If I look back over the past months I haven’t stopped. There have been deep discussions, counselling sessions and the never-ending task of downsizing a home, along with finding somewhere new to live. There is the stress of will anything go wrong with the sale and purchase of a property, are you making the right choice, will the furniture fit!
I’m not like one of those people on compulsive hoarders on Channel 5 but my PC has masses of PDFs saved to read one day, and Outlook is bursting with emails I’m saving.
She says I need to get my profile on one site, and to be proactive and send messages, she said that it’s a great feeling to see messages and start engaging. Other people are telling me to be more cautious and to look to meet people in real life, but isn’t online where most people meet nowadays?
With Downsizing I’m doing this while still active. Goodness knows how older people do this.
It’s not just the active side of going into the loft, emptying the shed but also the emotions as you look at the items you bought.
Whilst many people have a balanced life, others have focused on work. So here is some retirement advice for workaholics.
Some people enjoy their job, they get great feedback from colleagues and the job is very much intertwined with who they are. They tend to avoid any discussion on retirement with a plan to work till they drop. These people could be classed as workaholics people who find it hard to disengage from their work.
I’m brilliant at sorting work files, systems, cupboards but now I’m thinking that organising has been my way of dealing with the objects and information that I have accumulated. Whilst I can be well organised I then get more stuff and must reorganise as I run out of space.
And so the cycle continues.
I’m now reflecting that organising has been a way of failing to address the underlying issue of why I need so much stuff.
My decluttering is going deeper, and I’m reviewing everything that doesn’t add to my life. Do I really need a Kindle and an iPad (with the kindle app)? I have taken so many things to the charity shops or sold them and with each item I feel a sense of lightness. Its a very good feeling. I’m comparing everything I have to my sister who has moved a few times recently, so she hasn’t had 14-15 years of possessions to go through. It would have been easier with less space, although there were still piles of books besides the bookcases.
There is so much to do with downsizing – not just clothes and books, but business materials and general stuff. Today I’ve finally thrown out (Almost) all my Open University Course Materials – 8 years of part time study for my first degree and 5 years for my MBA. I was tempted to hold onto the year course in Research Methods, but it is 20 years old and best to start again. I tried to pass on but no one was interested.
A study which tracked 3,400 civil servants found that short-term memory declined nearly 40 per cent faster once they retired.