If there’s one thing I had thought my retirement would give me, it was time. Sitting in my office life day in and day out, I began to believe that my lack of satisfaction with life had its roots in my lack of time.
And perhaps that was true.
But one thing retirement has taught me is that there’s never enough time. Verily, my obsession with projects has filled up every day and I never seem to have enough time. Quitting my job has given me more time to do what I want, but it hasn’t slowed down my days at all. My obsession with busyness and personal projects has overtaken my days now that I no longer have 8-10 hours a day sucked up for the gain of someone else. So I’ve taken on a new perspective with my approach to time, projects, and life.
Project Abandonment and Taking on Less
One of the most helpful things I’ve discovered recently is the art of abandon. I’m the type of person that has an ever evolving list of things I want to accomplish, projects I want to complete, and things I need to do. The problem with an obsession for productivity is that you’ll inevitably let yourself down. That can be incredibly frustrating, but it also devalues the most important thing you have in life: time. So I’ve taken to project abandonment.
It’s not as lazy as it seems. It’s simply a more critical look at what is actually important. Do I really need to paint the shed, re-finish the floor, and sheetrock the ceiling to a warehouse I’m planning to leave? It’s more than just prioritizing though. It’s about giving yourself the permission to abandon a project regardless of where you’re at with it.
I still find that time is my currency these days. Everything I do or commit to is evaluated based on the worthiness of my time. Taking on less and allowing myself to abandon a project or commitment gives me greater enjoyment with the time I have.
After all, there’s never enough time.