Using boundaries on my time to start and stop creative work, feel more inspired, and rest.
I always have several books going. It started in high school when I worked at the public library, and now it's mostly about having the right book for my mood/energy.
I am most creative in the late morning and early afternoons or late at night (but late at night is when I am more of a receiver of ideas rather than a creative) and it is a painful pattern to live with since I work 8-4 Monday to Friday so I only really have weekends to work with my natural rhythm.
One of the great gifts of retirement is being able to fully explore one’s relationship with time, productivity and creativity. And people approach this in so many different ways. I always ask other retired persons how they actually spend their day to days,, just because I am curious about this. It’s interesting that most people respond a little defensively at first, until I assure them that I have no expectations re how we “should” spend our time!
There is so much to chew on in this newsletter. Sectioning our day into buckets, managing energy instead of time and just creating a pattern that works for each of us and our individual circumstances. I work in HR (for my husband's company, so I take liberties with my time) and I bounce between that and sewing, but there are other creative pursuits I'm putting on the back burner because they need more exclusive energy than serging seams together and then answering emails. I'm curious, Sarai, if the working in PJs thing hinders or helps you? No judgment here, but I do have opinions.