm glad I'm not alone in this thinking.

    Thank you for visiting and commenting. And pardon me for my late reply as I've been out of the state.



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