There’s never enough time in the day. But with an age-old technique, blocking time, you certainly can get a LOT more accomplished. Just format your day according to YOUR personality and see the results. Remember, it takes three weeks for anything to become a habit.
If you need simple steps that get you through your day, this book is for you! Susie gives you an easy to read book with several examples and ideas that show you how to make your day work with your personality. There are written examples and visuals that get you going.
Susie has been teaching how to block time for more productivity for over 19 years. See how you do, then PleAse write a review!
PLUS – if you purchase Absolutely! Create a Routine to Keep Your Sanity in a Crazy World: Simple Steps to De-Stress and Organize Your Time, you will ALSO receive access to FREE Daily Planner pages!
You can read more in Susie’s latest book on Amazon Kindle: Absolutely! Create a Routine to Keep Your Sanity in a Crazy World: Simple Steps to De-Stress and Organize Your Time
Lynn Angell says
Great ideas to get anyone started or get back on track. After moving cross country & retiring I found it taking FOREVER to get things done. I blamed it on being older saying it just takes me longer to do things because I am older. That makes sense doesn’t it? Well…
It just so happens that when you retire it does not mean that you can throw routines or organization right out the window! If you do – it WILL take ten times longer to get things done whether your young or old! You get the “I can do it tomorrow” mindset going instead of having anything be absolute. It does not take long before CHAOS sets in & you run around in circles never getting anything done.
Right away when I started reading your eBook with your examples I saw exactly what I was doing wrong. I had changed my old absolutes into – Well… I will do it when & if I feel like it.
My old absolutes used to start when I got up to go to the bathroom in the morning I immediately made the bed to keep myself from going back into it. Then I got dressed down to shoes & socks & even makeup. Right there I put myself into actually doing things & getting things done mode.
Living alone as a retiree my daily morning absolutes turned into an absolute habit of going back to bed & laying there for a few hours (over 4) watching TV until the noon news came on. THEN dragging myself up & throwing some clothes on with my slippers, no makeup, &MAYBE sometimes combing my hair before putting it into a clip.
Your ebook gave me a big dose of reality. I still need to have organization & absolute structure in my life for MYSELF if I am ever going to get anything done & finished.
Thank you for the great ideas & the examples that are sensibly written & explained. It made me take a look at what I was doing wrong. Using the example of kids needing & wanting routines made me realize that older people do to. – Retired does not mean just sit there doing nothing until you die.
LOVE the idea & examples you gave of using the two planner pages the Daily & Appointment for each day. I really love that you can fill in the pages on the computer & print them out now.
Thank you for the free pages to help start me back on track & the inspiration to so. A brilliant way to get people started!
I will keep you posted on how it is going for me in about a month or so. – Lynn
Susie Glennan says
Lynn, You just described several ladies I used to work with. The first one retired and wasn’t gone a week, well… she WAS gone a week but that’s because she had to separate service for at least one week before they’d allow her to come back as a “consultant” and “trainer.” She is married but knew she needed something to get her up and out of the house.
The second one was about your age and retired for about 4 months (maybe 6). One day I was downstairs at the office and there she was, waiting for HR. I said, “JAN! What are you doing here? Are you visiting?” Now mind you, Jan is a widow. So she was all alone in her house.
She said, “Oh Susie, you wouldn’t believe how hard retirement is. I’ve worked all of my life, so I don’t really have any hobbies or things I want to do and the money isn’t enough to go traveling. Either way I’m alone all day. I got into the habit of sleeping until noon or later, having breakfast after 1PM, lunch at dinner time, and dinner around 10PM. I’d end up watching TV or movies until the wee hours of the night and just lost my motivation to do anything but clean the house. It’s so quiet and lonely. All of the friends I have are from work and still working — So I’M BACK part-time.”
Get the picture? I know you do, but other retirees who are reading this might need to hear it.
I retired about a year ago, and I am finding that routines and time management as just as important now as when I was working full time. If you don’t plan your day – at least to some degree – it just gets wasted on things that don’t improve your life or happiness in any way!
Susie Glennan says
Thank you for the validation KelS! This IS an issue I hear about often. Maybe I need to write a second book just for retirees! 😉